The Fourth Sunday of Easter

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Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 3, 2020

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685 Let Us Ever Walk with Jesus

1 Let us ever walk with Jesus,
    Follow His example pure,
Through a world that would deceive us
    And to sin our spirits lure.
Onward in His footsteps treading,
    Pilgrims here, our home above,
    Full of faith and hope and love,
Let us do the Father’s bidding.
    Faithful Lord, with me abide;
    I shall follow where You guide.

2 Let us suffer here with Jesus
    And with patience bear our cross.
Joy will follow all our sadness;
    Where He is, there is no loss.
Though today we sow no laughter,
    We shall reap celestial joy;
    All discomforts that annoy
Shall give way to mirth hereafter.
    Jesus, here I share Your woe;
    Help me there Your joy to know.

3 Let us gladly die with Jesus.
    Since by death He conquered death,
He will free us from destruction,
    Give to us immortal breath.
Let us mortify all passion
    That would lead us into sin;
    And the grave that shuts us in
Shall but prove the gate to heaven.
    Jesus, here with You I die,
    There to live with You on high.

4 Let us also live with Jesus.
    He has risen from the dead
That to life we may awaken.
    Jesus, You are now our head.
We are Your own living members;
    Where You live, there we shall be
    In Your presence constantly,
Living there with You forever.
    Jesus, let me faithful be,
    Life eternal grant to me.


The sign of the cross may be made by all in remembrance of their Baptism.

P In the name of the Father and of the T Son and of the Holy Spirit.

C Amen.

P Beloved in the Lord! Let us draw near with a true heart and confess our sins unto God our Father, beseeching Him in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to grant us forgiveness.

P Our help is in the name of the Lord,

C who made heaven and earth.

P I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord,

C and You forgave the iniquity of my sin.


Silence for reflection on God’s Word and for self-examination.

P O almighty God, merciful Father,

C I, a poor, miserable sinner, confess unto You all my sins and iniquities with which I have ever offended You and justly deserved Your temporal and eternal punishment. But I am heartily sorry for them and sincerely repent of them, and I pray You of Your boundless mercy and for the sake of the holy, innocent, bitter sufferings and death of Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ, to be gracious and merciful to me, a poor, sinful being.

P Upon this your confession, I, by virtue of my office, as a called and ordained servant of the Word, announce the grace of God unto all of you, and in the stead and by the command of my Lord Jesus Christ I 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

Introit Psalm 95:1‚Äď3, 6‚Äď7a; 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 the sheep.
Oh come, let us sing | to the Lord;*
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our sal- | vation!
Let us come into his presence with thanks- | giving;*
let us make a joyful noise to him with | songs of praise!
For the Lord is a | great God,*
and a great King a- | bove 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 be- | ginning,*
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 the sheep.

C Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Ghost;

as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

Kyrie LSB 186

C Lord, have mercy upon us.

Christ, have mercy upon us.

Lord, have mercy upon us.

Gloria in Excelsis LSB 187

P Glory be to God on high:

C and on earth peace, goodwill toward men.

We praise Thee, we bless Thee, we worship Thee,

we glorify Thee, we give thanks to Thee, for Thy great glory.

O Lord God, heav’nly King, God the Father Almighty.

O Lord, the only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ;

O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father,

that takest away the sin of the world, have mercy upon us.

Thou that takest away the sin of the world, receive our prayer.

Thou that sittest at the right hand of God the Father, have mercy upon us.

For Thou only art holy; Thou only art the Lord.

Thou only, O Christ, with the Holy Ghost,

art most high in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

Salutation and Collect of the Day

P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

P Let us 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.

C Amen.


First Reading Acts 2:42‚Äď47

42They 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.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Psalm Psalm 23; antiphon: v. 1

1The Lord is my | shepherd;*
I | shall not want.
2He makes me lie down in green | pastures.*
He leads me beside still | waters.
3He re- | stores my soul.*
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his | name’s sake.

4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are | with me;*
your rod and your staff, they | comfort me.

5You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my | enemies;*
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup | overflows.
6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days | of my life,*
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for- | ever.

Epistle 1 Peter 2:19‚Äď25

19This 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.

A This is the Word of the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.


Alleluia LSB 190

C Alleluia. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Holy Gospel John 10:1‚Äď10

P The Holy Gospel according to St. John, the tenth chapter.

C Glory be to Thee, O Lord.

1[Jesus said:] ‚ÄúTruly, 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.‚ÄĚ 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, ‚ÄúTruly, 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. 9I 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.‚ÄĚ

P This is the Gospel of the Lord.

C Praise be to Thee, O Christ.

Nicene Creed

C I believe in one God,

  the Father Almighty,

  maker of heaven and earth

       and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ,

  the only-begotten Son of God,

  begotten of His Father before all worlds,

  God of God, Light of Light,

  very God of very God,

  begotten, not made,

  being of one substance with the Father,

  by whom all things were made;

  who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven

  and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary

  and was made man;

  and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate.

  He suffered and was buried.

  And the third day He rose again according to the Scriptures

       and ascended into heaven

  and sits at the right hand of the Father.

  And He will come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead,

  whose kingdom will have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Spirit,

  the Lord and giver of life,

  who proceeds from the Father and the Son,

  who with the Father and the Son together is worshiped and glorified,

  who spoke by the prophets.

  And I believe in one holy Christian and apostolic Church,

  I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins,

  and I look for the resurrection of the dead

  and the life T of the world to come. Amen.


709 The King of Love My Shepherd Is

1 The King of love my shepherd is,
    Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am His
    And He is mine forever.

2 Where streams of living water flow,
    My ransomed soul He leadeth
And, where the verdant pastures grow,
    With food celestial feedeth.

3 Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
    But yet in love He sought me
And on His shoulder gently laid
    And home rejoicing brought me.

4 In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
    With Thee, dear Lord, beside me,
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
    Thy cross before to guide me.

5 Thou spreadst a table in my sight;
    Thine unction grace bestoweth;
And, oh, what transport of delight
    From Thy pure chalice floweth!

6 And so through all the length of days
    Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing Thy praise
    Within Thy house forever!


P The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

C Amen.


Offertory LSB 192

C Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.

Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Amen.




Prayer of the Church

Lord’s Prayer LSB 196

P 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.

C For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.


P The Lord be with you.

C And with thy spirit.

Benedicamus LSB 202

A Bless we the Lord.

C Thanks be to God.

Benediction LSB 202

P The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you.

The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and T give you peace.

C Amen, amen, amen.

534 Lord, Enthroned in Heavenly Splendor

1 Lord, enthroned in heav’nly splendor,
    First-begotten from the dead,
You alone, our strong defender,
    Lifting up Your people’s head.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    Jesus, true and living bread!
    Jesus, true and living bread!

2 Though the lowliest form now veil You
    As of old in Bethlehem,
Here as there Your angels hail You,
    Branch and flow’r of Jesse’s stem.
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    We in worship join with them;
    We in worship join with them.

3 Paschal Lamb, Your off’ring, finished
    Once for all when You were slain,
In its fullness undiminished
    Shall forevermore remain,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    Cleansing souls from ev’ry stain;
    Cleansing souls from ev’ry stain.

4 Life-imparting heav’nly manna,
    Stricken rock with streaming side,
Heav’n and earth with loud hosanna
    Worship You, the Lamb who died,
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!
    Ris’n, ascended, glorified!
    Ris’n, ascended, glorified!


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