"Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength..." Mark 12:30
When we hear the word "worship" many of us think of what happens in church on Sunday morning. While this is indeed worship, at St. Philip we believe worship encompasses all of life - giving back to God all of who we are. Listed here are the Sunday morning events; there are many other opportunities for worship found on the other pages of this site.
The 10:00 a.m. Worship service and Eucharist draws from traditional Anglican liturgy, as well as the Island Liturgy assigned for Vancouver Island. The hymns are taken primarily from the Common Praise hymnal, and sometimes from our own compilation of familiar favorites. We begin by setting our hearts on gathering before God. Then follows the reading of the Word, a short Sermon and Prayers, and finally the Celebration of the Eucharist. We go out into the world with God's Blessing. (Refreshments follow in the church hall.)
Sunday, April 22nd, 10:00 a. m.
FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER
Holy Eucharist and Sunday School
1st reading:ACTS 4:5-12;
2nd Reading: 1 JOHN 3:16-18;
Gospel: JOHN 10:11-18;
Celebrant: Rev. Susan Hermanson
1st Reading Intro: When Peter and John have visited the Temple to pray, Peter has cured a crippled man – who has praised God and entered the Temple with them. Peter and John have preached the good news to the crowd – but the religious authorities have arrested them.
A READING FROM THE BOOK OF ACTS
The rulers, elders, and scribes assembled in Jerusalem, with Annas the high priest, Caiaphas, John, and Alexander, and all who were of the high-priestly family. When they had made the prisoners stand in their midst, they inquired, "By what power or by what name did you do this?" Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them, "Rulers of the people and elders, if we are questioned today because of a good deed done to someone who was sick and are asked how this man has been healed, let it be known to all of you, and to all the people of Israel, that this man is standing before you in good health by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead. This Jesus is 'the stone that was rejected by you, the builders; it has become the cornerstone.' There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among mortals by which we must be saved."
1 The Lord is my shepherd; *
I shall not be in want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures *
and leads me beside still waters.
3 He revives my soul *
and guides me along right pathways for his name’s sake.
4 Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; *
for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5 You spread a table before me in the presence of those who trouble me; *
you have anointed my head with oil, and my cup is running over.
6 Surely your goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, *
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
Glory to you, Jesus Christ, our good shepherd. In the waters of
baptism you give us new birth, at your table you nourish us
with heavenly food, and in your goodness and mercy, you
guide us beyond the terrors of evil and death to your Father’s
home to dwell in eternal light. Glory to you for ever.
2nd Reading Intro: The author has exhorted his fellow members of the Christian community to love each other. This love is to be grounded in the love of Jesus for his disciples.
A READING FROM THE FIRST LETTER OF JOHN
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.
1 JOHN 3:16-24
Jesus continues to speak of himself as the good shepherd, an image familiar to his audience. True followers, he has said, recognize the good shepherd. “I am the gate. Whoever enters by me will be saved ... and will find pasture ... I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly”
THE HOLY GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ACCORDING TO JOHN
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."