Readings during     Coronavirus isolation

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                                        SUNDAY 3RD MAY 2020 FOURTH SUNDAY OF EASTER

                                                                                                             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.


FIRST READING
Acts 2:42-47

A reading from the Acts of the
Apostles.
Many were baptized and were
added to the community.
They devoted themselves to
the apostles’ teaching and
fellowship, to the breaking of
bread and the prayers. Awe
came upon everyone, because
many wonders and signs were
being done by the apostles. All
who believed were together
and had all things in common;
they would sell their possessions
and goods and distribute the
proceeds to all, as any had need.
Day by day, as they spent much
time together in the temple,
they broke bread at home and
ate their food with glad and
generous hearts, praising God
and having the goodwill of all
the people. And day by day the
Lord added to their number
those who were being saved.


PSALM Psalm 23

R The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green
pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
R
He revives my soul
and guides me along right
pathways for his name’s sake.
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. R
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.
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. R

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.

John 10:1-10

Hear the gospel of our Lord
Jesus Christ according to John.
Jesus said to the Pharisees:
“Very truly, I tell you, anyone
who does not enter the

sheepfold by the gate but climbs
in by another way is a thief and
a bandit. The one who enters by
the gate is the shepherd of the
sheep. The gatekeeper opens
the gate for him, and the sheep
hear his voice. He calls his own
sheep by name and leads them
out. When he has brought out
all his own, he goes ahead of
them, and the sheep follow him
because they know his voice.
They will not follow a stranger,
but they will run from him
because they do not know the
voice of strangers.” Jesus used
this figure of speech with them,
but they did not understand
what he was saying to them. So
again Jesus said to them, “Very
truly, I tell you, I am the gate for
the sheep. All who came before
me are thieves and bandits;
but the sheep did not listen to
them. I am the gate. Whoever
enters by me will be saved, and
will come in and go out and find
pasture. The thief comes only to
steal and kill and destroy. I came
that they may have life, and have
it abundantly.”

POST COMMUNION
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.