Sunday 23 March, 2014 – Third 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 Exodus 17:1-7 The Israelites put God to the test
    PSALM Psalm 95 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 5:1-11 While we were still sinners, Christ died for us
    GOSPEL John 4:5-42 Jesus and the Samaritan woman
  • 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 Stephen Pietsch
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 17 1-7 – year a – lent 3
  • Orders of service:
    Lent 3  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 upon the heartfelt desires
    of your humble servants,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to defend us against all our enemies;
    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 our heartfelt desires,
    and stretch out your mighty hand
    to defend us.
    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 strength in temptation. [silence])
    Lord God, our strength,
    the battle of good and evil rages
    within and around us.
    Keep us firm in our faith in your Son,
    and when we fall,
    raise and restore us.
    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
    (Let us pray that we live repentant lives. [silence])
    Holy and merciful God,
    we thank you for giving your Son Jesus
    to die on the cross for us sinners.
    Turn us away from our sins
    and back to a life of trust in you.
    We ask this through 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 the living water of eternal life.
    Help us to believe in you
    and to worship God in spirit and in truth.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Lord, you have given so much to us.
    Help us to show in our deeds
    the faith you have planted within us.
    Make us ready to serve you and other people
    wth all that we are and 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: Exodus 17:1-7
    LHS
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G6
    507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
    See also under the gospel below
    AT
    70    I’ve got peace like a river
    483    Is the Lord with us or not
    See also under the gospel
    TIS
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

    Second reading: Romans 5:1-11
    LHS
    165    One there is, above all others* G8
    323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
    324    Salvation unto us has come* G5
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
    328    By grace I’m saved
    331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
    441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    447    I will praise Thee, O my God and Father
    803    Peace with the Father G7
    851    Amazing grace GS
    852    God loved the world so that he gave G5
    878    Your love surrounds me GS
    AT
    10    In the house of God
    125    Celebration song
    130    I am covered over
    131    Amazing grace
    144    No longer strangers
    145    Wondrous love
    225    Why do you love me?
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    345    Nothing but the blood
    352    Your love keeps following me
    376    Faith, hope and love
    TIS
    99    God, we praise you, God, we bless you
    118    We give immortal praise
    129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
    139    O love of God, how strong and true
    154    Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father
    195    Salvation now to us has come
    425    Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
    466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son

    Gospel: John 4:5-42
    LHS
    53    Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3
    82 (V)    Jesus in thy thirst and pain G5
    156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver*
    158    Jesus, lover of my soul
    304    Delay not, delay not G7
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
    475    If we have died
    516    O Splendour of God’s glory bright G8
    781    As water to the thirsty
    869    Like the deer that yearns GS
    AT
    70    I’ve got peace like a river
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    206    As the deer pants
    226    All is nearness
    239    Listen to him
    435    Wellsprings
    451    Saviour of the world
    TIS
    208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    211    Jesus, lover of my soul
    475    If we have died to ourselves in Jesus (vv 2,5,6,7)
    499    Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    655    O, let the Son of God enfold you
    744    Refresh my heart, Lord

    Psalm 95
    It is recommended that congregations sing the Venite (‘O come, let us sing to the Lord’) from the Order of Matins (LHS p 37, 38).

    TIS 52, Let us sing to the God of salvation, and 53, Come, sing praises to the Lord above, are based on Psalm 95.

    The first three verses of the following paraphrase of Psalm 95 are by David Schubert, from the Modern Matins, and the other verses by David Schütz. The song may be sung to the tune in the Modern Matins by Peter Schmidt.

    O come, let’s sing aloud to God,
    and shout for joy to the Rock who saves.
    Let’s come before him, giving thanks.
    With joyful songs let us praise the Lord.

    The Lord is great, the King of all.
    The depths of earth, the heights of hills,
    the sea he made, and all the land:
    they all are his, all made by him.

    O come, bow down and worship him,
    and kneel before the Lord our God.
    For he’s our maker, we are his;
    we are the flock that is led by him.

    O that today you’d hear his voice,
    and harden not your hearts again,
    as on that day at Meribah,
    at Massah in the wilderness,

    when your ancestors tested me
    although they’d seen the things I’d done.
    That generation sickened me,
    for forty years I loathed their sight.

    Their hearts have always gone astray;
    they do not follow in my ways.
    Then I was angry and I swore:
    ‘They shall not come into my rest.’

    Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 95 p156

    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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