Sunday 18 March, 2012- Fourth Sunday in Lent, Year B

Here are the resources you need for this Sunday. Please feel free to choose what is suitable for your congregation’s needs. You will notice that the orders of service are available in different formats: choose the “pdf” format if you want something that is ready to print and photocopy, the “doc” or “rtf” format if you wish to change the formatting yourself or the “ppt” format if you use PowerPoint.

  • Altar colour: Violet
  • Bible readings:
    FIRST READING Numbers 21:4-9 The snake of bronze in the desert
    PSALM Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Ephesians 2:1-10 Saved by grace through faith
    GOSPEL John 3:14-21 Jesus brings life and light to the world
  • Sermons:
    Lay-readers please note: the linked sermons have not been edited for general use. As part of your preparations, keep in mind that they have been written for specific people in a specific context, and for this reason the issues they address or the examples they use may not be entirely suitable for people in your congregation. If you feel this is the case, you may need to make minor adjustments or find another sermon

    Based on first reading: Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 2 1-10 – year b – lent 4 ; Pr Stephen Pietsch
  • Orders of service:
    Lent Sunday Word and Prayer (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Service of the Word (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Morning Praise (pdf / rtf / ppt)
    Service without communion (pdf / doc / ppt)
  • Prayer of the Day (Collect): Choose one of the following
    Almighty God, grant that we,
    who justly suffer for our evil deeds,
    may be relieved
    by the comfort of your grace;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty God,
    we justly suffer for our evil deeds,
    but we ask you to relieve us
    by the comfort of your kindness.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray for strength in our weakness. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you love us and make all things new in Christ.
    Transform the poverty of our nature
    by the riches of your kindness,
    and make known your heavenly glory
    in the renewal of our lives.
    We ask this through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray for faith in Jesus our Saviour. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    when we were captive
    in the darkness of sin and death,
    your Son rescued us
    and brought us back to you.
    Teach us to trust in him
    and to live as your people.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 4B
  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, heavenly Father,
    for giving your Son so that we can have eternal life.
    Strengthen our faith in him.
    Guide us to live in the light of Christ,
    and to give ourselves in love to other people.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * = Modernised version available (please click here to download the modernised text file) ;G3, G4 . . . = Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS = Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Numbers 21:4-9

    53     Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3
    75     We sing the praise of Him who died G5

    347     We sing the praise of him who died

    Second reading: Ephesians 2:1-10

    112     Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3
    281     Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour G8
    322     Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3
    324     Salvation unto us has come* G5
    326     O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    330     Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    449     Give to our God immortal praise
    777     Father in heaven GS
    851     Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
    115     Father in heaven
    131     Amazing grace
    171     Dying you destroyed our death
    225     Why do you love me
    352     Your love keeps following me
    438    It’s gonna be alright
    446    Mercy
    84     Give to our God immortal praise
    118     We give immortal praise
    129     Amazing grace
    195     Salvation now to us has come
    196     Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice
    213     Father, whose everlasting love
    222     Rock of ages, cleft for me
    373     Hail, our once despised Jesus
    465     Father in heaven

    Gospel: John 3:14-21

    62     My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,5) G5 (alt tune A8, G8)
    177     O my Saviour, lifted G5
    441     With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    757     On my heart imprint your image
    793     To God be the glory GS
    807     Lift high the cross GS
    835     Bread of heaven, on you we feed G5
    852     God loved the world so that he gave G5
    881     O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
    126     The light of Christ
    129     Everyone
    237     John 3:16
    349     There is a redeemer
    451    Saviour of the world
    147     To God be the glory
    155     O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
    164     The great love of God
    174     Morning glory, starlit sky
    241     So God loved the people of the world
    341     My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,7)
    351     Lift high the cross
    513     Bread of heaven, on you we feed
    600     O my Saviour, lifted
    676     A spendthrift lover is the Lord
    771     Now to him who loved us, gave us

    PSALM 107
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 107:1-3,17-22 by David Schütz is sung to Dominus regit me (LH 391, TIS 145). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    O thank the Lord for he is good,
    his love endures forever.
    Let this be said by those the Lord
    redeemed from all their trouble.

    Let those he gathered from the ends
    of earth where they were scattered,
    from north and south and east and west,
    give thanks to him with praises.

    When some were sick because of sin,
    and suffered for their evil,
    they could not bear to touch their food
    and soon were near to dying.

    They cried to God in their distress,
    he saved them from their trouble.
    He sent his healing word to them,
    and saved them from destruction.

    So let them thank the Lord for all
    the steadfast love he showed them.
    And for the kindness he has shown
    to humankind, now praise him.

    And let us sacrifice to God
    an offering of thanksgiving,
    and tell of all the things he’s done,
    with singing and rejoicing.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 107 p179

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