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Bulletin for April 25


PRESERVICE MUSIC

WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS


GATHERING HYMN 778 The Lord’s My Shepherd

The Lord’s my shepherd; I’ll not want. He makes me down to lie in pastures green.

He leadth me the quiet waters by.

He leadth me, he leadth me, the quiet waters by.


My soul He doth restore again, And me to walk doth make Within the paths of righteousness, E’en for His own name’s sake

Within he paths of righteousness, E’en for His own name’s sake.

Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale, Yet will I fear no ill; For Thou art with me, and Thy rod And staff me comfort still.

For Thou art with me, and Thy rod And staff me comfort still.

My table Thou hast furnished In presence of my foes; My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows.

My head Thou dost with oil anoint, And my cup overflows

Goodness and mercy all my life Shall surely follow me,

And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling-place shall be And in God’s house forevermore My dwelling-place shall be.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS

P: You are the God of love; the Giver of love; the one whose love sent Jesus Christ to live, die and rise from the dead. Because you love us, we can confidently confess our sin.

C: You love us, choose us, and call us to live in love for others. We admit we cannot love you, love one another, or love our neighbors as we should. Forgive us, and by the power of your Holy Spirit, give us new life that only comes from you. Teach us to trust in your love and not our own. Call us into your deeper purposes for the sake of your kingdom.

P: Your love for us is most evident in sacrificial life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. We are Easter people who live in the promise of resurrection living.

C: Because of your love for us we can live in peace. (Silence for reflection & prayer)

P: You change our mourning into dancing. You bring light into the middle of our darkness. you bring joy where there is only sadness. You give new life to those who are dead in sin. Because of you, we can live into your deeper purposes for us and for your kingdom.

C: We praise you! We worship you! Amen!

PRAYER of the DAY

O Lord Christ, good shepherd of the sheep, you seek the lost and guide us into your fold. Feed us, and we shall be satisfied; heal us, and we shall be whole. Make us one with you, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.


READINGS

Acts 4:5-12

5The next day [the] rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, 6with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. 7When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” 8Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, 9if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, 10let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. 11This Jesus is  ‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;   it has become the cornerstone.’ 12There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”


1 John 3:16-24

16We know love by this, that [Jesus Christ] laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. 17How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help? 18Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. 19And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him 20whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; 22and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him. 23And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. 24All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.


John 10:11-18

HOLY GOSPEL

P: The Holy Gospel of John Chapter 10 and I read in Jesus name.

C: Glory to you O Lord. (Reading of the Gospel)

[Jesus said:] 11“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. 16I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. 18No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

P: The Gospel of the Lord

C: Praise to You, O Christ.

CHILDREN’S MESSAGE

SERMON


HYMN OF THE DAY: 502 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

The King of love my Shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if I am his And he is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow My ransomed soul he leadeth, And where the verdant pastures grow With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed, But yet in love he sought me, And on his shoulder gently laid, And home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death's dark vale I fear no ill With thee, dear Lord, beside me; Thy rod and staff my comfort still, Thy cross before to guide me.

STATEMENT OF FAITH: THE APOSTLES’ CREED

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended to the dead; on the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.


P: . . . Hear us, O God.

C: Your mercy is great.



OFFERING

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LORD’S PRAYER

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.


SENDING HYMN: 789 Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead Us

1. Savior, like a shepherd lead us Much we need your tender care In Thy pleasant pastures feed us For our use your fold prepare Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us, we are yours Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus, you have bought us, we are yours

2. We are yours, in love befriend us Be the guardian of our way Keep your flock from sin defend us Seek us when we go astray Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus Hear us children when we pray Blessed Jesus, oh blessed Jesus Hear us children when we pray

4. Early let us seek Thy favor Early let us do your will Blessed Lord and only Savior With your love our spirits fill Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus you have loved us, love us still Blessed Jesus, blessed Jesus you have loved us, love us still


BENEDICTION

P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.

C: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Go in peace. Share the good news. Alleluia!

C: Thanks be to God. Alleluia!

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