Service for the 5th Sunday of Easter at St Paul’s Athens and on Zoom
Fr. Leonard will lead the worship and preach.
Priest: Alleluia. Christ is risen!
All: He is risen indeed. Alleluia!
1 The Lord’s my shepherd, I’ll not want.
He makes me down to lie
in pastures green; he leadeth me
the quiet waters by.
2 My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make
within the paths of righteousness,
e’en for his own name’s sake.
3 Yea, though I walk in death’s dark vale,
yet will I fear none ill,
for thou art with me and thy rod
and staff me comfort still.
4 My table thou hast furnished
in presence of my foes.
My head thou dost with oil anoint,
and my cup overflows.
5 Goodness and mercy all my life
shall surely follow me,
and in God’s house forevermore
my dwelling place shall be.
Assistant: Christ our Passover lamb has been sacrificed for us. Let us therefore rejoice by
putting away all malice and evil and confessing our sins with a sincere and pure heart .
There follows a short period of silence and stillness
Assistant: Lord Jesus, you raise us to new life.
All: Kyrie eleison
Assistant: Lord Jesus, you forgive us our sins.
All: Christe eleison
Assistant: Lord Jesus, you feed us with the living bread, your life for the world.
All: Kyrie eleison
Priest: May the God of love and power forgive you and free you from your sins, heal and strengthen you by his Spirit, and bring you to new life. Amen.
Gloria (tune Cwm Rhrondda)
Glory be to God in heaven, song of joy and peace we bring,
Thankful hearts and voices raising to creation’s Lord we sing:
Lord we thank you. Lord we bless you,
Glory be to God our King. Glory be to God our King.
Lamb of God, who on your shoulders bore the load of this world’s sin,
Only Son of God the Father, you have brought us peace within:
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy,
Now your glorious reign begin,
Now your glorious reign begin.
Collect: Let us pray (Collect of the Day)
Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep: teach us to hear your voice and to follow your command, that all your people may be gathered into one flock, to the glory of God the Father.
First Reading (please sit) Acts 4, 5-12 (Lynn Stavrou)
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.”
Reader: This is the word of the Lord.
All: Thanks be to God.
Assistant: Alleluia. Jesus Christ is risen from the dead. He has defeated the powers of death.
Jesus turns our sorrow into dancing. He has the words of eternal life.
Assistant: The Lord be with you
All: and also with you
Assistant: Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. John (John 10, 11-18)
All: Glory to you, O Lord
“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.”
Assistant: This is the gospel of Christ
All: Praise to you, O Christ.
Sermon Fr. Leonard
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, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and 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, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who 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.
Intercessions: (kneel or sit) Lord in your mercy; All: hear our prayer (Lynn Stavrou)
Peace: The risen Christ came and stood among his disciples and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ Then were they
glad when they saw the Lord. Alleluia. The peace of the Lord be always with you.
All: And also with you. Alleluia.
1 PRAY that Jerusalem may have (tune 89 Belmont)
Peace and felicity:
Let them that love thee and thy peace
Have still prosperity.
2 Therefore I wish that peace may still
Within thy walls remain,
And ever may thy palaces
3 Now, for my friends’ and brethren’s sake,
Peace be in thee, I’ll say;
And for the house of God our Lord
I’ll seek thy good alway.
The Lord’s Prayer: (to be prayed in whichever language you chose)
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.
All: Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd, and in his love for us lay down his life and rise again: keep us always under his protection, and give us grace to follow in his steps; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
1 Ye holy angels bright,
who wait at God’s right hand,
or through the realms of light
fly at your Lord’s command,
assist our song,
for else the theme
too high doth seem
for mortal tongue.
2 Ye blessèd souls at rest,
who ran this earthly race,
and now, from sin released,
behold the Saviour’s face,
his praises sound,
as in his sight
with sweet delight
ye do abound.
3 Ye saints, who toil below,
adore your heavenly King,
and onward as ye go
some joyful anthem sing;
take what he gives
and praise him still,
through good and ill,
who ever lives.
4 My soul, bear thou thy part,
triumph in God above,
and with a well-tuned heart
sing thou the songs of love;
let all thy days
till life shall end,
whate’er he send,
be filled with praise.
Blessing and sending out
Priest: The God of peace, who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the
sheep, through the blood of the eternal covenant, make you perfect in every good work to do his
will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, and ….
Assistant: Go in peace to love and serve the Lord. Alleluia, Alleluia.
All: In the name of Christ. Amen. Alleluia, Alleluia.
Bible Study: For 4 Fridays in June at 19.00hrs (7.00pm) there will be a Zoom bible study looking at some passages of Exodus. See website for Zoom link.
Sunday Zoom link – you will need the same Zoom link for May 2nd onwards until Pentecost (June 20th) at 12.00. After that the Zoom 12 Noon service will cease. Any changes will be notified. The order of service is also on the website each week. Also the church will be open to limited numbers (9 people) for worship, and we can have some people seated outside. This will be in St. Paul’s at 10.00am (not shown on Zoom). Pre-register your attendance with Fr. Leonard.
Fr. Leonard’s usual Day Off – Monday (in emergencies contact Deacon Christine)
(Fr. Leonard on Leave from 3rd May- 8th May) Home tel : 210 72 14 906; email email@example.com
Deacon Chris: 22950 53164: Day off – Friday
Swedish Church: contact Fr. Bjorn on 694 607 2428 (Swedish Sunday Mass at St. Paul’s at 12 Noon)
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