focus of the day:

the good shepherd   
the good shepherd    

Life in the Spirit:   LISTENING TO THE WORD

     Christians understand who Christ is by listening to His Word of invitation to be His disciples.
Jesus gave His best energies to the extend the transforming power of God's holy Spirit, through the practice of His disciples.
     Today, we find the power of the same holy Spirit moving within our own story as Jesus' disciples. We harness our own personal powers with the power of God's holy Spirit - or we become stumbling blocks in this task of extending God's reigning!
 

gathering prayer:

[ The Eucharist can take place only when believers are gathered together in the name of Jesus Christ and in the power of God's holy Spirit.   Avoid an over-wordy gathering rite.
Opening Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
]

 
Presider:
In the name of the Father,
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit:
 
Assembly:
Amen
Pirihi:
Ki te ingoa o te Matua,
o te Tamaiti, o te Wairua Tapu:
 
Iwi:
Amene

Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
Pirihi:
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 

[ SAMPLE ]   Penitential Act

 
Presider:
Friends in Christ,
like many who met with
Jesus and apostles,
we spend a lot of energy
on trivial matters.
Controlled performance
seems to be the tone
of much of our sacramental life!
Would Paul and Barnabus
shake the dust from their feet today,
if they saw the quality of life
in our community?

Jesus, You are the Good Shepherd.
When we wander away from Your care: - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy.
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
Jesus, You call us by our name.
When we close our hearts to Your calls: - ( pause ) -
CHRIST, have mercy:
E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
CHRIST, have mercy.
E te Karaiti, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
Jesus, You keep us in Your hand.
When we refuse to extend our hand
to our brothers or sister: - ( pause ) -
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou:
 
Assembly:
LORD, have mercy:
E te Ariki, tohungia rā mātou.
 
Presider:
God of mercy,
purify us from our sins
in the name of the Passion
and Resurrection of Jesus
and lead us to life that lasts:
We ask this in His name,
now & always:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

GLORIA:

( Sung )

 

opening prayer:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray. ]

Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ Pause for silent prayer . . ; ]
Grant us, Lord our God,
that we may honour you with all our mind,
and love everyone in truth of heart.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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the readings:

[ The commentator focuses on giving a brief context of the readings, including the gospel, so that those who are going to hear the readings, are ready to receive what is being offered in the reading itself. ]

 

the first reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

Paul addressed an assembly of Hebrews and devout converts or "fearers of God" in Pisidian Antioch. These 'fearers of God' were probably born non-Hebrews and had been attracted to Judaism but were not prepared to undergo circumcision to become full converts. Pisidian Antioch was high on the central plateau of modern-day Turkey. The setting at the start of Paul's missionary activity is the local synagogue!
 
Reader 1:
Acts 1 : 4 - 5, 17 - 19
 
the response:
Psalm 100(99) : 3
 
Assembly:
We are God's people;
the sheep of God's pasture.
 

the second reading:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

The Seer visions a new People of God. In an earlier scene, the Seer speaks of strict limits on the numbers saved - one hundred and forty-four thousand from the Hebrew tribes only. This restriction are immediately contradicted in the vision which follows!
 
Reader 2:
Revelation 7 : 9, 14 - 17
 

alleluia verse:

Assembly:

 

Alleluia; Alleluia!
I am the good shepherd, says the LORD,
I know my own sheep and my own know me.
Alleluia!
 

the Gospel:

Commentator:

[ an introduction ]

According to the gospel of John, Jesus was walking in the shelter provided by the eastern portico of the temple. He was confronted there, by some Hebrews who wanted Him to affirm that He was the Messiah.
 
Presider/Deacon:
John 10 : 27 - 30
 

Reflection:

[ A brief reflection which links the liturgy of the Word with the liturgy of the Eucharist. It seeks to clarify the significance of these texts for life beyond the liturgical assembly. Hearing of the Word of God when the scriptures are read & experiencing the Presence of God in the action of the Eucharistic Prayer, reinforces the unity of the "good news" for the practise of discipleship. ]

     Life in the spirit of Jesus is somewhere between - the old world, that still seems to have vitality and authority - and God's new world, voiced in the texts of the liturgy. From within our ordinary round of life, we have dared to voice the Word of God - like Peter among the Hebrew religious leaders. We stand in fear and trembling.
     It is a threshold moment when the Word opens access to the real Power-for-Life. But at the same time, we sense fear and feel the need to suppress any changes. We note too our fearful society which has few enough occasions for hosting the ambiguity we experience here - when God's newness is given!
     In light of the Easter news, we have reason to give thanks to God for the risen Jesus. The new reality is about God's vision for humanity - a united people under one leader.
The Eucharist is a foretaste of that kind of community - secure, well-fed, following the way of love - over against the old ways of brokenness, self-seeking and brutalising greediness. No wonder in our weariness and in our confidence we respond, "Thanks be to God"!
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The Creed:

 

Assembly:
I believe in God,
the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ,
his only son, our Lord,
[ At the words that follow, up to
and including: 'the virgin Mary', all bow.
]

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God
the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge
the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting. Amen.>
 

intercessions:

[ The intercessions have the following outline:

  • A brief opening invitation to pray by the Presider;
  • Two or three intentions offered by the Presider. Where these are taken from a book, the most appropriate ones for that day should be chosen, especially those which relate the the readings or homily;
  • An invitation to the congregation to offer their own intentions. It is helpful if these can be organised to some extent beforehand;
  • If there are special events in the community or special needs for prayer which have not so far been mentioned, the Presider could well introduce such intentions here;
  • A concluding prayer by the Presider. ]
 

[ SAMPLE PRAYERS ]

 
Presider:
Friends in Christ,
the risen Christ stands among us.
We remember His words
about our need to always pray.
United in one heart and mind,
let us pray with confidence
to God-with-us:
 
1:
For the Christian community;
For the Christian church.
May of faithful leadership
that Jesus showed
through His death and rising
help our leaders
to show Jesus' care and compassion
in all that they undertake: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
2:
For all those who announce the gospel.
May the example of faithful announcing
that Jesus showed
through His suffering, dying and rising
help them to be strong in prayer
and faithful to His Word and Sacrament:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
3:
For those who go hungry.
May the example
of faithful companionship
that Jesus encouraged among His disciples
inspire us to be open-handed
with what we possess: - ( pause ) -
Father of the poor, hear us:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
4:
For disciples of Jesus.
May their practice be 'light' to others,
not relying on the power of money;
nor human prestige;
but uniquely on the strength
of God's own holy Spirit:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
5:
........................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
6:
........................: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
7:
For our sick: including N. & N..
May they have the comfort of Christ's presence
to relieve their distress, remove their fears,
give them peace, and restore their health: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
8:
For our beloved dead: including N. & N..
May they be welcomed into the community of saints,
and share in the joy of heaven:- ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
Presider:
Let us pray, for our personal intentions: - ( pause ) -
LORD, hear us:
 
Assembly:
LORD, hear our prayer.
 
Presider:
Holy God,
always present when we call,
listen to our prayers
in the name of the love
that You hold for Your Son Jesus,
our Saviour and our Brother,
now and always:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
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Preparation of Gifts:

[ The Hymn is: . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

 

prayer over the gifts:

Presider:

[ The Presider invites the people to pray: . . , ]

Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ Pause for silent prayer: . . , ]
Grant, O Lord, that we may always
find delight in these paschal mysteries,
so that the renewal constantly at work within us
may be the cause of our unending joy.
Through Christ our Lord:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 

Preface Prayer:

[ Preface V of Easter - Christ, Priest and Victim ]

 
Presider:
It is truly right and just,
our duty and our salvation,
at all times to acclaim you, O Lord,
but in this time above all
to praise you yet more gloriously,
when Christ our Passover
has been sacrificed.

By the offering of his Body,
he brought the sacrifices of old
to fulfillment in the reality of the Cross
and, by commending himself to you
for our salvation,
showed himself the Priest, the Altar,
and the Lamb of sacrifice.

Therefore, overcome with paschal joy,
every land, every people exults in your praise
and the heavenly Powers, with the angelic hosts,
sing together the unending hymn of your glory,
as they acclaim: . . ,
Holy; holy; holy . . ,
 

Eucharistic Prayer:

[ Eucharistic Prayer .. ]

 
Presider:
... [H]e took bread and, giving thanks, broke it,
and gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take this, all of you,
and eat of it:
for this is My Body
which will be given up for you.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu to tinana
e huna nei i tenei taro ee.
 
Iwi:
Haere mai; haere mai; haere mai.
 
Presider:
In a similar way, when supper was ended,
he took the chalice and,
once more giving thanks,
he gave it to his disciples, saying:
Take this all of you,
and drink from it:
for this is the chalice of My Blood,
the Blood of the new
and eternal covenant,
which will be poured out
for you and for many;
for the forgiveness of sins.
Do this in memory of Me.
 
Kaikaranga:
Nau mai ra e Hehu o toto e.
huna nei i tenei waina ee.
 
Iwi:
Haere mai; haere mai; haere mai.
 
Presider:
The mystery of faith:
 
Assembly:
We proclaim your Death, O Lord,
and profess your Resurrection
until you come again.
 

The LORD's Prayer:

 

 
Presider:
At the Saviour's command
and formed by divine teaching,
we dare to say:
 
Assembly:
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 . . ,
 
Pirihi:
I te whakahau a te
Kaiwhakaora ā, nā te akoranga atua,
ka māia tātou ki te kī atu:
 
Iwi:
E to mātou Matua i te rangi
kia whakatapua tōu ingoa;
kia tae mai tōu rangatiratanga,
kia whakaritea tōu hia hia
i te whenua kia pērā anō i tō te rangi.
Hōmai ki a mātou āianei he taro mā
  mātou mo tēnei rā,
whakakāhoretia ō mātou hara,
me mātou e whakakore nei i ngā hara
  o te hunga e hara ana ki a mātou;
kaua mātou e tukua kia whakawaia,
ēngari whakaorangia mātou i te kino. . . ,
 

Holy Communion:

 

 
Presider:
Body of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko te Tinana o te Karaiti:
 
Kaitango:
Amene.
 
Presider:
Blood of Christ:
 
People:
Amen.
 
Pirihi:
Ko nga Toto o te Karaiti:
 
Kaitango:
Amene.
 
 
[ Communion Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . ]
 

the sending:

[ The Presider focuses in the final prayer, bessing, gestures and movement, some central strands which relate this celebration of Eucharist to the world from which the people come and to which they now return. ]

 
Presider:
Let us pray: . . ,
Kia īnoi tātou: . . ,
[ After a period of silent prayer: . . , ]
Look upon your flock, kind Shepherd,
and be pleased to settle in eternal pastures
the sheep you have redeemed
by the Precious Blood of your Son.
Who lives and reigns
for ever and ever:
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
 
[ Any Announcements may now be made by the Presider
or another member of the assembly.
]
 

the blessing:

Presider:

[ SAMPLE ]

We are sent;
In the name of God,
the God of life and freedom;
In the name of Jesus,
who freely gave His life for us;
In the name of the Holy Spirit,
who unites us in the freedom of God's love;

To be 'light' for a broken people
and for our broken world,
until we gather again.We are sent.
 
Assembly:
Amen.
 
Presider:
The Lord be with you.
 
Assembly:
And with your spirit.
 
Pirihi:
Kia noho te Ariki ki a koutou.
 
Iwi:
Ki tōu wairua anō hoki.
 
Presider:
May Almighty God bless us, ✠
the Father, the Son and the holy Spirit.
 
Assembly:
Amen
 
Pirihi:
Kia whakapaingia koutou e te Atua kaha rawa,
e te Matua, e te Tamaiti, ✠ e te Wairua Tapu.
 
Iwi:
Amene
 
Presider/Deacon:
Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord.
 
Assembly:
Thanks be to God.
 
Pirihi:
Haere koutou, pānuitia te Rongo Pai a te Ariki.
 
Iwi:
Whakamoemiti ki te Atua.
 
 
[ Final Hymn: . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
 
 

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