Sunday, 12th May 2019 – Good Shepherd Sunday, Fourth Sunday of Easter,Year C

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs.

Good Shepherd Sunday

Patronal Festival

Many of our congregations and schools are named Good Shepherd. If this is the case in your congregation/school, consider making Good Shepherd Sunday a special celebration of your congregational/school family. Remember the establishment and history of your congregation and present-day activities and mission. Consider special rites and ceremonies such as blessing of congregational/school officers, intercessions for the congregation/school, and processions around the church/school.

Mothers’ Day

Please note that this Sunday is also Mothers’ Day. Resources are provided at the end of the Liturgy.

Altar colour: White

Orders of service

You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.
Easter Sunday Word & Prayer ( pdf / doc / ppt )
Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
Service orders with holy communion

Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Simplified Spoken (pdf / doc/ ppt)
Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ ppt)


Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – acts 9 36-43 – year c – easter4
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – revelation 7 9-17 – year c – easter4
Based on gospel: Edited for Lay-Reading_Pr Tim EbbsEdited for Lay-Reading_Pr Heath Pukallus


Opening Sentences

Jesus said: I am the good shepherd (Alleluia).
I give them eternal life, and they shall never die (Alleluia).  
(John 10:11a,28a TEV)


Who are these, robed in white, and where have they come from? (Alleluia)
They have washed their robes
and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Alleluia).  
(Rev 7:13a,14b NRSV)


The Lamb will be our shepherd (Alleluia);
he will guide us to springs of the water of life (Alleluia).  
(Rev 7:17a,b NRSV alt)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)

Choose one of the following:

Almighty God,
since you have brought back from the dead
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
to call us into his flock through his word:
Grant us your Holy Spirit,
so that we may hear the voice of the good Shepherd
and faithfully follow him;
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, modernised traditional
Almighty and eternal God,
you have brought back from the dead
the great Shepherd of the sheep,
to call us into his flock through his word.
Send us your Holy Spirit,
so that we may hear the voice of the good Shepherd
and faithfully follow him.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, alternative
(Let us pray for God’s help to do his will. [silence])
God of peace,
you brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ,
the great Shepherd of the sheep.
Equip us through his blood,
which sealed the eternal covenant,
with every good thing we need
to do your will,
and work in us what is pleasing to you.
We ask this through your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

OR, new
(Let us pray that we follow our good shepherd. [silence])
Loving God,
we thank you that your Son Jesus
is the good shepherd
who cares for your people.
Open our hearts to hear his voice,
to know him as he calls us by name,
and to follow wherever he leads.
For he lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Children’s Address: Easter 4C

Bible readings

FIRST READING Acts 9:36-43 Peter raises Tabitha (Dorcas) from death
PSALM Psalm 23 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Revelation 7:9-17 The Lamb is their shepherd
GOSPEL John 10:22-30 My sheep listen to my voice

Printable, formatted Readings  Word / PDF

Notes on the Readings

Prayer after the gospel

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
Thank you, Jesus, our good shepherd,
for calling us into your flock.
Help us always to listen to your voice and follow you.

Offering Prayer

Eternal loving Shepherd,
your Son laid down his life for us, his sheep.
Help us to follow him
by loving and serving the people around us.

Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer of the Church – Easter 4C

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the LCA International Mission website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin.

Resources for services with Holy Communion


It is indeed right and good,
Lord God, holy Father,
that we should at all times and in all places
give thanks to you,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
But most of all we praise you
for the glorious resurrection of your Son,
the true Passover Lamb,
who has taken away the sin of the world.
By his death he has destroyed death,
and by his rising again he has restored life.
And so, with Mary Magdalene and Peter
and all the other witnesses of the resurrection,
with earth and sea and all their creatures,
and with angels and archangels,
cherubim and seraphim,
we adore and praise your glorious name:

Communion Invitation

Jesus says: ‘Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day.’
(Thanks be to God.)
Come, everything is ready.

Prayer After Communion

Heavenly Father,
you gave your Son to die and raised him to give us eternal life.
Grant that we who have received his body and blood
may live in him and serve you as your children.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used at this point (without modification).

Seasonal Blessing

This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.
(May) the God of peace,
who raised from the dead our Lord Jesus,
the great shepherd of the sheep,
provide you with every good thing you need
in order to do his will; . . .


Go in peace. The Lamb of God is your shepherd.
Thanks be to God.


In the name of Christ. Amen.

Resources for Mother’s Day

Prayers for Mothers’ Day

One of the following petitions may be included in the prayer of the church:

We thank you for adopting us into your family through the miracle of baptism, and for calling us to be brothers and sisters to each other through Jesus, the only Son of God.
Today, loving Father, we pray for our mothers, who cared for us when we were helpless, who comforted us when we were hurt, and whose love and care we usually took for granted, as we often take your love for granted
Today we pray for those who are grieving the loss of their mother, maybe even years after they were separated. We pray too for those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her. We give thanks with those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love, and ask for your healing and protection for  families separated by war. Lord, give them special blessings.
Keep us united with Christ, so that we can love in the way he loves us and all people.
We ask this for Jesus’ sake.

Loving Father in heaven,
we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us,
whose love is so precious that it can never be measured in dollars and cents,
whose time does not seem to be measured in the hours they put in per week,
whose patience seems to have no end and can even seem to stretch past breaking point.
May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
We pray for those mothers who fear they will run out of love, or time, or patience,
and ask you to bless them with your own special love and the gifts of more time and more patience.
And we pray for children and fathers, that they may appreciate, love and support their mothers and wives.
We ask this in the name of Jesus our Lord and brother.

God our Father, we pray:
for new mothers, coming to terms with both the joys and demands of motherhood;
for pregnant mothers, expectant and wondering, or fearful;
for those mothers who are tired, stressed, ill or depressed;
for those who struggle to balance the demands of work and children;
for those who have to struggle with difficult decisions about whether or not to become a mother or to have another child;
for those who are unable to feed their children due to poverty;
for those whose children have physical, mental or emotional disabilities;
for those who have children they do not want;
for those who raise children on their own;
for those who have lost a child through death or abortion;
for those who care for the children of others;
for those whose children have left home;
for those whose children have rejected their love;
and for those whose desire to be a mother has not been fulfilled.
Bless all mothers, that their love may be deep and tender,
and that they may lead their children to know and do what is good, living not for themselves, but for God and for others.


Pictures or symbols could be displayed on banners or the overhead screen during the readings. For instance, the second reading could be accompanied by a picture of Christ the triumphant lamb, and the gospel could be accompanied by a picture of Jesus as the good Shepherd (eg see the illustration in the TEV Bible for Ezek 34:15).

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts.

Easter Season PPT SlideGeneral Use/Traditional / Modern
PPT Slides formatted for older versions of PPT: General Use /Traditional/Modern

Good Shepherd PPT Slides (Widescreen) Traditional / Modern
Good Shepherd PPT Slides (Standard)  Traditional / Modern

(The images in the Good Shepherd slides were sourced from
Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

Other visual art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:


‘Mega Drama’

See a drama for the day in Mega Drama  resources (Openbook Publishers), originally included in these worship resources when they were released on disks.

 Dramatising the readings

The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the first reading from Acts could be read by three readers: narrator, messenger, and Peter; and the second reading could be read by a number of readers: narrator, voices of multitude and angels, and the elder. Consider using a voice choir to speak in unison the words of the multitude and angels. Alternatively, a choir could sing these passages to a simple musical setting.

Play scripts and scores for a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park. There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys


Song/Hymn suggestions: * = Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
First reading: Acts 9:36-43

101    Jesus lives! Thy terrors now* G5
103    I know that my Redeemer lives* G3
479    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives* G5
764    Now the green blade rises GS
767    This joyful Eastertide G7
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5


15    Love has come again
227    Allelu!


194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
366    Jesus, my Redeemer, lives
372    Jesus lives! Your terrors now
376    I know that my Redeemer live
381    This joyful Eastertide
382    Now the green blade rises

Second reading: Revelation 7:9-17

71    Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
211    Who are these like stars appearing? G8
212    Lo, round the throne, a glorious band G4
214    Hark! The sound of holy voices G5
436    Come, let us join our cheerful songs G8
454    Ye servants of God, your master proclaim G6
459    Worship, honour, glory, blessing G8
484    Blessed are the heirs of heaven G6
644    Praise forever, thanks and blessing G8
794    What wondrous love is this, O my soul GS


145    What wondrous love is this, O my soul
212    Hush now
324    Saints of all time
345    Nothing but the blood
443    Like an angel


108    You holy angels bright
142    Glory be to God the Father
150    Ye watchers and ye holy ones
192    Christ is the world’s redeemer
204    Come, let us join our cheerful songs
215    You servants of God
433    Christ is our cornerstone
438    Give me the wings of faith to rise
772    Worship, honour, glory, blessing

Gospel: John 10:22-30

184    How blest the flock of Jesus Christ, the Saviour (vv 1,3)
188    Built on a rock the Church doth stand* (v 5) G4
386    In Thee is gladness* G7
400    From God shall nought divide me* G3
602    I am Jesus’ little lamb* G8
607    Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep G5
827    Good Shepherd, take this lamb (baptism)
842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3


364    In you is gladness
438    It’s gonna be alright
470    I’m so secure


200    In you is gladness
257    Alleluia (v 6)
602    O love that will not let me go
619    Have faith in God, my heart

The following metrical versions of the psalm may be used:
The Lord’s my shepherd (LHS 387*, TIS 10)
The King of love my shepherd is (LHS 391*, TIS 145)
*Modernised version available
My shepherd is the Lord (TIS 11)
Geoff Strelan’s song Psalm 23 in Praise for All Seasons no 62
The Iona collection Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise contains a metrical version of Psalm 23 that could be used on this day (page 12)
Note that the Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from these publications on a service sheet or overhead transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis, provided that the title of the song and the name of the copyright holder is clearly shown.
David Schütz’s version sung to the tune ‘Shalom, my friends’ ATA 195.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want,
Shalom, shalom.
He makes me lie down in green pasture land,
Shalom, shalom.

He leads me beside the slow-running streams,
Shalom, shalom.
My soul he restores; he leads me aright,
Shalom, shalom.

And though I should walk through death’s valley dark,
Shalom, shalom,
there’s nothing I fear, for you, Lord, are near,
Shalom, shalom.

Your rod and your staff, they comfort me,
Shalom, shalom.
You set me a place before all my foes,
Shalom, shalom.

My head you anoint, my cup overflows,
Shalom, shalom.
To me you always are loving and good,
Shalom, shalom,

My dwelling shall be the house of the Lord,
Shalom, shalom,
for all of my life, for all of my days,
Shalom, shalom.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 23 p35 , Psalm 23 p36 , Psalm 23 p38


The following family hymns and songs may be used for Mother’s Day:


588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available)
589    O blessed home where man and wife


141    Mary’s child
212    Hush now (This lullaby speaks of God’s parenting love)


581    Happy the home that welcomes you, Lord Jesus

The following hymn was written by Delores Jenson (alt. by David Schütz). It may be sung to the tune Hyfrydol (LHS 164).

God gave mothers to protect us,
and to guide us in love’s way.
They were with us from our cradle,
teaching us to watch and pray.
Precious Saviour, bless our mothers;
or our mothers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who gave us love so free.

As we grew they stayed beside us,
listening, loving constantly.
They spoke to us words of wisdom,
though, at times, so hard to see.
Precious Saviour, bless our mothers;
or our mothers’ memory.
Precious Saviour, help us honour
those who taught us how to be.

(This verse may be sung by mothers who are present)
Now as mothers, Lord, we ask you
be our helper and our guide.
Give us courage, bless our efforts,
let us live love deep and wide.
Precious Saviour, keep us faithful,
teaching, leading, loving, true.
Precious Saviour, thanks for children;
they are precious to you too.

While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.
Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
Metrical Psalms
by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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