The Call of an Elder (Titus 1:5-9)

I call you now to stand in awe,
That awe may turn to homage.
For Jesus Christ, the Son of God,
Took on Him human vesture.
As one of us, though without flaw,
With perfect life and knowledge,
But now He delegates His law,
To stewards of His pastures.

He calls His shepherds to obey,
And imitate His leading.
Above reproach in all their ways,
Who preach but faithful doctrine.
As men who only truth will say,
Who challenge those deceiving,
And show the church the King of Days,
In holiness, then, taught in.

They lead, protect, teach, model, care,
To point the church to Jesus.
Though there are crooked leaders there,
This can not make us jaded.
For all are brothers, all will share,
And the whole world will see us.
The sheep and shepherd both now bear,
The call to bring Christ praises.

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I Peter 5:1-5: Shepherds Under Christ

Now fellow elders listen,
My exhortation heed,
For I witnessed Christ’s death,
And glory that He leads.
You elders as you guide the church,
And council give, and wisdom search,

You, elders, feed the flock!
As pastors, pasture well.
This foremost of commands,
All heresy dispels.
Yet do not lead compulsively,
Spurn lucre, and serve eagerly.

And do not rule by fear,
Political intrigue,
Yet humbly through your life,
And by example lead.
So when our Savior Christ comes down,
Then we will all receive His crown.

And younger men submit,
To elders, without pride.
Humility your clothes,
The Spirit then will guide.
Since “Proud men God will waste with war;
For humble He holds grace in store.”

Psalm 23: Shepherd’s Hymn

(To the tune of “Will You Go, Lassie, Go?”)

I will never lack a thing,
For the Lord is my shepherd,
He who clothes little flowers,
And gives food to all the field-birds.
I will never lack a thing.

He will give me peace to rest,
Like a lush and blooming pasture,
And a crystal cool water,
A calm stream to take my leisure.
He will give me peace to rest.

He will well refresh my soul,
Make me walk with the righteous,
For His own reputation,
Fills my mind with thoughts sagacious.
He will well refresh my soul.

I need never fear at all,
Though I tread death-like valleys,
For the Lord God is with me,
And His rod and staff shall cheer me.
I need never fear at all.