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April 30, 2023 - 4th Sunday of Easter

Join us in person or live-streamed at 10AM or find our recorded service at your convenience. Details on our Worship page. Service words are below.


Prelude: The Lord’s My Shepherd

Acknowledgement

Welcome


Opening Hymn: 585 CP Lord, Whose Love in Humble Service

Lord, whose love in humble service bore the weight of human need, who upon the cross, forsaken, worked your mercy’s perfect deed: we, your servants, bring the worship not of voice alone, but heart; consecrating to your purpose every gift which you impart. Still your children wander homeless; still the hungry cry for bread; still the captives long for freedom; still in grief we mourn our dead. As you, Lord, in deep compassion healed the sick and freed the soul, by your spirit send your power to our world to make it whole. As we worship, grant us vision till your love’s revealing light in its height and depth and greatness dawns upon our quickened sight, making known the needs and burdens your compassion bids us bear, stirring us to ardent service, your abundant life to share.


Gathering together (from the Rhythm of Life by David Adam)


Alleluia, Christ is risen!

He is risen indeed, Alleluia!

He has triumphed over death

Alleluia!

He has triumphed over the grave

Alleluia!

He has risen

Alleluia!

Christ is alive

Alleluia!


Together we pray:

Loving shepherd, you know and care for each of us. When we feel loss, alone and in darkness you walk with us and remind us that you are always beside us. When we long for your love, remind us that you are always present. When we struggle in fear, filled with doubt and uncertainty, remind us that you light our path and that your goodness and mercy are ever present. Amen

The Collect O God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make us perfect in every good work to do your will, and work in us that which is well-pleasing in your sight; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Children’s Ministry Time

Song: MV 48 Jump for Joy

I can feel you near me God I can feel you near

Yes I know you’re with me God I feel you here

I can feel you near me God I can feel you near

Yes I know you’re with me God Heaven is here.


And I’ll jump for joy I’m singing Alleluia

Jump for joy for you

I will jump for you I’m singing Alleluia

Jump for joy for you.


I can feel you loving me yes I know you care

God I know you’re loving me always everywhere

I can feel you loving me yes I know you care

God I know you’re loving me I know you’re there.


And I’ll jump for joy I’m singing Alleluia

Jump for joy for you

I will jump for you I’m singing Alleluia

Jump for joy for you.

Jump for joy for you.

Proclamation of the Word

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles (2:42-47)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. Awe came upon everyone, because many wonders and signs were being done by the apostles. All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need. Day by day, as they spent much time together in the temple, they broke bread at home and ate their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having the goodwill of all the people. And day by day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved.

Living word of God live in our lives today

Psalm 23 Refrain: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.


Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want.

A Reading from the first letter of Peter (2:19-25) For it is a credit to you if, being aware of God, you endure pain while suffering unjustly. If you endure when you are beaten for doing wrong, what credit is that? But if you endure when you do right and suffer for it, you have God’s approval. For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When he was abused, he did not return abuse; when he suffered, he did not threaten; but he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the cross, so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. For you were going astray like sheep, but now you have returned to the shepherd and guardian of your souls. Living word of God live in our lives today


Gradual Hymn: MV 161 I Have Called You by Your Name

I have called you by your name, you are mine;

I have gifted you and ask you now to shine.

I will not abandon you; all my promises are true.

You are gifted, called and chosen; you are mine.


I will help you learn my name as you go;

read it written in my people, help them grow.

Pour the water in my name, speak the word your soul can claim,

offer Jesus’ body given long ago.


I know you will need my touch as you go;

feel it pulsing in creation’s ebb and flow.

Like the woman reaching out, choosing faith in spite of doubt,

hold the hem of Jesus’ robe, then let it go.


I have given you a name, it is mine;

I have given you my Spirit as a sign.

With my wonder in your soul, make my wounded children whole;

go and tell my precious people they are mine.


The Lord be with you And also with you

The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John (10:1-10)

Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ

“Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.” Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. So again Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

The Gospel of Christ Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ


Homily: Kim Umbach, Volunteer Co-ordinator for PWRDF


An Affirmation of Faith (A Wee Worship Book) We believe, O God of all gods, that you are the eternal maker of life: we believe, O God of all gods that you are the eternal maker of love. We believe, O Lord and God of all people, that you are the creator of the high heavens, that you are the creator of the skies above, that you are the creator of the oceans below. We believe, O lord and God of all people, that you are the one who created our souls and set their course, that you are the one who created our bodies from dust and from ashes, that you gave to our bodies their breath and to our souls their possession. God, bless to us our bodies, God, bless to us our souls, God, bless to us our lives, God, bless to us our belief. Intercessions and Thanksgivings Loving Shepherd, we hear your word and let it speak to us, let it wash over us and let it renew us so that we know your presence and mercy are always with us, we prepare ourselves for this time of prayer, focusing on You with our every breath. We breathe you in and we cry out O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need. Loving Shepherd we pray for our world and all of its needs, for the environment and its much-needed rest,

for the wars that continue when peace is desperately needed,

for the healing of the many who are sick, (please take the time to offer your petitions)

O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need.


Loving Shepherd, we pray for our country, Canada and our provinces and territories;

for the leaders as they try their best to make good and right decisions, help us to remember that they too struggle in the uncertainly of our times, that they are imperfect people trying to do their best, (please take the time to offer your petitions)

O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need.


Loving Shepherd, we pray for our community, for those who are experiencing unexpected unemployment and income loss and who struggle and live with increased anxiety as a result; for those essential workers, who tend to the needs of the larger community despite fear about their own safety and well being and who deal with anxiety, depression and trauma as a result of the work they do. (please take the time to offer your petitions)

O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need.


Loving Shepherd, we uphold all those who are sick, for those undergoing medical treatments for health issues of any kind (please take the time to offer your petitions)

O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need.


Loving Shepherd, we pray for all those who have died remind us that we are never alone and your legions of angels gather around those who are dying, receiving them into your loving mercy. Let those who have died rest in peace and rise in glory (please take the time to offer your petitions)

O Lord, our Shepherding God, come close to us now. Come near us in our time of need.


Loving Shepherd, you are breath and life, we breathe you in and feel Your calm presence flowing in and through us this and every day. Amen


The Peace

The Celebration of the Eucharist

Offertory Hymn: Be Not Afraid

You shall cross the barren desert, but you shall not die of thirst.

You shall wander far in safety though you do not know the way.

You shall speak your words in foreign land and all will understand.

You shall see the face of God and live.

Refrain Be not afraid. I go before you always.

Come follow me, and I will you rest.


If you pass through raging waters in the sea, you shall not drown.

If you walk amid the burning flames, you shall not be harmed.

If you stand before the pow’r of hell and death is at your side,

know that I am with you through it all. Refrain


Blessed are your poor, for the kingdom shall be theirs.

Blest are you that weep and mourn, for one day you shall laugh.

And if wicked tongues insult and hate you all because of me,

blessed, blessed are you! Refrain


Prayer for the Offering God of love, you abide with us; you provide for all our needs and guide us in your ways. Out of gratitude for your care, we bring our gifts before you. Use them for your work of caring, that all may feast at the table of abundance, walk without fear, and drink deeply from the cup of compassion. Amen.

(written by Mary Petrina Boyd, and posted on Ministry Matters.)


Installation of Parish Officers


Incumbent: We are here to install into office the appointed and elected officers of this

congregation, to ask God’s blessings upon them in their accepted responsibilities, and

to pledge them our prayers and support in the extension of God’s Kingdom. Let us,

therefore, pray that God may richly bless those who are about to assume these offices.

Let us pray:

Incumbent: Lord have mercy upon us.

All: Christ have mercy upon us.

Incumbent: Lord have mercy upon us.

All: O Lord, our Heavenly Father, who blessed Son came not to be ministered to, but to

minister, we ask you to bless all who, following in Jesus’ steps, give themselves to the

service of their fellow worshippers. We pray especially for those who are about to

assume office in the government and work of this parish. Endue them with wisdom,

patience and courage to strengthen the weak and raise up those who fall; that, being

inspired by your life, they may worthily minister in your name to the suffering, the

friendless and the needy; for the sake of Jesus who laid down his life for us, Amen.


Incumbent: Carole Hreno, you have been appointed Incumbent’s Warden.

Trish Steadman, you have been elected People’s Warden of this parish.

Kathy Flemington and Chris Trott, you have been elected Deputy Wardens of this

parish.

The office of Church Warden is an ancient and honourable one, and carries with it not

only dignity, but great responsibility and yours is a joint and mutual responsibility.

Together with the Incumbent and the Parish Council, it will be your duty to make

provision for and to manage the temporalities of this parish in accordance with the

Canons and Bylaws of the Diocese of Rupert’s Land.

This congregation will look to you, not only for leadership in all that pertains to the

good management and welfare of the temporalities of the parish, but also for Christian

example and encouragement in all efforts to promote the spiritual and moral well-

being of the congregation.

Before installing you in your office, may I ask if you accept this office of Church Warden

in this church and the responsibilities pertaining thereto in accordance with the

principles set forth in the Canons of this Diocese?

Wardens: I do.


Incumbent: Karen Watson and Bill Kawka, you have been appointed Treasurer and Finance Chair of

this parish. Before installing you in your office, may I ask if you accept your office of

Treasurer and Finance Committee respectively in this church and the responsibilities

pertaining thereto in accordance with the principles set forth in the Canons of this

Diocese?

Treasurer & Finance Chair: I do.


Incumbent: Members of Parish Council and Synod Delegates, you have been elected by the

congregation of this parish to serve as Members of the Parish Council and Parish

Delegates to the Synod. Before installing you in your office, may I ask if you accept your

offices in this church and the responsibilities pertaining thereto in accordance with the

principles set forth in the Canons of this Diocese?

Parish Council Members & Synod Delegates: I do.


Incumbent: The Lord, who has given you this good will, grant you grace to perform your duties to

His glory and the welfare of this church and congregation. I install you for the ensuing

year, until a successor has been appointed or elected. May God’s richest blessings rest

upon you in your efforts to discharge your offices and may he keep us faithful to our

calling, in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.

All: Amen.


Eucharistic prayer (Anglican Eucharistic Liturgies p. 61)


The Lord be with you. And also with you.

Lift up your hearts. We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God. It is right to give our thanks and praise.


Worship and praise belong to you, God, in every place and at all times.

You made us, all the people of the world and everything that is.


You give us the daylight. Your Word lights up our minds.

Jesus was born among us to be light in our darkness.


Your spirit lives in us so that we can look at the world with your eyes.


One day we will be with you in heaven,

but already we laugh with the saints and the angels and sing their joyful song


Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest. Blessed is one that comes in the name of the Lord

Blessed is one that come in the name of the Lord

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, God of power and might Heaven and Earth of your glory are full Hosanna, Hosanna, Hosanna in the Highest.


God, you never forget us or turn away from us, even when we fail you.

You sent your son Jesus who gave his life for us.

He healed those who were sick, cared for those who were poor,

and cried with those who were sad.

He forgave sinners and taught us to forgive.

For all your love we give you thanks in the way that Jesus showed us.


On the night before he died while he was having supper with his friends,

he took bread and offered you thanks.

He broke the bread and gave it to them saying ‘Take, eat. This is my body: it is broken for you.’


After supper he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to the saying:

‘Drink this all of you. This is my blood of the new covenant; It is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven. Do this in remembrance of me.’

So as we do what he told us, we open our hearts to him;

we remember how he died and rose again to live now in us.


Together with him we offer God these gifts: in them we give you ourselves.


Send your Holy Spirit on us and on this bread and this wine, that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ,

and that sharing your life, we may travel in your company to our journey’s end.


With all your people we give you thanks and praise through the Son and in the Spirit now and forever. Amen


The Lord’s Prayer (sung: Cameron)

Lord, we died with you on the cross.

Now we are raised to new life.


We were buried in your tomb.

Now we share in your resurrection.


Live in us, that we may live in you.


These are the Gifts of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God


The Communion


Hymns during Communion: We Will Rise Again The God That I Know


Prayer after Communion

God of steadfast love, watch over the Church redeemed by the blood of your Son. May we who share in these holy mysteries come safely to your eternal kingdom, where there is one flock and one shepherd. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ the risen Lord. Amen


The Doxology

Glory to God,

whose power, working in us, can do infinitely more than we can ask or imagine. Glory to God from generation to generation, in the Church and in Christ Jesus, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Blessing


Announcements


Closing Hymn: They’ll Know We Are Christians

We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord, We are one in the Spirit, We are one in the Lord, And we pray that all unity may one day be restored. Chorus And they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love, Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love. We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand, We will walk with each other, We will walk hand in hand, And together we’ll spread the news that God is in our land. Chorus We will work with each other, We will work side by side, We will work with each other, We will work side by side, And we’ll guard each one’s dignity and save each one’s pride. Chorus

All praise to Creator, From whom all things come, And all praise to Christ Jesus, God’s only Son, And all praise to the Spirit, who makes us one. Chorus

The Dismissal Let us bless the Lord Thanks be to God. Alleluia


Postlude: Hail the Fisherfolk


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