Sunday 22 February, 2015 – First 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 Genesis 9:8-17 God’s covenant with Noah
    PSALM Psalm 25:1-10 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Peter 3:18-22 The flood a symbol of baptism
    GOSPEL Mark 1:9-15 The baptism, temptation, and preaching 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 gospel reading: Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 peter 3 18-22 – year b – lent 1
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 9 8-17 – year b – lent 1 ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
  • 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)
    NEW! Service orders with holy communion
    Service with communion (page 6) (pdf / doc / ppt)
    Alternative form A (page 58) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Sing the Feast (Chataway) (pdf / doc/ ppt)
    Simplified Spoken (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 coming from God
    and overcoming sin and evil for us.
    Lead us to repent and believe.
    Amen.
  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, Lord, for washing away our sins,
    and for promising to be our God forever.
    As our real life is with Christ,
    help us to live as members of your kingdom,
    trusting and serving you
    and giving ourselves in love to others.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Lent 1B
  • NEW! Resources for services with Holy Communion
    SEASONAL PREFACE
    It is indeed right and good,
    Lord God, holy Father,
    that we should at all times and in all places
    give thanks to you,
    through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    He has taken on himself our sin,
    so that we might die to sin
    and live to righteousness.
    And so, with angels and archangels,
    and with all the company of heaven,
    we adore and praise your glorious name:

    COMMUNION INVITATION
    Every time we eat this bread and drink from this cup
    we proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
    (Thanks be to God.)
    Come, everything is ready.

    PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION
    The following variation of the post-communion prayer may be used during Lent.

    Let us pray.
    Heavenly Father, as you did not spare your own Son,
    but gave him up to die on the cross for us all:
    Grant that we who have received
    his body and blood in the sacrament
    may live in him and he in us,
    so that, as your children,
    we may walk in your ways
    and serve you all the days of our life;
    through Jesus Christ our Lord,
    who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    Alternatively, use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

    Almighty and merciful God,
    your Son Jesus Christ resisted the temptation
    to turn stones into bread when he was hungry,
    but he has fed us with the bread of life.
    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.

    SEASONAL BLESSING
    This seasonal blessing is used together with (ie before) the usual blessing in the order of service.

    (May) Christ our crucified Saviour draw you to himself,
    so that you may find in him the assurance of sins forgiven
    and the gift of eternal life; . . .

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace. Turn away from your sins and believe the good news.
    Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.

  • Visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • 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 9:8-17
    LHS

    394     God is love; let heaven adore Him G9 (mod TIS 153)
    AT
    152     I have made a covenant with my chosen
    TIS
    153     God is love, let heav’n adore him
    154     Great is your faithfulness
    602     O Love that will not let me go

    Second reading:1 Peter 3:18-22
    LHS

    71     Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
    277     Baptized into Thy Name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
    317     Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    331     My hope is built on nothing less* G5
    826     Father welcomes all his children GS
    828     I am baptised – O blessed day GS
    831     O baptised children one and all G3
    AT
    4     Father welcomes
    118     The baptism song
    421    Born forever
    TIS
    391     Come, God’s people, sing for joy
    481     Baptised into your name most holy
    482     Father of peace and God of love
    488     Now in the name of him who sent
    491     Father welcomes

    Gospel: Mark 1:9-15
    LHS

    277     Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
    748     When Christ our Lord to Jordan came G7 (see alt version below)
    756     O Lord, throughout these forty days G5
    791     O love, how deep, how broad, how high G5 (mod TIS 194)
    826     Father welcomes GS
    AT
    4     Father welcomes
    118     The baptism song
    443    Like an angel
    TIS
    194     O love, how deep, how broad, how high (vv 1-4)
    250     Christ, when for us you were baptised
    481     Baptised into your name most holy
    491     Father welcomes
    591     Forty days and forty nights

    ALSO SUITABLE
    Lord keep us steadfast in Thy Word  LHS 197 / mod TIS 436

    OTHER ‘ALTOGETHER’ SONGS SUITABLE DURING LENT AND HOLY WEEK
    22    He was wounded
    24    God’s love
    27    Lord of the Dance
    59    Jesus
    61    Hallelujah, my Father
    67    Let your word fill my days
    125   Celebration song
    133   Jesus set us free
    135   Bitter was the night
    139   Christ humbled Himself
    141    Mary’s child
    143   Jesus dying on the cross
    147   When our life began again
    188   Reaching out with open arms
    190  The Way is low
    203   Keeping my eyes on You
    227   Allelu!
    230   Christ the worker
    231    A Cry in the night
    235    In your hand, my Saviour
    244    We have seen the Word of life (Verse 3)
    245    You are the prisoner
    261    The Servant King
    287   Stay here
    331   Turn to me with all your heart
    335   And we stood right there
    338   God in human shoes
    344   The New Road
    345   Nothing but the blood
    347   O dearest Jesus
    349   There is a redeemer
    387   Jesus, remember me
    401   Follow me
    451   Saviour of the world
    461   God, you take our breath away
    495   Come and follow me
    536   If you were a king
    538   They went to the garden
    571   On that final night
    600  Jesus the bright morning star
    622   Out of this world
    626   Together through the valley
    630   You would not
    635   How deep the Father’s love for us
    658   Jesus, You are the bread
    659   Remember now my children
    668   As you have loved

    PSALM 25
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 25:1-10 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Die Sach ist dein’, LH 228. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
    My God, in you I trust;
    Do not let me be put to shame;
    don’t let my foes rejoice.
    Do not let those who wait for you
    be disappointed in their hope.
    Let them be disappointed who
    have openly rejected you.
    Show me your ways,
    O Lord, teach me your paths.

    Teach me and lead me in your truth,
    my Saviour and my God;
    I wait for you the whole day long,
    do not forget me, Lord.
    Be mindful of your mercy, Lord,
    and of your steadfast love of old.
    Forget and wipe away my sins
    according to your steadfast love.
    Remember me,
    Lord, for your goodness’ sake.

    The Lord, my God, is good and just,
    therefore he shows the way
    to sinners who return to him
    and those with humble hearts.
    He shows the humble what is right,
    and teaches them to know his will.
    The paths of God are steadfast love
    and faithfulness for those who keep
    his covenant
    and listen to his word.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 25 p41 , Psalm 25 p42 , Psalm 25 p43

  • 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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