Sunday 6 March, 2016 – Fourth 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  Joshua 5:9-12 The passover at Gilgal, in the promised land
    PSALM Psalm 32 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 In Christ the new has come
    GOSPEL Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 The parable of the lost son
  • 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 Psalm 32: Pr Tim Stringer ; Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on gospel reading: edited for lay reading sermon – luke 15 18-19 – year c – lent 4 ; NEW Pr Peter Ghalayini ; NEW Pr Tim Stringer ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – luke 15 11-32 – year c – lent 4
  • Opening Sentences:
    If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation:
    everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!
    (2 Cor 5:17 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
    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 loving and accepting us sinners.
    Help us to trust and serve you.
    Amen.
  • Offering Prayer:
    Loving Father,
    you have sought us out and made us yours.
    Help us to offer our lives in thanksgiving,
    doing what you want us to do.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer-of-the-Church-Lent-4C rev
  • 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,
    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. God has reconciled us to himself.
    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: Joshua 5:9-12
    LHS

    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    393    O God of Bethel, by whose hand* (alt tune 424) G5
    AT
    153    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases
    TIS
    564    O God of Bethel, by whose hand

    Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
    LHS

    65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
    227    O Spirit of the living God G5
    279    He that believes and is baptized* (tune 106) G3
    358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
    779    My Lord of light who made the worlds G8
    794    What wondrous love is this G5
    800    May we be one GS
    842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3
    AT
    93    Pass my love around
    145    What wondrous love is this
    172    May we be one
    182    Christ is changing everything
    220    There’ll be peace
    228    Amigos de Cristo
    254    I give you my joys and my sorrows
    439    Forgiven
    521    New Day
    TIS
    151    The love of God is greater far
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    219    Jesus comes with all his grace
    249    No weight of gold or silver
    257    Alleluia (v 2)
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    479    They that believe and are baptized
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning
    635    ’Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    687    God gives us a future

    Gospel: Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
    LHS

    165    One there is, above all others* G8
    237    Almighty God, whose only Son G5
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    826    Father welcomes GS
    841    O welcome, all you noble saints of old GS
    851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound (see AT 131 for guitar chords)
    852    God loved the world so that he gave G5
    AT
    4    Father welcomes
    77    God and man at table are sat down
    131    Amazing grace
    534   I always will love you
    TIS
    129    Amazing grace
    218    Jesus! The name high over all
    230    It passes knowledge, that dear love of thine
    259    Among us and before us, Lord, you stand
    491    Father welcomes
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning

    PSALM 32
    TIS 20, How blest are those whose great sin, is a paraphrase of Psalm 32. The following paraphrase of the psalm, by David Schütz, may be sung to the American folk tune at AT 407, or each verse may be split into two four line verses and sung to St Clement (LH 549, TIS 458). As the psalm is quite long, a selection of verses may be made. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    How blest are those who are forgiven,
    whose sin is covered by God’s grace.
    How blest are those the Lord calls righteous,
    who look to him with honest face.
    My soul and body groaned in anguish,
    while I stayed silent through the day;
    for day and night your hand was on me,
    and in the end, my strength gave way.

    Then I confessed my sin before you;
    I did not hide my guilt with words.
    I said that I would make confession,
    of my transgression to the Lord.
    Then you forgave all my wrongdoing,
    and you forgave me all my sin;
    my pain is gone, my guilt is ended,
    and now a new day can begin.

    So then let all your faithful people
    lift up to you their heartfelt prayers.
    The raging waters shall not reach them,
    they won’t be swamped by endless cares.
    You are my hiding place and refuge,
    I run to you in times of need,
    and you preserve me from all trouble,
    and now I sing, for I am free.

    For you have said, ‘I will instruct you,
    teach you to see which way to go;
    I always keep my eye upon you,
    I teach you what you need to know.’
    So never be like horse or donkey,
    without a clue of what to do;
    for they need curbs of bit and bridle,
    or else they won’t stay close to you.”

    All kinds of trouble strike the wicked,
    for they have no one on their side.
    But steadfast love surrounds your people,
    who put their trust in you as guide.
    And so be glad in him, you righteous,
    and in the Lord, find peace at last;
    and shout for joy, and give him glory,
    for he gives peace within your hearts.

    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 32 p57 , Psalm 32 p58 , Psalm 32 p59

  • 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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