Sunday 25 February, 2018 – Second 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 17:1-7, 15,16 God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah
PSALM Psalm 22:23-31 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Romans 4:13-25 Abraham received God’s promise through faith
GOSPEL Mark 8:31-38 The cost of discipleship

Notes on the readings:

GENESIS 17:1-7;15-16: The covenant made with Abram in Chapter 15 is here repeated. This time the stipulation ‘walk before me and be blameless’ is added. The promise is not only that 99-year-old Abram and similarly aged Sarai will have a son, which is miracle enough! But above and beyond this, nations (not just one nation) and kings will be descended from him and Sarai also. The name changes (Abraham and Sarah) emphasise a change in identity through God’s covenant. We are among those promised to them as their descendants, but in a far more blessed covenant.

ROMANS 4:13-24: Our faith in what God brought about for us through the death of Christ for our sins, and his resurrection to prove it, is what puts us right with God. Keeping the law does not.  There is no forgiveness through the law because of our sin and imperfection. Therefore the law can only bring wrath. Abraham believed God’s promises to him, which included the Saviour King and his kingdom which would never end. Thus God counted Abraham’s faith to him as righteousness. His confidence and his hope rested not on himself but simply on trusting the impossible Why? Because God had said it.

MARK 8:31-38: To the Jews of Jesus’ day there was a popular saying, ‘There will be no more misery when Messiah comes’. Peter had just confessed that Jesus was the Christ (that is, the Messiah!), and now Jesus tells the disciples that the Son of Man must go to Jerusalem to be rejected by the religious leaders, and to suffer and to die. Peter’s well-meant discouragement of this idea is treated by Jesus as nothing less than Satan’s work. Because the cross and all it means is central to receiving eternal life, we need to embrace it as God’s plan for our life with him and be ready to put it before all else, even if it means suffering and even death.

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 Mark Greenthaner ; Pr Roger Atze ; Pr Simon Cooper ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 8 31-38 – year b – lent 2 ; edited for lay reading sermon – mark 8 27-38 – year b – lent 2 ; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – mark 8 31-38 – year b – lent 2 new
Based on second reading: Pr Roger Atze

Opening sentences:
The Lord said to Abraham: I will establish my covenant between me and you:
an everlasting covenant,
to be God to you and to your offspring after you.  (Gen17:7a,c 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 God,
since you know that by ourselves
we have no strength:
Keep us both outwardly and inwardly,
that we may be defended from all adversities
that may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts
that may assault and hurt the soul;
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 God,
you know that by ourselves we have no strength.
Defend us from all calamities
that may happen to the body,
and cleanse us from all evil thoughts
that may attack the 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.

OR, new (revised alternative)
(Let us pray that we deny ourselves and trust in Christ. [silence])
Merciful God,
we thank you for sending your Son
to suffer and give his life for all people.
Teach us, who have been born again,
to forget ourselves
and rely only on Christ our Saviour.
For he 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:) ‘If any want to become my followers,
let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.’  (Mark 8:34 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for suffering, dying, and rising again
for our sake.
Help us to carry our cross and follow you.

Children’s Address: Lent 2B

Offering Prayer:
Lord God, help us always rely on your promises to us.
Strengthen us for service
as your followers.
Lead us to forget ourselves for your sake,
and give of ourselves for others.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 2B

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.

Merciful God,
we thank you for sending your Son
to suffer and give his life for us
and to make us your people.
Teach us,
who have received his body and blood
in this holy meal,
to forget ourselves
and rely only on Christ our Saviour.
For he 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; . . .

Take up your cross and follow Christ.
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 17:1-7,15,16

456     The God of Abraham praise G7 (see TIS 125)
403     God of Abraham (selected verses)
116     Begin my tongue some heavenly theme
125     The God of Abraham praise

Second reading: Romans 4:13-25

142    We all believe in one true God* G3
322     Dear Christians, one and all rejoice* G3 (mod TIS 196)
323     Blessed are the sons of God *G4
324     Salvation unto us has come * (mod TIS 195)
326     O how great is Thy compassion * G3
413     Why should cross and trial grieve me?
130     I am covered over
495    Come and follow me
617     J.A.M.
195     Salvation now to us has come
196     Dear Christians, one and all rejoice
219     Jesus comes with all his grace
435    We all believe in God who made

Gospel: Mark 8:31-38

156     Jesus our Saviour, of true joy the giver* G3 (mod TIS 208)
336     ’Come follow me’, the Saviour spake* G3
351     ’Take up thy cross’, the Saviour said G9 (mod TIS 583)
361     Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
385     With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7
750     When Jesus lived among us  G7
261     From heaven you came, helpless babe
401     Follow me
413     Will you come and follow me
495    Come and follow me
500   Our lives for you
506    O let’s get up to love and serve
579    Go and tell
679    May I walk in your footsteps
208     Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
251     Lord Christ, we praise your sacrifice
256     From heaven you came, helpless babe
583     ’Take up your cross’, the Saviour said

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 22:23-31 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune ‘Vine and fig tree’, ATN 36 (note that in the second last bar the second crochet must be played as two quavers. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

Now praise the Lord, everyone who fears him!
All Jacob’s children, praise his name;
and all you children of Israel, fear him,
and glorify him every day!
For he does not despise the poor,
those who are down are not ignored.
He did not hide his face from me,
he heard my cry and answered me.

So when I stand in the congregation,
there all my praise will come from him.
And in the presence of those who fear him,
there I will pay my vows to him.
Then there will be food for the poor,
then they will all be satisfied.
Praise him, all those who seek the Lord,
and may your spirit never die.

Then shall the ends of the earth remember
and ev’ry land turn to the Lord,
and all the fam’lies of ev’ry nation
shall worship him and hear his word.
For all dominion is the Lord’s,
power and might belong to him.
He rules the nations as their king,
he brings his love and grace to them.

Then even those who have died will worship,
and I will always live for him.
And generations to come will serve him,
for they will all be told of him.
They will proclaim his saving love
to those who have not yet been born.
They will be told what we have learnt
that, by the Lord, it has been done.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 22 p33 , Psalm 22 p34

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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