Sunday 14 February, 2016 – First Sunday in Lent, Year C

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  Deuteronomy 26:1-11 Thank-offering for the mighty acts of God
    PSALM Psalm 91:1,2,9-16 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 10:8b-13 The Christian confession: Jesus is Lord
    GOSPEL Luke 4:1-13 Jesus tempted
  • 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 Tim Stringer ; Pr Heath Pukallus ; edited for lay reading sermon – luke 4 1-13 – year c – lent 1 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 4 1-13 – year c – lent 1new ; NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek (based on Matthew’s account of the temptation of Jesus but still suitable)
  • Opening Sentences:
    The word is near you,
    on your lips and in your heart
    because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord
    and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,
    you will be saved.
    Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.
    (Rom 10:8,9,13 NRSV)

  • Orders of service:
    Lent Sunday Word & 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)
    Service with Five Songs of Faith (pdf / rtf/ 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 resisting and overcoming the devil.
    Strengthen us in our temptations.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Generous God,
    use us and the many gifts you give us
    out of your great goodness,
    for service to you
    and to our fellow human beings.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Lent 1C
  • Resources for services with Holy Communion
    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

    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.

    Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used 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, for God takes care of you.
    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: Deuteronomy 26:1-11
    LHS

    362    What shall I give to God my Saviour* G4
    367    O bring to the Lord your tribute of praise* G6
    372    We give Thee but Thine own G5
    811    Praise and thanksgiving GS
    814    For the fruits of his creation G6
    AT
    265    Take us now, we are yours
    358    Gift to the world
    361    Here we are
    464    Here you are, Lord
    TIS
    83    Let us with a gladsome mind
    159    God whose farm is all creation
    168    For the fruits of his creation
    627    Praise and thanksgiving

    Second reading: Romans 10:8b-13
    LHS

    142    We all believe in one true God* G3
    281    Jesus Christ our blessed Saviour G8
    386    In Thee is gladness* G7
    405    In God, my faithful God* G5
    411    If God be my defender* G3
    823    Your strong Word broke through the darkness G5
    AT
    26    He is Lord
    129    Everyone, everyone
    254    I give you my joys and my sorrows
    364    In you is gladness
    455    All this I believe
    TIS
    140    Firmly I believe and truly
    200    In you is gladness
    248    When Christ was lifted from the earth
    435    We all believe in God who made

    Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
    LHS

    47    Songs of thankfulness and praise (esp v 3)* G4
    72    Saviour, when in dust to Thee G7
    202    Help us to conquer, Thou Prince ever-living* G3
    269    Speak forth Thy word, O Father G4
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    756    O Lord, throughout these forty days G5
    791    O love how deep, how broad, how high G5
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    873    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
    AT
    190    Low, the way is low
    498    We will take what you offer
    TIS
    194    O love how deep, how broad, how high (vv 1-4)
    252    When he was baptised in Jordan
    591    Forty days and forty nights
    644    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
    745    Seek ye first the kingdom of God (v 3)

    PSALM 91
    Michael Joncas’ paraphrase of Psalm 91 ‘On eagle’s wings’ in ATO 411, TIS 48 is also suitable for use today.

    OR
    John Bell’s paraphrase of Psalm 91 ‘Whoever lives beside the Lord’ may be found on page 42 of Psalms of Patience, Protest and Praise (c) 1993 Wild Goose Publications (and is also in TIS, 49). Unfortunately this good paraphrase does not include verses 11 and 12 of the psalm which connect it to the gospel for the day.

    Note: The Iona Community is willing to allow a church or worship assembly to reproduce the words only of a song from this publication on a service sheet or overhead projector transparency that is to be used once only on a non-commercial basis . . . provided that the title of the song and name of the copyright owner are clearly shown.

    OR
    The song ‘All those who live benath God’s shade’, LHS 861, AT 21, is also a paraphrase of part of Psalm 91.
    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 91 p150 , Psalm 91 p151

  • 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.
    Song and Hymn Index. Contains all the indexes of the LHS and AT books in one Excel file. Download the file (zip file) here.
    Metrical Psalms
    by Dale Schoening : Psalms set to well known hymn tunes.

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