WORSHIP@HOME

May 3, 2020 • 4th Sunday of Easter
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Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family to continue the Easter celebration,
remembering how Jesus leads us all to new life.
One with all of our sisters and brothers throughout the world,
let us now listen to God's Word and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Sprinkling Rite

Leader: God has given us new birth by water and the Holy Spirit.
May we stay faithful to Jesus for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: Gracious God,
Help us to be strong even when our lives are difficult,
as we follow the call of Jesus our shepherd.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Psalm

All: You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.

Reader 1: You, Lord, are my shepherd.
I will never be in need.
You let me rest in fields of green grass.
You lead me to streams of peaceful water,
and you refresh my life.

All: You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.

Reader 1: You are true to your name,
and you lead me along the right paths.
I may walk through valleys as dark as death,
but I won’t be afraid.
You are with me,
and your shepherd’s rod makes me feel safe.

All: You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.

Reader 1: You treat me to a feast, while my enemies watch.
You honor me as your guest,
and you fill my cup until it overflows.

All: You, Lord, are my shepherd. I will never be in need.

Reader 1: Your kindness and love will always be with me
each day of my life,
and I will live forever in your house, Lord.

All: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reader 1: The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

All: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reader 1: He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side.
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

All:

Reader 1: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

All: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Reader 1: Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

All: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

Psalm Videos

Alleluia

Gospel

Reader 1: Jesus often referred to himself as the Good Shepherd, someone who watches over the sheep and keeps them from harm. In today’s Gospel, Jesus also describes himself as the gate that all the sheep must go through. We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of John.

Reader 1: Jesus said:
I tell you for certain that only thieves and robbers climb over the fence instead of going in through the gate to the sheep pen.
But the gatekeeper opens the gate for the shepherd, and he goes in through it.
The sheep know their shepherd’s voice. He calls each of them by name and leads them out.
When he has led out all of his sheep, he walks in front of them, and they follow, because they know his voice.
The sheep will not follow strangers. They don’t recognize a stranger’s voice, and they run away.
Jesus told the people this story. But they did not understand what he was talking about. Jesus said: I tell you for certain that I am the gate for the sheep.
Everyone who came before me was a thief or a robber, and the sheep did not listen to any of them.
I am the gate. All who come in through me will be saved.
Through me they will come and go and find pasture.
A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy.
I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest.

Reader 1: Jesus said:
“Amen, amen, I say to you,
whoever does not enter a sheepfold through the gate
but climbs over elsewhere is a thief and a robber.
But whoever enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep.
The gatekeeper opens it for him, and the sheep hear his voice,
as the shepherd calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
When he has driven out all his own,
he walks ahead of them, and the sheep follow him,
because they recognize his voice.
But they will not follow a stranger;
they will run away from him,
because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.”
Although Jesus used this figure of speech,
the Pharisees did not realize what he was trying to tell them.
So Jesus said again, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
I am the gate for the sheep.
All who came before me are thieves and robbers,
but the sheep did not listen to them.
I am the gate.
Whoever enters through me will be saved,
and will come in and go out and find pasture.
A thief comes only to steal and slaughter and destroy;
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 2: For all those who are sick and their family members,
that they may know that God is with them
and they are not alone,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For everyone who is working to keep us safe,
keep us fed, and meet our needs,
that God will protect them and keep them safe,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For those who are unable to work at this time
or are struggling to make ends meet,
that God will provide their daily bread,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: Our Father, who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come.
Thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: Christ is risen, alleluia, alleluia!

All: Thanks be to God, alleluia, alleluia!

Closing Song

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