The Fourth Sunday of Easter

We warmly welcome you as you join us for worship this Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Easter.

In the Gospel Reading today, Jesus says “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.”  Let us remember these words as we pray today.

Opening Prayer

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.


Opening Hymn

NRH 457 – The King of Love my shepherd is (St. Columba)

The Readings

Old Testament Reading: Acts 4: 5-12
New Testament Reading: 1 John 3: 16-end
The Gospel Reading: John 10: 11-18


The Intercessions

Gracious Heavenly Father, we thank you for our scripture readings today which focus on healing, service, and personal self-sacrifice. Help us to ponder these messages and their potential impact in our lives. Grant us the courage to translate our conclusions into action. Like the apostles, help us to access the empowerment of the Holy Spirit through prayer, trusting in the promises of your son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Merciful Father, we pray for your protection and consoling love for our Sovereign Queen Elizabeth and her family. We give thanks for the long and devoted life of her late husband Philip and for his example. Grant that the legacy of his many acts and initiatives may continue to bring benefits, especially for the development potential of younger generations.
We also seek your blessing on King Willem Alexander, his family and the government and people of The Netherlands.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Lord, we are made constantly aware of the pain, suffering and bereavement caused by the rampant pandemic. We thank you for the skill and devotion of healthcare workers who labour day and night to tend the sick and bring relief. Grant us the patience and stamina to continue to follow behavioural discipline. Help us in this way to limit the spread of infection. Guide and prosper the manufacture and application of vaccines that they may bring protection to all peoples across our world.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for progress in the efforts to improve the stewardship of our planet and its resources. Help us to be aware of the individual contributions we can all make. Through adjusting our habits and ways of life, grant that we may temper the excessive use of resources and develop a sustainable lifestyle to hand down to future generations.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Lord, when we see the international cooperative efforts to combat the Covid pandemic and separately to rescue our environment, we wonder why such common endeavours cannot be engaged to end armed conflict. Grant that awakened to the futile harm and destruction of war, the powers and peoples of the world may work towards permanent, enduring peace.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

With thankful hearts we rejoice that we have been able to identify a new incumbent for our chaplaincy. We pray that the ongoing work of our Bishop, Archdeacon, and their staff, may bring the administrative engagement process for our new priest to a successful conclusion. Once more we offer sincere thanks for the many priests who have supported us during our lengthy interregnum.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Grant blessings, we pray, to the leaders and members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland, as well as of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church. Give to our Christian brothers and sisters in their communities a deep sense of your presence and help them to radiate witness throughout their surrounding communities.
In giving thanks for the work of our Diocesan Safeguarding team, we ask that their work may continue to assist us in keeping our members safe and secure from harm.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

We pray for the sick in our communities, for the infirm, for the frail, and for all in distress. Stretch out your healing power and restore, we humbly beseech you. Lift the downhearted, give strength and assurance to the doubting, renew the energy of the exhausted, and motivate the disillusioned.
Grant everlasting rest to all who have passed from this mortal life and give comfort to their bereaved families and friends.
Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

Lord, in our busy schedules grant us moments of stillness, brief havens of peace to reflect and assess. In such times, speak to us and guide us, that through the working of your Holy Spirit we may add value by all we say and do.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers which we offer in the name of your Son, our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.


The Lord’s Prayer

We say together The Lord’s Prayer

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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


The Anthem

The anthem for Sunday is: I give to you a new commandment – Peter Nardone




Closing Prayers

Merciful Father,
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be among you and remain with you always.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.