Sunday 25 March, 2012- Fifth 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 Jeremiah 31:31-34 God promises a new covenant
    PSALM Psalm 51:1-12 OR Psalm 119:9-16*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Hebrews 5:5-10 Jesus the great high priest, made perfect through suffering
    GOSPEL John 12:20-33 Jesus announces that his hour has come
  • 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 Mark Greenthaner
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 12 20-33 – year b – lent 5
  • 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
    Traditional
    Almighty God,
    look mercifully on your family,
    that by your great goodness
    they may be governed and preserved forever
    in body and soul;
    through your Son,
    Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, modernised traditional
    Almighty God,
    look in mercy on your family.
    By your great goodness,
    guide and protect us forever
    in body and soul.
    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.
    Amen.

    OR, alternative
    (Let us pray that by faith in Christ we may share in his victory. [silence])
    Most merciful God,
    you saved humankind
    by the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ.
    Strengthen our faith in him who suffered on the cross,
    so that we may triumph in the power of his victory.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we remain united with Christ. [silence])
    Jesus our Saviour,
    thank you for coming to give us life
    through your suffering and death.
    Keep us following you
    wherever you lead us,
    because we know that you have promised
    to take us home to God.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 5B
  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, Lord, for making us yours
    through the sacrifice of your Son.
    Let your Spirit live in us
    to make us more and more like Christ.
    Lead us to serve others
    with all that you have given us.
    Amen.

  • 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: Jeremiah 31:31-34
    LHS

    299     My God, accept my heart this day G5
    757    On my heart imprint your image
    AT
    184     Love is the law
    357     Give us hearts to know you, Lord
    TIS
    428     Help us, O Lord, to learn
    485     My God, accept my heart this day G5
    614     O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning G4

    Second reading: Hebrews 5:5-10
    LHS

    81     O perfect life of love* G5
    141     Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
    160     Arise, my soul, arise G9
    173     Before the throne of God above G5
    282     Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord*
    AT
    125    Jesus, Son of God and man
    TIS
    131     Father of heaven, whose love profound
    206     With joy we meditate the grace
    498     Draw near and take the body of our Lord

    Gospel: John 12:20-33
    LHS

    50     Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle
    57     A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth* G5
    109     Draw us to Thee* G5
    136    All glory be to God on high* G7
    177     O my Saviour, lifted G5
    228     Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
    361     Let us ever walk with Jesus*
    371     O Jesus, I have promised
    457     Mighty God, we praise Thy name (TIS 127 extra verse) G6
    469     Come, ye people, rise and sing G4
    620     O dearest Lord, Thy sacred head G5
    807     Lift high the cross GS
    AT
    250     Glorify your name
    401     Follow me
    465    How deep is the love
    488    Open our eyes
    495    Come follow me
    527    All that is hidden
    TIS
    127     Holy God, we praise your name
    248     When Christ was lifted from the earth
    331     Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (vv 1,3,6)
    351     Lift high the cross
    352     O dearest Lord, thy sacred head
    353     The glory of our King was seen
    595     O Jesus, I have promised
    598     Dear Father, Lord of humankind
    600     O my Saviour, lifted


    PSALM 51
    TIS 31, Have mercy on us, living Lord, is a paraphrase of Psalm 51, and TIS 32, Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness, is a version of Psalm 51:1-4a,10-12,15.

    The following paraphrases of the psalm are by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first is sung to the tune Aus tiefer Not (Luther), LHS 310.

    Have mercy on me, O my God,
    according to your steadfast love;
    wipe my transgressions from your sight,
    according to your gen’rous grace.
    O wash me from iniquity,
    and cleanse me from the stain of sin;
    for I know my transgressions.

    I’ve sinned against you, Lord, alone,
    and done what’s evil in your sight,
    so you are right to sentence me,
    and blameless when you judge my sin.
    Indeed, a sinner I was born,
    but you seek truth within my heart;
    so make me know your wisdom.

    Purge me with hyssop, make me clean;
    O wash me, make me white as snow.
    Let me hear sounds of joy again;
    and give me gladness in my soul.
    O let the bones you crushed be healed.
    and turn your face from all my sins,
    blot out all my transgressions.

    Create in me a clean heart, God,
    and let my spirit be renewed.
    Don’t cast me out away from you,
    or take your spirit from my heart.
    Restore to me the joy I knew
    when first you saved me from my sin.
    Uphold me with your spirit.

    This second version may be sung to the tune Delay not, LH 304. Note that verse 13 is added to complete the song verse

    Have mercy upon me, O God, in your love;
    blot out my transgressions, O merciful God;
    O wash me and cleanse me from all of my guilt,
    for I know my sin and I know what I’ve done.

    Against you, O Father, alone, I have sinned,
    and done what is evil, condemned by your law.
    I know that your judgment is righteous and true;
    I know I am guilty, that’s how I was born.

    But you look for truth in my innermost thoughts;
    so give me your wisdom deep down in my heart.
    Oh, purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean,
    and wash me and make me far whiter than snow.

    That I may be glad, let me hear your good news;
    and let me rejoice when my bones have been healed.
    Don’t let your eyes rest on the sins I have done;
    blot out from your memory the things I’ve done wrong.

    Create a clean heart within me, O my God,
    and put a right spirit within me, O Lord.
    Don’t chase me away from your presence, I pray,
    and don’t take your life-giving spirit away.

    O Lord, be my Saviour, renew all my joy,
    sustain in me your willing spirit to serve;
    and then I will teach those who sing of your love,
    and they will return to you just as I have.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 51 p92 , Psalm 51 p93 , Psalm 51 p94

    PSALM 119
    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- none available

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