the Fourth Sunday of Easter”

“Good Shepherd Sunday”

 

GATHER IN GOD’S PRESENCE

 

Prelude                                           

The light of Christ enters our worship with the lighting of our candles.

 

Welcome and Announcements

                                                                                                

Call to Worship:

Leader: I am the good shepherd, says the Lord:

People: He knows his own and we know him.

Leader: My sheep hear my voice, says the Lord.

People: We are the Lord’s sheep, let us bow down and worship our loving God.

 

*Hymn         “Come, Thou Almighty King” PH# 139

 

Call to Confession

Prayer of Confession (in unison)

Almighty God, in raising Jesus from the grave, you shattered the power of sin and death. We confess that we remain captive to doubt and fear. We overlook the poor and the hungry, and pass by those who mourn; we are deaf to the cries of the oppressed, and indifferent to calls for peace. Forgive us, God of mercy. Help us to trust your power to change our lives and make us new, that we may know the joy of life abundant. We pray in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.(Please take a moment for silent reflection.)

 

Assurance of Forgiveness

 

*Glory Be to the Father                                                       PH#

 

*Passing the Peace

            The peace of Christ be with you.     And also with you.

 

LISTEN FOR GOD’S WORD

Prayer for Illumination                                    

Scripture Reading

Old Reading: Psalm 23

New Testament Reading: 1 John 3:16-24

This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Gospel Reading: John 10:11-18

                                    This is the Word of the Lord.  Thanks be to God.

 

Message:

RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

*Affirmation of Faith ~ Apostle’s Creed – traditional           pg. 14

I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hell; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.

 

*Hymn:    “Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us” PH# 387

 

Sharing of Joys and Concerns, Prayer Wall

Prayers of the People & Lord’s Prayer

 

Offering Invitation/Offertory                       

*The Doxology                                                                    PH#592

*Prayer of Dedication (unison)

Blessed are you, God of all creation; through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and for the service of your kingdom. We pray in Christ’s name. Amen.

 

GO IN GOD’S NAME

 

*Hymn      “Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah” PH #281

 

*Charge and Blessing

 

*Going Forth           “He Is Lord”

He is Lord, He is Lord. He is risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess. That Jesus Christ is Lord. He is Lord, He is Lord. He is risen from the dead and He is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess. That Jesus Christ is Lord. Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess. That Jesus Christ is Lord.

L:  And all God’s people said   C:  Amen!

*Postlude                                                          

 

We follow the light of Christ out into the world.