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Good Shepherd Sunday, 4th Sunday of Easter


P: Alleluia! Christ is risen.

A: Christ is risen indeed. Alleluia!

P: Spirit of life and love, we gather together in different ways this morning, from computer screens, from telephones, from car radios; we gather, reaching out across the wires, to come together in religious community.

A: From living room to front porch to car seat, we gather as we are able, ready to be of service to each other, to the world, ready to build community of hope and love, as we face this bright morning.

P: We are apart, but we are together, offering our love, our commitment, our hope, and our prayers, in service to one another and this world.

A: It is a new way, but an old way, that we come together in worship.

Hymn: Lord I Lift Your Name on High - Ruth and Mark Backlund

Confession and Forgiveness:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

Lord, we would follow you wherever you might lead. Lord, we would follow you. Forgive us when we stumble and when we stray. Forgive us when, distracted we lose our way. Be the one to whom we turn, whose hand we hold, the Shepherd who leads us safely to the fold. Lord, we would follow you wherever you might lead. Lord, we would follow you.


Psalm 23 - C.J. Eggleston

The Holy Gospel:

John 10:1-10 - Pastor Walt Rice

Sermon: Pastor Walt Rice

Hymn: Savior, Like a Shepherd Lead us - Ruth and Mark Backlund

Prayers of Intercession and Offering:

Sing On is sung by Ruth and Mark Backlund and a few other Covid-19 survivors from the Skagit Valley Chorale.  In God’s name, we will Sing On!

Holy Communion, Blessing, and Sending:

P: The Lord be with you.

A: And also with you.

P: Lift up your hearts.

A: We lift them to the Lord.

P: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

A: It is right to give God thanks and praise.

P: Be present Lord Jesus Christ, our risen high priest; make yourself known to us in the breaking of bread. With all angels and archangels, with the disciples and all the witnesses of the resurrection, we raise our voices in praise of your glory.

P: In the night in which he was betrayed, our Lord Jesus Christ took bread, gave thanks, broke it, and gave it to his disciples saying: take and eat. This is my body given to you. Do this in remembrance of me. In the same way after supper he took the cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them saying: Drink of it, all of you; this cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you and for all people for the forgiveness of sins. Do this as often as you drink of it in remembrance of me.

Lord's Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, they 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, forever and ever.


Sending Hymn: Blessed Assurance - Ruth and Mark Backlund

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