Sunday 15 March, 2015 – Fourth 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 Numbers 21:4-9 The snake of bronze in the desert
    PSALM Psalm 107:1-3, 17-22*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Ephesians 2:1-10 Saved by grace through faith
    GOSPEL John 3:14-21 Jesus brings life and light to the world
  • 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: Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 2 1-10 – year b – lent 4 ; Pr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – ephesians 2 1-10 – year b – lent 4
    Based on gospel: NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook
  • 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
    Traditional
    Almighty God, grant that we,
    who justly suffer for our evil deeds,
    may be relieved
    by the comfort of your grace;
    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,
    we justly suffer for our evil deeds,
    but we ask you to relieve us
    by the comfort of your kindness.
    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 our weakness. [silence])
    Almighty and merciful God,
    you love us and make all things new in Christ.
    Transform the poverty of our nature
    by the riches of your kindness,
    and make known your heavenly glory
    in the renewal of our lives.
    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 for faith in Jesus our Saviour. [silence])
    Loving Father,
    when we were captive
    in the darkness of sin and death,
    your Son rescued us
    and brought us back to you.
    Teach us to trust in him
    and to live as your people.
    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 dying on the cross so that we might live.
    Help us to believe in you and live in your light.
    Amen.

  • Offering prayer:
    Thank you, heavenly Father,
    for giving your Son so that we can have eternal life.
    Strengthen our faith in him.
    Guide us to live in the light of Christ,
    and to give ourselves in love to other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 4B or Prayer of the Church – Lent 4B alt
  • 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,
    you love us and make all things new in Christ.
    Transform the poverty of our nature
    by the riches of your kindness
    which you have shown to us in this holy meal.
    Make known your heavenly glory
    in the renewal of our lives.
    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, and live in the light of 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: Numbers 21:4-9
    LHS

    53     Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3
    75     We sing the praise of Him who died G5 (see TIS 347)
    AT

    TIS
    347     We sing the praise of him who died

    Second reading: Ephesians 2:1-10
    LHS

    112     Hail, Thou once despised Jesus G3 (mod TIS 373)
    281     Jesus Christ, our blessed Saviour G8
    322     Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3 (mod TIS 196)
    324     Salvation unto us has come* G5 (mod TIS 195)
    326     O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    330     Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    449     Give to our God immortal praise (see TIS 84)
    777     Father in heaven GS
    851     Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS (see TIS 129)
    AT
    115     Father in heaven
    131     Amazing grace
    171     Dying you destroyed our death
    225     Why do you love me
    352     Your love keeps following me
    438    It’s gonna be alright
    446    Mercy
    TIS
    84     Give to our God immortal praise
    118     We give immortal praise
    129     Amazing grace
    195     Salvation now to us has come
    196     Dear Christians, one and all, rejoice
    213     Father, whose everlasting love
    222     Rock of ages, cleft for me
    373     Hail, our once despised Jesus
    465     Father in heaven

    Gospel: John 3:14-21
    LHS

    62     My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,5) G5 (alt tune A8, G8) (see TIS 341)
    177     O my Saviour, lifted G5 (see TIS 600)
    441     With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
    757     On my heart imprint your image
    793     To God be the glory GS (see TIS 147)
    807     Lift high the cross GS (see TIS 351)
    835     Bread of heaven, on you we feed G5
    852     God loved the world so that he gave G5
    881     O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder G7
    AT
    126     The light of Christ
    129     Everyone
    237     John 3:16
    349     There is a redeemer
    451    Saviour of the world
    627   Unconditionally
    684   Who am I
    TIS
    147     To God be the glory
    155     O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder
    164     The great love of God
    174     Morning glory, starlit sky
    241     So God loved the people of the world
    341     My song is love unknown (vv 1,2,7)
    351     Lift high the cross
    513     Bread of heaven, on you we feed
    600     O my Saviour, lifted
    676     A spendthrift lover is the Lord
    771     Now to him who loved us, gave us

    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 107
    The following paraphrase of Psalm 107:1-3,17-22 by David Schütz is sung to Dominus regit me (LH 391, TIS 145). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.O thank the Lord for he is good,
    his love endures forever.
    Let this be said by those the Lord
    redeemed from all their trouble.

    Let those he gathered from the ends
    of earth where they were scattered,
    from north and south and east and west,
    give thanks to him with praises.

    When some were sick because of sin,
    and suffered for their evil,
    they could not bear to touch their food
    and soon were near to dying.

    They cried to God in their distress,
    he saved them from their trouble.
    He sent his healing word to them,
    and saved them from destruction.

    So let them thank the Lord for all
    the steadfast love he showed them.
    And for the kindness he has shown
    to humankind, now praise him.

    And let us sacrifice to God
    an offering of thanksgiving,
    and tell of all the things he’s done,
    with singing and rejoicing.

    Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 107 p179

  • 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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