Sunday 17 April, 2016 – Fourth Sunday of Easter, Year C

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 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
  • 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 first reading: NEW 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: Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW 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) OR
    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)ORThe Lamb will be our shepherd (Alleluia);
    he will guide us to springs of the water of life (Alleluia).  
    (Rev 7:17a,b NRSV alt)
  • 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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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.
    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.

  • 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
  • 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.

    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).

    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. 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 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 risesSecond 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, blessingGospel: 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

    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 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

    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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