34B – Easter 4B

33B - Easter 3B35B - Easter 5B
 
CALL TO WORSHIP (Psalm 23)
The Lord God is my shepherd, I shall not want.
You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows. 
Surely your goodness and lovingkindness shall pursue me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord God forever.

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE (from Psalm 23)
Divine mystery we name God, you care for me;
I need nothing more.
Hear the cry of those who are hungry;
hungry for justice, and dignity, hungry for freedom, and love.
You lead me into a haven of peace and rest.
Hear the cry of those who are alone;
those who grieve a relationship broken by death or human failing,
those who live in the isolation of a hospital room, a prison cell,
a frail body, a confused mind.
You breath new life into me and lead me in new ways.
Holy One whose breath is life itself,
we pray for a just and caring use of your creation;
a fair sharing of its abundance, an ethical searching of its mysteries.
You are with me, and comfort me,
even when the darkness of the world looms large.
We pray for those who seek the truth;
those who cannot speak, and those who cannot be heard,
that the light of your Word
may shine in the darkness which overshadows their lives
In the face of those who trouble me
you provide for me, and pour out your blessings.
Hear the cry of those trampled by racial or religious intolerance,
disoriented by homelessness, defeated by unemployment;
Holy, just and compassionate,
Source of life,
Word of life,
Breath of life,

ever present,
with the promise to sustain me all my life,
enlarge our vision of life, make us bold in our hope.
Let our cry come to you;

…and with the saints in every age we pray,
        Our Father in heaven…

PSALM 23 
LORD God, divine shepherd;
in the days ahead, just as it has been all my life,
I shall not want for anything.
You will rest me in rich pasture
and lead me beside calm waters.
You will bring my inner being back where it belongs,
and lead me along the right paths,
for the sake of your name.
Even when things seem at their darkest,
sensing your presence, I fear nothing;
you are sure of the way ahead, and you protect me.
Indeed, in spite of the adversity surrounding me
you continue to provide abundantly for my well-being;
anointing me with your hospitality
and pouring out blessing upon blessing.
Surely good and lovingkindness will pursue me all my days,
I will return, and you, O LORD,
shall be my dwelling-place for days without end.

PSALM 23 (yet another translation from Jeff)
LORD God, divine shepherd;
I shall not want for anything.
You will rest me in rich pasture
and lead me beside calm waters.
You will bring back my life where it belongs,
and lead me along the right paths, 
for the sake of your name.
Even when things seem at their darkest,
sensing your presence, I will fear nothing;
you are sure of the way ahead,
and you will protect me.
In spite of the adversity surrounding me
you provide everything for my well-being;
anointing me with your hospitality
and pouring out blessing upon blessing.
Surely good and lovingkindness will pursue me all my days,
I will return, and you, O LORD, 
shall be my dwelling-place for days without end.

For use in worship, with acknowledgement. © Jeff Shrowder 2000, 2012.


A CREATIVE MOMENT – Psalm 23
During the reading/singing of Psalm 23 project images (e.g. 35mm transparencies, Overhead Projection Transparencies, digital data projection) which resonate with the word images of the psalm.

Also, click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) originally published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.


THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession with connection to the lections for the day. Sometimes this prayer will borrow lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
 
Holy and compassionate God,
in you is hope:
hope which has endured throughout every age.
In that hope we remember now
those we have named on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts…
By the light of your Word
and the warmth of your Spirit
help us bring consolation to those know to us,
return to our memory those whom we have forgotten
and be present to those who have no-one;
we pray in the name of the good and gracious shepherd.
      (The Prayers of the People continue)


Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms

HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR EASTER 4 – YEAR B
   
A new commandment I give unto you TIS 699 AHB 571
Behold the amazing gift of love TIS 115 AHB 36
Do not be afraid, I am with you TIS 16 SA 28
God is our song, and every singer blest TIS 646 SA 38
Jesus, lover of my soul TIS 211 AHB 139
Join all the glorious names of wisdom,love TIS 205 AHB 135
O for a heart to praise my God TIS 568 AHB 476
O for a thousand tongues to sing TIS 210 AHB 141
Acts 4: 5-12
Christ is made the sure foundation TIS 432 AHB 343
Christ is our cornerstone TIS 433 AHB 344
I know that my redeemer lives TIS 376 AHB 132
The church’s one foundation TIS 457 AHB 385
Psalm 23
Author of life divine TIS 506 AHB 430
Farewell, we come to send you on the way TIS 695
I need you, Lord, for I have seen TIS 625
I set the Lord before my eyes TIS 673 SA 48
In all my ways, in every task TIS 553
In heavenly love abiding TIS 588 AHB 504
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King.. TIS 111 AHB 28
The Lord is my shepherd and I want to follow TIS 659
The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing TIS 11 AHB 98
The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want TIS 10 AHB 16
The king of love my shepherd is TIS 145 AHB 81
1 John 3:16-24
All the sleepy should have a place to sleep TIS 697
Author of faith, eternal word TIS 565 AHB 473
God of freedom, God of justice TIS 657 SA 42
Help us, O Lord, to learn TIS 428
I come with joy to meet my Lord TIS 533 AHB 452
Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice TIS 251 SA 60
Lord, keep us steadfast in your word TIS 436
Nature with open volume stands TIS 343 AHB 259
Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near TIS 464 AHB 397
John 10: 11-16
Dear Shepherd of your people, hear TIS 444 AHB 371
Holy Spirit, go before us TIS 420
I bind unto myself today TIS 478 AHB 454
Jesus the Lord said, ‘I am the bread’ TIS 239 AHB 185
The King of Glory comes TIS 279 AHB 212
The king of love my shepherd is TIS 145 AHB 81
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy TIS 136 AHB 72
You satisfy the hungry heart TIS 539

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