4th Sunday of Easter - DIVINE SERVICE, SETTING ONE, P. 151 REVISED
INVOCATION, CONFESSION AND ABSOLUTION
P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.
P If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, & the truth is not in us.
C But if we confess our sins, God, who is faithful and just, will forgive
our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
P Let us then confess our sins to God our Father.
C Most merciful God, we confess that we are by nature sinful and
unclean. We have sinned against You in thought, word, and deed, by
what we have done and by what we have left undone. We have not
loved You with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as
ourselves. We justly deserve Your present and eternal punishment. For
the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ, have mercy on us. Forgive us, renew
us, and lead us, so that we may delight in Your will and walk in Your ways
to the glory of Your holy name. Amen.
P Almighty God in His mercy has given His Son to die for you and for His
sake forgives you all your sins. As a called and ordained servant of Christ,
and by His authority, I therefore forgive you all your sins in the name of the
Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit. C Amen.
SERVICE OF THE WORD
P In peace let us pray to the Lord. C Lord have mercy.
P For the peace from above and for our salvation let us pray to the Lord.
C Lord, have mercy.
P For the peace of the whole world, for the well-being of the Church of
God, and for the unity of all let us pray to the Lord. C Lord, have mercy.
P For this holy place and for all who offer here their worship and praise let
us pray to the Lord. C Lord, have mercy.
P Help, save, comfort, and defend us, gracious Lord. C Amen.
INTROIT Ps. 95:1–3, 6–7a; antiphon: John 10:14, 15b
I am the good shepherd.*
I know my own and my own know me, and I lay down my life for
Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;*
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;*
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,*
and a great King above all gods.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;*
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,*
and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit; as it
was in the beginning, is now and will be forever. Amen.
I am the good shepherd.*
I know my own and my own know me, and I lay down my life for
Gloria in Excelsis
Salutation and Collect of the Day
P The Lord be with you. C And also with you. P We pray...
Almighty God, merciful Father, since You have wakened from death
the Shepherd of Your sheep, grant us Your Holy Spirit that when we
hear the voice of our Shepherd we may know Him who calls us each
by name and follow where He leads; through the same Jesus Christ,
Your Son, our Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy
Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN
First Reading Acts 2:42–47
42And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and
fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43And awe came
upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done
through the apostles. 44And all who believed were together and had
all things in common. 45And they were selling their possessions and
belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need.
46And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread
in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous
hearts, 47praising God and having favor with all the people. And the
Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
This is the Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
Christ has risen from the dead. [God the Father] has crowned him
with glory and honor, He has given him dominion over the works of
his hands; he has put all things under his feet.
Epistle 1 Peter 2:19–25
19For this is a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures
sorrows while suffering unjustly. 20For what credit is it if, when you sin
and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good and
suffer for it you endure; this is a gracious thing in the sight of God.
21For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for
you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps.
22He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth.
23When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered,
he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who
judges justly. 24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that
we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you
have been healed. 25For you were straying like sheep but have now
returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. This is the
Word of the Lord. C Thanks be to God.
Holy Gospel John 10:1–10
P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter.
C Glory to You, O Lord.
[Jesus said:] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the
sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a
thief and a robber.
2But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3To him
the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own
sheep by name and leads them out. 4When he has brought out all his
own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know
his voice. 5A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him,
for they do not know the voice of strangers.” 6This figure of speech
Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was
saying to them.
7So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door
of the sheep. 8All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but
the sheep did not listen to them. 9
I am the door. If anyone enters by
me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. 10The
thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may
have life and have it abundantly. This is the Gospel of the Lord.
C Praise to You, O Christ.
Hymn of the Day - “The King of Love, My Shepherd Is” LSB 709
The King of love my shepherd is, Whose goodness faileth never; I nothing lack if
I am His And He is mine forever.
C I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His 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 into hell. The third day
He rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven and sits at the
right hand of God the Father Almighty. From thence He will come to
judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy
Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the
resurrection of the body, and the life T everlasting. Amen.
Prayer of the Church – YOUR RESPONSE...
O Lord, You once promised to raise up a shepherd to deliver Your sheep
from all their enemies. We give You thanks for giving to us Your own Son
to be our Good Shepherd. Grant us to hear His voice and know Him by faith
and follow where He leads, that He may deliver us into Your everlasting
arms forevermore. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord, You called St. Peter to testify to the Gospel of Your grace and
favor. Continue to raise up pastors to declare to Your flock the whole
counsel of Your Word and to be the bishops of their souls, delivering the
riches of Your grace in Word and Sacrament. Equip us with Your grace and
Spirit, that we may hear and heed their faithful proclamation and be kept
upon the way that leads to eternal life. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our
O Lord, You will not allow any power or enemy to triumph over Your
saving purpose or snatch Your lambs from Your hand. Give to us wise and
faithful leaders who will govern in our land according to Your Law and
defend the lives of the unborn, the orphaned, the widowed and the aged.
Bless all those who make, administer and judge our laws, that they may not
hinder Your purpose. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord, You have not forgotten us in our afflictions or abandoned us in our
weakness. Deliver the sick and suffering according to Your will, and give
Your comfort to the dying, especially to those who have requested our
prayers [including _____________]. Guard us against despair and grant us
patience in the days of our trouble as we await Your perfect healing in
heaven. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord, You have shown to us a generous heart and taught us it is more
blessed to give than to receive. Accept our gratitude for all Your mercies
new each morning, for Your tender care in time of need and for the gift of
life. Receive now the gifts of our hands with our voices raised in
thanksgiving and praise. Lord, in Your mercy, hear our prayer.
O Lord, You have heard the cries of Your people and delivered the martyr
from defeat and the saints to everlasting life. Wipe away the tears from
Your grieving people and raise us up to joy in the promise of the
resurrection and the life death cannot steal. We acknowledge before You the
saints who loved You and served You faithfully, and we pray You to bring
us with them into the joy of Your presence forevermore. Lord, in Your
mercy, hear our prayer.
All these things, dear Father, we ask in the name of Jesus, our Good
Shepherd, thru whom we have confidence and the boldness to pray. Amen.
Lord's Prayer - C 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.
P The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and T give you
peace. Amen. CLOSING HYMN