Bulletin May 3, 2020

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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The congregation is invited to say the words together in bold. Please sing along with us!



The presider welcomes the congregation.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.
The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Opening Sentence

Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord
Jesus Christ.

Opening Hymn:
The King of Love My Shepherd Is Hymn 645

O Lord, Open our lips.
And our mouths shall proclaim your praise.
Praise to the holy and undivided Trinity, one God: as it was in the
beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.

The Psalm Psalm 23

The psalm is chanted. The congregation is invited to sing the refrain.

The LORD is my shepherd;
    I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
    he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul;
    he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
    for thou art with me;
    thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
    thou anointest my head with oil;
    my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
    and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

The Lessons

A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles

The believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the community, to their shared meals, and to their prayers. A sense of awe came over everyone. God performed many wonders and signs through the apostles. All the believers were united and shared everything. They would sell pieces of property and possessions and distribute the proceeds to everyone who needed them. Every day, they met together in the temple and ate in their homes. They shared food with gladness and simplicity. They praised God and demonstrated God’s goodness to everyone. The Lord added daily to the community those who were being saved.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: The Lord is My Shepherd

A Reading from the first letter of Peter

Now, it is commendable if, because of one’s understanding of God, someone should endure pain through suffering unjustly. But what praise comes from enduring patiently when you have sinned and are beaten for it? But if you endure steadfastly when you’ve done good and suffer for it, this is commendable before God.

You were called to this kind of endurance, because Christ suffered on your behalf. He left you an example so that you might follow in his footsteps. He committed no sin, nor did he ever speak in ways meant to deceive. When he was insulted, he did not reply with insults. When he suffered, he did not threaten revenge. Instead, he entrusted himself to the one who judges justly. He carried in his own body on the cross the sins we committed. He did this so that we might live in righteousness, having nothing to do with sin. By his wounds you were healed. Though you were like straying sheep, you have now returned to the shepherd and guardian of your lives.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: All Shall Be Well/Another World music written by Ana Hernandez. Words St. Julian of Norwich and Arundhati Roy.

A Reading from the Gospel according to John.

I assure you that whoever doesn’t enter into the sheep pen through the gate but climbs over the wall is a thief and an outlaw. The one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The guard at the gate opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. Whenever he has gathered all of his sheep, he goes before them and they follow him, because they know his voice. They won’t follow a stranger but will run away because they don’t know the stranger’s voice.” Those who heard Jesus use this analogy didn’t understand what he was saying.

So Jesus spoke again, “I assure you that I am the gate of the sheep. All who came before me were thieves and outlaws, but the sheep didn’t listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief enters only to steal, kill, and destroy. I came so that they could have life—indeed, so that they could live life to the fullest.

The Word of the Lord
Thanks be to God


The Sermon: the Rev. Mike Angell

Anthem: My Shepherd, You Supply My Need

American Folk Hymn (words of Psalm 23 paraphrased by Isaac Watts, music from Southern Harmony)

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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,
he is seated at the right hand of the Father,
and he will come again 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 the life everlasting. Amen.

The Prayers

In this most holy season, we pray for the church, the earth, the world, those in need, and all the members of God’s family, responding to each petition with the words Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for all the churches around the globe and in our Missouri diocese for the people and ministry of Christ Episcopal Church in Cape Girardeau: for Wayne our bishop, Deon our bishop elect, for all bishops and clergy; for the newly baptized; for believers who cannot assemble for worship; for faithful endurance during this time of sorrow and distress; and for a deepening sense of your presence among us.
O God, you are our Temple: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, even in this time of distress, with thanksgiving for the joys of life, for those celebrating birthdays this week: Kellie McCoy, Lauren Williams, Cassandra Gonzalez, and Michael Salsich; and for those celebrating anniversaries this week Meg and Brian Goldstein, and Susan Norris and Tom Rose.
O God, you are the shield of the joyous: in your mercy,
Hear our Prayer.

We pray, O God, for the well-being of creation: for the health of seas and rivers and lakes; for the Missouri and the Mississippi; and for the will to care for your earth.
O God, you are our Rainbow of promise: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for peace and justice in the world: for an end to war and international turmoil; for concord in our troubled society; for heads of state, legislators, and local civic leaders, that they enact wise procedures to deal with the coronavirus.
O God, you are our Mighty Fortress: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God for all who are facing the coronavirus: for all who mourn the dead; all who have contracted the virus; those who are quarantined or stranded away from home; those who have lost their employment; those who fear the present and the future.
We pray for physicians, nurses, and home health aides; medical researchers; and the World Health Organization.
Fill the aching in our hearts with your merciful power.
O God, you are our Everlasting Arms: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

We pray, O God, for all in need: for those suffering for the faith; for those who are poor, hungry, and homeless; for those who are sick and those awaiting death; and for those we name before you:

You are invited to add your own prayers silently or aloud.

O God, you are the Healer of our every ill: in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Receive our thanks for all who died in the faith, and bring us at the final resurrection into your everlasting life, where sorrows will be no more.
O God, our Beginning and our End, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

Into your gracious and mighty hands, O God, we commend all for whom we pray, trusting in your mercy, through your Son Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.

The Lord be with you
And also with you
Let us pray

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,
     for ever and ever. Amen.

The Collect of the Day

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen


Announcements are shared

Almighty God, you have given us grace at this time with one
accord to make our common supplication to you; and you
have promised through your well-beloved Son that when two
or three are gathered together in his Name you will be in the
midst of them: Fulfill now, O Lord, our desires and petitions
as may be best for us; granting us in this world knowledge of
your truth, and in the age to come life everlasting. Amen.


Lead Me, Guide Me Lift Every Voice and Sing 194

The Deacon dismisses the congregation:

Alleluia Alleluia, go in peace to love and serve the Lord!
Thanks be to God. Alleluia, Alleluia!

Worship Leaders

Preacher: The Rev. Mike Angell
Officiant: The Rev Marc Smith
Deacon: The Rev Chester Hines
Lectors: Shirley Mensah & Cecily Hawksworth
Soloist: Bridget Voda
All Shall be Well sung by: Rebecca Boester and Juliet Jackson
Heleluyan performed by: Men of the Holy Communion Choir
Director of Music: Mary Chapman
Organist/Digital choir production: Jae Park

Music reprinted and broadcast with permission by OneLicense # A-704988
Prayers adapted from the service for the Easter Vigil by Gail Ramshaw and Gordon Lathrop.