Sunday Worship at 9 a.m. _____________________________ _____________________________________
May 11, 2014
Easter 4 (“Good Shepherd Sunday”)
THE SERVICE OF THE WORD (p. 38 in the red hymnal)
- WE GATHER TO WORSHIP -
OPENING HYMN: CW #562: “I Love to Tell the Story” M: The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you.
C: And also with you.
M: We have come into the presence of God, who created us to love and serve him as his dear children. But we have disobeyed him and deserve only his wrath and punishment. Therefore, let us confess our sins to him and plead for his mercy.
C: Merciful Father in heaven, I am altogether sinful from birth. In countless ways I have sinned against you and do not deserve to be called your child. But trusting in Jesus, my Savior, I pray: Have mercy on me according to your unfailing love. Cleanse me from my sin, and take away my guilt.
M: God, our heavenly Father, has forgiven all your sins. By the perfect life and innocent death of our Lord Jesus Christ, he has removed your guilt forever. You are his own dear child. May God give you strength to live according to his will.
- WE PRAISE THE LORD -
M: In the peace of God’s forgiveness, let us praise the Lord:
C:♫ (the music is on p. 39 of the hymnal) Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed are they who take refuge in him. Your Word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues forever. Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good. Blessed are they who take refuge in him.
PRAYER OF THE DAY
Lord Jesus Christ, you are the Good Shepherd who gave his life for the sheep. Nourish us in the pastures of your Word, that we may remain sheep of your flock in this life and in eternity, for you live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. ♫ Amen.
-- WE LISTEN TO THE WORD –
FIRST LESSON: Ezekiel 34:11-16
11 “‘For this is what the SovereignLordsays: I myself will search for my sheepand look after them.12 As a shepherdlooks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness.13 I will bring them out from the nations and gatherthem from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land.I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land.14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israelwill be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pastureon the mountains of Israel.15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down,declares the SovereignLord.16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind upthe injured and strengthen the weak,but the sleek and the strong I will destroy.I will shepherd the flock with justice.
PSALM OF THE DAY: CW #360: “The Lord’s My Shepherd, I’ll Not Want”
SECOND LESSON: I Peter 2:21-25
21 To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.
22 “He committed no sin,
and no deceit was found in his mouth.”
23 When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly. 24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.
VERSE OF THE DAY: CW # 375 vs. 1,4,5:
The King of love my shepherd is, Whose goodness fails me never; I nothing lack if I am his, And he is mine forever. In death’s dark vale I fear no ill With you, dear Lord, beside me; Your rod and staff my comfort still, Your cross before to guide me. You spread a table in my sight, A banquet here bestowing; Your oil of welcome, my delight; My cup is overflowing! GOSPEL: John 10:7-16
7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved.They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.
14 “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.
Luke 4:19 Isaiah 61:1,2
Luke 4:14 : Mt 4:12
Luke 4:14 : S Mt 9:26
Luke 4:15 : S Mt 4:23
Luke 4:16 : S Mt 2:23
Luke 4:16 : Mt 13:54
Luke 4:16 : S 1Ti 4:13
Luke 4:18 : S Jn 3:34
Luke 4:18 : Mk 16:15
Luke 4:19 : Lev 25:10; Isa 61:1, 2; Ps 102:20; 103:6; Isa 42:7; 49:8, 9; 58:6
Luke 4:20 : ver 17; S Mt 26:55
Luke 4:21 : S Mt 1:22
C: ♫ Praise be to you, O Christ!
HYMN:CW #353: “Praise the One Who Breaks the Darkness” THE MESSAGE FROM GOD’S WORD
Text: John 10:7-16
Theme: YOUR SHEPHERD
The Gate to True Life
The Destroyer of the Flock’s Enemies
III. The Keeper of the Flock THE APOSTLES’ CREED:
I believe in God the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth.
I believe 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 is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty.
From there 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 everlasting. Amen. THE OFFERING, PRAYERS & THE LORD’S PRAYER HYMN: CW #346, “In You Is Gladness”
P: My heavenly Father, I thank you through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, for keeping me through the night from all harm and danger. Keep me through this day also from sin and every evil that all my doings and life may please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, so that the devil may have no power over me. C: ♫ Amen THE BENEDICTION C: ♫ Amen. Amen. Amen. CLOSING HYMN: CW #363: “The King of Glory Comes” SERVING US TODAY:
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