For the Loving Care of the Good Shepherd

stjohnsashfield_stainedglass_goodshepherd-frame_cropO Lord Jesus Christ,
good Shepherd of the sheep,
you came to seek the lost
and gather them to your fold.
Have compassion on those who have wandered from you.
Feed those who hunger,
make the weary lie down in your pastures,
bind up those who are broken in heart,
and strengthen those who are weak,
that we rely on your care,
find comfort in  your love,
and abide in your guidance to our lives’ end;
for your name’s sake.

Source: An Ancient Collect, Sixth Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts

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Lutheran pastor and musician serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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