Sunday 13 March, 2016 – Fifth 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 43:16-21 God promises a new deliverance for his people
    PSALM Psalm 126 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Philippians 3:4b-14 Already righteous but not yet perfect
    GOSPEL John 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus at Bethany
  • 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 Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 12 1-8 – year c – lent 5 ; NEW Pr Heath Pukallus
    Based on second reading: NEW Pr Roger Atze
    Based on first reading: NEW edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 43 16-21 – year c – lent 5
  • Opening Sentences:
    Do not cling to events of the past
    or dwell on what happened long ago.
    Watch for the new thing I am going to do.
    It is happening already – you can see it now!
    (Isa 43:18 TEV)

  • 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 mercifully on your family,
    that by your great goodness
    they may be governed and preserved forever
    in body and 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
    Almighty God,
    look in mercy on your family.
    By your great goodness,
    guide and protect us forever
    in body and 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, alternative
    (Let us pray that by faith in Christ we may share in his victory. [silence])
    Most merciful God,
    you saved humankind
    by the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ.
    Strengthen our faith in him who suffered on the cross,
    so that we may triumph in the power of his victory.
    For he lives and reigns
    with you and the Holy Spirit,
    one God, now and forever.
    Amen.

    OR, new
    (Let us pray that we remain united with Christ. [silence])
    Jesus our Saviour,
    thank you for coming to give us life
    through your suffering and death.
    Keep us following you
    wherever you lead us,
    because we know that you have promised
    to take us home to God.
    For you live and reign
    with the Father 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 coming to our world
    to suffer and die for us.
    Help us to cling to you as our Saviour.
    Amen.

  • Offering Prayer:
    Saving God,
    you gave up your Son
    because you love us so much.
    Help us to give ourselves
    in love for you and other people.
    Amen.

  • Prayer of the Church (General Prayer): Prayer-of-the-Church-Lent-5C 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.

    Most merciful God,
    you saved humankind
    by the death and resurrection of your Son, Jesus Christ.
    Through this sacrament,
    strengthen our faith in him who suffered on the cross,
    so that we may triumph in the power of his victory.
    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; . . .

    OR, this sentence (based on Phil 3:13,14) may be used instead:
    Beloved, forget what lies behind
    and strain forward to what lies ahead.
    Press on towards the goal
    for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.

    DISMISSAL
    Go in peace, pressing on towards the heavenly goal.
    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 43:16-21
    LHS

    71    Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
    282    Draw nigh, and take the body of the Lord* (holy communion)
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G6
    739    When the king shall come again G4
    AT
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    TIS
    498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
    569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    653    This is a day of new beginnings

    Second reading: Philippians 3:4b-14
    LHS

    18    Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates* G5
    54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
    75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5
    83    Beneath the cross of Jesus G8
    171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
    331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
    332    Thy works, not mine, O Christ* G8
    352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
    361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
    786    In faith and hope and love
    AT
    206    As the deer pants
    271    For the bread that we have eaten (holy communion)
    279    Into your death we go
    TIS
    202    I know that my Redeemer
    219    Jesus comes with all his grace
    267    Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
    342    When I survey the wondrous cross
    347    We sing the praise of him who died
    349    In the cross of Christ I glory
    563    Let him to whom we now belong
    594    Fight the good fight with all your might
    605    I am alone, yet not alone
    628    In faith and hope and love

    Gospel: John 12:1-8
    LHS

    51    Let Thy blood in mercy poured* G5
    377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
    385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
    AT
    547   Fill our hearts
    TIS
    599    Take my life, and let it be
    660    Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came (vv 1,2)
    661    Woman in the night (v 4)

    PSALM 126
    TIS 80 is a setting of Psalm 126.
    Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 126 p218, Psalm 126 p220 , Psalm 126 p221 , Psalm 126 p222

  • 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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