April 25, 2021 • 4th Sunday of Easter


Just Before You Begin


Opening Song

Blessed are the poor in spirit
Longing for their Lord
For God's coming kingdom shall be theirs
Blessed are the sorrowing
For they shall be consoled
And the meek shall come to rule the world

Lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord
By the light of truth
To seek and to find the narrow way
Be my way, be my truth
Be my life, my Lord
And lead me, Lord, today

Blessed are the merciful, for mercy shall be theirs
And the pure in heart shall see their God
Blest are they whose hunger only holiness can fill
For I say they shall be satisfied

Lead me, Lord, lead me, Lord
By the light of truth
To seek and to find the narrow way
Be my way, be my truth
Be my life, my Lord
And lead me, Lord, today
And lead me, Lord, today


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 now to remind ourselves that this is still the season of Easter
and God invites us to look around and notice how new life comes out of death.
Together with all people of faith around the world,
let us join in prayer as we listen to God’s Word.

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: Good and gracious God,
through Jesus’ resurrection you have promised that suffering and death will never have the final word.
Hear us as we ask your blessing for all those who are living in fear, sadness, anxiety, or any kind of darkness.
Help them to know that life will come out of this time of suffering.
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.




Reader 1: Today we hear talk about sheep and shepherds and how good shepherds care for their sheep. 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: I am the good shepherd, and the good shepherd gives up his life for his sheep.
Hired workers are not like the shepherd.
They don’t own the sheep, and when they see a wolf coming, they run off and leave the sheep.
Then the wolf attacks and scatters the flock.
Hired workers run away because they don’t care about the sheep.
I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and they know me.
Just as the Father knows me, I know the Father, and I give up my life for my sheep.
I have other sheep that are not in this sheep pen.
I must bring them together too, when they hear my voice.
Then there will be one flock of sheep and one shepherd.
The Father loves me, because I give up my life, so that I may receive it back again.
No one takes my life from me. I give it up willingly!
I have the power to give it up and the power to receive it back again, just as my Father commanded me to do.

Reader 1: Jesus said: “I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”

Reader 1: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Video Reflection

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

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

Reader 2: We pray for our country as we continue to learn how to work for safety, healing, and justice for all,
especially those who have been discriminated against
because of the color of their skin, their race, their language, or their religion,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for those who are hungry, who don’t have a safe or clean place to live,
and those who are lonely with no one to help them.
Open our eyes, God, to see how we are called to serve them,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 2: We pray for all children and students who have to learn new ways to learn this year:
some at home, some at school with new rules, and some in a combination of both.
May God lead all teachers and administrators to make the best decisions possible for their students.
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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