Third Sunday of Easter (Misericordias Domini) The Good Shepherd Cares for His Sheep Ezekiel 34:11–16; 1 Peter 2:21–25; John 10:11–16; Psalm 23 — Memorization Verses:Ezek 34:16 16 I will seek the lost, and I will the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the John 10:14-15 I am the good shepherd. Iinjured, and I will strengthen the weak. know my own and my own know me, 15 just1 Peter 2:24-25 He himself bore our sins in as the Father knows me and I know thehis body on the tree, that we might die to sin Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep.and live to righteousness. By his wounds Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; Iyou have been healed. 25 For you were shall not want.straying like sheep, but have now returned to
How is Jesus like ashepherd? How are welike sheep?How can we shepherd ourflock? And “Search for thelost,” Ezekiel 34:16 ?
1. Let us pray for the whole beset by fears. Set them free and Christian Church, here and bring them into the joyous fellowship throughout the world, that God will of Your Son, adopting them as Your grant her strength and boldness in own children; through the same, proclaiming His word of truth and Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. Use your prayer notes. salvation. 4. Let us pray for peace in our day, Use a verse from the 2.Almighty and everlasting God, You begging God to send His Spirit of sanctified the Church in the truth, for peace upon this earth, joining brother bible to reflect on. Your Word is truth, and You have to brother, and parent to child, Pray about Christ‘s revealed Your glory in Your Son, our according to His gracious will. care for us. great Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ. Open/silent prayer. Merciful P raise Give to Your Church on earth Father, Lord of all, from the first R epentance boldness and confidence to proclaim spilling of Abel‘s blood, the blood of A ppreciation His Gospel purely and protect her our brothers has continued to call out Y ou from the assaults of the evil one; to You from the ground. Grant to our through the same, Jesus Christ, our fallen world the wisdom from above E veryone Lord. Amen. that is pure, peaceable, gentle and R esolve 3. Let us pray for all who wander, open to reason. Raise up lost in sin, that they may hear and peacemakers to sow peace and turn heed the all to repentance and faith. our swords into ploughshares, our Open/silent prayer. O God, spears into pruning hooks, to reap heavenly Father, You desire all Your harvest of righteousness; people to be saved, to come to know through Jesus Christ, our Lord. the truth, to feast with You in Your Amen. kingdom. Hear our prayer for all who wander in darkness, enslaved by evil,
5. Let us pray for good government, infirm [especially . . .], the mourning just laws and a peaceful society. and the lonely, and all whose ability to Open/silent prayer. Almighty God, participate in our common life is Author of all earthly power and diminished. Open/silent prayer. authority, grant wisdom and Heavenly Father, Lord of Life, our Use your prayer notes. temperance to our elected officials, Great Physician, grant comfort and judges and all in positions of public healing, according to Your will, to all Use a verse from the trust, that we may live peaceably with our sisters and brothers who are bible to reflect on. our fellow man. Where injustice or burdened with illness, frailty or grief. Pray about Christ‘s oppression is found, work for its May they know by Your Spirit the removal and guard Your children as comfort of their Shepherd‘s unfailing care for us. they entrust their lives to you; through presence even in the valley of the P raise Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. shadow of death; through the same, R epentance 6. Let us pray for the tempted, that Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. A ppreciation God would send them His Holy Spirit 8. Finally, let us pray for all who will Y ou to strengthen and guide them. commune this week. Open/silent Open/silent prayer. Almighty Father, prayer. Almighty, all-loving Father, E veryone everlasting God, You always have remember Your children who gather at R esolve mercy on Your people. Defend us all Your Son‘s invitation at His table to from the schemes of the evil one, and feast on His true body and blood, the grant us to trust Your promise that we table set before us in the presence of shall not be tempted beyond our ability sin, death and Satan, our enemies. but that You will always provide the Grant all who commune today way of escape. Lead us in the paths of repentant faith to receive with joy the righteousness for Your name‘s sake, gift of the Savior‘s forgiveness and through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen. salvation, through the same, Jesus 7. Let us pray for the sick and the Christ, our Lord. Amen.
1 Lord of our life and God of our 3 Lord, be our light when worldlysalvation, darkness veils us;Star of our night and Hope of evry Lord, be our shield when earthly armornation: fails us;Hear and receive Your Churchs And in the day when hell itself assailssupplication, us,Lord God Almighty. Grant us Your peace, Lord:2 See round Your ark the hungry 4 Peace in our hearts, where sinfulbillows curling; thoughts are raging,See how Your foes their banners are Peace in Your Church, our troubledunfurling. souls assuaging,And with great spite their fiery darts arePeace when the world its endless war ishurling, waging,O Lord, preserve us. Peace in Your heaven.
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Ezekiel 34:11-16 grazing land. There they shall lie downThe Lord GOD Will Seek Them Out in good grazing land, and on rich pasture11 ―For thus says the Lord GOD: they shall feed on the mountains ofBehold, I, I myself will search for my Israel. 15 I myself will be the shepherdsheep and will seek them out. 12 As a of my sheep, and I myself will makeshepherd seeks out his flock when he is them lie down, declares the Lord GOD.among his sheep that have been 16 I will seek the lost, and I will bringscattered, so will I seek out my sheep, back the strayed, and I will bind up theand I will rescue them from all places injured, and I will strengthen the weak,where they have been scattered on a day and the fat and the strong I will destroy.of clouds and thick darkness.13 And I I will feed them in justice.will bring them out from the peoples andgather them from the countries, and willbring them into their own land. And Iwill feed them on the mountains ofIsrael, by the ravines, and in all theinhabited places of the country. 14 I willfeed them with good pasture, and on themountain heights of Israel shall be their
1 Peter 2:21-25 21 For to this you havebeen called, because Christ also sufferedfor you, leaving you an example, so thatyou might follow in his steps.22 Hecommitted no sin, neither was deceitfound in his mouth.23 When he wasreviled, he did not revile in return; whenhe suffered, he did not threaten, butcontinued entrusting himself to him whojudges justly. 24 He himself bore oursins in his body on the tree, that wemight die to sin and live torighteousness. By his wounds you havebeen healed. 25 For you were strayinglike sheep, but have now returned to theShepherd and Overseer of your souls.
John 10:11-16 11 I am the goodshepherd. The good shepherd laysdown his life for the sheep. 12 He whois a hired hand and not a shepherd, whodoes not own the sheep, sees the wolfcoming and leaves the sheep and flees,and the wolf snatches them and scattersthem.13 He flees because he is a hiredhand and cares nothing for the sheep.14 I am the good shepherd. I know myown and my own know me, 15 just asthe Father knows me and I know theFather; and I lay down my life for thesheep. 16 And I have other sheep thatare not of this fold. I must bring themalso, and they will listen to my voice.So there will be one flock, oneshepherd.
Psalm 23 you anoint my head with oil;The LORD Is My Shepherd my cup overflows.A Psalm of David. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shallThe LORD is my shepherd; I shall follow menotwant. all the days of my life,2 He makes me lie down in and I shall dwell in the house of thegreenpastures.He leads me beside still LORDwaters. forever.3 He restores my soul.He leads me in paths of righteousness for his names sake.4 Even though I walk through thevalley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil,for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
THIRD SUNDAY OF EASTER (Misericordias Domini)Ezekiel 34:11–161 Peter 2:21–25John 10:11–16The Good Shepherd Cares for His SheepOur Lord Jesus is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11–16). He is not like the hireling, whocares nothing for the sheep and only for himself, who flees when he sees the wolf coming.Rather, Jesus is the Good Shepherd who seeks out His scattered sheep to deliver them(Ezek. 34:11–16). He gathers them and feeds them in rich pasture. He binds up the brokenand strengthens the sick. He lays down His life for wandering and wayward sheep. On thecross, Christ bore in His body the attacks of the predators of sin and death and the devil foryou that you might be saved. He now lives to restore your soul in the still waters ofbaptism, to lead you in the paths of righteousness by the voice of His Gospel, to preparethe table of His holy supper before you, that you may dwell in the house of the Lordforever (Psalm 23). ―For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to theShepherd and Overseer of your souls‖ (1 Peter 2:25).
The Lord is my Shepherd, I‘ll walk with Him always. Always, always, I‘ll walk with Him always. Always, always, I‘ll walk with Him always. He is the Good Shepherd, I‘ll walk with Him always. He‘ll love me forever, I‘ll walk with Him always. He lives in my heart, I‘ll walk with Him always. He leads me through green pastures… I‘ll walk with Him always. He leads me by still waters… I‘ll walk with Him always.
Fourth S. of Easter (Jubilate): Those Who Wait on the Lord Shall Rejoice Is. 40:25-31 The Greatness of God or Lam. 3:22-33 Great Is Your Faithfulness 1 Peter 2:11-20 Submission to Authority or 1 John 3:1-3 Children of God John 16:16-22 Your Sorrow Will Turn to Joy Psalm 147:1-11 He Heals the Brokenhearted
Is. 40:25-31; Lam. 3:22-33; 1 Peter 2:11-20; 1 John 3:1-3; and let him be filled with insults. asking yourselves, what I meant by saying, ‗A little while andJohn 16:16-22 ; Psalm 147:1-11 31 For the Lord will not you will not see me, and again a little while and you will see cast off forever, me‘? 20 Truly, truly, I say to you, you will weep and lament,Isaiah 40:25-31 32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion but the world will rejoice. You will be sorrowful, but your25 To whom then will you compare me, according to the abundance of his steadfast love; sorrow will turn into joy. 21 When a woman is giving birth, she that I should be like him? says the Holy One. 33 for he does not afflict from his heart has sorrow because her hour has come, but when she has26 Lift up your eyes on high and see: or grieve the children of men. delivered the baby, she no longer remembers the anguish, for who created these? 1 Peter 2:11-20 joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 So alsoHe who brings out their host by number, 11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exilesto abstain from you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts calling them all by name, the passions of the flesh,which wage war against your soul. 12 will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.by the greatness of his might, Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when and because he is strong in power they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good Psalm 147:1-11 not one is missing. deeds and glorify God onthe day of visitation. He Heals the Brokenhearted27 Why do you say, O Jacob, Submission to Authority 147 Praise the LORD! and speak, O Israel, 13 Be subject for the Lords sake to every human institution, For it is good to sing praises to our God;―My way is hidden from the LORD, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting. and my right is disregarded by my God‖? sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those 2 The LORD builds up Jerusalem;28 Have you not known? Have you not heard? who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good he gathers the outcasts of Israel.The LORD is the everlasting God, you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people.16 3 He heals the brokenhearted the Creator of the ends of the earth. Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover- and binds up their wounds.He does not faint or grow weary; up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. 4 He determines the number of the stars; his understanding is unsearchable. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor. he gives to all of them their names.29 He gives power to the faint, 18 Servants, be subject to your masters with all respect, not 5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; and to him who has no might he increases strength. only to the good and gentle but also to the unjust. 19 For this is his understanding is beyond measure.30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, a gracious thing, when, mindful of God, one endures sorrows 6 The LORD lifts up the humble; and young men shall fall exhausted; while suffering unjustly. 20 For what credit is it if, when you he casts the wicked to the ground.31 but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; sin and are beaten for it, you endure? But if when you do good 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; and suffer for it you endure, this is a gracious thing in the sight make melody to our God on the lyre!they shall run and not be weary; of God. 8 He covers the heavens with clouds; they shall walk and not faint. he prepares rain for the earth; 1 John 3:1-3 he makes grass grow on the hills.Lamentations 3:22-33 3 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we 9 He gives to the beasts their food,22 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason and to the young ravens that cry. his mercies never come to an end; why the world does not know us is that it did not know him.2 10 His delight is not in the strength of the horse,23 they are new every morning; Beloved, we are Gods children now, and what we will be has nor his pleasure in the legs of a man, great is your faithfulness. not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall 11 but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,24 ―The LORD is my portion,‖ says my soul, be like him, because we shall see him as he is. 3 And everyone in those who hope in his steadfast love. ―therefore I will hope in him.‖ who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.25 The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. John 16:16-2226 It is good that one should wait quietly Your Sorrow Will Turn into Joy for the salvation of the LORD. 16 ―A little while, and you will see me no longer; and again a27 It is good for a man that he bear little while, and you will see me.‖ 17 So some of his disciples the yoke in his youth. said to one another, ―What is this that he says to us,‗A little28 Let him sit alone in silence while, and you will not see me, and again a little while, and you when it is laid on him; will see me‘; and,‗because I am going to the Father‘?‖ 18 So29 let him put his mouth in the dust— they were saying, ―What does he mean by ‗a little while‘? We there may yet be hope; do not know what he is talking about.‖ 19 Jesus knew that they30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, wanted to ask him, so he said to them, ―Is this what you are