Sunday 3 May

Gloria has prepared our worship today and Paul, as band leader, has selected the music. Mike is preaching and Beth is reading the readings. Tom is on intercessions.

Introduction

Good morning and welcome in the name of Jesus.

Despite the current circumstances – self-isolating etc., I pray you are all well as we look with expectant hearts to what will be revealed during our time together.

Easter 4, also known as THE GOOD SHEPHERD. Of all the images we have of Jesus, one of the loveliest is that of the Good Shepherd. Jesus himself often used it throughout his ministry to describe himself and his mission. Following the events of Easter – Jesus, His trial, death and glorious resurrection we give thanks to God that Jesus lay down his life to fulfil his Father’s plan of love for his people.

Let us begin by proclaiming:

Alleluia Christ is risen
He is risen indeed. Alleluia

Alleluia Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed Alleluia

Alleluia Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed Alleluia

Paul will lead us in our hymns of praise during our service.

Hymn

Crown Him With Many Crowns

Birthdays

Hazel, Gina, Ian and Margaret have birthdays this coming week. If anyone else is celebrating a birthday this week then we include you too in sending our wishes for a wonderful day and every blessing for your continued walk with Jesus. On behalf of us all at Greenside Parish, we wish you a very ‘Happy Birthday’.

All: Happy Birthday to you and God’s blessing on you.

Penitence

Let us now take a moment of quiet and gather our thoughts.

As we know, our own sins need to be forgiven by our amazing God. Forgiveness freely available to all who come in repentance, with faith in the saving blood of Jesus. Forgiveness won for us by Jesus. Forgiveness when we bring our sin to the foot of the cross. So, let’s take this opportunity now to lay down any wrong doings, things said, done or thought. We are truly sorry and humbly repent.

Praise songs

Let us make a joyful noise unto the Lord as we worship and sing praises.

Open The Eyes Of My Heart

Beautiful

Oceans

Readings

Our readings this morning are: Psalm 23 The Lord is my Shepherd and John 10:1-10 where Jesus compares his love for his disciples to the love of a shepherd for his sheep.

We thank Beth for reading this for us.

Sermon

Let’s take a quiet moment to pray for Mike before we listen to the words God has laid on his heart to share with us (transcript). May the Lord bless our hearts to receive.

Thank you, Mike, for your recording.

Let us reflect for a moment on the aspects and challenges raised by Mike during his talk.

We pray that we may be people who care about those around us, and so imitate the love of Jesus – the Good Shepherd. To hear his voice and heed his teachings.

Praise song

How Great Thou Art

Intercessions

Tom leads us in our intercessions (transcript).

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 Being with the Father; through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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 and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,
who 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.

Collect – the prayer we share with the wider church

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.

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray:
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.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

We sing our final song this morning.

King Of My Heart

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 the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit
Be with you now and always.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ, Amen.


Music taken from Worship Lyric Videos – all rights reserved.