Sunday 5 March, 2017 – First Sunday in Lent, Year A

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 2:15-17; 3:1-7 The creation and fall
PSALM Psalm 32 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 5:12-19 Death through Adam, life through Christ
GOSPEL Matthew 4:1-11 The temptation of Jesus

NEW! Notes on the readings:

GENESIS 2:15-17; 3:1-7: It wasn’t as though God gave a confusing profusion of commands to Adam and Eve. It was just the one, which was for his creatures’ good. They were not to eat of the one tree, for here lay the knowledge not only of good but also of evil. Satan’s attack on the sinless state of God’s foremost creature was subtle. He planted suspicion in Eve’s mind (‘Did God say…?’), which in turn permitted the entry of doubt through an outright lie (‘You will not die…’) and then dangled the bait to human pride (‘You will be like God…’) The fall into sin lay both in departure from the word of God and disobedience to it. The result was irretrievable loss of innocence and the entry of sin, guilt, shame and death.

ROMANS 5:12-19: Through the sin of Adam, through the breaking of the one command God had given him, all were born in sin. Even though there was no verbal or written commandment right through from Adam to Moses, yet death which entered humanity through Adam’s sin came upon all because of sin. Though Paul says that Adam was a type of Christ, what a difference exists in the outcome of Christ’s humanity! Through Adam came judgment upon sin and its consequence, death. Through Christ came justification, righteousness and life as a free gift of God’s grace.

MATTHEW 4:1-11: Having been acknowledged by the Father at his baptism to be the Messiah, it was necessary for Jesus to be subjected to temptation. The text specifically mentions that the Spirit led him into the desert for that reason. We see the second Adam approached by Satan with similar sinister subtlety to the temptation presented to Eve in today’s first reading. He is challenged to use his power as God’s Son to attain plenty (bread), prestige (temple) and power (kingdoms), to take the easy way without dealing with the world’s real problem, ie sin. Our Lord met those temptations with total trust in and obedience to the word of his heavenly Father (‘It is written…’). ‘By one man’s sin the many were made sinners, so by one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.’ (Rom 5:19)

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 the gospel reading: Pr Stephen PietschPr Vince GerhardyPr Heath Pukallus ; NEW Pr Stephen van der Hoek
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 2 15-17 3 1-7 – year a – lent 1 ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 2 15 – 3 7 – year a – lent 1

Opening sentences:
After the one sin came the judgment of ‘Guilty’;
but after so many sins,
comes the undeserved gift of ‘Not guilty!’ 
(Rom 5:16 TEV)

Just as all people were made sinners as the result of the disobedience of one man,
in the same way they will all be put right with God
as the result of the obedience of the one man.  (Rom 5:19 TEV)

Orders of service:
Lent 1  Sunday Word and 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Verse  (to be used after the second reading):
Use either the Verse given in the order of service or the following verse.
No one lives on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matt 4:4)

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.

Offering prayer:
Merciful God,
you have forgiven us and brought us new life
though your Son Jesus.
Help us to live in thankfulness,
and to give of ourselves in serving others.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Lent 1A

Resources for services with Holy Communion
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:

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.

Let us pray.
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.

OR use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) 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.

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; . . .


Go in peace. You have righteousness and life through Christ.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

Visual images: 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 2:15-17; 3:1-7
71    Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
80    Praise to the Holiest in the height G8
270    The law of God is good and wise G3
326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
785    In Adam we have all been one GS
850    O Father, my Father GS
6    O Father, my Father
178    Until you open my eyes
331    Turn to me with all your heart
332    We are sorry
354    Change my heart, O God
398    A child of God
141    Praise to the Holiest in the height
151    The love of God is greater far

Second reading: Romans 5:12-19
80    Praise to the Holiest in the height G8
324    Salvation unto us has come* G5
328    Now l have found for my salvation
329    By grace I’m saved, grace free and boundless
331    My hope is built on nothing less*
785    In Adam we have all been one GS
787    Jesus was born for us GS
794    What wondrous love is this, O my soul, O my soul GS
851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound GS
22    He was wounded
130    I am covered over
131    Amazing grace
145    Wondrous love
345    Nothing but the blood
349    There is a redeemer
129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
141    Praise to the Holiest in the height
151    The love of God is greater far
195    Salvation now to us has come

Gospel: Matthew 4:1-11
72    Saviour, when in dust to Thee G7
137    Triune God, be Thou our stay
181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
195    A mighty fortress is our God* G3
336    ‘Come, follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
384    Who trusts in God, a strong abode G9
411    If God be my defender* G3
756    O Lord, throughout these forty days G5
791    O love how deep, how broad, how high! G5
795    When Jesus came, the demons cried GS
857    Low, the way is low GS
873    Safe in the shadow of the Lord
146    They knew who he was
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
190    Low, the way is low
320    I was there to hear your borning cry
338    God in human shoes
366    Mighty God
498   We will take what you offer
103    A mighty fortress is our God
194    O love how deep, how broad, how high
252    When he was baptized in Jordan
551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
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 32
The following is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz (alt), which may be sung to the tune of AT 407 (The Lord will keep me safe and holy) or St Clement (LH 549, TIS 458). 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,
so 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,
with no idea 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

Here are some new and modernised hymns suitable for Lent.

Lord, your suffering love to us (Words: Stephen Pietsch; tune: LH 590, TIS 561 Monk’s Gate)

Lord, your suffering love to us
has won salvation.
Let our hearts forgiven thus
gain inspiration
our debtors to forgive;
in unity to live,
walking the path of peace,
patiently bearing.

Cleanse our hearts of bitterness.
Heal all division.
Teach your church to live in peace;
true to our mission.
Jesus, you bore the cross
and suffered death for us!
Pardoned and pardoning,
we live by mercy.

Freedom to the heart you bring,
freedom for living.
From our opened hearts shall spring
your sweet forgiving.
Under your cross we stand
together, hand in hand.
One through your suffering!
One in your glory!

Now is the healing time decreed (Evening office hymn for Lent from before 12th century, translated TA Lacey, modernised by David Schütz; suggested tune: LH 74, Wenn wir in höchsten Nöten)

Now is the healing time decreed
for sins of heart, of word or deed,
when we in humble fear record
the wrong that we have done the Lord;

who, always merciful and good,
has borne so long our wayward mood,
nor cut us off unsparingly
in our so great iniquity.

Therefore with fasting and with prayer,
our secret sorrow we declare;
with all good striving seek his face,
and lowly-hearted plead for grace.

Cleanse us, O Lord, from every stain,
help us the joy of praise to gain,
till with the angels linked in love
joyful we tread your courts above.

Father and Son and Spirit blessed,
to you is all our prayer addressed,
to you, in threefold name adored,
from age to age, the only Lord.

O kind Creator, bow your ear (Ascribed to St Gregory the Great, 5th cent., translated by TA Lacey, modernised by David Schütz; suggested tune: LH 65 Das walt Gott Vater)

O kind Creator, bow your ear
to mark the cry, to know the tear
before your throne of mercy spent
in this, the holy fast of Lent.

Our hearts are open, Lord, to you:
you know the sin and wrong we do;
pour out on all who seek your face
the fullness of your pardoning grace.

Our sins are many, this we know;
spare us, good Lord, your mercy show;
and for the honour of your name,
from power of death, your people claim.

Give us the self-control that springs
from discipline of outward things,
that as we keep the inward fast
our hearts may seek the things that last.

We pray you, holy Trinity,
one God, unchanging Unity,
that we from this our abstinence
may reap the fruits of penitence.

Forty days and forty nights (Words, George Hunt Smyttan (1822-70), alt. by David Schütz; tune: Heinlein, TIS 591 or Vienna, LHS 207, TIS 440). Note: A shorter version of this hymn may be found in Together in Song 591.

Forty days and forty nights
you were fasting in the wild;
forty days and forty nights
strong, yet tempted all the while.

Beating sun throughout the day,
freezing cold when light had fled,
prowling beasts around your way,
stones your pillow, earth your bed.

Now we know, Lord, that you share
our temptation and our pain.
Teach us how to strive in prayer,
fighting greed for earthly gain.

Then when sin and evil press
on our hearts so weak and frail,
Victor in the wilderness,
help us not to stray or fail.

Send us those angelic powers
such as ministered to you.
So shall grace and peace be ours
as you show us what to do.

Keep, O keep us, Saviour dear,
ever, always, by your side,
so with you may we appear
at the heav’nly Eastertide.

Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Words, John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-92), alt. by David Schütz; tune: Repton TIS 598).
Note: A less modernised version of this hymn may be found in Together in Song 598.

Dear Father, Lord of humankind,
forgive our foolish ways;
reclothe us in our rightful mind,
in purer lives, your service find,
in deeper rev’rence, praise,
in deeper rev’rence, praise.

In simple trust, like those who heard
beside the Syrian sea,
the gracious calling of the Lord,
let us, like them, obey his word,
‘Rise up, and follow me.’
‘Rise up, and follow me.’

In Sabbath rest by Galilee,
with hills so calm above,
there Jesus shared on bended knee
the silence of eternity,
interpreted by love!
interpreted by love!

Rain down on us your quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
take from our minds the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess
the beauty of your peace,
the beauty of your peace.

Breathe through the heat of our desire,
refresh our weary heart;
let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
speak through the earthquake, wind and fire,
O still small voice of calm!
O still small voice of calm!

Note that Luther’s Dear Christians, one and all rejoice has seven verses in LH ( no 322) and five verses in modernised form in TIS (no 196). A modern version of all ten verses may be found in ‘Modernised Lutheran Hymnal hymns’ (no 322); this tells more completely the salvation history, and may be split into two hymns, verses 1-5 and 6-10.

The Lutheran Hymnal with Supplement has seasonal sections for Lent and the Passion. Since this is not so with the ‘All Together’ songbooks, a list of songs which could be considered for use in Lent is given here. Note: These songs focus on the themes of repentance and discipleship that characterise Lent. For songs that concentrate on the Passion, see the document ‘Holy Week’, under ‘All Together songs suitable for Holy Week’, in this folder.

6    O Father, my Father
10    In the house of God
34    Seek ye first
84    I want Jesus to walk with me
93    Pass my love around
95    Prayer of St Francis
114    The promised land (Come, my brother)
137    I heard the voice of Jesus
145    What wondrous love is this
156    He set us free
168    Hear our prayer
175    The greatest commandment
177    Love one another
180    A time for building bridges
185    Jesus, Son of God and man
190    The way is low
191    The servant song
197    When I needed a neighbour
235    In your hand, my Saviour
261    The Servant King
265    Take us now, we are yours
274    In Jesus’ name (When I call you)
276    Into your death we go
286    Sorrowing song
292    Because we bear your name
300    Practise love
308    We are called to follow Jesus
310    Yesu, Yesu, fill us with your love
322    Lord, where have we left you
327    Sorry
329    This kingdom
331    Turn to me with all your heart
332    We are sorry
348    Sing hey for the carpenter
354    Change my heart, O God
357    Give us hearts to know you, Lord
372    Teach me your way
373    Bound by love
384    If we will trust in God to guide us
397    Before I take the body of the Lord (These I lay down)
401    Follow me
413    The Summons (Will you come and follow me)
436    Amen, amen, it shall be so!
482    His love within the world
491    You call me to love
495    Come and follow me
506    Oh, let’s get up to love and serve
536    If you were a king (Palm Sunday)
538    They went to the garden
571    On that final night (communion)
600    Jesus the bright morning star
622    Out of this world
626    Together through the valley
630   You would not
635    How deep the Father’s love for us
659    Remember now my children
668    As you have loved

25    As pants the hart for cooling streams
26    Just as a lost and thirsty deer
31    Have mercy on us, living Lord
32    Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness
81    Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord
131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
201    King of glory, King of peace
206    With joy we meditate the grace
252    When he was baptised in Jordan
407    Breathe on me, breath of God
463    May this Lenten discipline
546    Lord Jesus, think on me
549    God be in my head
576    O for a closer walk with God
577    Come, let us too the Lord our God
580    Lead us, heavenly Father, lead us
591    Forty days and forty nights
633    Lord, we are blind; the world of sight
684    Love will be our Lenten calling


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.
Keyboard Accompaniments for Together in Song – CDs are available for purchase through ACR. CD 1 & 2 ; CD 3 & 4.

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