PASTOR BRAD'S PAGE
April 22, 2018
In our gospel text this week (John 10:11-18) Jesus identifies himself as the “Good Shepherd.” The word “Good” that Jesus uses, in the original Greek is kalos, it means “model or ideal.” Jesus self identifies as the “Model/Ideal Shepherd.”
In the Hebrew Scriptures, the model shepherd is described by the prophets and psalmists as one who rescues, tends, secures and cares for the flock, with the most famous example probably being Psalm 23, where God, rescues, tends, secures cares for us like a shepherd.
This Sunday is Earth Day and in the same way that Jesus is our shepherd, in the creation stories in Genesis chapters 1 and 2, God designates us to be the shepherds of creation. We are called by God to rescue, tend, secure, and care for creation in the same way that Christ cares for us. Amen.
Rev. Bradley A. Walmer,
a 2008 graduate of Lancaster Theological Seminary, where he received his Master of Divinity degree and was awarded the 2008 Rev. Delores Berry prize for preaching. He was ordained into Christian ministry by the Lebanon Association of the Penn Central Conference of the United Church of Christ on June 1, 2008. Prior to beginning his pastorate here at New Covenant on August 1, 2015, he served as the pastor of St. Paul’s Summer Hill UCC in Auburn, Pa (located southeast of Pottsville, PA).
Pastor Brad and his wife Michelle were born and raised in Lebanon County and now reside in the area with their dog, Chloe.