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The Good Shepherd & the Lost Sheep

Sacred means that something is extra special. Jesus was extra special and so were the stories he told. on the shepherd you have cut out. No. You see, sometimes a sheep will get lost. Finally, move the Good Shepherd by the “lost” rock and discover the sheep.

The Good Shepherd & The Lost Sheep

Light a candle and remember the presence of God is with you.

Cut out the pieces to help you tell this story.


Jesus told us sacred stories called parables.



The extra special stories Jesus told were messages about how to love God and love each other. Let us wonder how this parable helps us love. (Pause.)


Those who love Jesus are like sheep who follow a Good Shepherd.

Take a moment to place your finger



The Good Shepherd takes care of the sheep.

Take a moment to place your finger on each sheep.


Wait. . . Is this the same parable?


Take one of the sheep from the sheepfold

and hide it under the “lost” rock.


The sheep will be in a lonely and scary place.

Move the Good Shepherd around the green underlay looking for the sheep.



The Good Shepherd will leave the other sheep together to help each other and go look for the one lost sheep.

Put the lost sheep from the rocks on the Good Shepherd.


Seeing the Good Shepherd will bring the sheep comfort as he hold the sheep in his strong loving arms.

Move the Good Shepherd with the lost sheep back to the sheepfold.

Put the lost sheep gently next to the sheepfold.


Often that sheep will be hurting, and the Good Shepherd will take it carefully home.


The Good Shepherd will help the sheep heal and find peace.

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Luke 15:4-6 (Common English Bible)

"Suppose someone among you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them. Wouldn’t he leave the other ninety-nine in the pasture and search for the lost one until he finds it? And when he finds it, he is thrilled and places it on his shoulders. When he arrives home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Celebrate with me because I’ve found my lost sheep.'"

I wonder…

. . . how this parable helps us love?

. . . if the sheep has a name?

. . . how the sheep felt about the “lost” rock?

. . . if you have been lost?

. . . who the Good Shepherd could be?

. . . how the sheep feels about the

Good Shepherd?

. . . If this story has all it needs?

. . . Can you tell this story differently?

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