Sunday 1 March, 2015 – Second 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 17:1-7, 15,16 God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah
    PSALM Psalm 22:23-31 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 4:13-25 Abraham received God’s promise through faith
    GOSPEL Mark 8:31-38 The cost of discipleship
  • 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 Mark Greenthaner ; Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Simon Cooper ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 8 31-38 – year b – lent 2 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 8 27-38 – year b – lent 2
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Roger Atze
  • 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
    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus, thank you for suffering, dying, and rising again
    for our sake.
    Help us to carry our cross and follow you.

  • Offering prayer:
    Lord God, help us always rely on your promises to us.
    Strengthen us for service
    as your followers.
    Lead us to forget ourselves for your sake,
    and give of ourselves for others.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer:Prayer of the Church- Lent 2B
  • NEW! Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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:

    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.

    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.

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

    Merciful God,
    we thank you for sending your Son
    to suffer and give his life for us
    and to make us your people.
    Teach us,
    who have received his body and blood
    in this holy meal,
    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.

    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; . . .

    Take up your cross and follow Christ.
    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 17:1-7,15,16

    456     The God of Abraham praise G7 (see TIS 125)
    403     God of Abraham (selected verses)
    116     Begin my tongue some heavenly theme
    125     The God of Abraham praise

    Second reading: Romans 4:13-25

    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    322     Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3 (mod TIS 196)
    323     Blessed are the sons of God *G4
    324     Salvation unto us has come * (mod TIS 195)
    326     O how great is Thy compassion * G3
    413     Why should cross and trial grieve me?
    130     I am covered over
    495    Come and follow me
    617     J.A.M.
    195     Salvation now to us has come
    196     Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
    219     Jesus comes with all his grace
    435    We all believe in God who made

    Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

    156     Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3 (mod TIS 208)
    336     ’Come follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
    351     ’Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said G9 (mod TIS 583)
    361     Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    385     With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
    750     When Jesus lived among us  G7
    261     From heaven you came, helpless babe
    401     Follow me
    413     Will you come and follow me
    495    Come and follow me
    500   Our lives for you
    506    O let’s get up to love and serve
    579    Go and tell
    679    May I walk in your footsteps
    208     Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
    251     Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
    256     From heaven you came, helpless babe
    583     ’Take up your cross’, the Saviour said

    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 22

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 22:23-31 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Vine and fig tree’, ATN 36 (note that in the second last bar the second crochet must be played as two quavers. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Now praise the Lord, everyone who fears him!
    All Jacob’s children, praise his name;
    and all you children of Israel, fear him,
    and glorify him every day!
    For he does not despise the poor,
    those who are down are not ignored.
    He did not hide his face from me,
    he heard my cry and answered me.

    So when I stand in the congregation,
    there all my praise will come from him.
    And in the presence of those who fear him,
    there I will pay my vows to him.
    Then there will be food for the poor,
    then they will all be satisfied.
    Praise him, all those who seek the Lord,
    and may your spirit never die.

    Then shall the ends of the earth remember
    and ev’ry land turn to the Lord,
    and all the fam’lies of ev’ry nation
    shall worship him and hear his word.
    For all dominion is the Lord’s,
    power and might belong to him.
    He rules the nations as their king,
    he brings his love and grace to them.

    Then even those who have died will worship,
    and I will always live for him.
    And generations to come will serve him,
    for they will all be told of him.
    They will proclaim his saving love
    to those who have not yet been born.
    They will be told what we have learnt
    that, by the Lord, it has been done.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 22 p33 , Psalm 22 p34

    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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