Saturday of The 5th Week of Easter, 16 May 2020 – Psalm 100, Acts 16:1-10, John 15:18-21 ~ What did you expect?

Saturday of The 5th Week of Easter, 16 May 2020

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening:

Almighty, ever-living God, you gave us the life of heaven by the new birth of baptism; you implanted in us the seed of eternity by your gift of grace. Lead us, in your providence, to the fullness of glory. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven,
where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand.

Psalm 100 (Enter In)) – People and Songs

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A Reading from the Book of Acts: Acts 16:1-10(NLT)

Paul’s Second Missionary Journey

Paul went first to Derbe and then to Lystra, where there was a young disciple named Timothy. His mother was a Jewish believer, but his father was a Greek. Timothy was well thought of by the believers in Lystra and Iconium, so Paul wanted him to join them on their journey. In deference to the Jews of the area, he arranged for Timothy to be circumcised before they left, for everyone knew that his father was a Greek. Then they went from town to town, instructing the believers to follow the decisions made by the apostles and elders in Jerusalem. So the churches were strengthened in their faith and grew larger every day.

A Call from Macedonia

Next Paul and Silas traveled through the area of Phrygia and Galatia, because the Holy Spirit had prevented them from preaching the word in the province of Asia at that time. Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there. So instead, they went on through Mysia to the seaport of Troas.

That night Paul had a vision: A man from Macedonia in northern Greece was standing there, pleading with him, “Come over to Macedonia and help us!” So we decided to leave for Macedonia at once, having concluded that God was calling us to preach the Good News there.
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Responsorial Psalm 100(NLT)

+ Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

+ Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.

For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

+ Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 15:18-21 (NLT)

“If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the one who sent me.
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Psalm 100 – Chris Tomlin

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Closing: Colossians 3:1 (NLT)

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

4th Sunday of Easter, 12 May 2019: Psalm 100, John 10:22-30 ~ “The Father and I are one.”

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Safe in your hand, O God, is the flock you shepherd through Jesus Christ your Son. Lead us always to the living waters where you promise respite and refreshment, that we may be counted among those who know you and follow you. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 100 (Enter In)” – People & Songs

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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 100 (NLT)

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 10:22-30 (NLT)

Jesus Claims to Be the Son of God

It was now winter, and Jesus was in Jerusalem at the time of Hanukkah, the Festival of Dedication. He was in the Temple, walking through the section known as Solomon’s Colonnade. The people surrounded him and asked, “How long are you going to keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah, tell us plainly.”

Jesus replied, “I have already told you, and you don’t believe me. The proof is the work I do in my Father’s name. But you don’t believe me because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”
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Intercession:

Good Shepherd: You have given us your Son, Jesus Christ, to lead us, protect us, and provide for all our needs. Hear the cries of all those belonging to your flock –

+ For those you have appointed to lead us here on earth, that they may follow the example of your Son, Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For young people you have chosen as future leaders of your people, that they may follow the example of your Son, Jesus Christ…. Lord, hear us.
+ For believers who are facing persecution today, that may have courage and receive your protection and provision…. Lord, hear us.
+ For Christians, Jews and Muslims, that we may live together peacefully and cooperatively, with just treatment for all…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those suffering from depression, that they may know they are loved by you and move from Darkness into Light…. Lord, hear us.
+ For those in any kind of need (physical, emotional, spiritual), that they may have the tender support of their believing friends…. Lord, hear us.

Good Shepherd: Your loving care brings us safe through the trials of life, hear our prayers we ask, through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 23 (I Am Not Alone)” – People & Songs

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Closing Declaration: – Psalm 23:6

Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

Praying the Psalms: Wed, 24 Oct – Psalm 100 ~ You know the Lord is God!

Praying the Psalms

+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen!

Opening – (Northumbria Community)

One thing I have asked of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.

Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory.
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Morning Reading: Psalm 100 (NLT)

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.

Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.

Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
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Morning Prayer

O Lord our God: Our hearts are filled with thankful praise –

+ fill us with gladness and gratefulness…
+ free us to express our joy openly and loudly…
+ join us together in spirit with kindred joy-filled worshipers…

O Lord our God: Our hearts are filled with thankful praise –

+ for you are God Almighty, all-powerful and mighty to save
+ for you are our Creator, responsible for our very being…
+ for you are our Shepherd, leading us with loving-kindness…
+ for you are Good, eternally merciful and true…

O Lord our God: Our hearts are filled with thankful praise –

+ keep us mindful of all the good in our lives…
+ keep us mindful of the brevity of our lives…
+ keep us mindful of our pilgrim status in this world…
+ keep us mindful of our eternal home that awaits us…

O Lord our God: Our hearts are filled with thankful praise. Make us Christward blessings to others, that all may proclaim “You are God!” through Jesus Christ your Son, who lives with you in unity with the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen.
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“Psalm 100” (Enter In) – People & Songs

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Blessing – (Northumbrian Community)

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you, wherever He may send you. May He guide you through the wilderness, and protect you through the storm. May He bring you home rejoicing at the wonders He has shown you. May He bring you home rejoicing once again into our doors.
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+ In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

4th Sunday of Easter, 17 April: Acts 13:14, 43-52; Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5; Revelation 7:9, 14b-17; John 10:27-30 ~ safe in your hand

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Today we honor the Risen Lord as our Good Shepherd. We pray that God will make us a Kingdom of priests for God his Father, formed in the image of the Good Shepherd. All glory and power to him forever and ever!

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Opening Prayer:

Safe in your hand, O God, is the flock you shepherd through Jesus your Son. Lead us always to the living waters where you promise respite and refreshment, that we may be counted among those who know and follow you. We ask this through Jesus Christ, the resurrection and the life, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
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“Song for the Nations” – Kwasizabantu Combined Choir


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A Reading from the Acts of the Apostles: Acts 13:14, 43-52 (NLT)
[Paul and Barnabas visit Antioch, where their message is received with joy by the Gentiles.]

But Paul and Barnabas traveled inland to Antioch of Pisidia.

On the Sabbath they went to the synagogue for the services.
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Many Jews and devout converts to Judaism followed Paul and Barnabas, and the two men urged them to continue to rely on the grace of God.

The following week almost the entire city turned out to hear them preach the word of the Lord. But when some of the Jews saw the crowds, they were jealous; so they slandered Paul and argued against whatever he said.

Then Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly and declared, “It was necessary that we first preach the word of God to you Jews. But since you have rejected it and judged yourselves unworthy of eternal life, we will offer it to the Gentiles. For the Lord gave us this command when he said,

Light on black background

‘I have made you a light to the Gentiles, to bring salvation to the farthest corners of the earth.’”

When the Gentiles heard this, they were very glad and thanked the Lord for his message; and all who were chosen for eternal life became believers. So the Lord’s message spread throughout that region.

Then the Jews stirred up the influential religious women and the leaders of the city, and they incited a mob against Paul and Barnabas and ran them out of town. So they shook the dust from their feet as a sign of rejection and went to the town of Iconium. And the believers were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
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A Reading from the Psalms: Psalm 100:1-2, 3, 5 (NLT)

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy.
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Acknowledge that the Lord is God! He made us, and we are his. We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
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For the Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
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Psalm 100 – Rene Clausen – laFilia sings (Erwitte2015)


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A Reading from the Revelations of John: Revelation 7:9, 14b-17 (NLT)
[John’s vision of people persecuted for their faith being rewarded in heaven.]

After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.
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Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.

Jesus and the Lamb art print by Katherine Brown
Jesus and the Lamb
art print by Katherine Brown

“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter. They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun. For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
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A Reading from the Gospels: John 10:27-30 (NLT)
[Jesus is the shepherd whose voice the sheep listen to.]

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

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Spiritual Song: “Shepherd” – Brave New World // Amanda Cook


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Intercessory Prayer:

Good Shepherd: you care for all who hear your voice and follow you. Attend to us now, as we pray.

+ That all those who lead your people may follow the example of Christ, the good shepherd…. Lord, hear us.
+ That young people may hear your call to serve God’s people in ministry throughout the world…. Lord, hear us.
+ That Christians in Africa may bear witness to their faith in Christ — even in times of war…. Lord, hear us.
+ That believers who face persecution today, especially in the Middle East, may have courage…. Lord, hear us.
+ That all who gather for worship today in assemblies throughout the world, may care for each other…. Lord, hear us.
+ That those around us who are in any kind of need may have the tender support of our love…. Lord, hear us.
+ That our friends and family who have died in Christ may be given a place before the Throne of Glory…. Lord, hear us.

O God, your loving care brings us safe through the trials of life, hear our prayers through Christ our Lord. Amen.
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Hymn: “Resurrection Sunday Dance, Budapest, Hungary – Music Videos” – Jennie Lee Riddle

Resurrection Sunday Dance, Budapest, Hungary from hun777 on GodTube.

On April 4, 2010, over 1,300 young people, all of them members of Faith Church celebrated Resurrection Sunday in Budapest, Hungary. (Sorry, I didn’t know how to embed video. Please click on link above; God bless.)

Benediction:

To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. (Revelation 1:5-6)

+ In the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen