Sunday 19 March, 2017 – Third 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 Exodus 17:1-7 The Israelites put God to the test
PSALM Psalm 95 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 5:1-11 While we were still sinners, Christ died for us
GOSPEL John 4:5-42 Jesus and the Samaritan woman

NEW! Notes on the readings:
EXODUS 17:1-7: God had shown his marvellous saving hand to the Israelites in their rescue at the Red Sea. He had also miraculously provided food daily with bread (manna) and quail. However, the pattern of grumbling, of unjust criticism of Moses and of God, together with the threat of rebellion, emerged again on this occasion when they reached a location without water. They did not stop even to think whether God was testing them. They rather put God to the test. God’s patience was abundantly demonstrated by his order to Moses to strike the rock from which poured out water.

ROMANS 5:1-11: In this reading Paul continues on from the teachings of the previous chapters on ‘justification’.  He enlarges now upon its results in the new life of the believer. There is now the experience of peace with God and access to him by his freely given favour (grace). Even suffering produces a positive outcome in terms of endurance, character and hope. All of this new relationship is based not on feeling but on fact. The fact that Christ died not for good people but for sinners establishes assurance of salvation and ensures God’s forgiven people the removal of his wrath. A Christian’s boasting is indeed only in God.

JOHN 4:5-42: Not only does Jesus travel through a country avoided by Jews because of its mixed religion, but also engages a Samaritan in conversation. And a woman, at that! Though he is fully aware of her sinful lifestyle, he is not deterred from seeking her spiritual wellbeing. He speaks to her of God-pleasing worship (‘in spirit and in truth’) and receives a repentant and joyful response. He finds an open heart to reveal himself as the Messiah. Not only that, but through this woman a whole village receives two days of productive ministry from the Lord whose mission is to the whole world.


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 GerhardyPr Stephen Pietsch ; NEW Pr Vince Gerhardy ; NEW Pr Andrew Brook
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – exodus 17 1-7 – year a – lent 3 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – romans 5 1-11 – year a – lent 3

Opening sentences:
Since we are justified by faith,
we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand;
and we boast in our hope of sharing the glory of God. 
(Rom 5:1,2 NRSV)

God has shown us how much he loves us;
it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!  (Rom 5:8 TEV)

Jesus said, My food is to do the will of him who sent me
and to complete his work.  (John 4:34 NRSV)

The hour is coming, and is now here,
when you will worship the Father in spirit and truth.  (John 4:23 NRSV)


Orders of service:
Lent 3  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
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.

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.

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.

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.

Verse  (to be used after the second reading):
Use either the Verse given in the order of service or the following verse.
Jesus said: ‘The water that I will give
will become in you a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’  (John 4:14b NRSV alt)

Prayer after the gospel:
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for the living water of eternal life.
Help us to believe in you
and to worship God in spirit and in truth.


Offering prayer:
Lord, you have given so much to us.
Help us to show in our deeds
the faith you have planted within us.
Make us ready to serve you and other people
wth all that we are and all that we have.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the church – Lent 3A

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.

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.

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. Christ has reconciled us to God and will save us.
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: Exodus 17:1-7
341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G6
507    Open now thy gates of beauty* G3
See also under the gospel below
70    I’ve got peace like a river
483    Is the Lord with us or not
See also under the gospel
569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer

Second reading: Romans 5:1-11
165    One there is, above all others* G8
323    Blessed are the sons of God* G4
324    Salvation unto us has come* G5
327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* G3
328    By grace I’m saved
331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
441    With joyful heart your praises bring* G3
447    I will praise Thee, O my God and Father
803    Peace with the Father G7
851    Amazing grace GS
852    God loved the world so that he gave G5
878    Your love surrounds me GS
10    In the house of God
125    Celebration song
130    I am covered over
131    Amazing grace
144    No longer strangers
145    Wondrous love
225    Why do you love me?
235    In your hand, my Saviour
345    Nothing but the blood
352    Your love keeps following me
376    Faith, hope and love
99    God, we praise you, God, we bless you
118    We give immortal praise
129    Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)
139    O love of God, how strong and true
154    Great is your faithfulness, O God my Father
195    Salvation now to us has come
425    Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
466    Peace with the Father, peace with Christ his Son

Gospel: John 4:5-42
53    Jesus, refuge of the weary* G3
82 (V)    Jesus in thy thirst and pain G5
156    Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver*
158    Jesus, lover of my soul
304    Delay not, delay not G7
305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
357    O God, Thou faithful God* G3
475    If we have died
516    O Splendour of God’s glory bright G8
781    As water to the thirsty
869    Like the deer that yearns GS
70    I’ve got peace like a river
137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
206    As the deer pants
226    All is nearness
239    Listen to him
435    Wellsprings
451    Saviour of the world
208    Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
211    Jesus, lover of my soul
475    If we have died to ourselves in Jesus (vv 2,5,6,7)
499    Lord Jesus, joy of loving hearts
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
655    O, let the Son of God enfold you
744    Refresh my heart, Lord

Psalm 95
It is recommended that congregations sing the Venite (‘O come, let us sing to the Lord’) from the Order of Matins (LHS p 37, 38).

TIS 52, Let us sing to the God of salvation, and 53, Come, sing praises to the Lord above, are based on Psalm 95.

The first three verses of the following paraphrase of Psalm 95 are by David Schubert, from the Modern Matins, and the other verses by David Schütz. The song may be sung to the tune in the Modern Matins by Peter Schmidt.

O come, let’s sing aloud to God,
and shout for joy to the Rock who saves.
Let’s come before him, giving thanks.
With joyful songs let us praise the Lord.

The Lord is great, the King of all.
The depths of earth, the heights of hills,
the sea he made, and all the land:
they all are his, all made by him.

O come, bow down and worship him,
and kneel before the Lord our God.
For he’s our maker, we are his;
we are the flock that is led by him.

O that today you’d hear his voice,
and harden not your hearts again,
as on that day at Meribah,
at Massah in the wilderness,

when your ancestors tested me
although they’d seen the things I’d done.
That generation sickened me,
for forty years I loathed their sight.

Their hearts have always gone astray;
they do not follow in my ways.
Then I was angry and I swore:
‘They shall not come into my rest.’

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings: Psalm 95 p156

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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