Prayers for April 22, 2018

April 22, 2018 - 4th Sunday of Easter

Introduction

We may sometimes wonder where we “belong” in a world that seems so wrought by division. In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the ancient, but still powerful, image of the good shepherd who knows and protects his flock. Easter celebrates that we have been made one people by his death and resurrection. Baptism and Eucharist intensify our place in this body. Nothing could be more unifying than that.

Penitential Act

  • Lord Jesus, you are the good shepherd willing to give your life for us: Lord, have mercy.
  • Christ Jesus, you demonstrated this in your death and resurrection: Christ, have mercy.
  • Lord Jesus, you have made us one people, united in your body: Lord, have mercy.

Scripture Readings

  • Acts 4:8-12 God raised Jesus as the Savior of the world
  • Ps 118 The stone rejected by the builders has become the cornerstone
  • 1 Jn 3:1-2 We are God’s children
  • Jn 10:11-18 “I am the good shepherd.”

Prayer of the Faithful

Presider  We pray now for a world that longs for unity.

Minister For the whole church, the body of Christ: that we may be a viable sign of unity among all people ... we pray,

  • For unity in a world and within families torn apart by religious, political or economic differences ... we pray,
  • For leaders charged with the responsibility of those in their care, whether they be world leaders or those within the church: that they may imitate the example of the Good Shepherd ... we pray,
  • For our first communicants and all our parish members: that we may understand the Eucharist as a source of our unity in Christ and with one another ... we pray,
  • For a deeper sense of responsibility for the Earth and its environment as we celebrate Earth Day this week ... we pray,
  • For our parish ministries that promote unity and love by feeding, embracing, consoling, teaching, assisting and forgiving others; and for those who are served ... we pray,

Presider Loving God, from the beginning of time you have called the human race to be one. Forgive us when we violate or prevent unity, and empower us to seek and strengthen it wherever we can. We ask this in the name of your Son, who died and rose that we might be one. Amen.
 

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