Fourth Sunday of Easter

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“Alleluia! Christ is Risen!”
“Christ is risen indeed! Alleluia!”

Can you believe it’s still Easter? We celebrate Jesus’ resurrection for seven whole weeks and this is week four, alleluia! This week we speak of Jesus the Good Shepherd who bring us to life. Jesus, the shepherd, guides we sheep along the way we should go, keeping us safe, and laying down his life in service to us. And yet, a few short weeks ago we proclaimed that Jesus was the Lamb of God, killed on a cross having taken on all our sin. As both Shepherd and Lamb, Jesus shows us that God will do anything to bring us closer. God comes to us in all forms, in all things, to show us that God will always raise us to new life.

Readings

Acts 4:5-12
Salvation in the name of Jesus

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not be in want

1 John 3:16-24
Love in truth and action

John 10:11-18
Christ the shepherd

Worship Music

Our music this week shows the dual images of Lamb and Shepherd. We begin with Christ the Lord is Risen Today; Alleluia! which has us sing “for the sheep the Lamb has bled” and “Christ, the victim undefiled, God and sinners reconciled.” We balance this proclamation with the beloved setting of Psalm 23 The King of Love, My Shepherd Is.

Reflection Questions

Jesus the Lamb and Jesus the Good Shepherd are the same person and come to us in our humanity. In what ways does Jesus shepherd you through life? What aspects of your community, church or otherwise, guide you along the path of life?

Dr. Adam Lefever Hughes

Director of Music

As the Director of Music, I help the St. Peter’s community proclaim the gospel story and share the goodness of God through worship and music.

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