Fourth Sunday of Easter – 25th April 2021


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All are requested to join in wherever text is GREEN

Where the ✝ is shown, all are encouraged to make the sign of the cross.

Where the ✊ is shown all are encouraged to strike their breast with a closed hand following the actions of Fr. David.

Where the ✋ is shown all are encouraged to tap their breast with an open hand following the actions of Fr. David.

The Lord is risen indeed!
Now is his work performed;
Now is the mighty Captive freed,
And death’s strong castle stormed.

The Lord is risen indeed!
The hell has lost his prey;
With him is risen the ransomed seed
To reign in endless day.

The Lord is risen indeed!
He lives, to die no more;
He lives, the sinner’s cause to plead,
Whose curse and shame he bore.

Then take your golden lyres,
And strike each cheerful chord:
Join, all ye bright celestial choirs,
To sing our risen Lord.

Blessed be God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ✝

And blessed be his kingdom, now and forever. Amen


From Easter to Pentecost:

Allelulia. Christ is risen!

The Lord is risen indeed. Alleluia


In Lent and other penitential occasions:

Bless the Lord who forgives all our sins;

His mercy endures for ever.

The Lord be with you.

And also with you.


Let us pray:

Almighty God, to whom all hearts be open, all desires known and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name, through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

This prayer is omitted during Lent and Advent:

Glory to God in the highest, and peace to God’s people on earth.  Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory.  Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world: have mercy on us; you are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father.  Amen.

 Holy God, holy and mighty ✝, holy and immortal, have mercy on us.

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. 


A reading from the Acts of the Apostles:

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.”

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

Psalm 23

Dominus regit me

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.

A reading from the book 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.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Thanks be to God

All stand for the Acclamation and Gospel reading.

Alleluia, Alleluia!

I am the Good Shepherd, says the Lord;

I know my own sheep, and my own know me.


The Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to:



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.”

After the Gospel reading

This is the Gospel of the Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ

This 4th Sunday of Easter has for a long while now been referred to informally as ‘Shepherd’ Sunday.  No, nothing whatsoever specifically to do with our beloved Liz, but on account of the opening words of today’s gospel!

Many moons ago now, I well recall a springtime trip to Paris with a friend, during which we hoped both to see and hear as many of the great organs of that city, of which there are many, as we possibly could.  Starting at about 0800 one  Sunday morning, we must have managed 5 or 6 churches during the course of the day, where invariably there was a Mass taking place, only to hear ‘Je suis le Bon Pasteur’ each time at the start of the gospel.  Strangely, after more than 40 years, this, rather than the music is the overriding memory of that holiday!

Whenever Jesus told one of his parables – earthly stories with heavenly meanings, to teach the people, he invariably used scenarios and metaphors with which his hearers would have been very familiar.  In days long before industrialization, economies were almost exclusively rural, and so everybody would know exactly what a shepherd was, and did.  The shepherd was absolutely essential, not only to the wellbeing of his flock, but also very often to their physical survival also, preyed upon, as they were, by wolves, who hoped for easy pickings to satisfy their hunger.

And so the opening words of today’s gospel, to which I’ve already alluded – “I am the Good Shepherd”.  Jesus describes himself thus, and then goes on at some length to explain the duties of the shepherd, as someone who not only knows his sheep, but is also recognised and trusted by them, so that they will respond to his voice and follow him – no reference to any sheep-dog companion, but it is highly likely nevertheless that he had one.  Jesus is very scornful of the hired hand, whose own the sheep are not, and is likely then to run away and abandon his flock at the first sign of danger, rather than risk his own life fighting off quite possibly a whole pack of wolves.  The Good Shepherd must be prepared to love his sheep sufficiently to lay down his life for them, which is of course exactly what this Easter season is all about.  Jesus gave himself up to death on a cross for ourredemption, and then rose from the dead, thereby destroying death itself and giving to us the promise and hope of eternal life in him.  He goes on to explain that he does this willinglyand not under duress – “I have power to lay it down and I have power to take it up again” must surely refer to the Resurrection!

Then we come to the phrase, “I have other sheep, who do notbelong to this fold – them also I must bring, so that they toowill listen to my voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd!”

Now, some of you might be beginning to see a problem.  Christianity has always been a ‘proselytising’ religion – that is, one which seeks to convert others to its beliefs, and of course, down through history this has caused a very great deal of trouble.  One of the first objectives of any colonising power was to convert the natives to Christianity, by fair means or foul.  Sometimes of course this would involve bloodshed and torture – we have no need to look any further than the Spanish Inquisition of the Middle Ages to know just how cruel Christians could be in their zeal to ‘promote the faith’, and after the Reformation it became Catholic against Protestant.  Even in England, as religious polarities swung from one extreme to the other with a change of monarch, any number of people were burnt at the stake or hung, drawn and quartered for their faith.  How many of us would be prepared to follow Our Lord in this way – I hope you’ll forgive me if I suspect that we’d all fail and like Peter, betray him when the pressure was on!  However, we might take heart from the idea that none of us knows just to what degree of bravery we might be capable until the chips are down – the Church always seems to be at its strongest when under persecution, from the time of the Roman Empire to the present day!

That brings us to confront to what degree ought we to be trying to ‘proselytise’ and bring people of other faiths and none to ‘the Church of Christ’?  Islam has always felt itself particularly threatened in this way, as is borne out by the Crusades in the Middle Ages.  Things though have really boiled over during our own lifetime – most dramatically with the events of ‘9/11’, which brought the matter to the very forefront of public awareness.  For far too long ‘the West’ has sought to exert its will over Moslem peoples, and interfere in the running of their countries and their own affairs, brought about assuredly by the existence of oil on their territories. Not only have we striven to impose our religion, but also our so-called ‘democracy’ upon people who are clearly unsuited to such things.  One has only to look at the countries of the Middle East, Africa and Asia to see just how misguided this has been.  Thailand has struggled, and never really managed to take on what we would consider a true democracy – nepotism, greed and corruption seem always to trump any sense of fairness, and the idea that all human beings are supposedly created equal.

But I digress – to what extent then should we be seeking to ‘convert’ people?  In the light of what I’ve just been saying, how are we as Christians to set about trying to follow Our Lord’s command?  My own stance has always been to answer questions about my faith when asked, and to explain to the best of my ability what is involved in the Christian life, but I would never go further and even suggest that they might like to be baptised.  My Mick used to ask lots of questions about ‘the faith’, but then he got severely ticked off by his younger sister, herself an extremely devout Buddhist, who obviously feared that her brother, always a practising Buddhist and strangely, a better Christian in many ways than am I,  was drifting away,  and in danger of being ‘converted’!  How willing are we all to do what we can to ‘spread the word’, without overstepping the mark, and making the same grave error as our ancestors?  Have we the courage to speak up for Jesus Christ, or are we very careful to put our faith on the back burner and make no reference to it whatsoever outside of our own little worshipping community here in Pattaya?    This is the challenge for each and every one of us in today’s gospel – to try to ‘lead the horse to the water’.  Whether or not it will then chose to drink must remain to be seen.  Let us pray that God will indeed cause some seed to fall upon good ground and not all be choked off by the thorns and thistles.  Priests are also described as ‘pastors’, but am I in any shape or form a ‘good’ shepherd.  All I can claim is to be at least ‘trying’ – ‘very’, I hear some of you thinking, but much dripping wears away stoneNever underestimate your own contribution, however minor it might appear!

A story to conclude:  a mouse and an elephant crossed over a bridge together, and when they got to the other side, the mouse looked up at the elephant and proclaimed, “We made that bridge shake!”  Now the elephant may have weighed a ton and the mouse an ounce, but because the mouse went with the elephant, there was one ounce more than if the elephant had crossed over on its own, so the mouse could rightly say, “We made that bridge shake!”!  God needs our contribution, both yours and mine – it will never be too small.  Amen.

Please stand for the Nicene Creed.

Let us together affirm the faith of the Church. ✝

We believe in one God,

the Father, the Almighty,

maker of heaven and earth,

of all that is, seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,

the only Son of God,

eternally begotten of the Father,

God from God, Light from Light,

true God from true God,

begotten, not made,

of one Being with the Father.

Through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation

he came down from heaven:

was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary,

and became truly human.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;

he suffered death and was buried.

On the third day he rose again

in accordance with the Scriptures;

he ascended into heaven

and is seated at the right hand of the Father.

He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life,

who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified,

who has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.

We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.

We look for the resurrection of the dead,

✝ and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

Let us pray for the world and for the Church:

At the conclusion of the prayers the priest says:

Almighty God, who has promised to hear our prayers.

Grant that what we have asked in faith we may by your grace receive, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.



God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.


God is steadfast in love and infinite in mercy, welcoming sinners and inviting them to the Lord’s table.

Let us confess our sins in penitence and faith, confident in God’s forgiveness.

Merciful God, our maker and our judge, we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed, and in what we have failed to do: we have not loved you with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbours as ourselves; we repent and are sorry ✊ for all ✊ our sins ✊, Father forgive us, strengthen us to love and obey you in newness of life; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

**(Note: all are encouraged to strike their breast 3 times following the lead of Fr. David as he utters the words: ‘sorry for all our sins’)**

Almighty God, who has promised forgiveness to all who turn to him in faith, pardon you ✝ and set you free from all your sins, strengthen you in all goodness and keep you in eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


The congregation stands.

We are the Body of Christ.

His Spirit is with us.


The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.

Please greet each other with a sign of peace.

The King of love my Shepherd is,
Whose goodness faileth never;
I nothing lack if I am his
And be is mine for ever.

Where streams of living water flow
My ransomed soul he leadeth,
And where the verdant pastures grow
With food celestial feedeth.

Perverse and foolish oft I strayed,
But yet in love he sought me,
And on his shoulder gently laid, and home, rejoicing, brought me.

In death’s dark vale I fear no ill
With thee, dear Lord, beside me;
Thy rod and staff my comfort still,
Thy cross before to guide me.
Thou spread’st a table in my sight;
Thy unction, grace bestoweth:
And O what transport of delight
From thy pure chalice floweth!

And so through all the length of days
Thy goodness faileth never;
Good Shepherd, may I sing thy praise
Within thy house for ever.


Blessed are you, God of all creation. Through your goodness we have these gifts to share. Accept and use our offerings for your glory and the service of your kingdom.

Blessed be God forever.

 Let us pray

We do not presume to come to your table, merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in your manifold and great mercies.  We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under your table, but you are the same Lord whose nature is always to have mercy. Grant us, therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of your dear son Jesus Christ, and to drink his blood, that we may evermore dwell in him and he in us.  Amen.


The Lord be with you.

and also with you.

Lift up your hearts.

We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.

It is right to give thanks and praise.

Father, we give you thanks and praise through your beloved Son Jesus Christ, your living Word, through whom you have created all things; who was sent by you in your great goodness to be our Saviour.

By the power of the Holy Spirit he took flesh; as your Son, born of the blessed Virgin, he lived on earth and went about among us; he opened wide his arms for us on the cross; he put an end to death by dying for us; and revealed the resurrection by rising to new life; so he fulfilled your will and won for you a holy people.

Proper Preface

Therefore with angels and archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we proclaim your great and glorious name, for ever praising you and saying:

Holy, holy, holy Lord God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.

Hosanna in the highest. ✝  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.  Hosanna in the highest.

Lord, you are holy indeed, the source of all holiness; grant that by the power of your Holy Spirit, and according to your holy will, these gifts of bread and wine may be to us the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ; who, in the same night that he was betrayed, took bread and gave you thanks; he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying: Take, eat; this is my body ✝ which is given for you; do this in remembrance of me.

In the same way, after supper he took the cup and gave you thanks; he gave it to them, saying: Drink this, all of you; this is my blood ✝ of the new covenant,

which is shed for you and for many for the forgiveness of sins. Do this, as often as you drink it,

in remembrance of me.

Great is the mystery of faith:

Christ has died:

Christ is risen:

Christ will come again.

And so, Father, calling to mind his death on the cross, his perfect sacrifice, made once for the sins of the whole world; rejoicing in his mighty resurrection and glorious ascension, and looking for his coming in glory, we celebrate this memorial of our redemption.

As we offer you this our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, we bring before you this bread and this cup and we thank you for counting us worthy to stand in your presence and serve you. Send the Holy Spirit on your people and gather into one in your kingdom all who share this one bread and one cup, so that we, in the company of [N and] all the saints, may praise and glorify you for ever, through Jesus Christ our Lord; by whom, and with whom, and in whom, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all honour and glory be yours, almighty Father, for ever and ever.


Let us pray with confidence to the Father, as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy 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, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.  

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.

O Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, grant us peace.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to tap their breast three times following the example of Fr. David as he utters the words ‘…have mercy, …have mercy and …grant us peace’)**

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.

Though we are many, we are one body, because we all share in one bread.

This is the Lamb of God ✝, who takes away the sins of the world;

Happy are those who are called to his supper.

Lord, I am not worthy ✊ to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

**(Note:  All are encouraged to strike breast following the example of Fr. David as all utter the words ‘not worthy’)** 

After Communion the celebrant and the congregation say


Let us pray.

Father of all we give you thanks and praise that when we were still far off you met us in your Son and brought us home. Dying and living, he declared your love, gave us grace, and opened the gate of glory. May we who share Christ’s body live his risen life; we who drink his cup bring life to others; we whom the Spirit lights give light to the world. 

Keep us in this hope that we have grasped; so we and all your children shall be free, and the whole earth live to praise your name.

Father, we offer ourselves to you as a living sacrifice through Jesus Christ our Lord. Send us out in the power of your Spirit to live and work to your praise and glory.

The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord: and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit ✝, be amongst you and remain with you always.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:

In the name of Christ.  Amen.

God of grace and God of glory,
On thy people pour thy power;
Now fulfil thy Church’s story;
Bring her bud to glorious flower.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the facing of this hour.

Lo, the hosts of evil round us
Scorn thy Christ, assail his ways;
From the fears that long have bound us
Free our hearts to faith and praise.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
For the living of these days.

Cure thy children’s warring madness,
Bend our pride to thy control;
Shame our wanton selfish gladness,
Rich in goods and poor in soul.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
Lest we miss thy kingdom’s goal.

Set our feet on lofty places,
Gird our lives that they may be
Armoured with all Christlike graces
In the fight to set men free.
Grant us wisdom, grant us courage,
That we fail not man nor thee.

NOTE: The introductory music is Prelude – Stanford


Here is the music for this week’s hymns, if you would like to practice beforehand.

Performed by Fr. David Price