Easter 4

Christ is Risen – worship in Easter

Today’s full audio is available here.

we begin…

Welcome

Alleluia. Christ is risen.
All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia.

He has given us new life and hope.
All      He has raised Jesus from the dead.
           Alleluia.

Faithful one,
whose word is life:
come with saving power
to free our praise,
inspire our prayer
and shape our lives
for the kingdom of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

All      Amen.

Song – By gracious powers

By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered
and confidently waiting, come what may,
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to meet us each new day.
we know that God is with us night and morning,
and never fails to meet us each new day.

Yet are our hearts by their old foe tormented;
still evil days bring burdens hard to bear;
O give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, you taught us to prepare.
O give our frightened souls the sure salvation
for which, O Lord, you taught us to prepare.

If once again, in this mixed world, you give us
the joy we had, the brightness of your sun,
we shall recall what we have learned through sorrow,
and dedicate our lives to you alone.
we shall recall what we have learned through sorrow,
and dedicate our lives to you alone.

Prayers of Penitence

Jesus Christ,
risen Master and triumphant Lord,
we come to you in sorrow for our sins,
and confess to you our weakness and unbelief.

We have lived by our own strength,
and not by the power of your resurrection.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All      Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived by the light of our own eyes,
as faithless and not believing.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All      Lord, hear us and help us.

We have lived for this world alone,
and doubted our home in heaven.
In your mercy, forgive us.

All      Lord, hear us and help us.

May the God of love and power
forgive us and free us from our sins,
heal and strengthen us by his Spirit,
and raise us to new life in Christ our Lord.

All      Amen.

Prayer for the week

The Prayer for the day/week (Collect) is said.

Risen Christ,
faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach us to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Reading(s)

Acts 2.42–47
1 Peter 2.19–25
Psalm 23

After the readings

This is the word of the Lord.
All      Thanks be to God.

Song: The Lord’s my Shepherd

sung by the musicians, virtually together

Gospel

John 10:1-10

Reflection

The text is available here (with the prayers text too).

Song – Psalm 23

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith
in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

All      Christ died for our sins
in accordance with the Scriptures;
he was buried;
he was raised to life on the third day
in accordance with the Scriptures;
afterwards he appeared to his followers,
and to all the apostles:
this we have received,
and this we believe. Amen.

The Peace

The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples
and said, ‘Peace be with you.’
Then were they glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia.
The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Prayers

This response may be used

Good Shepherd
All     guide us and lead us.

Rejoicing in God’s new creation,
let us pray as our Saviour taught us

All      Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever. Amen.

we continue…

Gloria in Excelsis

All      Glory to God in the highest,
and peace to his people on earth.
Lord God, heavenly King,
almighty God and Father,
we worship you, we give you thanks,
we praise you for your glory.

Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,
Lord God, Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world:
have mercy on us;
you are seated at the right hand of the Father:
receive our prayer.

For you alone are the Holy One,
you alone are the Lord,
you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,
with the Holy Spirit,
in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Closing Praise

Alleluia. Christ is risen!
All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
All      He has given us new life and hope.

He has raised Jesus from the dead.
All      He has brought us out of darkness.

God has claimed us as his own.
All      He has made us light to the world.

Alleluia. Christ is risen!
All      He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Blessing

May Christ the good shepherd
enfold you with love,
fill you with peace,
and lead you in hope,
to the end of your days;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.
Amen.

We close today listening to Great is thy faithfulness, sung by the Choral Scholars of St Martin in the Fields, London

We may not be able to eat together, but we can drink together and share fellowship, so do feel welcome along to the virtual pub after the service at 7pm


A service from New Patterns for Worship. Compilation copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2002.

Finlandia (By Gracious Powers) Daniel Ackerley

Crimond The Lord’s My Shepherd the musicians of Harton & Cleadon Park

Music video The Lord’s My Shepherd from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.

Great is thy Faithfulness – the Choral Scholars of St Martin’s in the Field for the Church of England