Holy Cross Church Binstead &

St Peter Havenstreet

4th Sunday of Easter

Holy Cross, Binstead                                                                             St Peter’s, Havenstreet

8th May 2022
4th Sunday of Easter
Year C

Collect

Almighty God,
whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life:
raise us, who trust in him,
from the death of sin to the life of righteousness,
that we may seek those things which are above,
where he reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

Acts 9.36-43

In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (which, when translated, is Dorcas), who was always doing good and helping the poor. About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning towards the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called the believers and the widows and presented her to them alive. This became known all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. Peter stayed in Joppa for some time with a tanner named Simon.

 

Revelation 7.9-17

I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no-one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice:

    “Salvation belongs to our God,
    who sits on the throne,
    and to the Lamb.”

            All the angels were standing round the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures.

They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshipped God, saying:

    “Amen!
    Praise and glory
    and wisdom and thanks and honour
    and power and strength
    be to our God for ever and ever.
    Amen!”

Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes – who are they, and where did they come from?”

I answered, “Sir, you know.”

And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore,

    “they are before the throne of God
        and serve him day and night in his temple;
    and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them.
    Never again will they hunger;
        never again will they thirst.
    The sun will not beat upon them,
        nor any scorching heat.
    For the Lamb at the centre of the throne will be their shepherd;
        he will lead them to springs of living water.
    And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

 

John 10.22-30

The time came for the Feast of Dedication at Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was in the temple area walking in Solomon’s Colonnade. The Jews gathered round him, saying, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”

Jesus answered, “I did tell you, but you do not believe. The miracles I do in my Father’s name speak for me, but you do not believe because you are not my sheep. My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no-one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”

 

Post Communion Prayer

Merciful Father,
you gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the good shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his steps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Copyright acknowledgement (where not already indicated above):

Acts 9.36-43 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
John 10.22-30 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Revelation 7.9-17 ©  1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Pub. Hodder & Stoughton
Post Communion (4th of Easter) ©  1995 General Synod of the Church of Ireland
Collect (4th of Easter) ©  The Archbishops' Council 2000

 

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