Sunday, 08/05/2022: 4th Sunday of Easter

FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER 8th MAY 2022

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The Lord is my shepherd I shall not want

Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.

HYMN

GREETING

Alleluia Christ is risen.

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia.

Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

He has given us new life and hope

by raising Jesus from the dead.

COLLECT FOR PURITY

Almighty God

to whom all hearts be open

all desires known

and from whom no secrets are hidden;

Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts

by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,

that we may perfectly love you

and worthily magnify your holy name

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

SUMMARY OF THE LAW

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: The first commandment is this: “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is the only Lord. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength.”

The second is this: “Love your neighbour as yourself.” There is no other commandment greater than these. Amen. Lord, have mercy.

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CONFESSION

God is love and we are God’s children.

There is no room for fear in love.

We love because God loved us first.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith.

God our Father, we confess to you

and to our fellow members in the Body of Christ

that we have sinned in thought, word and deed,

and in what we have failed to do.

We are truly sorry.

Forgive us our sins,

and deliver us from the power of evil,

for the sake of your Son who died for us, Jesus Christ, our Lord.

ABSOLUTION

May the God of love and power

forgive you and free you from your sins,

heal and strengthen you by his Spirit

and raise you to new life in Christ our Lord. Amen.

GLORIA sung by Sue St Joseph

COLLECT

O God,

the light of whose truth stretches out

to those who go astray

give your grace to all who profess themselves Christians,

that they may cast what is harmful

and pursue all that gives life;

through Jesus Christ, our Lord,

who lives and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen

FIRST READING PSALM 23 read by Ron Beagrie

The Divine Shepherd

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures;
he leads me beside still waters;
he restores my soul.
He leads me in right paths
for his name’s sake.

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Even though I walk through the darkest valley,
I fear no evil;
for you are with me;

your rod and your staff—
they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
my whole life long.

SECOND READING ACTS 9: 36-43 read by Peter Boreham

Peter in Lydda and Joppa

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Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time, she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So, Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

HYMN

GOSPEL READING JOHN 10:22-30 read by Rev Ann Wren

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St John chapter 10 beginning at verse 22

Glory to Christ our Saviour.

Jesus Is Rejected by the Jews

lectionarypondering: John 10:22-30

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon. So, the Jews gathered around him and said to him, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.” Jesus answered, “I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father’s name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep. My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand. What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

SERMON

Today we are going to take a look at the 23rd Psalm. This is a favourite psalm of many, many people. Countless numbers of people throughout many generations have found hope in it in times of great fear and panic, even President George W. Bush quoted from this passage when he addressed the nation from the oval office on the evening of the 911 attacks. The 23rd Psalm deals with the realities of life. When you face difficult decisions, this Psalm is for you. When you are losing heart, this Psalm is for you. When you face enemies, this Psalm is for you. When you have seen the face of evil, this Psalm is for you. And since you will one day walk through the valley of death, this Psalm is for you. You need a Shepherd

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In this Psalm David speaks quite personally of God as his Shepherd. David begins his Psalm saying ‘The Lord is my shepherd’. This statement actually shook the readers of biblical times because the temptation in ancient Israel was to speak only about “our” God forgetting that the God of Israel is also the God of individuals. Indeed Psalm 23 is very personal. There are no references to “we” or “us” or “they,” but only “my” and “me” and “I” and “You.” This is David’s testimony, his personal experience with God. He has heard His voice, followed His lead, felt His care. Beneath the beauty of his words there are solid convictions, formed in the crucible of crisis.

The first conviction that comes across in the personal nature of David’s words–is the Lord knows me-“The Lord is my Shepherd.” David is saying that I believe in God; I believe that God cares, and I believe that God cares about me.” As you know, David was himself a shepherd. He was known as the “Shepherd King” of Israel. But he saw Jehovah, the Lord God of Israel, as his shepherd. He speaks in this Psalm as if he was one of the flock, one of the sheep. And it is as though he literally boasted aloud, “Look who my shepherd is — my owner – my manager! The Lord is!” It is with pride that David says, “The Lord is my shepherd.” God chose us, he bought us, he calls us by name, he makes us his own and he delights in taking care of us. This is David’s first personal conviction, which can be ours too.

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The second great personal conviction in the Psalm is “the Lord provides for me.” Sheep obviously cannot voice out their needs. Yet the shepherd naturally knows the needs of each and every animal in the flock. Likewise, the Bible says that we don’t have to pray lengthy prayers because God is aware of our needs even before we ask him. The “green pastures” are the rich and verdant pastures, where the sheep need to move from place to place to be satisfied. The fields even parts of the desert, would be green during the winter and spring. But in summer and autumn the sheep would be led to many places in search of food. God’s care is not seasonal but constant and abundant.

Shepherds don’t allow sheep to drink from running water because sheep while bending to drink water might also fall into it. Therefore, shepherds draw water from wells and give their sheep the water to drink. The shepherd takes great care of his sheep’s needs. We don’t need to worry about our needs because just like the Shepherd, who is aware of the needs of his flock, so God is also aware of our needs, as well as how and where to meet them. Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew advises us not to feel anxious about our needs and assures that God will provide. There’s one condition however. God shall not sustain our greed but He will meet our genuine needs only.

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The third conviction is the Lord restores me. There are many characteristics that set sheep apart from other animals. They are dumb and innocent creatures incapable of defending themselves. To add to it unlike dogs or other household animals sheep that fall on their back cannot get up unless someone roles them over and helps them to stand on their feet. The fate of a sheep fallen on its back is determined by many factors. The most common are natural causes such as dehydration and starvation, not to mention ready prey for vultures, hyenas and wild dogs. Therefore, a well-informed shepherd frequently scans his flock for any fallen animals and rushes to their aid if he finds any. Needless to say, just like the sheep we also are sometimes dumb and incapable of defending ourselves against Satan’s schemes, especially because of the fallen nature that dominates our behaviour. It causes us to fall into sin and later we wish that we never did what we did. At such times it is important that we repent and allow the Lord to restore us.

A shepherd knows exactly where the best feeding grounds are and leads his sheep to those places. In this verse David tells the same about God because God directed him down paths of uprightness during his kingship. Most of the problems if not all we face in life are the results of not heeding God’s guidance. We can enjoy every little instance of our personal life, marriage, career and ministry if we are sensitive to his leading. He knows what’s best for us and he will help and guide us to achieve our goals as long as they are pure and within the perimeter of his will. God not only guides but also comforts us.

His rod and staff comfort us. The rod and staff have 4 major uses to the shepherd. Firstly, the rod and the staff refer to a single instrument: an instrument of authority and an instrument to fight off animals such as lions, leopards, bears, hyenas and wolves that usually seek to prey upon the sheep.

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Second, the crook part of the staff was used to gently seize the sheep that tend to run away by their legs or neck and add them back to the flock. Third, it was used to examine the sheep. The shepherd uses the rod to pull the sheep’s wool away from its skin to check for rashes, wounds, or defects. Fourth to count the sheep. In the terminology of the Old Testament, this was referred to as passing “under the rod”: Here the shepherd holds his rod over the sheep and counts each and every sheep that enter by the gate. What happens if he finds out that one of them is missing? He places others at the hands of a faithful servant and takes off searching for the lost one. So, David as shepherd cared and comforted his flock in difficulties so much more does God care and comfort us in our times of difficulty.

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Finally, God exalts us-there’s a bumper sticker that says ‘There’s only one God so stop applying for his position’. David was a skilled warrior; a king who won the hearts of his people. A mighty man called and anointed by God. Nevertheless, he didn’t seek to retaliate or engage his enemies in his own strength – he waited on God. This is our calling to wait on God humbly and God, will exalt us. Like David, our primary call is to know the Shepherd intimately.

PSALM 23 – GraceToday

The importance of knowing the Shepherd intimately was a message communicated to an audience one evening. There was an actor in town. The town hall was packed, the audience was wildly enthusiastic as the orator recited passages from great plays, poems, and literature. At the end of the performance, they shouted for more. The actor agreed to take a few requests.

Immediately, a hand shot up. The hand belonged to an older man with weather-beaten face and clothes that were clean but definitely patched and had seen better days. “Would you… could you…do the 23rd Psalm, please?” he asked.

The actor thought for a minute, then said, “I’ll do it on one condition. After I have finished, you will come up and recite it, also.” Puzzled, the old man agreed. The orator began, “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want….” As he went, he infused the words will all the tricks of his art. One by one, the phrases known and loved by all rolled off his tongue. “He leadeth me beside the still waters, he restoreth my soul…Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me.” When all the words of the great beloved Psalm were delivered with great art, the audience gave the actor yet another enthusiastic ovation.

Then the man who had requested the Psalm came up. His face was not handsome, and his voice was thick and uncultured. Yet, as he began to speak, his face took on a glow of joy, and the love almost leaped from his mouth with the words. When, he concluded, “Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in house of the Lord forever.” the only sound in the hall was the rustle of handkerchiefs as they brushed away tears. The silence was finally broken when the actor stepped forward and said, “Now you know why I wanted him to follow me. It’s just as I thought. You see, I know the Psalm, but he, he knows the Shepherd.

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Knowing the Shepherd is what matters. David knew the Shepherd intimately as we see in this 23rd Psalm. 23rd Psalm is powerful and touches our whole lives. It is a prescription for the problems and pressures of our day and how God journeys and cares for us along the way. God provides for us, restores us, protects us, guides us and exalts us. What a great shepherd we have … and like David we can say “the Lord is my shepherd”. Amen

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NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one substance with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven;

by the power of the Holy Spirit

he became incarnate of the Virgin Mary,

and was made man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory

to judge the living and the dead,

and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit,

the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father.

With the Father and the Son,

he is worshipped and glorified.

He has spoken through the Prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism

for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

and the life of the world to come. Amen.

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PRAYERS

God our strength

We put our trust in you.

Jesus, Good Shepherd we come to you,

the true guardian of our souls.

Keep your church focussed firmly on you and our kingdom.

Draw us closer in unity and fellowship in your name.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

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Jesus the Good Shepherd,

we come to you, our protector.

Give us courage to place our trust

in following your ways of peace

Draw the nations closer into a community of shared humanity.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

Jesus the Good Shepherd we come to you,

with the injured and the weak.

Protect and hold in your love all

who cry to you in pain and suffering,

distress and anger

Revive them in your mercy

and meet them at their point of need.

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God our strength

We put our trust in you

Jesus the Good Shepherd,

accompany us in your work places,

in our homes and neighbourhoods,

and give us grace and wisdom in our dealings with people.

Lead us too in those times of difficulty and pressure

to green pastures with still waters

to refresh our hearts, minds and souls.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

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Jesus the Good Shepherd,

We pray today from those

who need protection from themselves,

those who are caught up in different forms of addiction

and are powerless to break free.

Bring the right people to their aid

and lead them to wholeness of life.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

Jesus the Good Shepherd,

we pray for worn torn countries

thinking of Ukraine,

and lift to you all

who are fighting for freedom

and ask that peace and stability will soon come.

Restore your people to their land,

and help them rebuild their lives.

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God our strength

We put our trust in you

Jesus the Good Shepherd,

who cares and nurtures your world -wide flock.

Draw near to those that are struggling,

and by your touch and compassion

bring them healing and blessing.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

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Jesus the Good Shepherd,

you lay down your life for the sheep,

so that we might have salvation, hope and new life.

Gather us in our final hour to your eternal fold.

Be with all who mourn this day,

grant them comfort and strength in their loss and grief.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

Jesus the Good Shepherd

we place into your hands

the things that we cannot do,

asking for serenity to accept the things we cannot change

courage to change the things we can

and wisdom to know the difference.

God our strength

We put our trust in you

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Merciful Father accept these prayers

for the sake of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord

who taught us to say together,

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.

Do not bring us to the time of trial

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen.

HYMN

BLESSING

God the Father,

by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

strengthen you to walk with him in his risen life;

and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit

be among you and remain with you always. Amen

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DISMISSAL

Go or stay in peace to love and serve the Lord.

Alleluia! Alleluia!

In the name of Christ,

Alleluia! Alleluia!