Fourth Sunday of Easter – May 3, 2020

Click HERE for the video of the service and see below for the order of service.

 

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 3, 2020

 

 

Processional                                    The King of Love my Shepherd Is                                   Hymn 645

 

The King of love my Shepherd is,

whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His,

and He is mine for ever.

 

Where streams of living water flow,

my ransomed soul He leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow,

with food celestial feedeth.

 

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

but yet in love He sought me,

And on His shoulder gently laid,

and home, rejoicing, brought me.

 

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

with Thee, dear Lord, beside me;

Thy rod and staff my comfort still,

Thy cross before to guide me.

 

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

Thy unction grace bestoweth;

and oh, what transport of delight

from Thy pure chalice floweth!

 

And so through all the length of days

Thy goodness faileth never:

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise

within Thy house for ever.

 

Celebrant   Alleluia. Christ is risen.                                                                                    BCP 355

      People       The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

Celebrant   Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Hymn                                                  Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord                         Hymn 178

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

give praise to His Name.

 

Jesus is Lord of all the earth

He is the King of creation.

 

Spread the good news

o’er all the earth.

Jesus has died and has risen.

 

We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever.

 

Come let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Saviour.

 

The Collect of the Day

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant         Let us pray.

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.

 

The First Lesson                              Acts 2:42-47

Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

The Psalm                                          Psalm 23

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *

I shall not be in want.

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *

and leads me beside still waters.

3 He revives my soul *

and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *

you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

The Epistle                                       1 Peter 2:19-25

It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

“He committed no sin,

and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Hymn                                    You Are God: Te Deum laudamus                                 Hymn S-288

You are God: we praise you;

You are the Lord: we acclaim you;

You are the eternal Father:

All creation worships you.

 

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

 

You, Christ, are the king of glory,

the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free

you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints

to glory everlasting.

 

The Gospel                                        John 10:1-10

Celebrant         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

Celebrant         The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

Sermon                                               Fr. Dcn. Gary Stoddard

 

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                                BPC 358

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

Prayers of the People                                                                                                         BCP 392

Leader             In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;

People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;

People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;

People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

Leader             For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Kym our Bishop; and for all bishops and other ministers;

People             For all who serve God in his Church.

 

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.                                     Silence

Leader             Hear us, Lord;

People             For your mercy is great.

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.                                          Silence

Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;

People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. Silence

Leader             Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

People             Who put their trust in you.

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

The Peace & Announcements

Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

 

Recessional                                      Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us                                    Hymn 708

Savior, like a shepherd lead us;

much we need thy tender care;

in thy pleasant pastures feed us;

for our use thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus!

thou hast bought us, thine we are.

 

Early let us seek thy favor,

early let us learn thy will;

do thou, Lord, our only Savior,

with thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus!

thou hast loved us: love us still.

 

 

 

Processional                                    The King of Love my Shepherd Is                                   Hymn 645

 

 

The King of love my Shepherd is,

whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His,

and He is mine for ever.

 

Where streams of living water flow,

my ransomed soul He leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow,

with food celestial feedeth.

 

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

but yet in love He sought me,

And on His shoulder gently laid,

and home, rejoicing, brought me.

 

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

with Thee, dear Lord, beside me;

Thy rod and staff my comfort still,

Thy cross before to guide me.

 

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

Thy unction grace bestoweth;

and oh, what transport of delight

from Thy pure chalice floweth!

 

And so through all the length of days

Thy goodness faileth never:

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise

within Thy house for ever.

 

 

 

Celebrant   Alleluia. Christ is risen.                                                                                    BCP 355

      People       The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

Celebrant   Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Hymn                                                  Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord                         Hymn 178

 

 

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

give praise to His Name.

 

Jesus is Lord of all the earth

He is the King of creation.

 

Spread the good news

o’er all the earth.

Jesus has died and has risen.

 

We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever.

 

Come let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Saviour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Collect of the Day

 

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant         Let us pray.

 

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.

 

 

The First Lesson                              Acts 2:42-47

 

Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

 

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm                                          Psalm 23

 

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *

I shall not be in want.

 

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *

and leads me beside still waters.

 

3 He revives my soul *

and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

 

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *

you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

 

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

 

 

The Epistle                                       1 Peter 2:19-25

 

It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

 

“He committed no sin,

and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

 

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Hymn                                    You Are God: Te Deum laudamus                                 Hymn S-288

 

You are God: we praise you;

You are the Lord: we acclaim you;

You are the eternal Father:

All creation worships you.

 

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

 

You, Christ, are the king of glory,

the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free

you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints

to glory everlasting.

 

 

The Gospel                                        John 10:1-10

 

Celebrant         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

 

Celebrant         The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

Sermon                                               Fr. Dcn. Gary Stoddard

 

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                                BPC 358

 

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People                                                                                                         BCP 392

 

Leader             In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;

People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;

People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;

People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

Leader             For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Kym our Bishop; and for all bishops and other ministers;

People             For all who serve God in his Church.

 

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.                                     Silence

 

 

Leader             Hear us, Lord;

People             For your mercy is great.

 

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.                                          Silence

 

 

Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;

People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. Silence

 

 

Leader             Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

People             Who put their trust in you.

 

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Peace & Announcements

 

Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

 

 

Recessional                                      Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us                                    Hymn 708

 

 

Savior, like a shepherd lead us;

much we need thy tender care;

in thy pleasant pastures feed us;

for our use thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus!

thou hast bought us, thine we are.

 

Early let us seek thy favor,

early let us learn thy will;

do thou, Lord, our only Savior,

with thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus!

thou hast loved us: love us still.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Processional                                    The King of Love my Shepherd Is                                   Hymn 645

 

 

The King of love my Shepherd is,

whose goodness faileth never;

I nothing lack if I am His,

and He is mine for ever.

 

Where streams of living water flow,

my ransomed soul He leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow,

with food celestial feedeth.

 

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

but yet in love He sought me,

And on His shoulder gently laid,

and home, rejoicing, brought me.

 

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill

with Thee, dear Lord, beside me;

Thy rod and staff my comfort still,

Thy cross before to guide me.

 

Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

Thy unction grace bestoweth;

and oh, what transport of delight

from Thy pure chalice floweth!

 

And so through all the length of days

Thy goodness faileth never:

Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise

within Thy house for ever.

 

 

 

Celebrant   Alleluia. Christ is risen.                                                                                    BCP 355

      People       The Lord is risen indeed.  Alleluia.

 

Celebrant   Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

 

Hymn                                                  Alleluia! Give Thanks to the Risen Lord                         Hymn 178

 

 

Alleluia, Alleluia,

Give thanks to the risen Lord,

Alleluia, Alleluia,

give praise to His Name.

 

Jesus is Lord of all the earth

He is the King of creation.

 

Spread the good news

o’er all the earth.

Jesus has died and has risen.

 

We have been crucified with Christ.

Now we shall live forever.

 

Come let us praise the living God,

Joyfully sing to our Saviour.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Collect of the Day

 

Celebrant         The Lord be with you.

People             And also with you.

Celebrant         Let us pray.

 

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.

 

 

The First Lesson                              Acts 2:42-47

 

Those who had been baptized devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

 

Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

The Psalm                                          Psalm 23

 

1 The Lord is my shepherd; *

I shall not be in want.

 

2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *

and leads me beside still waters.

 

3 He revives my soul *

and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

 

4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *

for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

 

5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *

you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.

 

6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

 

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

 

 

The Epistle                                       1 Peter 2:19-25

 

It is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps.

 

“He committed no sin,

and no deceit was found in his mouth.”

 

When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls.

 

Lector              The Word of the Lord.

People             Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Hymn                                    You Are God: Te Deum laudamus                                 Hymn S-288

 

You are God: we praise you;

You are the Lord: we acclaim you;

You are the eternal Father:

All creation worships you.

 

To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,

Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

The glorious company of apostles praise you.

The noble fellowship of prophets praise you.

The white-robed army of martyrs praise you.

Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you;

Father, of majesty unbounded,

your true and only Son, worthy of all worship,

and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.

 

You, Christ, are the king of glory,

the eternal Son of the Father.

When you became man to set us free

you did not shun the Virgin’s womb.

You overcame the sting of death

and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers.

You are seated at God’s right hand in glory.

We believe that you will come and be our judge.

Come then, Lord, and help your people,

bought with the price of your own blood,

and bring us with your saints

to glory everlasting.

 

 

The Gospel                                        John 10:1-10

 

Celebrant         The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People             Glory to you, Lord Christ.

 

Jesus said, “Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.”

 

Celebrant         The Gospel of the Lord.

People             Praise to you, Lord Christ.

 

 

Sermon                                               Fr. Dcn. Gary Stoddard

 

The Nicene Creed                                                                                                                BPC 358

 

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.

 

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

 

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

 

 

Prayers of the People                                                                                                         BCP 392

 

Leader             In peace, we pray to you, Lord God.

 

Leader             For all people in their daily life and work;

People             For our families, friends, and neighbors, and for those who are alone.

 

Leader             For this community, the nation, and the world;

People             For all who work for justice, freedom, and peace.

 

Leader             For the just and proper use of your creation;

People             For the victims of hunger, fear, injustice, and oppression.

 

Leader             For all who are in danger, sorrow, or any kind of trouble;

People             For those who minister to the sick, the friendless, and the needy.

 

Leader             For the peace and unity of the Church of God;

People             For all who proclaim the Gospel, and all who seek the Truth.

 

Leader             For Michael our Presiding Bishop, and Kym our Bishop; and for all bishops and other ministers;

People             For all who serve God in his Church.

 

Leader             For the special needs and concerns of this congregation.                                     Silence

 

 

Leader             Hear us, Lord;

People             For your mercy is great.

 

Leader             We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life.                                          Silence

 

 

Leader             We will exalt you, O God our King;

People             And praise your Name for ever and ever.

 

Leader             We pray for all who have died, that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom. Silence

 

 

Leader             Lord, let your loving kindness be upon them;

People             Who put their trust in you.

 

Leader             We pray to you also for the forgiveness of our sins.

 

All                   Have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; in your compassion forgive us our sins, known and unknown, things done and left undone; and so uphold us by your Spirit that we may live and serve you in newness of life, to the honor and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

 

The Peace & Announcements

 

Celebrant         The peace of the Lord be always with you.

People             And also with you.

 

 

Recessional                                      Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us                                    Hymn 708

 

 

Savior, like a shepherd lead us;

much we need thy tender care;

in thy pleasant pastures feed us;

for our use thy folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus!

thou hast bought us, thine we are.

 

Early let us seek thy favor,

early let us learn thy will;

do thou, Lord, our only Savior,

with thy love our bosoms fill.

Blessed Jesus! Blessed Jesus!

thou hast loved us: love us still.

 

 

 

 

 

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