A Service for the fourth Sunday of Easter
3rd May 2020

With our communal worship services currently "on hold", in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, what follows is a contemporary service which, I pray, you can participate in at a time(s) that are convenient to you. This 'service' will take about forty five (45) minutes.

I pray that you will feel called to ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE in this service.

The text that is in reguar typeface (that is what you are reading at the moment) is to be read quietly, while the text that is in bold face (like you are reading right now) is meant to be read aloud.

Oh yes, if you come across LARGE BOLDFACE text ... that is meant to be shouted !

Christ  is Risen .....

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia !

Man Shouting

I knew you'd get the idea :)

Opening Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing or read aloud with the lyrics, of the calming and peaceful "The King of Love My Shepherd Is."

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

Call to Worship

Christ is risen! 

He is risen indeed, alleluia! 


Kia ora, te whānau, 
welcome to you my sisters and brothers.

Welcome to you, for we are Christ’s body, Christ’s work in the world.
Welcome to you whose baptism makes you salt of the earth and light to the world.
Rejoice and be glad.
Praise God who gives us forgiveness and hope.

Christ is our light

the joy of our salvation.

Praise and glory to Christ, God’s new beginning for humanity
making ritual water gospel wine, cleansing all our worship.


Love and loyalty to Christ, who gives us the gospel.
Praise to Christ who calls us to holiness.

Let us pray

We come seeking forgiveness for all we have failed to be and do
as members of Christ’s body.


Pause to give yourself a moment for quiet reflection.

In God there is foregiveness

Loving and all-seeing God
forgive us where we have failed to support one another
and to be what we claim to be.
Forgive us where we have failed to serve you;
and where our thoughts and actions have been
contrary to yours we ask your pardon.

An Assurance of Forgiveness

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The Sentence for the Day


In your constant love, O Lord, you have led the people whom you ransomed;  you have guided them by your strength to your holy dwelling place.

The Prayer for the Day (Collect)


Let us pray together.

God of our futures;  you go ahead of us to prepare a place for us.  Help us put our trust in you; in this life, may we be freed from our fears; and, in the life to come, know you face to face through Jesus Christ our Liberator, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

A reading from The Acts of The Apostles

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A second reading from The New Testament

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Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

The Gradual Hymn


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with, "The Lord's My Shepherd."

REMEMBER : no matter what we face today and in the weeks ahead, Jesus Christ IS shepherding us, leading us into a bright hope for the future ... my soul he DOTH restore again!

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

The Gospel Reading, John 10:1-10 (The Good Shepherd)

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Christ  is Risen .....

He is Risen indeed, Alleluia !

Did you remember to shout it out :)

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A Sermon for the Fourth
Sunday of Easter

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If you prefer to read the full sermon notes rather than to listen then please CLICK HERE.

Pause and Reflect


Just take a moment now to pause. Bow your head, close your eyes.

Reflect upon how Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leads his flock to greener pastures. During these difficult times, we are reminded that Christ is with us and he grants us the strength to overcome all trials of life..

An Affirmation of Our Faith

Let us affirm our faith by listening as a "Liturgical Affirmation" is read to us.
(click the "play" button below when you are ready to listen) 

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Let us pray for the Church and for the World, giving thanks for God's goodness

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Let us pray together and aloud:


Praise to you, abundant God,
for when we ask, you give;
when we seek, you show the way.
When we knock, you answer.
Praise to you for your unfailing grace.
Make us now your faithful people. Amen.

The Peace


I say to you all:

The Peace of God be always with you.


Please respond aloud:


And also with you.

Are you missing Holy Communion? Click here.

The Lord's Prayer


Remembering that we are confident to pray this day, and every day, because Jesus Christ has taught us:

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.   Amen.


The Risen Lord Christ


May the Risen Lord Christ turn His face towards you. May the Risen Lord Christ cause His light to shine upon you. May the Risen Lord Christ grant you His peace. Amen

A Closing Hymn (Traditional)


Let us continue by watching, and please do feel free to sing along with the young people as they lead us in "He's got the whole world in His hands,"

When you are ready - click the "play" button on the video window, below:

A Closing Hymn and a personal note (Modern)


I have been deeply touched by so many of you who have taken the time to contact me regarding our online services.
Muchos de ustedes me han conmovido profundamente y se han tomado el tiempo de contactarme con respecto a nuestros servicios en línea.


In particular, we extend a very warm welcome to all of you who are in Queenstown, in South Amercia, and in Spain and have Spanish as your first language. Thank you for joining us. You ARE our sisters and brothers. You are in our prayers.
En particular, les damos una cálida bienvenida a todos los que están en Queenstown, en el sur de América y en España y tienen el español como lengua materna. Gracias por estar con nosotros. Ustedes SON nuestras hermanas y hermanos. Usted está en nuestras oraciones.

Thank you for your help with my Spanish. Gracias por tu ayuda con mi español.

To Alberto (father of the bride) in Argentina ... thank you for the video and I am sorry if I make mistakes with the translation. You are right, it is a good test for me!

A Alberto (padre de la novia) en Argentina ... gracias por el video y lamento si me equivoco con la traducción. ¡Tienes razón, es una buena prueba para mí!



and so, from Psalm 199, verse 18:


Abre mis ojos, y mirare las maravillas de tu ley.

Open my eyes, and I will see the wonders of your law.

When you are ready for some inspiration from your sisters and brothers in Argentina ... turn up your volume and ...

- click the "play" button on the video window, below and note the beautiful switch to English at 4:50 minutes ...

Abre mis ojos oh Cristo
Abre mis ojos te pido
yo quiero verte


Open my eyes oh Christ
Open my eyes I ask you
I want to see you

Y contemplar tu majestad
y el resplandor de tu gloria
derrama tu amor y poder
cuando cantamos santo, santo

And contemplate your majesty
and the glow of your glory ...
pour out your love and power
when we sing holy holy

Santo, Santo, Santo
yo quiero verte



Holy, Holy, Holy
I want to see you

Take a moment to catch your breath, close your eyes and give thanks to God for all your sisters and brothers around the world who today will join you, in whatever language, to give thanks to God and praise His holy name. Santo, Santo, Santo. Yo quiero verte.



Go now to love and serve The Lord,

Go in peace.


Amen, we go in the name of Christ.