The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Saturday, April 24, 2021, 5:30PM

Sunday, April 25, 2021, (8:00 & 10:30AM)

Celebrant – The Rev. Thomas C. Pumphrey (5:30PM)

The Rev. Elisa P. Harres

The Liturgy of the Word

Opening Voluntary 

Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring

J. S. Bach


Priest:        Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:      The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!     

Priest:        Christ is risen from the dead,
People:      trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb.

Priest:         The Sun of Righteousness is gloriously risen,
People:       giving light to those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Priest:          The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace,
People:        having taken away the sin of the world.

Priest:          Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:        The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!     

Almighty God, to you all hearts are open, all desires known, and from you no secrets are hid: Cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy Name; through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Glory to God in the highest,

     and peace to his people on earth.


Lord God, heavenly King,

Almighty God and Father,

     we worship you, we give you thanks,

     we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

     have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

      receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High,

      Jesus  Christ,

      with the Holy Spirit,

      in the glory of God the Father, Amen.

Celebrant          The Lord be with you.

People               And also with you.

Celebrant           Let us pray.

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.

The Lessons

The First Reading: Acts 4:5-12

The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, “By what power or by what name did you do this?” Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, “Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is

‘the stone that was rejected by you, the builders;
          it has become the cornerstone.’

There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved.”

Reader              The Word of the Lord.

People              Thanks be to God.

Psalm 23  (said responsively by half verse)

The Lord is my shepherd; *

     I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures *

     and leads me beside still waters.

He revives my soul *

     and guides me along right pathways for his Name’s sake.

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

          I shall fear no evil; *

     for you are with me;

          your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *

     you have anointed my head with oil,

     and my cup is running over.

Surely your 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 Second Reading: 1 John 3:16-24

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us– and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

              The Word of the Lord.

People              Thanks be to God.


The Gospel    John 10:11-18

Priest                The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.

People              Glory to you, Lord Christ.

Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. The hired hand, who is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away—and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. The hired hand runs away because a hired hand does not care for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. And I lay down my life for the sheep. I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it up again. I have received this command from my Father.”

Priest                The Gospel of the Lord.

People              Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Sermon 


The Nicene Creed (also on page 358 in the Book of Common Prayer)

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: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from 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. With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and glorified. He 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.

Prayers of the People  

Father, we pray for your holy Catholic Church;

     That we all may be one.

Grant that every member of the Church may truly and humbly serve you;

     That your Name may be glorified by all people.

We pray for Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury; Michael, our presiding Bishop, Rob, Don, and Paul our Bishops, Tom and Elisa, our priests and we pray for all bishops, priests and deacons;

     That they may be faithful ministers of your Word and Sacraments.

We pray for our Nation and its people

     That we may use our liberty in accordance with your gracious will.

We pray for Joseph, our President and Brian, our Governor and for all who govern and hold authority in the nations of the world;

     That there may be justice and peace on the earth.

Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;

     That our works may find favor in your sight.

Have compassion on those who suffer from any grief or trouble,

     That they may be delivered from their distress.

Give to the departed eternal rest,

     Let light perpetual shine upon them.

We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;

     May we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.

Let us pray for our own needs and for those of others. (please add your prayers)

We thank you, Lord, for the blessings of this life. (please add your thanksgivings)

The priest adds a concluding Collect.

The Confession 

Most merciful God, we confess that 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 are truly sorry and we humbly repent. For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, have mercy on us and forgive us; that we may delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your Name.  Amen.

The Absolution

Almighty God have mercy on you, forgive you all your sins through our Lord Jesus Christ, strengthen you in all goodness, and by the power of the Holy Spirit keep you in eternal life.  Amen.

The Exchange of the Peace of Jesus Christ        

Celebrant           The peace of the Lord be always with you

People               And also with you.

The Liturgy of the Table

Offertory Voluntary  

Pastorale in B-flat

Philip Hayes

Presentation Hymn

Priest:       Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Alleluia!

People:    Praise him, all creatures here below! Alleluia!

Priest:       Praise him above, ye heavenly host! Alleluia!

People:    Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost, Amen! Alleluia!

The Great Thanksgiving, Eucharistic Prayer B  (page 367 in the Book of Common Prayer)

Celebrant:    The Lord be with you.

People:       And also with you.

Celebrant:    Lift up our hearts.

People:       We lift them up to the Lord.

Celebrant:    Let us give thanks to the Lord.

People:       It is right to give him thanks and praise.

It is right, and a good and joyful thing, always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Father Almighty,  Creator of heaven and earth…….

Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with Angels and Archangels and with all the company of heaven, who for ever sing this hymn to proclaim the glory of your Name:

Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might,

Heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.

We give thanks to you, O God, for the goodness and love which you have made known to us in creation; in the calling of Israel to be your people; in your Word spoken through the prophets; and above all in the Word made flesh, Jesus, your Son. For in these last days you sent him to be incarnate from the Virgin Mary, to be the Savior and Redeemer of the world. In him, you have delivered us from evil, and made us worthy to stand before you. In him, you have brought us out of error into truth, out of sin into righteousness, out of death into life.

On the night before he died for us, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat: This is my Body, which is given for you. Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “Drink this, all of you: This is my Blood of the new Covenant, which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore, according to his command, O Father,

Celebrant and People

We remember his death,

We proclaim his resurrection,

We await his coming in glory;

And we offer our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving to you, O Lord of all; presenting to you, from your creation, this bread and this wine.

We pray you, gracious God, to send your Holy Spirit upon these gifts that they may be the Sacrament of the Body of Christ and his Blood of the new Covenant. Unite us to your Son in his sacrifice, that we may be acceptable through him, being sanctified by the Holy Spirit. In the fullness of time, put all things in subjection under your Christ, and bring us to that heavenly country where, with all your saints, we may enter the everlasting heritage of your sons and daughters; through Jesus Christ our Lord, the firstborn of all creation, the head of the Church, and the author of  our salvation.

By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.

The people join in concluding:    Amen.   

The Lord’s Prayer 

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 Fraction

    Alleluia! Christ, our Passover is sacrificed for us;

    Therefore, let us keep the feast! Alleluia!

The Communion

All are welcome at the table either to receive the blessing of the church if you are not baptized (please indicate this by crossing your arms over your chest), or to share in communion with Christ and his church if you are a baptized Christian of any age or any denomination. Gluten free wafers are available upon request.

Communion Music

Postcommunion Prayer (also in the Book of Common Prayer, page 366)

Almighty and everliving God, we thank you for feeding us with the spiritual food of the most precious Body and Blood of your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; and for assuring us in these holy mysteries that we are living members of the Body of your Son, and heirs of your eternal kingdom.  And now, Father, send us out to do the work you have given us to do, to love and serve you as faithful witnesses of Christ our Lord.  To him, to you, and to the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever.  Amen.



Priest:        Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:   The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!     

Priest:        Christ is risen from the dead,
People:   trampling down death by death, and giving life to those in the tomb.

Priest:        The Sun of Righteousness is gloriously risen,
People:   giving light to those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Priest:        The Lord will guide our feet into the way of peace,
People:   having taken away the sin of the world.

Priest:        Alleluia! Christ is risen!

People:   The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!  

Priest                  Alleluia, Alleluia! Let us go forth in the name of Christ!

People               Thanks be to God! Alleluia! Alleluia!


Closing Voluntary        

Trumpet Voluntary in D

Jeremiah Clark

Thank you for worshiping with us!