Sunday 16 March, 2014 – Second 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 12:1-4a The call of Abraham
    PSALM Psalm 121 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 4:1-5, 13-17 Abraham our father, justified by faith
    GOSPEL John 3:1-17 God so loved the world that he gave his only Son
  • 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 gospel reading:  Pr Vince GerhardyPr David Christian; Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – romans 4 16-17 – year a – lent 2
  • Orders of service:
    Lent 2  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 God,
    since you know that by ourselves
    we have no strength:
    Keep us both outwardly and inwardly,
    that we may be defended from all adversities
    that may happen to the body,
    and from all evil thoughts
    that may assault and hurt the 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
    Lord God,
    you know that by ourselves we have no strength.
    Defend us from all calamities
    that may happen to the body,
    and cleanse us from all evil thoughts
    that may attack the 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, new (revised alternative)
    (Let us pray that we deny ourselves and trust in Christ. [silence])
    Merciful God,
    we thank you for sending your Son
    to suffer and give his life for all people.
    Teach us, who have been born again,
    to forget ourselves
    and rely only on Christ our Saviour.
    For he 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 coming into the world as Saviour.
    May we believe in you and be born again.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, loving God,
    for sending your Son as our Saviour.
    Help us to trust in him
    and follow wherever you lead us,
    serving you and our fellow human beings
    with all that we have.
    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 12:1-4a
    LHS
    180    Wake, arise, wake, arise G4
    349    Jesus, I my cross have taken G3
    407    If thou but suffer God to guide thee* (vv 1,7) G6
    456    The God of Abraham praise G9
    480    A pilgrim and a stranger* G6
    854    Be still, my soul
    862    As we step from the edge of morning GS
    AT
    87    Walkin’ down the road
    101    Jesus, please watch over us
    114    The promised land
    246    Thy word is a lamp
    384    If we will trust in God to guide us (vv 1,4)
    403    God of Abraham (vv 1,10,17)
    413    Will you come and follow me
    TIS
    123    Be still, my soul: the Lord is on your side
    125    The God of Abraham praise
    554    If we will trust in God to guide us (vv 1,4)

    Second reading: Romans 4:1-5, 13-17
    LHS
    321    Faith is a living power from heaven* G5
    324    Salvation unto us has come* G5
    332    Thy works, not mine, O Christ* G8
    456    The God of Abraham praise G9
    851    Amazing grace GS
    AT
    114    The promised land
    130    I am covered over
    131    Amazing grace
    144    No longer strangers
    345    Nothing but the blood
    TIS
    125    The God of Abraham praise
    129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
    195    Salvation now to us has come

    Gospel: John 3:1-17
    LHS
    116    Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly dove*
    127    Come, Holy Spirit, come* G4
    130    O enter, Lord, Thy temple* (vv 1,2)
    138    The Lord my God be praised
    154    Amazing love that rent the heavens asunder* G4
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
    271    The gospel shows the Father’s grace G5
    276    Dearest Jesus, we are here* G5 (baptism – infant)
    279    He that believes and is baptized* G5 (baptism – general)
    322    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice*
    441    With joyful hearts your praises bring* G3
    783    Christ is the world’s light G6
    791    O love, how deep, how broad, how high G5
    793    To God be the glory GS
    826    Father welcomes GS
    835    Bread of heaven, on you we feed G5 (holy communion)
    852    God loved the world so that He gave G5
    863    Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine GS
    881    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
    AT
    4    Father welcomes
    24    God’s love
    28    I’m happy
    105   Spirit of God
    126    The light of Christ
    129    Everyone
    237    John 3:16
    316    From the air and from the light
    320   I was there to hear your borning cry
    349    There is a redeemer
    417    Water and the Spirit
    421    Born forever
    451    Saviour of the world
    469    Wind is moving
    500   Our lives for you
    522   New life
    TIS
    118    We give immortal praise
    147    To God be the glory
    155    O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
    196    Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
    213    Father, whose everlasting love
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    241    So God loved the people of the world
    246    Christ is the world’s light
    479    They that believe and are baptised (baptism – general)
    480    Dearest Jesus, we are here (baptism – infant)
    491    Father welcomes
    494    In water we grow
    513    Bread of heaven, on you we feed (holy communion)
    676    A spendthrift lover is the Lord

    Psalm 121
    TIS 76, I to the hills will lift my eyes, and 77, Lifting my eyes up to the hills, are paraphrases of Psalm 121. Songs ATO 407 and LHS 868 are also based on this psalm.
    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 121 p208 , Psalm 121 p209

    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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