Sunday 29 April, 2012- Fourth Sunday of Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday), Year B

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 4:5-12 Peter and John before the council
    PSALM Psalm 23*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 John 3:16-24 The Christian’s assurance
    GOSPEL John 10:11-18 The good shepherd dies 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 Simon Cooper ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 10 11-18 – year b – easter 4
  • 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:Prayer of the Church – Easter 4B
  • 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.
    Amen.
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading : Acts 4:5-12
    LHS

    36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5
    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5
    179    Christ alone is our salvation* G9
    780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS
    783    Christ is the world’s light, he and no other G6
    790    O Lord of light, who made the stars
    792    They came, knew his name GS
    796    When to our world the Saviour came (alt tune 227, G5)
    AT
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    188    Reaching out
    263    Singing all praises
    342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
    349    There is a Redeemer
    TIS
    210    O for a thousand tongues to sing
    223    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds
    240    All go to God when they are sorely placed
    245    We have a gospel to proclaim
    246    Christ is the world’s light, he and no other

    Second reading : 1 John 3:16-24
    LHS

    151    Jesus, Thy boundless love to me* G5
    344    Our God is love, and all His saints* G^
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    819    Wake us, O Lord, to human need GS
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord
    AT
    177    Love one another
    297    Let us talents and tongues employ
    300    Practise love
    301    May the Father of love
    482    His love within the world
    506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
    TIS
    251    Lord Jesus Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    420    Holy Spirit, go before us
    434    Where there is charity and love
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    534    Love is his way
    537    Let us talents and tongues employ
    630    The law of Christ alone can make us free
    631    Father, Lord of all creation
    656    Jesus, my Lord

    Gospel : John 10:11-18
    LHS

    91    Christ the Lord is risen today G4
    100    Awake, my heart, rejoicing* G5
    105    Good Christian men, rejoice and sing* G5
    785    In Adam we have all been one GS
    827    Good Shepherd, take this lamb (baptism)
    830    Lord Jesus, once a child G4 (baptism)
    842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3 (holy communion)
    AT
    55    His name is Wonderful
    145    Wondrous love
    236    Jesus the Christ said (v 2)
    486    Let’s praise the Lord
    TIS
    205    Join all the glorious names (v 6)
    213    Father, whose everlasting love
    237    Hail Redeemer, King divine
    239    Jesus, the Lord said (v 4)
    257    Alleluia (v 6)
    490    Lord Jesus, once a  child (baptism)
    521    Lord Christ, at your first eucharist you prayed (holy communion)
    539    As when the shepherd calls his sheep (holy communion)

    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
    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 transperency 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.

    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.

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

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