Sunday 15 May, 2011- Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

Good Shepherd Sunday

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

  • Altar colour: White
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Acts 2:42-47 Life and worship in the apostolic church
    PSALM Psalm 23*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Peter 2:19-25 The shepherd and bishop of our souls
    GOSPEL John 10:1-10 Jesus, the gate for the sheep
  • Sermons:
    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 gospel: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Simon Cooper
    Based on Psalm 23: Pr Kevin Zwar; edited for lay reading doc
  • Orders of service:
    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)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Traditional
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Easter 4A
  • NEW! Link to site with visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Acts 2:42-47
    LHS

    506    Jesus, where’er Thy people meet G5
    797    Blest be the tie that binds GS
    800    May we be one GS
    802    One family GS
    AT
    1    Lord of our days
    62    One family
    69    Fill my house
    172    May we be one
    177    Love one another
    228    Amigos de Christos
    284    Part of the family
    324    Saints of all time
    479    For living, for dying
    TIS
    427    Lord, your word abiding
    442    All praise to our redeeming Lord
    445    Jesus, where’er your people meet

    Second reading: 1 Peter 2:19-25
    LHS

    57    A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth* G5
    75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5
    160    Arise, my soul, arise G9
    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
    247    Thou who the night in prayer didst spend* G5
    297    Thine forever, God of Love G6
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    422    Great Shepherd of Thy people, hear* G6
    607    Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep* G5
    617    Faithful Shepherd, feed me
    851    Amazing grace
    AT
    22    He was wounded
    55    His name is wonderful
    131    Amazing grace
    245    You are the prisoner
    261    The Servant King
    308    We are called to follow Jesus
    439    Forgiven
    451    Saviour of the world
    TIS
    129    Amazing grace
    205    Join all the glorious names (vv 1,2,5,6,8)
    237    Hail Redeemer, King divine!
    251    Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    256    From heaven you came
    347    We sing the praise of him who died
    438    Give me the wings of faith to rise
    444    Dear Shepherd of your people, hear
    595    O Jesus, I have promised
    624    Christ be my leader by night as by day

    Gospel: John 10:1-10
    LHS

    175    Thou art the way* G6
    176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
    184    How blest the flock of Jesus Christ the Saviour
    189    One is our God and Father* G6
    387    The Lord’s my shepherd*
    391    The King of love my shepherd is* G9
    592    Gracious Saviour, gentle shepherd G8
    602    I am Jesus’ little lamb* G8
    604    Saviour, like a shepherd lead us* G6
    607    Loving Shepherd of Thy sheep* G5
    785    In Adam we have all been one G5
    793    To God be the glory G, STJ 50
    867    Have no fear, little flock G6
    AT
    17    Emmanuel: God is with us
    55    His name is wonderful
    236    Jesus the Christ said
    486    Let’s praise the Lord
    TIS
    10    The Lord’s my shepherd
    145    The King of love my shepherd is
    147    To God be the glory
    226    Thou art the way
    257    Alleluia (v 6)
    539    You satisfy the hungry heart
    625    I need you, Lord, for I have seen
    655    O, let the Son of God enfold you

    Note also verse 2 of the modernised version of LH 317 (this verse is not in LH).

    PSALM 23
    The following metrical versions of the psalm may be used:
    The Lord’s my shepherd (LHS 387*, TIS 10)
    OR
    The King of love my shepherd is (LHS 391*, TIS 145)
    *Modernised version available
    OR
    My shepherd is the Lord (TIS 11)
    OR
    Geoff Strelan’s song Psalm 23 in Praise for All Seasons no 62
    OR
    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.

    NEW! For congregations who use Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings in their services, you can download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 35, p 36, p 38

1 comment to Sunday 15 May, 2011- Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year A

  • Anne Landers

    Thank you for your thoughts on Shepherd Sunday. I am a Minister of the Word in the Catholic church preparing a reflection for next Sunday. Your Pastors have given me a wider vision of explaining a shepherd to city people and got my thought processes going on a more local way to explain it.
    Thank you
    Anne Landers
    Penguin Tasmania