Tag Archives: Matthew

Feast of Christ the (Shepherd) King

Christ the King Prop 29 A

Ezek. 34:11-16, 20-24 (and Mt. 25:31-46)

November 23, 2014 Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket RI

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

So today is the Feast of Christ the King—but we have all these images of sheep and goats and shepherds in the readings, more actually than royal images.  In fact, I don’t know how or why it has appeared, but there is this lovely new statuette of Christ tending a flock of sheep which is suddenly on the organ console today.

Why all these sheep on Christ the KING Sunday?  Continue reading

Proper 11 A: Weeds and Wheat

Proper 11A

Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43 and Romans 8:12-25

July 20, 2014

The Rev. Gillian R. Barr

Church of the Good Shepherd, Pawtucket


My father was a WW2 combat infantry officer, who decided that one way of putting the deadly skills he’d learned to good use after the war was by teaching gun safety and coaching youth who wanted to compete in competitive marksmanship. Since he and my mom were teachers, they had summers free, and for several years both worked as camp counselors at the NRA’s summer camp, back when the NRA really did focus on sportsmanship and safety.


As a result I grew up around guns, had gun safety drilled into me at a very early age, and indoor smallbore target rife was actually my sport as a teenager. Long before I was old enough to actually go to the range and shoot competitively, my father taught me gun safety: Continue reading