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The United Benefice of
St Mary the Virgin, Higham Ferrers
with St John the Baptist, Chelveston-cum-Caldecott

Fourth Sunday of Easter

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

MEETING POINT

21ST APRIL 2024

Welcome to our Online Worship 

MEETING POINT 21.4.2024 EASTER 4
00:00 / 16:10

 Father Paul welcomes you to this podcast service FOR

GOOD SHEPHERD SUNDAY

HYMN

   Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing.
   Around God's throne exult in harmony.
   Now Jesus Christ is risen from the grave.
   Salute your King in glorious symphony.

   Sing, choirs of earth! Behold, your light has come!
   The glory of the Lord shines radiantly.
   Lift up your hearts, for Christ has conquered death.
   The night is past: the day of life is here.

   Sing, church of God! Exult with joy outpoured.
   The gospel trumpets tell of victory won.
   Your Saviour lives: he's with you evermore.
   Let all God's people shout the long Amen.
       
Words - From Common Worship
       Tune:- Woodlands (Walter Greatorex 1877 - 19490

 

A reading from St John’s Gospel
Jesus said; "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."  
                                                                                 John 10:11-18

ANTHEM – THE LORD IS MY SHEPHERD  

The Lord is my shepherd


I shall not want


He maketh me to lie down in green pastures


He leadeth me beside the still waters



Yea, though I walk


Through the valley


Of the shadow of death


I will fear no evil



For You are with me


You will comfort me


You are with me


You will comfort me



Surely goodness and mercy


Shall follow me


All the days of my life


And I will dwell in the house


Of the Lord forever
    

Words – Psalm 23
   Music Howard Goodall  (b. 1958)

 

A REFLECTION ON THE BIBLE READING, A PRAYER AND A BLESSING

HYMN

In heavenly love abiding,


no change my heart shall fear;


and safe is such confiding,


for nothing changes here:


the storm may roar without me,


my heart may low be laid;


but God is round about me,


and can I be dismayed?

Wherever he may guide me,


no want shall turn me back;


my Shepherd is beside me,


and nothing can I lack:


his wisdom ever waketh,


his sight is never dim,


he knows the way he taketh,


and I will walk with him.

Green pastures are before me,


which yet I have not seen;


bright skies will soon be o'er me,


where darkest clouds have been;


my hope I cannot measure,


my path to life is free;


my Saviour has my treasure,


and he will walk with me.
   
Words: Anna L Waring (1823 – 1910)
           Tune – Penlan – Public Domain 
  

Material used in this service is copyright of its respective rights owners. Music and hymn words are reproduced under ONE LICENSE number A-633137, Church Copyright License 2148907 and Music Reproduction License 2216255. Material in this order of service is taken from Common Worship, copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000-2006 and is used here with permission. www.commonworship.com.

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