Sunday 9 March, 2014 – First Sunday in Lent, Year A

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 Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7 The creation and fall
    PSALM Psalm 32 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 5:12-19 Death through Adam, life through Christ
    GOSPEL Matthew 4:1-11 The temptation of Jesus
  • 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 the gospel reading: Pr Stephen PietschPr Vince GerhardyPr Heath Pukallus
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 2 15-17 3 1-7 – year a – lent 1
  • Orders of service:
    Lent 1  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
    O Lord, mercifully hear our prayer,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to defend us from those
    who rise up against us;
    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
    Lord, in mercy listen to our prayers.
    Stretch out your mighty hand
    to defend us from all the evil we face.
    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 for self-discipline and obedience. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the desert,
    and was tempted as we are,
    yet without sin.
    Help us to discipline ourselves
    in obedience to your Spirit,
    so that, as you know our weakness,
    we may also know your power to save.
    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, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray for strength in temptation. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son fasted in the desert
    and was tempted as we are,
    yet without sin.
    Protect us when we are tempted,
    and help us to resist the devil
    by trusting in your word.
    We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for resisting and overcoming the devil.
    Strengthen us in our temptations.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Merciful God,
    you have forgiven us and brought us new life
    though your Son Jesus.
    Help us to live in thankfulness,
    and to give of ourselves in serving others.
    Amen.

  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here to go to the Modernised hymns page) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-7
    LHS
    71    Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
    80    Praise to the Holiest in the height G8
    270    The law of God is good and wise G3
    326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    785    In Adam we have all been one GS
    850    O Father, my Father GS
    AT
    6    O Father, my Father
    178    Until you open my eyes
    331    Turn to me with all your heart
    332    We are sorry
    354    Change my heart, O God
    398    A child of God
    TIS
    141    Praise to the Holiest in the height
    151    The love of God is greater far

    Second reading: Romans 5:12-19
    LHS
    80    Praise to the Holiest in the height G8
    324    Salvation unto us has come* G5
    328    Now l have found for my salvation
    329    By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless
    331    My hope is built on nothing less*
    785    In Adam we have all been one GS
    787    Jesus was born for us GS
    794    What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul GS
    851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
    AT
    22    He was wounded
    130    I am covered over
    131    Amazing grace
    145    Wondrous love
    345    Nothing but the blood
    349    There is a redeemer
    TIS
    129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
    141    Praise to the Holiest in the height
    151    The love of God is greater far
    195    Salvation now to us has come

    Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
    LHS
    72    Saviour, when in dust to Thee G7
    137    Triune God, be Thou our stay
    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
    336    ‘Come, follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    384    Who trusts in God, a strong abode G9
    411    If God be my defender* G3
    756    O Lord, throughout these forty days G5
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high! G5
    795    When Jesus came, the demons cried GS
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    873    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
    AT
    146    They knew who he was
    185    Jesus, Son of God and man
    190    Low, the way is low
    320    I was there to hear your borning cry
    338    God in human shoes
    366    Mighty God
    498   We will take what you offer
    TIS
    103    A mighty fortress is our God
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    252    When he was baptized in Jordan
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    591    Forty days and forty nights
    644    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
    745    Seek ye first the kingdom of God (v 3)

    Psalm 32
    The following is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz (alt), which may be sung to the tune of AT 407 (The Lord will keep me safe and holy) or St Clement (LH 549, TIS 458). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    How blest are those who are forgiven,
    whose sin is covered by God’s grace.
    How blest are those the Lord calls righteous,
    who look to him with honest face.
    My soul and body groaned in anguish,
    while I stayed silent through the day;
    for day and night your hand was on me,
    and in the end, my strength gave way.

    Then I confessed my sin before you;
    I did not hide my guilt with words.
    I said that I would make confession,
    of my transgression to the Lord.
    Then you forgave all my wrongdoing,
    and you forgave me all my sin;
    my pain is gone, my guilt is ended,
    and now a new day can begin.

    So then let all your faithful people
    lift up to you their heartfelt prayers.
    The raging waters shall not reach them,
    they won’t be swamped by endless cares.
    You are my hiding-place and refuge,
    I run to you in times of need,
    and you preserve me from all trouble,
    so now I sing, for I am free.

    For you have said, ‘I will instruct you,
    teach you to see which way to go;
    I always keep my eye upon you,
    I teach you what you need to know.
    So never be like horse or donkey,
    with no idea of what to do;
    for they need curbs of bit and bridle,
    or else they won’t stay close to you.’

    All kinds of trouble strike the wicked,
    for they have no-one on their side.
    But steadfast love surrounds your people,
    who put their trust in you as guide.
    And so be glad in him, you righteous,
    and in the Lord find peace at last;
    and shout for joy, and give him glory,
    for he gives peace within your hearts.

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 32 p57 , Psalm 32 p58 , Psalm 32 p59

    OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC
    While the LCA does not necessarily endorse the content of these websites, you may find them helpful in your worship planning.
    Small Church Music: You can download mp3 and midi files of popular hymn tunes from this site.
    Together to Celebrate: lectionary based song and hymn suggestions from a variety of sources.
    Singing from the Lectionary: has song and hymn suggestions based on the RCL from other hymnals.
    Song Select: you can search for more contemporary songs by theme. If your congregation has a paid subscription you can also download sheet music.
    Hymns Without Words: mp3 downloads of hymn tunes.

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