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4th SUNDAY of EASTER

(Year B - NIV UK)

Collect

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. Amen.

 

Epistle

Acts 4: 5-12

The next day the rulers, elders and teachers of the law met in Jerusalem.

Annas the High Priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander

and others of the high priest's family. They had Peter and John brought

before them and began to question them: "By what power or what name

did you do this?"

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: "Rulers and elders of

the people! If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness

shown to a man who was lame and are asked how he was healed, then

know this, you and all the people of Israel: it is by the name of Jesus Christ

of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that

this man stands before you healed. Jesus is:

'the stone you builders rejected, which has become the cornerstone.'

Salvation is found in no-one else, for there is no other name under heaven

given to mankind by which we must be saved."

 

New Testament

1 John 3: 16-end

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us.

And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. If anyone

has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no

pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children,

let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our

hearts at rest in his presence: if our hearts condemn us, we know that God

is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Dear friends, if our

hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God and receive

from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what

pleases him. And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son,

Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. The one who

keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we

know that he lives in us: we know it by the Spirit he gave us.

 

Gospel

John 10: 11-18

Jesus said: "I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life

for the sheep. 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. The man runs away

because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

 

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep 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 are not of this sheepfold. I must bring

them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock

and one shepherd. The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my

life - only to take it up again. No-one takes it from me, but I lay it down of

my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up

again. This command I received from my Father."

 

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.

Amen.