Service for the Fourth Sunday in Easter, May 3rd, 2020

Artwork by Mike Van

Entrance Rite

First Lesson: Acts 2:42-47

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Psalm 23

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Second Lesson: 1 Peter 2:19-25

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Gospel: John 10:1-10

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Prayers of the People

We offer our prayers to Jesus, who is the Good Shepherd and guardian of our souls, responding to each petition by saying, “Hear us, O risen Christ.”

For the parishes and missions of our diocese, that we will devote ourselves to the teaching and fellowship of Christ, to the breaking of bread, and the offering of prayers; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

That an outpouring of generosity will flow from the gratitude and thanksgiving that dwell in our hearts, moving the Church, the household of faith, to provide relief to those in any want or need; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

For the courage to share the faith we hold, and the willingness to listen humbly to those whose interpretation of the faith differs from our own; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

For all who exercise leadership, that their actions may reflect the ways of the Servant, whose obedience to God released the power to overcome every darkness, and whose sacrifice opened the gates to eternity; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

In thanksgiving for our merciful Jesus, who loves us beyond our shame and guilt, frees us from the tombs of our past, and invites us to receive his gift of overwhelming forgiveness; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

That we may not fear the day of judgment, but entrust ourselves to the one who judges justly; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

For all the faithful departed, who now behold the Lord Jesus in his risen glory; let us pray. Hear us, O risen Christ.

Let us continue our prayers in the Name of the One in whom we sing the triumphant strain, “Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia.”

The people are invited to add their prayers, petitions and thanksgivings. 

Let us pray.
Hear us, O risen Christ.

Let us join together in a prayer for this time of transition:

Almighty God, giver of every good gift: Look graciously on your Church, and so guide the minds of those who shall choose a rector for this parish, that we may receive a faithful pastor, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Almighty and eternal God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth: Mercifully accept the prayers of your people, and strengthen us to do your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Solemn Prayer over the People

May Almighty God, who has redeemed us and made us his children through the resurrection of his Son our Lord, bestow upon you the riches of his blessing. Amen.

May God, who through the water of baptism has raised us from sin into newness of life, make you holy and worthy to be united with Christ for ever. Amen. 

May God who has brought us out of bondage into sin into true and lasting freedom in the Redeemer, bring you to your eternal inheritance. Amen. 

And the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, be upon you and remain with you for ever. Amen.

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