3rd Sunday after Easter A, 4th of Easter A

The Good Shepherd

      'I am the good shepherd,' says the Lord. 'The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.' John 10:11
      Almighty God, you alone can order the unruly wills and passions of sinful men: grant to your people that they may love what you command and desire what you promise, that so, among the many and varied changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed where true joys are to be found; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. BCP. Easter 4
      Let us pray [that Christ our shepherd will lead us]
      Almighty and ever-living God, you give us new strength from the courage of Christ our shepherd. May he lead us to join the saints in heaven, where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen. AAPB
      God of all power, you called from death our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep: send us as shepherds to rescue the lost, to heal the injured, and to feed one another with understanding; through your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. APBA
      The life of the early church.   Acts 2:42-47  
      Your loving kindness will follow me all the days of my life.   Psalm 23  
      The shepherd and bishop of our souls.   1 Peter 2:11-25   2:19-25   2:1-10
      The good shepherd.   John 10:1-10  
Supplementary readings
      The Lord will gather his people.   Jeremiah 23:1-8  
      The Lamb is the shepherd.   Revelation 7:9-17  
Hymns and Spiritual Songs
Worship elements
Gathering Songs
Book & #
TIS 10
TIS 751
CC 201
TIS 393
HTC 127
TCH 536
TIS 650
Hymn or Chorus first line
We are his people, the flock of his hand
The Lord's my shepherd
What does the Lord require of you?
Son of God
Christ is alive, with joy we sing
Empty he came as a man to our race
Teach me thy way, O Lord
Brother let me be your servant
Tunes and sources
"Gather Together". Mel Bay, 1987
Color Key and Notes
      RCL reading;
      APBA reading;
      Congregational response or refrain, AAPB/RSV;
      Subject heading, AAPB;
      Where there is a second Old Testament reading it is sequential rather than linked to the gospel;
      Hymn book and other abbreviations. See In Words and Song.

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