The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Join us as we celebrate the fourth Sunday of Easter. This is an in-person worship service that will be live streamed via Zoom. It will be available to watch on demand via YouTube after the service ends.
Christ Episcopal Church
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
Holy Eucharist Rite II — 10:00 A.M
|Prelude “Voluntary on Psalm 23″ Alec Rowley|
Opening Hymn “Christ the Lord is risen again!” Hymnal 184
1 Christ the Lord is risen again!Christ has broken every chain!Now through all the world it ringsthat the Lamb is King of kings. Alleluia!Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!Christ our Paschal lamb indeed,Christ today your people feed. Alleluia!
2 He who gave for us his life,who for us endured the strife,takes our sin and guilt awaythat with angels we may say: Alleluia!Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!Christ our Paschal lamb indeed,Christ today your people feed. Alleluia!
3 He who bore all pain and losscomfortless upon the crossis exalted now to save,wresting victory from the grave. Alleluia!Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!Christ our Paschal lamb indeed,Christ today your people feed. Alleluia!
The Word of God
Celebrant: Alleluia, Christ is RisenPeople: The Lord is Risen indeed, Alleluia
Gloria [Mathias] (sung by soloist) Hymnal S278
The Collect of the Day
Celebrant: The Lord be with youPeople: And also with youCelebrant: 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.
First Reading: Acts 4:5-12 Reader: S. Bowlby
The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is `the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.’ There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”
Celebrant: The Word of the LordPeople: Thanks be to God
Psalm 23 (spoken)
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.
Second Reading: 1 John 3:16-24 Reader: S. Bowlby
We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.
Celebrant: The Word of the LordPeople: Thanks be to God
Sequence Hymn “Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless” Hymnal 343
1 Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless thy chosen pilgrim flockwith manna in the wilderness, with water from the rock.
2 We would not live by bread alone, but by thy word of grace,in strength of which we travel on to our abiding place.
3 Be known to us in breaking bread, and do not then depart;Savior, abide with us, and spread thy table to our heart.
4 Lord, sup with us to love divine, thy Body and thy Blood,that living bread, that heavenly wine, be our immortal food.
The Gospel: John 10:11-18 Reader: Father Daniel Barker
Deacon: The Holy Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ according to JohnPeople: Glory to you, Lord Christ.
Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason 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 of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”
Deacon: The Gospel of the Lord.
The Sermon Father Daniel Barker
Nicene Creed BCP p. 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.
The Prayers of the People for Eastertide
Verse: Risen ChristResponse: To you we give undying praise.
The Peace BCP p. 358
The Holy Communion
Know that whoever you are, wherever you find yourself on your journey of faith there is a place for you. All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.
Anthem “Brother James’s Air” Gordon JacobSoloist: B. Snyder1 The Lord’s my Shepherd, I’ll not want. He makes me down to liein pastures green, He leadeth me the quiet waters by.He leadeth me, He leadeth me, the quiet waters by.
2 My soul He doth restore again and me to walk doth makeWithin the paths of blessedness, e’en for His own name’s sake.Within the paths of blessedness, e’en for His own name’s sake.
3 Yea, though I pass thro’ shadowed vale, yet will I fear no ill;for Thou art with me, and Thy rod and staff me comfort still.Thy rod and staff me comfort still, me comfort still.
4 My table Thou hast furnished in presence of my foes;My head with oil Thou dost anoint, and my cup over flows.My head Thou dost with oil anoint, and my cup over flows.
5 Goodness and mercy all my days will surely follow me;And in my Father’s heart alway my dwelling place shall be.And in my heart for evermore Thy dwelling place shall be.
The Great Thanksgiving (The People Stand) BCP p. 367
Eucharistic Prayer B BCP p. 367
Celebrant: The Lord be with you.People: And also with you.Celebrant: Lift up your hearts.People: We lift them to the Lord.Celebrant: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.People: It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Then, facing the Holy Table, the Celebrant proceeds
It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and every-where to give thanks to you, Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
Here a Proper Preface is sung or said on all Sundays, and on otheroccasions as appointed.
Holy, holy, holy (Sanctus & Benedictus)(Soloist)[Mathias] Hymnal S128
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:
Celebrant and People
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might,heaven and earth are full of your glory.Hosanna in the highest.Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.Hosanna in the highest.
The people stand or kneel.
Then the Celebrant continuesWe give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.
On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”
After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”
Therefore, according to his command, O Father,
Celebrant and People
We remember his death,We proclaim his resurrection,We await his coming in glory;
The Celebrant continues
And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine. We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with [_____and] all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of our salvation.
By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever. AMEN.
The Lord’s Prayer (Spoken)
The Breaking of the Bread Hymnal S154
All baptized persons are welcome to receive Holy Communion and others to receive a blessing
Fraction (Soloist) Hymnal S154
Music at Communion [Organ]
The Post Communion Prayer
Loving God, we give you thanks for restoring us in your image and nourishing us with spiritual food in the Sacrament of Christ’s Body and Blood. Now send us forth a people, forgiven, healed and renewed; that we may proclaim your love to the world and continue in the risen life of Christ our Savior. Amen.The Blessing
Closing Hymn “Savior, like a shepherd lead us” Hymnal 708
1 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.
2 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.