Church of the Cross
Connecting with God, one another, and the world
9:30 AM; Sunday, April 22, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Easter Season
Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want…
-Psalm 23:1

 The Liturgy of the Word

Call to Worship:               Psalm 23

Psalm Leader:    The Lord is my shepherd;
People:                I shall not want.

Psalm Leader:    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures;
People:                He leadeth me beside the still waters.

Psalm Leader:    He restoreth my soul;
People:                He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.

Psalm Leader:    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;
People:                For thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

Psalm Leader:    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies;
People:                Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

Psalm Leader:    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
People:                And I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

Psalm Leader:    Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!
People:                The Lord is Risen indeed!  Alleluia!

Opening Song:  “Come People of the Risen King”

Song of Praise:  “Glory, Glory Hallelujah”

Opening Prayer:
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people:  Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The First Reading:           I John 3:16-24

We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another. How does God’s love abide in anyone who has the world’s goods and sees a brother or sister in need and yet refuses help?

Little children, let us love, not in word or speech, but in truth and action. And by this we will know that we are from the truth and will reassure our hearts before him whenever our hearts condemn us; for God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. Beloved, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have boldness before God; and we receive from him whatever we ask, because we obey his commandments and do what pleases him.

And this is his commandment, that we should believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us. All who obey his commandments abide in him, and he abides in them. And by this we know that he abides in us, by the Spirit that he has given us.

Reader:                The word of the Lord.
People:                Thanks be to God.

Gradual:              “The King of Love”

The Gospel:        John 10:11-18

Reader:                The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
People:                Glory to you, Lord Christ.

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.”

Reader:                The Gospel of the Lord.
People:                Praise to you, Lord Christ.

The Message

The Prayers of the Community

The congregational response to each petition is:
Day by day, Dear Lord, of thee three things we pray:
To see thee more clearly; love thee more dearly; follow thee more nearly…
Day by day.

The Peace

Presider:              The peace of the Lord be always with you.
People:                And also with you.
The people greet one another with a sign of Christ’s Peace…

Making our Offering

Song of Offering:             “I Sing the Almighty Power of God”

The Great Thanksgiving

Presider:              The Lord be with you.
People:                And also with you.

Presider:              Lift up your hearts.
People:                We lift them up to the Lord.

Presider:              Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People:                It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Presider:              With joyful hearts, merciful Lord, we gather at this table to give you thanks and praise for the glorious resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is the Good Shepherd.  By his death he has destroyed death, and by his rising to life again has brought hope and healing for all people.  He shares fully our human nature, to live and die as one of us, to reconcile us to you, the God and Father of all.

He stretched out his arms upon the cross, and offered himself in obedience to your will, a perfect sacrifice for the whole world.

And so at your table, we again pray this ancient story:  On the night he was handed over to suffering and death, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread; and when he had given thanks to you, he broke it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, “Take, eat:  This is my Body, which is given for you.  Do this for the remembrance of me.”

After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, “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.  Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.”

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith:

People:               Christ has died.
                              Christ is risen.
                              Christ will come again.

Presider:              We celebrate the memorial of our redemption, O Father, in this sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.  Recalling his death, resurrection, and ascension, we offer you these gifts.

Sanctify them by your Holy Spirit to be for your people the Body and Blood of your Son, the holy food and drink of new and unending life in him.  Sanctify us also that we may faithfully receive this holy Sacrament, and serve you in unity, constancy, and peace; and at the last day bring us with all your saints into the joy of your eternal kingdom.

All this we ask through your Son Jesus Christ.  By him, and with him, and in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is yours, Almighty Father, now and for ever.
All:                        Amen!

The Lord’s Prayer:
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, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever.  Amen.

The Presider breaks the consecrated loaf…

Presider:              Alleluia!  Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us!

People:                Therefore let us keep the feast!  Alleluia!
Presider:              The gifts of God for the people of God.  Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you, and feed on him in your hearts by faith, with thanksgiving.

The blue chalice immediately next to the bread distributor contains regular wine.  The outside, white chalice contains non-alcoholic wine for persons who may wish to refrain from consuming regular wine.  If you would like to receive a gluten-free wafer, please let the presider know when you come forward to receive.

Songs during Communion:          “House of God Forever”
“Be Unto Your Name”

The Closing Prayer:
Lord, make us instruments of your peace.  Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.  Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love.  For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.  Amen.

Closing Song:                    “Crown Him with Many Crowns”

Presider:              Alleluia!  Alleluia!  Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord!
People:                Thanks be to God!  Alleluia!  Alleluia!


The Episcopal Church of the Cross
Worshiping every Sunday at 9:30 AM at the Serene Hills Elementary School
3301 Serene Hills Drive, Lakeway
Professional and trained child-care available at every worship service.
The People of Church of the Cross, Ministers of the Gospel
The Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle, Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Dena Harrison and the Rt. Rev. Jeff Fisher, Suffragan Bishops
The Rt. Rev. Hector Monterroso, Assistant Bishop
Leigh Anne Diaz, Office Administrator;
Paul Johnson, Vicar;
Dave Madden, Director of Music