Sunday 18 February, 2018 – First Sunday in Lent, Year B

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 9:8-17 God’s covenant with Noah
PSALM Psalm 25:1-10 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Peter 3:18-22 The flood a symbol of baptism
GOSPEL Mark 1:9-15 The baptism, temptation, and preaching of Jesus

Notes on the readings:

GENESIS 9:8-17: It is not difficult to imagine that after the trauma of the flood, Noah and his family would have felt a great deal of fear and trembling lest the same thing should happen again. God’s reassuring covenant is accordingly given in repetitive striking terms, including the earth, all creatures down to the smallest, and to human beings. God binds himself in his sovereign freedom to this covenant, thus promoting a trusting assurance.  The beauty of the rainbow is in keeping with his care.

1 PETER 3:18-22: St Peter clearly outlines the great central doctrine of Christianity: Jesus, the holy and righteous one, suffered under the anger of the Father. While the judgment of wrath was executed fully on Christ, yet for us the freedom of righteousness was bestowed through his death once and for all.  Peter parallels this to the flood. The water which effected judgment on the world was the means of saving faithful Noah and his family. Baptism now is similar. Its water drowns the sin of the Christian and bestows the cleansing forgiveness and new life sealed by the resurrection.

MARK 1: 9-15: The baptism of Jesus (who needed neither confession nor forgiveness) marks the beginning of his ministry as the Messiah. The voice of the Father and the visible imbuing of the Spirit attest his divine mission and authorise him as the Son of God the Father. Satan recognises the implications against his power and immediately sets out to wreck the divine plan, unsuccessfully. Note the prime aspect of Christ’s ministry and the essence of the Kingdom’s objective, namely, repentance and faith in the good news of God’s gracious forgiveness.

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 Roger Atze ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 1 9-15 – year b – lent 1
Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy ; edited for lay reading sermon – 1 peter 3 18-22 – year b – lent 1
Based on first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – genesis 9 8-17 – year b – lent 1 ; Pr Heath Pukallus

Opening sentences:
God says: I have set my bow in the clouds,
and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  (Gen 9:13 NRSV)

Orders of service:
Lent 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 (after the second reading)
Use either the Verse given in the order of service or the following verse.
(Jesus said:) The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near;
repent, and believe in the good news.  (Mark 1:15 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Thank you, Lord Jesus, for coming from God
and overcoming sin and evil for us.
Lead us to repent and believe.

Children’s Address: Lent 1B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for washing away our sins,
and for promising to be our God forever.
As our real life is with Christ,
help us to live as members of your kingdom,
trusting and serving you
and giving ourselves in love to others.


Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 1B

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.


The following variation of the post-communion prayer may be used during Lent.

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.

Alternatively, 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.

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. Turn away from your sins and believe the good news.
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: Genesis 9:8-17

394     God is love; let heaven adore Him G9 (mod TIS 153)
152     I have made a covenant with my chosen
153     God is love, let heav’n adore him
154     Great is your faithfulness
602     O Love that will not let me go

Second reading:1 Peter 3:18-22

71     Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
277     Baptized into Thy Name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
317     Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
331     My hope is built on nothing less* G5
826     Father welcomes all his children GS
828     I am baptised – O blessed day GS
831     O baptised children one and all G3
4     Father welcomes
118     The baptism song
421    Born forever
391     Come, God’s people, sing for joy
481     Baptised into your name most holy
482     Father of peace and God of love
488     Now in the name of him who sent
491     Father welcomes

Gospel: Mark 1:9-15

277     Baptized into Thy name most holy* G4 (mod TIS 481)
748     When Christ our Lord to Jordan came G7 (see alt version below)
756     O Lord, throughout these forty days G5
791     O love, how deep, how broad, how high G5 (mod TIS 194)
826     Father welcomes GS
4     Father welcomes
118     The baptism song
443    Like an angel
194     O love, how deep, how broad, how high (vv 1-4)
250     Christ, when for us you were baptised
481     Baptised into your name most holy
491     Father welcomes
591     Forty days and forty nights

Lord keep us steadfast in Thy Word  LHS 197 / mod TIS 436

22    He was wounded
24    God’s love
27    Lord of the Dance
59    Jesus
61    Hallelujah, my Father
67    Let your word fill my days
125   Celebration song
133   Jesus set us free
135   Bitter was the night
139   Christ humbled Himself
141    Mary’s child
143   Jesus dying on the cross
147   When our life began again
188   Reaching out with open arms
190  The Way is low
203   Keeping my eyes on You
227   Allelu!
230   Christ the worker
231    A Cry in the night
235    In your hand, my Saviour
244    We have seen the Word of life (Verse 3)
245    You are the prisoner
261    The Servant King
287   Stay here
331   Turn to me with all your heart
335   And we stood right there
338   God in human shoes
344   The New Road
345   Nothing but the blood
347   O dearest Jesus
349   There is a redeemer
387   Jesus, remember me
401   Follow me
451   Saviour of the world
461   God, you take our breath away
495   Come and follow me
536   If you were a king
538   They went to the garden
571   On that final night
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
658   Jesus, You are the bread
659   Remember now my children
668   As you have loved

The following paraphrase of Psalm 25:1-10 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Die Sach ist dein’, LH 228. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

To you, O Lord, I lift my soul.
My God, in you I trust;
Do not let me be put to shame;
don’t let my foes rejoice.
Do not let those who wait for you
be disappointed in their hope.
Let them be disappointed who
have openly rejected you.
Show me your ways,
O Lord, teach me your paths.

Teach me and lead me in your truth,
my Saviour and my God;
I wait for you the whole day long,
do not forget me, Lord.
Be mindful of your mercy, Lord,
and of your steadfast love of old.
Forget and wipe away my sins
according to your steadfast love.
Remember me,
Lord, for your goodness’ sake.

The Lord, my God, is good and just,
therefore he shows the way
to sinners who return to him
and those with humble hearts.
He shows the humble what is right,
and teaches them to know his will.
The paths of God are steadfast love
and faithfulness for those who keep
his covenant
and listen to his word.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 25 p41 , Psalm 25 p42 , Psalm 25 p43

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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