The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Join us for prayers, read today’s Bible Readings and enjoy the hymns, psalm and anthem for today, the Fourth Sunday of Easter.  As today is an Evensong in church, the music in this written service also includes the Canticles.


On this beautiful sunny day, we take a moment to think of those suffering through war and unrest. Let us pray for a moment…


Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed: kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all, the true love of peace and guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen. 


Opening Hymn 374

How sweet the name of Jesus sounds


The Collect for Today

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. Amen. 


Canticles: Gibbons Short Service


Nunc Dimittis 


The Readings

Acts 2: 42-end
John 10: 1-10



The Psalm

Psalm 23


The Anthem

O God the King of Glory

Hymn 457

The King of Love my shepherd is



The Intercessions

I give you a new commandment: love one another, as I have loved you, says the Lord, alleluia.

Let us pray to God the Father, who raised Jesus to life and exalted him at his own right hand. Lord protect your people through the glory of Christ

Our Father in heaven, We pray today for our new King Charles III. Grant him your peace as he commits himself again to your service. Give him strength and perseverance as he promises to serve us all as King. May he know you are walking with him day by day.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Reveal the riches of our hidden life in Christ, enable us to see the signs of the new heaven and the new earth.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Through the exaltation of Christ send your Spirit into the Church, make us a sign of unity for the whole human family.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Through the exaltation of your Son raise up the sorrowful, set prisoners free, heal the sick; may the whole world rejoice in your wonderful gifts.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

You nourished the faithful departed with Christ’s body and blood, let them share in his glory on the day of resurrection.

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer

Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.


Hymn 463

Thine for ever! God of love


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. Amen.

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