Sunday 11 May, 2014 – 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.

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.

MOTHER’S DAY
Here are some resources for Mother’s Day which you may like to include as part of your service:
Prayer of the Church
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
*    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
*    those who never knew their biological mother, and now yearn for her
*    those who have experienced the wonder of an adopted mother’s love
*    the families separated in the wars in ___. 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.

OR
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.

OR
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.

Hymns and songs for Mother’s Day
The following family hymns and songs may be used for Mother’s Day:
LHS
588    O blest the house, whate’er befall (* modernised version available)
589    O blessed home where man and wife

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

TIS
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.

  • 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 sermon – psalm 23 – year a – 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 after the gospel
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for being the gate for the sheep to enter into life.
    Lead us to know you and to follow you.
    Amen.

  • 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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Easter 4A
  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures and Acts 2:42
  • 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 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. Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 23 p35 , Psalm 23 p36 , Psalm 23 p38

    OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    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.

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.

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