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Easter 4A

 

May 3

 

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Scripture (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

 

Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2:19-25
John 10:1-10

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

275-Christ is made the sure foundation

537-My hope is built on nothing less

558-Savior, like a shepherd lead us

559-All the way my Savior leads me

433-Blest be the tie that binds

416-Here, O my Lord, I see thee face to face

426-The Voice of Jesus calls his people

See also 78, 79, 80 for hymns on Psalm 23

All the Easter hymns are also quite appropriate.

 

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Acts 2:42-47

 

Come, gather now unto God’s fellowship

to taste and see this unity divine

in teaching, prayer, by broken bread combined:

Alleluia!

 

Intent on sharing life together, here

we find immediate your saving touch

compounded in the mystery of grace

Alleluia!

 

Into each other’s care we lift our arms

and celebrate desire, participate

in heart and joy, in wonder bent on love.

Alleluia!

 

So thoroughly we rise to savor joy,

to know in unity your saving life,

that monumental mystery of gift!

Alleluia!

 

10.10.10.4.   Suggested tune: Engelberg

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/  

This week: Psalm 23 is on page 734; see also hymns 78-79-80

 

Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor. If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention. No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship

L: We stand before the throne of God, surrounded by an innumerable throng of people, gathered from every corner of earth in praise.

P: When we sing out with joy before God our maker, we are not alone. All the resurrected sing with us!

L: All those whom God has called will hear the voice of the Good Shepherd, and they will follow him.

P: God’s church is undivided on earth, even as in heaven.

L: Let our hungers be satisfied; let our tears be dried.

P: God has made us one in Christ! Blessing and glory, wisdom and thanksgiving, honor and power and might be to our God forever and ever! Amen.

 

OR

(adapted by the editor)

L: Open the gate! The Shepherd is coming!

P: We hear his glad voice, calling us by name, leading us to green pastures.

L: No stranger’s voice will we follow. We follow only the One who brings us home.

P: One door, one flock, one fold, one Shepherd. Open the gate! The Good

     Shepherd comes!

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach

Almighty God, who sent Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to gather us together, receive the praises of your thankful people this day. As we offer ourselves to you that our lives might be re-ordered to meet the days ahead, may we not wander from your flock, but follow where he leads us, knowing his voice and staying near, until we are safely in your fold, to live with you forever. (This we pray in the name of Christ our Lord who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

O shepherd God, you have blessed us with peace as tranquil as a flowing stream; peace that nourishes as food and sleep; peace that is stronger than death. You call us to rest in your care that we may live with courage. Though fears beset us, your love will comfort us again. Though death is no stranger, you shall be our last and best friend. We thank you, Shepherd God, for your love that fills us to overflowing, for we pray in the name of Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O God, our loving Shepherd, you come to us with the strength and love of a father, and the tender mercies, patience and protection of a loving mother. We see you in the very living of our days, and yet we so often fail to praise you or to offer our burdens to you. Hear us, Lord, as we lift to you our prayers for others and for ourselves.

 

We pray for those in need–those who hunger or are homeless. We pray for those in pain—the abused, brokenhearted and lonely. We pray for the sick in body and in mind, and for those who grieve.

For the life of this community and all those who put their trust in you for all their todays and all their tomorrows, we pray that your lovingkindness to the world would be offered through our hands, our words, our deeds, our hearts.

 

Free us, Lord, as your own people, to sing your praise in the work of our everyday lives. In those comings and goings of our simple and complicated living, make us instruments of your peace and grace in weary days with weary people.

 

Bless our memories, O God, that in our remembering we may partake of the mystery that is eternal life in its fullness. For we pray in the presence of your risen Christ, our Lord and Savior.

 

OR

Holy God, we come before you in prayer, lifting to you the joys and concerns, the hopes and dreams of our lives. May we also be open to your voice in our lives that we may see with new eyes, and hear with new ears, the direction you will have us to go.

 

Bless, we pray, this gathering of your people that we may grow and flourish in your love and grace for the purpose to which you have called us.

 

Hear our prayers for those whose lives have touched us—those who are in pain, those who are ill, those who grieve. May we touch their lives not only through our prayers, but through our lives and actions as well.

 

Guide us, bless us, uplift us, and hold us, for we are your children called to our purpose in your world. Hear our prayers, those spoken and those hidden in our hearts, we pray in the name of Christ our Lord.

 

OR

Loving God, it is you who gave life and breath to everyone in our world, and in you alone can we find life, breath and meaning for ourselves and our world.  For those who have been blessed with an awareness of your shepherding care, who have looked to you for guidance and nurture, we give you thanks, and we pray that you would unite us within your family to be a shepherding influence on others, that they too may enjoy life within your family.

 

For those who hunger and thirst, who are lost and alone, who yearn to be given new direction, new hope and new life, we pray that you would care for them through us. Let us be seen and known as your faithful flock in this community of faith to which you have given birth. Help us to uphold your name by living with faithfulness and trust in you.

 

Gather us, Lord, as we lift to you the special needs we bring to this day, in silence.  (silence)

Carried upon your shoulders, we find our refuge. In your gentle care we find our home. And in your living Spirit we are united this day, Lord, as we offer to you our prayers in the name of your holy Child, Jesus Christ, the guardian and shepherd of our souls.  Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:

keep us always under his protection,

and give us grace to follow in his steps;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Additional Collect

 

Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

Collect of the Day

O shepherd God, you have blessed us with peace as tranquil as a flowing stream; peace that nourishes as food and sleep; peace that is stronger than death. You call us to rest in your care that we may live with courage. Though fears beset us, your love will comfort us again. Though death is no stranger, you shall be our last and best friend. We thank you, Shepherd God, for your love that fills us to overflowing/for we pray in the name of Christ.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:

Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who

calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with

you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever

and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2020, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 10:1-10

Open the door, O Lord, your life, your heart.

Prepare for us this entrance to your fold,

the mystery of presence held

among your own, our company.

For by your voice are we approached

that we may faithfully observe

your generosity of love,

become the nature nurture breeds of us.

 

Service of Table

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here. We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future.

 

Offertory / Invitation to Give

God has provided for us a great feast of love and redemption through the gift of God’s own Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Let all who would receive life and life abundant from his hand come to the Table of the Lord with thanksgiving. Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors.

 

OR

Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors.

 

OR

One of the favorite texts of God’s people of faith for centuries lies in the heart of the 23rd Psalm, as we recall, as Isaac Watts interpreted, “Your sure provisions, gracious God, attend me all my days; O may your house be my abode, and all my work be praise.” Indeed, all of our work – whatever we do, and however we do it – can be turned to the praise of God as we begin to know ourselves as stewards of God’s grace. Everything we are and everything we have are the gifts of the most gracious Giver, whose provisions are sure, unending, and generous. May we respond out of hearts of gratitude and love as we bring forth the fruits of our lives and labors.

 

Offertory Prayer

May we follow you, Good Shepherd, not only on the mountains of pleasure, or in the plains of comfort, but also through valleys of difficulty, and in pathways of service. Receive these gifts, we pray, as part of that life which we offer up to you, to be transformed into your ministries of grace and goodness in our world. Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

Christ the Good Shepherd has prepared a feast for us, even in the presence of our enemies. Indeed, it is offered here, among our friends and strangers and neighbors, week by week, that we might know Christ’s guiding and loving presence, and might be strengthened to share him with the world around us as he calls us each by name. Let us come to the feast of the Risen One.

 

OR

God has provided for us a great feast of love and redemption through the gift of God’s own Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Let all who would receive life and life abundant from his hand come to the Table of the Lord with thanksgiving.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

 

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P: We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.

P: It is right and just.   [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]

L: We thank you, God that you have provided for all of us who ever were or ever will be by giving yourself to us in love. If we go to the heights of the mountains, or if we make the grave our bed, you are there with us. If we go to the depths of the sea, your right hand holds us securely.

P: You are our shepherd. We praise you.

L: Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. When the time was right, you, the Creator of all that is, sent him to be a creature like us. Instead of a servant, you sent your own Son that he might be servant of all. He alone, who is closest to your heart, made you known to us. He walked among us, ate with us, showed us his glory in signs, and gave to us this feast of joy to be a symbol of our redemption and the promise of our salvation from sin and death.

P: You are our shepherd. We glorify you.

   (Here follows the Words of Institution, concluding): Do this in remembrance of me.

P: You are our shepherd. We give thanks to you for your great glory. Glory to you, O Lord Most High.

L: We ask now that you bless us, as we share this bread and cup, that we might be nourished by that same unbounded love and so be encouraged to be your servants in the world, in the example of our Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church: All your people and all your works glorify and honor you, Father, now and forever.

P: Amen.

 OR

  1. We thank you, God that you have provided for all of us who ever were or ever will be by giving yourself to us in love. If we go to the heights of the mountains, or if we make the grave our bed, you are there with us. If we go to the depths of the sea, your right hand holds us securely. Here, in the green pasture of your gathered body, you nourish us with the bread of life. Give us grace to receive this gift with new gratitude.
  2. We ask now that you bless us, O God, as we share this cup which you offer, that we might be nourished by your unbounded love, and so be encouraged to be your servants in the world, in the example of our Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service. Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2019. Calendar for 2020

Sun 1 Dec 2019. CW* Almanac and Lectionary 2019-20. Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary. for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2019. Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2019 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries

using Almanac Maker. compilation © Simon Kershaw 2019 Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010-2019.

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE: We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday. We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary. Send your comments or content here.

 

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Easter 4A

“Good Shepherd Sunday”

 

May 7

 

This ministry of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in West Virginia is supported by your gifts to Disciples Mission Fund.

 

Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

 

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Acts 2:42-47 Psalm 23 1 Peter 2:19-25 John 10:1-10

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

All the Easter hymns are also quite appropriate.

78-79-80 are settings of Psalm 23

543-Blessed Assurance

558-Savior, like a shepherd lead us

559-All the way my Savior leads me

426-The Voice of Jesus calls his people

 

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates).  Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available.  Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.   

 

Hymn of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On John 10:1-10

 

We follow carefully unto the door,

and enter there where Jesus is at hand,

not a thief to kill but our shepherd’s voice.

Alleluia.

 

We hear the shepherd’s voice and surely know

the Savior’s leading tone to draw us free

unto the pasture of all living hope.

Alleluia.

 

Indeed, O Jesus, you are now our door,

the opening and passing is our own

and in your gracious majesty we sing:

Alleluia!

 

For life we stay in following your lead

and answer your enticing voice with joy.

Now all is gathered, all are answering:

Alleluia!

 

10.10.10.4.   Suggested tune: Engelberg

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 23 is on page 734; see also hymns 78-79-80

 

Concerning the Following Items:

Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.

 

Call to Worship  

L: Open the gate! The Shepherd is coming!

P: We hear his glad voice, calling us by name, leading us to green pastures.

L: No stranger’s voice will we follow. We follow only the One who brings us home.

P: One door, one flock, one fold, one Shepherd. Open the gate! The Good Shepherd comes!

 

 

Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

Almighty God, who sent Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to gather us together, receive the praises of your thankful people this day. As we offer ourselves to you that our lives might be re-ordered to meet the days ahead, may we not wander from your flock, but follow where he leads us, knowing his voice and staying near, until we are safely in your fold, to live with you forever. (This we pray in the name of Christ our Lord who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

OR

O shepherd God, you have blessed us with peace as tranquil as a flowing stream; peace that nourishes as food and sleep; peace that is stronger than death. You call us to rest in your care that we may live with courage. Though fears beset us, your love will comfort us again. Though death is no stranger, you shall be our last and best friend. We thank you, Shepherd God, for your love that fills us to overflowing.  Amen.

 

OR

Almighty God, who sent Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to gather us together, may we not wander from your flock, but follow where he leads us, knowing his voice and staying near, until we are safely in your fold, to live with you forever. This we pray in the name of Christ (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

O God, our loving Shepherd, you come to us with strength and love, with tender mercies, patience and protection. We see you in the very living of our days, and yet we so often fail to praise you or to offer our burdens to you. Hear us, Lord, as we lift to you our prayers for others and for ourselves.

 

We pray for those in need–those who hunger or are homeless. We pray for those in pain—the abused, brokenhearted and lonely. We pray for the sick in body and in mind, and for those who grieve.

For the life of this community and all those who put their trust in you for all their todays and all their tomorrows, we pray that your loving-kindness to the world would be offered through our hands, our words, our deeds, our hearts.

 

Free us, Lord, as your own people, to sing your praise in the work of our everyday lives. In those comings and goings of our simple and complicated living, make us instruments of your peace and grace in weary days with weary people.  Bless our memories, O God, that in our remembering we may partake of the mystery that is eternal life in its fullness. For we pray in the presence of your risen Christ, our Lord and Savior.

 

OR

Loving God, it is you who gave life and breath to everyone in our world, and in you alone can we find life, breath and meaning for ourselves and our world.  For those who have been blessed with an awareness of your shepherding care, who have looked to you for guidance and nurture, we give you thanks, and we pray that you would unite us within your family to be a shepherding influence on others, that they too may enjoy life within your family.

 

For those who hunger and thirst, who are lost and alone, who yearn to be given new direction, new hope and new life, we pray that you would care for them through us. Let us be seen and known as your faithful flock in this community of faith to which you have given birth. Help us to uphold your name by living with faithfulness and trust in you.

 

Gather us, Lord, as we lift to you the special needs we bring to this day, in silence.  (silence)

Carried upon your shoulders, we find our refuge. In your gentle care we find our home. And in your living Spirit we are united this day, Lord, as we offer to you our prayers in the name of your holy Child, Jesus Christ, the guardian and shepherd of our souls.  Amen.

 

Prayers from Common Worship*

Collect

 

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:

keep us always under his protection,

and give us grace to follow in his steps;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2017, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 10:1-10

 

By entrance of the Lord, O God,

you bring us safely into care.

You shelter and sustain us where

we can abide, and will,

beneath the ready voice of Jesus,

our Lord and shepherd,

our door and sanctity.

All thanks to you, O God.

 

Service of Table  

Offertory / Invitation to Give

One of the most loved texts of God’s people of faith for centuries lies in the heart of the 23rd Psalm.  The poet whose hymns may be the most often sung in all the church, Isaac Watts, gave us these words for part of it:

“Your sure provisions, gracious God, attend me all my days;

O may your house be my abode, and all my work be praise.”

Indeed, all of our work – whatever we do, and however we do it – can be turned to the praise of God as we begin to know ourselves as stewards of God’s grace. Everything we are and everything we have are the gifts of the most gracious Giver, whose provisions are sure, unending, and generous. May we respond out of hearts of gratitude and love as we bring forth the fruits of our lives and labors.

 

OR

Jesus said, “Give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors.

 

Offertory Prayer

May we follow you, Good Shepherd, not only on the mountains of pleasure, or in the plains of comfort, but also through valleys of difficulty, and in pathways of service. Receive these gifts, we pray, as part of that life which we offer up to you, to be transformed into your ministries of grace and goodness in our world.  Amen.

 

Invitation to the Table

Christ the Good Shepherd has prepared a feast for us, even in the presence of our enemies. Indeed, it is offered here, among our friends and strangers and neighbors, week by week, that we might know Christ’s guiding and loving presence, and might be strengthened to share him with the world around us as he calls us each by name. Let us come to the feast of the Risen One.

 

OR

God has provided for us a great feast of love and redemption through the gift of God’s own Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Let all who would receive life and life abundant from his hand come to the Table of the Lord with thanksgiving.

 

Responsive Thanksgiving at the Table

L: We thank you, God that you have provided for all of us who ever were or ever will be by giving yourself to us in love. If we go to the heights of the mountains, or if we make the grave our bed, you are there with us. If we go to the depths of the sea, your right hand holds us securely.

P: You are our shepherd. We praise you.

L: Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. When the time was right, you, the Creator of all that is, sent him to be a creature like us. Instead of a servant, you sent your own Son that he might be servant of all. He alone, who is closest to your heart, made you known to us. He walked among us, ate with us, showed us his glory in signs, and gave to us this feast of joy to be a symbol of our redemption and the promise of our salvation from sin and death.

P: You are our shepherd. We glorify you.

   (Here follows the Words of Institution, concluding): Do this in remembrance of me.

P: You are our shepherd. We give thanks to you for your great glory. Glory to you, O Lord Most High.

L: We ask now that you bless us, as we share this bread and cup, that we might be nourished by that same unbounded love and so be encouraged to be your servants in the world, in the example of our Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church: All your people and all your works glorify and honor you, Father, now and for ever.

P: Amen.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

 

  1. We thank you, God that you have provided for all of us who ever were or ever will be by giving yourself to us in love. If we go to the heights of the mountains, or if we make the grave our bed, you are there with us. If we go to the depths of the sea, your right hand holds us securely. Here, in the green pasture of your gathered body, you nourish us with the bread of life. Give us grace to receive this gift with new gratitude.

 

  1. We ask now that you bless us, O God, as we share this cup which you offer, that we might be nourished by your unbounded love, and so be encouraged to be your servants in the world, in the example of our Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails for each Sunday’s service.  Visit http://www.thejubileefund.com/ to learn more.

Rev. Tim Graves offers Liturgy Bits with valuable, culturally sensitive and creatively contemplative works, well worth your time.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2016.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2016; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

NOTE:  We hope you return to this posting often (and are subscribed to the feed by email, on Facebook or your favorite reader), since the content of each week’s posting may change several times before Sunday.  We’d also like to include your content, even after the fact, since everything will roll around again in 3 years, and your contributions may find new life in the great cycle of the lectionary.  Send your comments or content here.

 

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Easter 4A

May 11

 

Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by TextWeek.com – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

 

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources for each individual pericope:

Acts 2:42-47 Roman Catholic reading: Acts 2:14, 36-41

Psalm 23 Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 23: 1-6

1 Peter 2:19-25 Roman Catholic reading: 1 Peter 2:20-25

John 10:1-10

 

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

The Oremus Hymnal offers many good choices for the lectionary (although this 2010 version will have incorrect calendar dates). Not all are available in Chalice Hymnal, but some may be helpful in congregations where there is not a Chalice Hymnal available. Visit the Oremus Hymnal.

Hymns 78-79-80 reference Psalm 23; Hymn 558 references Jesus as Shepherd. All the Easter hymns are also quite appropriate. For communion, 426-The Voice of Jesus calls his people

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

 

 

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent). A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin. Where practical, these may be offered here as well. You may also want to visit http://www.modernpsalter.com/ or

http://lectionarypsalms.org/  

This week: Psalm 23 is on page 734; see also hymns 78-79-80

 

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On John 10:1-10

 

              Here for shelter in the sheepfold,

              here within the holding walls,

              gather we when Jesus calls us,

              surely knowing his clear voice.

 

              When the thief comes to the sheepfold

              not by door does he arrive;

              but by wall and scaling effort

              seeks he to distress us all.

 

              Surely follow we the shepherd;

              surely by his voice we come.

              Strangers dally without knowing

              how the sure voice settles hope.

 

              Here, the door where we are welcome;

              here, the way of all delight:

              Jesus leads us out to pasture

              in to sate our souls in praise.

 

8.7.8.7. Suggested tune: Omni Die

 

A Note on Mother’s Day

While the Christian Calendar does not include reference to Mother’s Day, many of our churches observe it in ways great and small. Typically, it is suggested that the theme and interest involved not stand in the way of the season and proclamation of Easter, but little else is offered. There are a number of resources which may enhance the observation of the day when used judiciously.

 

A Pastoral Prayer for the Day: (adapted by the editor)

God of all love and holiness, on this day of love and wonder, we are awakened to the mysteries of life that you create. As we give thanks to you for your wonderful deeds of love and grace, we pray for the human family that we might be renewed and restored to love in your image.

Hear our prayers for families and those who journey alone, that we might establish within your church such a glowing love and acceptance that friendship might be strengthened and the joy of fellowship be known, that none may journey in loneliness.

Help us, we pray, to be a strength to the friendships and romance that you kindle in the hearts of people who love, that relationships between them might blossom according to your will, and that homes of peace and grace would spring up in this age of selfishness and hate.

Free us in love to serve our neighbors, especially as we consider the poor, the hungry, the oppressed and the ill, as we remember…

And help us to serve as agents of healing to our nation which is struggling to regain its footing in a time of distrust, pain and upheaval. May we be empowered to make our communities, grounded in your love for our world, places of forgiveness and reconciliation, where love is practiced in practical ways in our dealings with others who need us and need you.

Fill us with your Spirit as a people of faith that we may serve you all our days, and look forward to your heavenly feast of joy and love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

OR

Loving God, it is you who gave life and breath to everyone in our world, and in you alone can we find life, breath and meaning for ourselves and our world.

For those who have been blessed with an awareness of your mothering care, who have looked to you for guidance and nurture, we give you thanks, and we pray that you would unite us within your family to be a nurturing influence on others, that they too may enjoy life within your family.

For those who hunger and thirst, who are lost and alone, who yearn to be given new direction, new hope and new life, we pray that you would care for them through us. Let us be seen and known as your faithful children in this community of faith to which you have given birth. Help us to uphold your name by acting, as Jesus our brother, in faithfulness and trust in you.

Gather us, Lord, as we lift to you the special needs we bring to this day, in silence.

Under the shadow of your wings we find our refuge. In your gentle care we find our home. And in your living Spirit we are united this day, Lord, as we offer to you our prayers in the name of your holy Child, Jesus, the Christ.

 

 

Call to Worship(adapted by the editor)

L: Open the gate! The Shepherd is coming!

P: We hear his glad voice, calling us by name, leading us to green pastures.

L: No stranger’s voice will we follow. We follow only the One who brings us home.

P: One door, one flock, one fold, one Shepherd. Open the gate! The Good

     Shepherd comes!

 

 

Prayer of Approach (created or adapted by the editor)

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Let us pray. Almighty God, who sent Jesus, the Good Shepherd, to gather us together, receive the praises of your thankful people this day. As we offer ourselves to you that our lives might be re-ordered to meet the days ahead, may we not wander from your flock, but follow where he leads us, knowing his voice and staying near, until we are safely in your fold, to live with you forever. (This we pray in the name of Christ our Lord who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)

 

Intercessions (adapted by the editor) – addressing Good Shepherd Sunday and Mother’s Day

        O God, our loving Shepherd, you come to us with the strength and love of a father, and the tender mercies, patience and protection of a loving mother. We see you in the very living of our days, and yet we so often fail to praise you or to offer our burdens to you. Hear us, Lord, as we lift to you our prayers for others and for ourselves.

We pray for those in need–those who hunger or are homeless. We pray for those in pain—the abused, brokenhearted and lonely. We pray for the sick in body and in mind, and for those who grieve.

For the life of this community and all those who put their trust in you for all their todays and all their tomorrows, we pray that your lovingkindness to the world would be offered through our hands, our words, our deeds, our hearts.

Free us, Lord, as your own people, to sing your praise in the work of our everyday lives. In those comings and goings of our simple and complicated living, make us instruments of your peace and grace in weary days with weary people.

Bless our memories, O God, that in our remembering we may partake of the mystery that is eternal life in its fullness. For we pray in the presence of your risen Christ, our Lord and Savior.

 

Collect of the Day (adapted by the editor)

O shepherd God, you have blessed us with peace as tranquil as a flowing stream; peace that nourishes as food and sleep; peace that is stronger than death. You call us to rest in your care that we may live with courage. Though fears beset us, your love will comfort us again. Though death is no stranger, you shall be our last and best friend. We thank you, Shepherd God, for your love that fills us to overflowing/for we pray in the name of Christ.

 

Prayers from Common Worship

Collect

 

Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:

raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

 

Post Communion

 

Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:

keep us always under his protection,

and give us grace to follow in his steps;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Alternative Collect

 

Risen Christ,

faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:

teach us to hear your voice

and to follow your command,

that all your people may be gathered into one flock,

to the glory of God the Father.

 

Collect of the Day (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Collect of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 10:1-10

 

We are your sheep, O God,

 

meandering unknowingly in your pasture,

 

under the steady care of our Shepherd,

 

the Good Shepherd, the Lord Jesus.

 

Grant us the entrance by the Door,

 

the shelter of the steady Lord

 

who stays with us in all disaster

 

to staunch the leering wolves

 

Service of Table (by the editor using traditional responses)

Preparation (Invitation)

God has provided for us a great feast of love and redemption through the gift of God’s own Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Let all who would receive life and life abundant from his hand come to the Table of the Lord with thanksgiving.

[If the offering has not yet been received, add: “Let us prepare the Table of the Lord with the fruits of our lives and our labors”]

 

Prayer(s) of Thanksgiving

L: The Lord be with you.

P: And also with you.

L: Lift up your hearts.

P: We lift them up to the Lord.

L: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God,.

P: It is right and just.   [or: “It is right to give God thanks and praise.”]

L: We thank you, God that you have provided for all of us who ever were or ever will be by giving yourself to us in love. If we go to the heights of the mountains, or if we make the grave our bed, you are there with us. If we go to the depths of the sea, your right hand holds us securely.

P: You are our shepherd. We praise you.

L: Holy are you and blessed is your Son Jesus Christ. When the time was right, you, the Creator of all that is, sent him to be a creature like us. Instead of a servant, you sent your own Son that he might be servant of all. He alone, who is closest to your heart, made you known to us. He walked among us, ate with us, showed us his glory in signs, and gave to us this feast of joy to be a symbol of our redemption and the promise of our salvation from sin and death.

P: You are our shepherd. We glorify you.

   (Here follows the Words of Institution, concluding): Do this in remembrance of me.

P: You are our shepherd. We give thanks to you for your great glory. Glory to you, O Lord Most High.

L: We ask now that you bless us, as we share this bread and cup, that we might be nourished by that same unbounded love and so be encouraged to be your servants in the world, in the example of our Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in your holy church: All your people and all your works glorify and honor you, Father, now and for ever.

P: Amen.

 

 

(Alternately, the following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

1. We thank you, God that you have provided for all of us who ever were or ever will be by giving yourself to us in love. If we go to the heights of the mountains, or if we make the grave our bed, you are there with us. If we go to the depths of the sea, your right hand holds us securely. Here, in the green pasture of your gathered body, you nourish us with the bread of life. Give us grace to receive this gift with new gratitude.

 

2. We ask now that you bless us, O God, as we share this cup which you offer, that we might be nourished by your unbounded love, and so be encouraged to be your servants in the world, in the example of our Shepherd, your Son Jesus Christ.

 

Conclusion: Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

[if not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’”]

 

MORE…

Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at MinistryMatters.com, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University.

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw (Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful. Read more here.

 

Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012. Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992. The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy. Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary

 

Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.

 

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