Sunday 26 April, 2015 – 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.

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.

  • 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
  • NEW! Opening sentences:
    Jesus said: I am the good shepherd (Alleluia).
    The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep (Alleluia). (John 10:11 NRSV)

    The stone that the builders rejected (Alleluia)
    has become the chief cornerstone (Alleluia).
    This is the Lord’s doing (Alleluia);
    and it is marvellous in our eyes (Alleluia). (Ps118:22,23 NRSV alt)

    There is salvation in no one else but Jesus (Alleluia),
    for there is no other name under heaven
    by which we must be saved (Alleluia).
    (Acts 4:12 NRSV, alt)

  • 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 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 10 11-18 – year b – easter 4
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Andrew Brook
  • 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)
    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)
  • 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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ (, raised to live forever).
    Thank you, Lord Jesus, our good shepherd,
    for being willing to die for your sheep.
    Lead us to know you and to 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 4B
  • 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:

    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.

    The following variation of the post-communion prayer may be used during Easter.

    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.

    Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) without modification. The reference to the blood of Christ and the eternal covenant is most appropriate at this point.

    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, and follow the good shepherd
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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 4:5-12

    36    Jesus, name of wondrous love* G5
    159    O for a thousand tongues to sing* G5 (see TIS 210)
    161    How sweet the name of Jesus sounds G5 (see TIS 223)
    179    Christ alone is our salvation* G9
    780    We go to God when we are sorely placed GS (see TIS 240)
    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)
    157    Jesus, name above all names
    188    Reaching out
    263    Singing all praises
    342    Jacob struggled for a blessing
    349    There is a Redeemer
    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

    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
    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
    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

    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)
    55    His name is Wonderful
    145    Wondrous love
    236    Jesus the Christ said (v 2)
    486    Let’s praise the Lord
    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)
    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 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.

    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 See also LHS 679 and 680

    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.

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