Morning Prayer Easter 4 25th April 2021

Topic: Morning Prayer Easter 4

Time: Apr 25, 2021 11:00 AM Dublin

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The Gathering of God’s People



Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!



We have come together in the name of Christ

to offer our praise and thanksgiving,

to hear and receive God’s holy word,

to seek the forgiveness of our sins,

and to pray for the needs of the world,

that by the power of the Holy Spirit

we may give ourselves to the service of God.


O Lord, open our lips,

and our mouth will proclaim your praise.


Let us worship the Lord.

All praise to his name.


Blessed are you, Lord God of our salvation,

to you be praise and glory for ever.

As once you ransomed your people from Egypt

and led them to freedom in the promised land,

so now you have delivered us from the dominion of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your risen Son.

May we, the first fruits of your new creation,

rejoice in this new day you have made,

and praise you for your mighty acts.

Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Blessed be God for ever.


Opening Hymn: CH327 Christ is our corner-stone” (vs 1, 2 and 4)

Christ is our corner-stone,

on him alone we build;

With his true saints alone

the courts of heaven are filled:

on his great love

our hopes we place

of present grace

and joys above.


O then with hymns of praise

these hallowed courts shall ring;

our voices we will raise,

the Three-in-One to sing,

and so proclaim

in joyful song

both loud and long,

that glorious name.


Here may we gain from heaven

the grace which we implore,

and may that grace, once given,

be with us evermore,

until that day

when all the blessed

to endless rest

are called away.

Anon. 7th or 8th century Latin

  1. John Chandler (1792-1866) altd.



Christ died to sin once for all, and now he lives to God.         Romans 6: 10


Let us renew our resolve to have done with all that is evil

and confess our sins in penitence and faith.

O God, our loving Father in heaven,

we confess that we have sinned against you;

we have broken your commandments;

we have often been selfish,

and we have not loved you as we should.

For these, and all our sins, forgive us, we pray:

through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.


May the Father of all mercies

cleanse you from your sins,

and restore you in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through  Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.





Your word is a lantern to my feet

and a light upon our path.                                          cf Psalm 119:105


O Lord, your word is everlasting:

it stands firm for ever in the heavens.                                   cf Psalm 119: 89


Let us then receive the word of the Lord:

so may the light of your presence shine into our hearts.


Proclaiming and Receiving the Word


The First Reading: Acts 4: 5-12

The next day their 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.’


Psalm 23: CH20 The King of love my shepherd is”

The King of love my shepherd is,

whose goodness faileth never.

I nothing lack if I am his,

and he is mine for ever.


Where streams of living water flow

my ransomed soul he leadeth,

and where the verdant pastures grow

with food celestial feedeth.


Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,

but yet in love he sought me,

and on his shoulder gently laid,

and home, rejoicing, brought me.


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.


Thou spread’st a table in my sight;

thy unction grace bestoweth;

and oh, what transport of delight

from thy pure chalice floweth!


And so through all the length of days,

thy goodness faileth never;

Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise

within thy house for ever.

Henry Williams Baker (1821-77)

metrical version of Psalm 23

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.


Hymn before the Gospel: Thanks & Praise 60 “I will sing the wondrous story”

I will sing the wondrous story

of the Christ who died for me.

how He left His home in glory

for the cross of Calvary:


Yes, I’ll sing the wondrous story

of the Christ who died for me,

sing it with the saints in glory,

gathered by the crystal sea.


I was lost, but Jesus found me,

found the sheep that went astray,

threw His loving arms around me,

drew me back into His way.


Days of darkness still come o’er me,

sorrow’s paths I often tread,

but the Saviour still is with me;

by His hand I’m safely led.


He will keep me till the river

rolls its waters at my feet;

then He’ll bear me safely over,

where the loved ones I shall meet.

Francis Harold Rowley (1854-1952)




The Gospel Reading: John 10: 11-18

‘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.’




Jesus, good shepherd of the sheep,

by whom the lost are sought

and guided into the fold:

feed us and we shall be satisfied,

heal us and we shall be whole,

and lead us that we may be with you,

where you live and reign

with the Father and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.



The Response to God’s Word




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.



In joy and hope let us pray to the Father.

That our risen Saviour may fill us and all Christians

with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That isolated and persecuted churches

may find fresh strength  in the good news of Easter …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That God may grant us humility

to be subject to one another in Christian love …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That he may help us provide for those

who lack food, work or shelter …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That, by his power, war and famine may cease through  all the world …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That he may reveal the light of his presence

to the sick, the weak and the dying,

to comfort and strengthen them …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That, according to his promises, all who have died

in the faith of the resurrection may be raised on the last day …

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


That he may send the fire of the Holy Spirit upon his people,

so that we may bear faithful witness to his resurrection,

we pray to the Father.

Hear our prayer.


Heavenly Father,

you have delivered us from the power of darkness

and brought us into the kingdom of your Son:

grant that, as his death has recalled us to life,

so his continual presence in us

may raise us to eternal joy;

through  Christ our Lord. Amen.



Almighty God,

whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:


Raise us, who trust in him,

from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,

that we may seek those things which are above,

where he reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever. Amen.



Gathering our prayers and praises into one, we are bold to 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, the power, and the glory

for ever and ever. Amen.


Closing Hymn: CH644 “Faithful Shepherd, feed me”

Faithful Shepherd, feed me

in the pastures green;

faithful Shepherd, lead me

where your steps are seen.


Hold me fast, and guide me

in the narrow way;

so, with you beside me,

I shall never stray.


Daily bring me nearer

to the heavenly shore;

may my faith grow clearer,

may I love you more.


Hallow every pleasure,

every gift and pain;

be my only treasure,

all I hope to gain.


Day by day prepare me

as you see is best,

then let angels bear me

to your promised rest.


Thomas B Pollock (1836-96) altd.



Going out as God’s People



Blessed are you, Holy God,

creator, redeemer and life-giver;

you have spoken the world into being

and filled it with wonder and beauty.

For every blessing we have received

we give you thanks and praise.


Blessed are you, Holy God,

for people of every language and culture

and for the rich variety you give to life.

For every blessing we have received

we give you thanks and praise.


Blessed are you, Holy God,

for Jesus Christ our Saviour,

truly divine and truly human,

living and dying for us,

and going before us into heaven.

For every blessing we have received

we give you thanks and praise.



Blessed are you, Holy God,

for your Spirit, the fire of love burning in our hearts,

bringing us to faith, and calling us to holiness

in the Church and in the world.

For every blessing we have received

we give you thanks and praise.


We go into the world

to walk in God’s light,

to rejoice in God’s love

and to reflect God’s glory.



God the Father,

by whose glory Christ was raised from the dead,

raise you up to walk with him in the newness of his risen life:

and the blessing of God Almighty,

the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,

be with you and remain with you always. Amen.



We go in the peace of the Risen Christ. Alleluia! Alleluia!

Thanks be to God. Alleluia! Alleluia!