Sunday 21 February, 2016 – Second 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  Genesis 15:1-12,17,18 God’s covenant with Abram
    PSALM Psalm 27 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 3:17 – 4:1 Be what you are: citizens of heaven
    GOSPEL Luke 13:31-35 Jesus’ sorrow over Jerusalem
  • 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 Mark Greenthaner ; edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 15v12 – year c – lent 2
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 13 31-35 – year c – lent 2
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini
  • Opening Sentences:
    Our citizenship is in heaven,
    and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.
    (Phil 3:20 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 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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Thank you, Lord Jesus,
    for facing death for our sake.
    Protect us under your wings.
    Amen.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving God,
    you have made us your people.
    Transform us,
    so that we serve you and other people
    with the gifts you have given us.
    Amen.
  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Lent 2C
  • 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.

    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.
    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 stand firm in 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: Genesis 15:1-12,17,18
    LHS

    456    The God of Abraham praise G7
    AT
    403    God of Abraham (selected verses)
    496    Don’t be afraid
    TIS
    116    Begin my tongue some heavenly theme
    125    The God of Abraham praise

    Second reading: Philippians 3:17 – 4:1
    LHS

    124    O Holy Spirit, enter Thou* G3
    125    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove G5
    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    129    Breathe on me, Breath of God G5
    352    Fight the good fight, with all thy might* G4
    490    O Son of God, we wait for Thee* G3
    668    O Saviour of the world
    669    O Saviour of the world
    AT
    12    We are heirs of the Father
    423    Examine my heart
    451    Saviour of the world
    465    How deep is the love
    TIS
    400    O Holy Spirit, enter in
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    402    Come, gracious Spirit, heavenly dove
    407    Breathe on me, breath of God
    594    Fight the good fight with all thy might

    Gospel:  Luke 13:31-35
    LHS

    502    This is the day the Lord hath made G6
    817    O Jesus Christ, to you may hymns be rising G7
    857    Low, the way is low GS
    AT
    190    Low, the way is low
    TIS
    368    This is the day the Lord has made
    620    O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising
    634    All who love and serve your city

    PSALM 27

    TIS 15, God is my strong salvation, and 16, Do not be afraid, I am with you, are based on verses of Psalm 27; ‘Do Lord’ ATE 209 is a paraphrase of the psalm; and the Taize chant ‘The Lord is my light’, ATE 214, is based on the first verse of the psalm.
    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings :Psalm 27 p46 , Psalm 27 p47

  • 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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