Sunday 8 March, 2015 – Third 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 Exodus 20:1-17 The ten commandments
    PSALM Psalm 19*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 Christ crucified – God’s power and wisdom
    GOSPEL John 2:13-22 Jesus cleanses the temple and gives a sign
  • 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 first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 20 1-17 – year b – lent 3 ; Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer
    Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinthians 1 25 – year b – lent 3
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Simon Cooper ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • 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)
    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
    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for coming from God with his power and authority.
    Help us to trust in you alone.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, Lord, for Christ crucified,
    as your wisdom and the power that saves us.
    Help us to have no other gods but you,
    and to live our lives fully committed to you,
    obeying your commandments
    and loving and serving other people.
  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 3B
  • 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.

    Lord God, our strength,
    the battle of good and evil rages
    within and around us.
    Through this holy meal,
    strengthen 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.

    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; . . .

    Be strong in the strength of the Lord.
    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: Exodus 20:1-17

    270     The law of God is good and wise G3
    345     O that the Lord would guide my ways* G6
    353     Holy Father, Thou hast taught me* G5
    355     May we Thy precepts, Lord, fulfil* G3
    120     One God
    117     The Lord Jehovah reigns
    428     Help us, O Lord, to learn
    576     O for a closer walk with thee

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 1:18-25

    54     When I survey the wondrous cross G5 (see TIS 342)
    75     We sing the praise of Him who died G5 (mod TIS 347)
    80     Praise to the Holiest in the height G8 (see TIS 141)
    162     In Jesus I find peace and rest (esp v 3)* G3
    171     In the cross of Christ I glory G4 (see TIS 349)
    807     Lift high the cross GS (see TIS 351)
    823     Your strong Word broke through the darkness G5
    244     We have seen the Word of life
    466     I am aware
    531     How the world was won
    535     Never by might
    141     Praise to the holiest in the height
    174    Morning glory, starlit sky
    192     Christ is the world’s redeemer
    262     When pain and terror strike by chance
    342     When I survey the wondrous cross
    343     Nature with open volume stands
    347     We sing the praise of him who died
    349     In the cross of Christ I glory
    351     Lift high the cross
    422     Come, Holy Spirit, come (esp vv 1,2)

    Gospel: John 2:13-22

    49     Alone Thou goest forth, O Lord G5
    187     Glorious things of Thee are spoken* G9 (mod TIS 446)
    188     Built on a rock the Church doth stand* G4
    197     Lord, keep us steadfast in Thy Word* G5(mod TIS 436)
    125     Man more than man
    355    Man more than man
    436     Lord, keep us steadfast in your Word
    446     Glorious things of you are spoken

    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 19
    TIS 7, The sky tells the glory of God, is a version of Psalm 19:1-5, and TIS 8, God’s law is perfect, is a version of Psalm 19:7-10.

    The Iona song ‘May the words of my mouth’ in AT 323  may be used as a congregational refrain, while a reader reads the verses of Psalm 19. AT 518 ‘May the words’ would also be suitable.

    The following paraphrase of Psalm 19 by David Schütz is sung to either St Denio (LH 392, TIS 143) or Foundation (LHS A4, TIS 578). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Accept now, O Lord, my redeemer, my rock,
    the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart.
    The heavens are telling your glory and power,
    your handwork is shown by the sky all around.

    Though night teaches night, and though day speaks to day,
    no language is heard in the words that they say.
    And yet their voice goes throughout all of the world,
    their words are conveyed to the end of the earth.

    God set up a tent for the sun in the sky;
    it comes like a bridegroom on his wedding day,
    and runs, like an athlete, from morning to night,
    and nothing is hidden from its burning light.

    The Lord’s law is perfect, reviving the soul;
    his precepts are right, making saddened hearts whole.
    His teachings are certain, they make us all wise;
    and all his commandments give light to our eyes.

    The fear of the Lord will forever endure.
    His judgments are righteous and holy and pure,
    far sweeter than honey, more precious than gold;
    in them both a warning and promise is told.

    But no-one can know all the things they’ve done wrong,
    so cleanse me from those secret things that I’ve done.
    From sinning intention’ly, Lord, keep me free,
    then holy and blameless forever I’ll be.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 19 p26 , Psalm 19 p27 , Psalm 19 p28

    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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