Before the Session

Facilitator: In advance of the session

  • Review today’s scripture text and the session activities to help better facilitate the discussion.
  • Have the Bible Background Video ready to view.
  • Thoroughly review all the referenced resources for this session in advance.
  • Encourage your group to listen to the FaithElement podcast ahead of the next session (Share the link via email or social media).


Watch this video of a shepherd and his sheep and ask:

  • What most stands out to you about this video and why?
  • Based on this, what would you say is a shepherd’s job?
  • What is the work of the sheep?
  • What does it mean to be the people of God’s pasture or the sheep of God’s hand?
  • How does this video help you understand your relationship to God or to the other sheep?


Read Psalm 95 then watch the Bible Background Video for this session before asking:

  • What do you think it means to “make a joyful noise” in the context of this passage?
  • Why do you think this passage starts with praise and worship, but reminds the readers of God’s disappointment with them?
  • How does this passage fit into our Lenten journey?
  • What does it say about God’s love and mercy?
  • What descriptors of the relationship between God and God’s people do we read in this passage?
  • What would God say about things we have done in our past that might have been disappointing?


Listen to Like a Shepherd and continue by asking:

  • How does this song make you feel and why?
  • In what way is this song the kind of “joyful noise” the psalm is calling for?
  • How can someone be worshipful and give praise, knowing that we have all fallen short?
  • In what way is Jesus’ “holding us” helping us rise above whatever regrets might arise from our faith
  • How can we help people move past mere “noise” and toward a more authentic experience of faith?

Close with a prayer that ends like the following:

Good Shepherd, lead us as the people of your pasture. May we listen to your voice and answer your call. Amen.

Writer: Crystal Shepherd

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