Sunday 28 February, 2016 – Third 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  Isaiah 55:1-9 Come to the Lord, who is merciful
    PSALM Psalm 63:1-8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Do not take God’s grace for granted
    GOSPEL Luke 13:1-9 Repent or die!
  • 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 – isaiah 55 6-9 – year c – lent 3 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy
    Based on gospel reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on second reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinthians 10 1-13 – year c – lent 3
  • Opening Sentences:
    Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
    and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
    (Isaiah 55:1a NIV)

    OR
    Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call on him while he is near.
    Let the wicked forsake their ways,
    and the unrighteous their thoughts;
    let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
    and to our God, for he will freely pardon.
    (Isa 55:6,7 NIV)

  • 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
    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

    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.
    Amen.

  • Prayer after the gospel:
    This is the gospel of the Lord.
    Praise to you, O Christ.
    Lord Jesus,
    thank you for your kindness and patience to us.
    Lead us to repent and produce good fruit in our lives.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Merciful God,
    you have given us so much,
    without money and without price.
    Help us to freely give of ourselves
    in serving you
    and loving other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer):  Prayer of the Church – Lent 3C
  • 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.

    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.
    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 bear fruit for 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: Isaiah 55:1-9
    LHS

    259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
    290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3 (holy communion)
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    836    Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread* G
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    AT
    114    Come my brother, come my sister
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    179    Come let us eat
    479    For living, for dying
    TIS
    464    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    510    My God, your table now is spread
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    576    O for a closer walk with thee

    Second reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
    LHS

    181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5
    426    What a friend we have in Jesus G8
    AT
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    TIS
    222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
    546    Lord Jesus, think on me
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    590    What a friend we have in Jesus
    595    O Jesus, I have promised

    Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
    LHS

    From hymns of repentance, 309-320, 850, esp.
    49    Alone Thou goest forth, O Lord
    304    Delay not, delay not, O sinner, draw near
    AT
    6    O Father, my Father
    331   Turn to me with all your heart
    332    We are sorry
    TIS
    472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
    598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind

    PSALM 63

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 63 p103 , Psalm 63 p104 , Psalm 63 p105

  • 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.

2 comments to Sunday 28 February, 2016 – Third Sunday in Lent, Year C

  • Darren

    All Together 322 should be AT 332!! Correction also needs to be made to original rtf files (Sunday By Sunday LCA Worship Resources). (Have noticed similar error in other Sunday resources)

  • Trudi

    Thanks for picking up this typo!