~ SERVICE OF THE WORD ~

April 25, 2021

Fourth Sunday Of Eastertide

Good Shepherd Sunday

PRAYER IN PREPARATION FOR WORSHIP

Loving Shepherd, you know our names, you care for us. When we face darkness and death, walk beside us. When we hunger for your love, fill us with your presence. When we are fearful, feed us at your table. May we dwell in the house of goodness and mercy all the days of our lives. Amen.

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PRELUDE MUSIC

 

GREETING & ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

SOLEMN DECLARATION & CALL TO WORSHIP

Pastor:   Love one another, even when love involves risk.      

People: We love as God loves us.

Pastor:   Love and care for others, even when caring is hard.

People: We love and care as God loves and cares for us.

Pastor:   Love in truth and action.          

People: By this we are known as children of God.

Sifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abington Worship Annual 2021 (p. 107). Abington Press. Kindle Edition.

 

GATHERING HYMN

“O For A Thousand Tongues To Sing”

 

O for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemers praise,

The glories ever echoing the triumphs of God’s grace!

 

My gracious Savior and my God, assist me to proclaim,

To spread through all the earth abroad the honors of your name.

 

Jesus! The name that calms our fears, that bids our sorrows cease,

Is music in the sinner’s ears, is life, and health, and peace!

 

Glory to God, and love and praise be ever, ever giv’n

By all the saints in every age, the church in earth and heav’n.

 

AZMON

Charles Wesley, 1740 / Carl G. Gläser, 1828

 

CALL TO CONFESSION

UNISON PRAYER OF CONFESSION

Merciful shepherd, give us the grace to love as you love. Give us the courage to love people who frighten us. Grant us the mercy to love with the same great love you have for us.  Guide us as we learn to hear and welcome different voices. Love through us, that we may welcome and include every person to your community of love. Awaken our hearts to your generosity.  Forgive us when our love is absent, and renew your love in our hearts, that our love may expand and enfold all of your people on earth. In your love and grace, we pray. Amen.

Scifres, Mary; Beu, B.J. Abingdon Worship Annual 2021 (p. 108). Abingdon Press. Kindle Edition.

 

ASSURANCE OF GOD’S FORGIVENESS

 

SHARING OF GOD’S PEACE

     Pastor: God’s peace is yours!

     People: And yours also!

(please safely share God’s peace with those around you)

ACT OF PRAISE

     Pastor: Let us praise the Lord!

     People: The Lord’s name be praised!

     Response: “Glory Be To The Father”  

Glory be to the Father,

and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be.

World without end! Amen. Amen.

FIRST READING

1 John 3: 16-24

Love One Another

 

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.

 

GOSPEL READING

John 10: 1-14

 Jesus The Good Shepherd

 

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

 

So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

“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.

 

TEACHING TIME FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS    

 

HYMN

“My Shepherd Is The Living God” 

 

My shepherd is the living God, I therefore nothing need;

In pastures fair, near pleasant streams you settle me to feed.

You bring my wandering spirit back when I forsake your ways,

And lead me for your mercy’s sake in paths of truth and grace.

 

When I walk through the shades of death, your presence is my stay;

A word of your supporting breath drives all my fears away.

Your hand, in sight of all my foes, does still my table spread;

My cup with blessings overflows, your oil anoints my head. 

CONSOLATION

Psalm 23 Para. Isaac Watts, 1719  / Southern Harmony, 1835 Harm. Erik Routley, 1976

 

AFFIRMATION OF FAITH  

“The Apostles’ Creed”

I believe in God, the Father almighty,

      Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,

      He was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

      Born of the Virgin Mary,

      Suffered under Pontius Pilate,

      Was crucified, died, and was buried;

      He descended to the dead.

      On the third day he rose again;

      He ascended into heaven,

      He is seated at the right hand of the Father, 

      And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

      The holy catholic Church

      The communion of saints, 

      The forgiveness of sins,

      The resurrection of the body,

      And the life everlasting. Amen. 

SPECIAL MUSIC

“Psalm 23”

arr. Valerie Showers Crescenz

MORNING PRAYERS & LORD’S PRAYER

     Pastor: Let us turn our hearts to God in our morning prayers…the Lord be with you.

     People: And with you also.

     Pastor: Let us pray…

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen. 

OFFERING

     Invitation

     Response: “Doxology”                                        

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Praise Him, all creatures here below.

Praise Him above ye heav’nly host.

Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Amen.

     Prayer Of Dedication

 

PARTING HYMN

“Savior, Like A Shepherd Lead Us” 

 

Savior, like a shepherd lead us, much we need your tender care;

In your pleasant pastures feed us, for our use your folds prepare.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us, yours we are;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us, yours we are.

 

Let us always seek your favor; let us always do your will;

Jesus Christ our only Savior, with your love our spirits fill.

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have loved us, loved us still;

Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have loved us, loved us still. 

BRADBURY

Dorothy A. Thrupp, 1836 / William B. Bradbury, 1859

1933

COMMISSION & BENEDICTION

     Response: Amen, Amen, Amen”

 

CHIMES & POSTLUDE MUSIC

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  ~ UPCOMING SERVICES & MEETINGS ~

 

Today, April 25

10:15AM - Joyful Ringers rehearsal

 

Tuesday, April 27

6:00PM – Consistory Meeting

 

Sunday, May 02

9:00AM – Sacrament of Holy Communion

9:45AM - Congregational Meeting

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers rehearsal

Sunday, May 09

9:00AM – Worship Service

10:15AM – Joyful Ringers rehearsal

~ ANNOUNCEMENTS ~

 

The Mission Team is sponsoring a sticky bun sale to help pay for our next shipment to the Philippines. All orders and money must be returned no later than May 9. You may pick up your orders Tuesday, May 25 after 5PM, Wednesday, May 26 9AM-4PM, or Thursday, May 27 during office hours. Remaining money after shipment is paid will go toward continued ministry at Saint John’s. Please help support this mission of our church. Orders and payment may be given to the Mission Team, Heidi, Micki, Winnie, Fiona, or Sue.