Resources for the Fourth Sunday of Easter in the Year of the Great Pandemic 2020

These are resources meant mainly for The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Kefalas, on the island of Crete in Greece, but others may find them helpful!

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Starting this Sunday, May 3rd, 2020 we invite members and friends of the Anglican Church of St Thomas, to join us for a Service of the Word on Zoom.  Here is the information you need:

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85044839927?pwd=TkQ1cHEzNUNjSjVCNTNJVUJwSkZaQT09
Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927
Password: 010209
 
To maintain some order, there will be a “waiting room” and a password is required to get in. Please make sure that you fill in the option for naming yourself, so that I can know who is in the waiting room. I will be online at 10:40 am, and I ask that you try to log on and be ready at least five minutes before 11:00 am.
The Order of Service can be downloaded here: An Order for Worship on Easter 4

Read

The Fourth Sunday of Easter always has as its gospel reading a portion from chapter ten of the Gospel according to John, in which Jesus describes himself as the Good Shepherd. As well, the psalm is always the 23rd, so shepherds abound. Thus, this Sunday is popularly known as Good Shepherd Sunday. The appointed readings according to the Revised Common Lectionary (Year A) are:

The Church of England allows one to omit the reading from 1 Peter, shift the reading from Acts to be the second reading, and have Genesis 7 as the first reading.

In our online worship tomorrow we will use Acts 2:42-47, Psalm 23, and John 10:1-10.

Reflect

I will be posting a brief homily after the online worship tomorrow, but in the meantime here is a link to last year’s sermon.

Pray

Collect
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.

(or)

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.

Intercessions
H1 (modified)     In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That isolated and persecuted churches
may find fresh strength in the good news of Easter,
remembering at this time to pray:
for the peoples and churches of India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka (World Council of Churches Cycle of Prayer);
for the Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan) and The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu – Primate & Bishop of Hokkaido (Anglican Cycle of Prayer); our own bishops in Europe, Robert Innes and David Hamid,
and the Archbishops of the Church of EnglandJustin Welby and John Sentamu;
giving thanks for The Episcopal Church in Europe (TEC) and its bishop, Mark Edington, .
and grateful for our partnership with the ICS (“Intercontinental Church Society”):
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That the one who was a servant of all may grant us humility
to be subject to one another in Christian love
and we pray especially for those experiencing great stress as they stay at home,
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That the Good Shepherd may revives our souls,
and guide us along right pathways for his Name’s sake;
that the one who fed the multitudes
may provide for those who lack food, work or shelter,
remembering especially all those
who have been laid off or whose employment has been terminated,
and those who have little food security,
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That the one who did not strike back with violence may cause
wars and famines to cease through all the world,
remembering especially the peoples of Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen,
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That the healer of the sick may reveal the light of his presence to the sick,
the weak and the dying, to comfort and strengthen them,
praying especially for those afflicted in this pandemic,
and for the nurses, physicians, and all health care staff who care for them;
though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we shall fear no evil;
for the Lord is with us;
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That, according to his promises,
all who have died in the faith of the resurrection
may be raised on the last day,
and dwell in the house of the Lord for ever;
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

That the fire of the Holy Spirit may descend upon us, his people,
so that we may bear faithful witness to the resurrection of Jesus,
we pray to the Father. Hear our prayer.

Heavenly Father,
you have delivered us from the power of darkness
and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:
grant that, as his death has recalled us to life,
so his continual presence in us may raise us to eternal joy;
through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sing

We are still in Easteride, so there is this modern hymn:

We must sing this one, of course:

and this one!

 

Then there is this chorus from Handel’s Messiah:
26. Chorus All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way. And the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all. (Isaiah 53: 6)

 

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at https://www.linkedin.com/in/bruce-bryant-scott-4205501a/
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