Christ the Good Shepherd Mosaic

“Guide Me Home” (Ode 14)

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Watchword for the week — Jesus said, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:11

Sunday, April 25 — Acts 4:5-12; Psalm 23; 1 John 3:16-24; John 10:11-18

This is God, our God forever and ever. He will be our guide. Psalm 48:14

I am lost if you take your hand from me,

I am blind without your light to see.

Lord, forever may I your servant be.

Lead me, O Lord, lead me. (728*)

I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Where the many toil together,

there you are among your own;

where the solitary labor,

you are there with them alone.

You, the peace that passes knowledge,

dwelling in the daily strife;

you, the bread of heav’n, are broken,

in the sacrament of life. (576)

God, guide us to use our whole being for your glory. Bring the good work that you started in us to completion. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

(Courtesy: Moravian Daily Texts 2021)

Scripture Read & Listen

Listen here: Psalm 23 read by Tinasha LaRaye in the NKJV

Psalm 23

The Lord the Shepherd of His People

A Psalm of David.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not [a]want.
He makes me to lie down in [b]green pastures;
He leads me beside the [c]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 [d]dwell in the house of the Lord

Art Study for the Week

“Good Shepherd” 5th Century mosaic at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna. Public domain images.

Hymns & Praises

Hymn: “Be Thou My Vision”
(Original Lyrics) Translator: Mary E. Byrne; Versifier: Eleanor H. Hull

1 Be thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
naught be all else to me, save that thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
waking or sleeping, thy presence my light.

2 Be thou my wisdom, be thou my true word;
I ever with thee, and thou with me, Lord.
Born of thy love, thy child may I be,
thou in me dwelling and I one with thee.

3 Be thou my buckler, my sword for the fight.
Be thou my dignity, thou my delight,
thou my soul’s shelter, thou my high tow’r.
Raise thou me heav’nward, O Pow’r of my pow’r.

4 Riches I heed not, nor vain empty praise;
thou mine inheritance, now and always.
Thou and thou only, first in my heart,
Ruler of heaven, my treasure thou art.

5 “*True Light of heaven, when vict’ry is won
may I reach heaven’s joys, O bright heav’n’s Sun!
Heart of my heart, whatever befall,
still be my vision, O Ruler of all.

Closing Prayer

For the Afflicted Servant:

O Merciful God, and Heavenly Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men; Look with pity, we beseech thee, upon the sorrows of thy servant for whom our prayers are offered. Remember thee, O Lord, in mercy; endue my soul with patience; conform thee with a sense of thy goodness; lift up thy countenance upon us, and give thee peace; through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.

1928 Book of Common Prayer