Sunday 7 May, 2017 – Fourth Sunday of Easter

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.

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

Notes on the readings:
ACTS 2:42-47: Being so close to the resurrection of the Lord and being so filled with the Spirit, the life of the infant church was observably and patently dynamic. It was devoted to sharing both physically and spiritually in fellowship, devoted to the proclaimed teachings of Christ, devoted to diligent reception of the Lord’s supper, and devoted to vitality in joint prayers. The church flourished. Evidences of the Spirit’s work and presence stood outsiders in awe. Sacrifice and sharing of material goods provided for the physical needs of all. Their increase in numbers flowed from the spiritual life and witness of the church.

1 PETER 2:19-25: Many of the Christians whom Peter addressed were slaves without rights who were often treated harshly by their unbelieving owners. In the same way that Christ suffered with the purpose of setting people free from sin and its eternal curse, so Christians are to meet their sufferings. If we have returned to him who tends and cares for the souls of his flock, then obedience to Christ’s ownership calls for like conduct after his own example.

JOHN 10:1-10: The ‘shepherds of Israel’ were the religious leaders who had failed in their care of the people. Jesus here contrasts the work of false shepherds with his own care of the people. His sheep will recognise the authentic voice of his mission and ministry and they will follow it. The voice of false shepherds does not convey the word of God and thus repels those who know the voice of the true shepherd. False shepherds effectively dispense death and destruction. The good Shepherd gives eternal life and salvation.

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 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – john 10 1-10 – year a – easter 4
Based on Psalm 23: Pr Kevin Zwar; edited for lay reading sermon – psalm 23 – year a – easter 4

Opening sentences:
The sheep hear the voice of the Shepherd, Alleluia;
he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Alleluia!  (John 10:3 NKJV 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
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.

ALLELUIA VERSE (after the second reading)
Alleluia, alleluia.
(Since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again;
death no longer has any power over him.
Alleluia.)
(Jesus said:) ‘I am the good shepherd.
The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.’
(John 10:11 NRSV)
Alleluia.

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

Resources for services with Holy Communion
SEASONAL PREFACE
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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
Let us pray.
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.
Amen.

OR use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point.

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.

BLESSING
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,
provide you with every good thing you need
in order to do his will; . . .

DISMISSAL
Go in peace. The Lord is your shepherd, who cares for his sheep.
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 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.
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.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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