4th Sunday of Easter - 11.00am Holy Communion

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The Greeting

In the name of the Father,

and of the Son,

and of the Holy Spirit. 



Alleluia. Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia.


Prayer of preparation

Almighty God,
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord. 


Invitation to Confession

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 true heart.

1 Corinthians 5.7,8

(silence is kept)


Let us confess our sins

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, 
we have sinned against you 
and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.

We have not loved our neighbour as ourselves.

In your mercy 

forgive what we have been,

help us to amend what we are,

and direct what we shall be 

That we may do justly,

love mercy 

and walk humbly with you, our God,



Almighty God,
who forgives all who truly repent,
have mercy upon you,
pardon and deliver you from all your sins,
confirm and strengthen you in all goodness,
and keep you in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 



The Gloria 

All   Glory to God in the highest,

and peace to his people on earth.

Lord God, heavenly King,

almighty God and Father,

we worship you, we give you thanks,

we praise you for your glory.


Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father,

Lord God, Lamb of God,

you take away the sin of the world:

have mercy on us;

you are seated at the right hand of the Father:

receive our prayer.


For you alone are the Holy One,

you alone are the Lord,

you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ,

with the Holy Spirit,

in the glory of God the Father.



Today’s Collect

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

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.





Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.


He makes me to lie down in green pastures;

He leads me beside the still waters.


He restores my soul;

He leads me in the paths of righteousness

For His name’s sake.


Yea, 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.


You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;

You anoint my head with oil;

My cup runs over.


Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;

And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.


Glory to the Father

and to the Son, 

and to the Holy Spirit, 

As it was in the beginning, is now, 

and ever shall be, world without end. 



John 20: 19 – 30

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John chapter 10, verses 1 to 10

All   Glory to Christ our Saviour


‘Very truly, I tell you, anyone who does not enter the sheepfold by the gate but climbs in by another way is a thief and a bandit. The one who enters by the gate is the shepherd of the sheep. The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. They will not follow a stranger, but they will run from him because they do not know the voice of strangers.’ Jesus used this figure of speech with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them. 


So again Jesus said to them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. All who came before me are thieves and bandits; but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved, and will come in and go out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 


At the end

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, O Christ.


The Address


Alleluia, Christ is risen

He is risen indeed, alleluia.


The Creed

Let us affirm our common faith in God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit


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 and the Son,
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. 


HYMN - ‘The King of love my shepherd is.’ 

(please sing along at home!)

To the tune ‘Dominus Regit Me’ by J.B. Dykes

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church


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.



Prayers of Intercession


The Lord is our shepherd 

and we are the sheep of his pasture.

Let us bring before him our cares and concerns 

for the church and for the world



We pray for our five overseas partner dioceses especially today the Diocese of Karnataka Central in South India and Bishop Samuel. We also pray for the Diocese of Gloucester and the cathedral with many staff having been furloughed and nearly everyone else working from home. 


The Lord is my shepherd

ALL - There is nothing I shall want 



As the covid-19 virus continues to causes death, isolation and 

loss of livelihoods all around the world

We pray to Jesus the Good Shepherd 

for the health and well-being of the United Kingdom, 

that all who are fearful and anxious 

may be at peace and free from worry: 


The Lord is my shepherd

ALL - There is nothing I shall want 



Good Shepherd of the sheep

We pray for our places of work, our colleagues, friends and neighbours

As well as the members of our own families.

For those who are isolated and housebound, 

that we may be alert to their needs, 

and care for them in their vulnerability: 


The Lord is my shepherd

ALL - There is nothing I shall want 



Good Shepherd of the sheep,

We pray for those who are weak and vulnerable.

For those who must live depending on others for every need.

We pray for a greater reverence towards one another.

We pray for healing and wholeness. 


The Lord is my shepherd

ALL - There is nothing I shall want 



In these next few moments 

let us name quietly before God 

all those who we know to be suffering in body, mind or spirit


The Lord is my shepherd

ALL - There is nothing I shall want 



Good Shepherd of the sheep 

We pray for those who have died;

We pray for those who ache with sorrow at their going.

We commend them all into your unfailing care

which lasts throughout this life and into eternity


The Lord is my shepherd

ALL - There is nothing I shall want 



Good Shepherd of the sheep

We give you thanks that in you we are able to live through good and ill,

With abundance of life. 


Merciful Father, 

ALL - accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, 

our Saviour Jesus Christ. 





The 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.

John 20.19,20

The peace of the Lord be always with you

and also with you.


Although we are physically separated please accept this sign language as an expression of God’s peace


Taking the bread and wine


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this bread to set before you,

which earth has given and human hands have made.

It will become for us the bread of life.

All   Blessed be God for ever.


Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation:

through your goodness we have this wine to set before you,

fruit of the vine and work of human hands.

It will become for us the cup of salvation.

All   Blessed be God for ever.


The Eucharistic Prayer


The Lord is here.

ALL - His Spirit is with us.


Lift up your hearts.

ALL   We lift them to the Lord.


Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

ALL  It is right to give thanks and praise.


And now we give you thanks because through him you have given us the hope of a glorious resurrection; so that, although death comes to us all, yet we rejoice in the promise of eternal life; for to your faithful people life is changed, not taken away; and when our mortal flesh is laid aside, an everlasting dwelling place is made ready for us in heaven 


It is indeed right, our duty and our joy,

always and everywhere to give you thanks,

almighty and eternal Father,

and in these days of Easter

to celebrate with joyful hearts

the memory of your wonderful works.

For by the mystery of his passion

Jesus Christ, your risen Son,

has conquered the powers of death and hell

and restored in men and women the image of your glory.

He has placed them once more in paradise

and opened to them the gate of life eternal.

And so, in the joy of this Passover,

earth and heaven resound with gladness,

while angels and archangels and the powers of all creation

sing for ever the hymn of your glory:


All   Holy, holy, holy Lord,

God of power and might,

heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.

Hosanna in the highest.


Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness;

grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit,

and according to your holy will,

these gifts of bread and wine

may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ;

who, in the same night that he was betrayed,

took bread and gave you thanks;

he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying:

Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you;

do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper

he took the cup and gave you thanks;

he gave it to them, saying:

Drink this, all of you;

this is my blood of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins.

Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.


Great is the mystery of faith:

All   Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.


And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross,

his perfect sacrifice made once for the sins of the whole world;

rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension,

and looking for his coming in glory,

we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving,

we bring before you this bread and this cup

and we thank you for counting us worthy

to stand in your presence and serve you.

Send the Holy Spirit on your people

and gather into one in your kingdom

all who share this one bread and one cup,

so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints,

may praise and glorify you for ever,

through Jesus Christ our Lord;

by whom, and with whom, and in whom,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father,

for ever and ever.

All   Amen.


The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray


All   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.



Breaking of the Bread


We break this bread 
to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.


Lamb of God,
you take away the sin of the world,
have mercy on us.


Lamb of God, 
you take away the sin of the world, 
have mercy on us.


Lamb of God, 
you take away the sin of the world,
grant us peace.




The Post Communion prayer


Merciful Father,

you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,

and in his love for us to 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.



All   Almighty God,

we thank you for feeding us

with the body and blood of your Son Jesus Christ.

Through him we offer you our souls and bodies

to be a living sacrifice.

Send us out

in the power of your Spirit

to live and work

to your praise and glory.



The Blessing

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 the blessing of God almighty,

the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.

All   Amen.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

All   In the name of Christ. Amen.



Closing Music

Played by Andrea Board, Organist for Cowley parish church

'La Rejouissance' by Handel

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