Sunday 18 March, 2018 – Fifth 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 Jeremiah 31:31-34 God promises a new covenant
PSALM Psalm 51:1-12 OR Psalm 119:9-16*For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING Hebrews 5:5-10 Jesus the great high priest, made perfect through suffering
GOSPEL John 12:20-33 Jesus announces that his hour has come

Notes on the readings:

JEREMIAH 31:31-34: Jeremiah’s repeated condemnations of the people’s unfaithfulness to their covenant God are followed in this reading by one of the most remarkable prophesies in Scripture. The marriage-like relationship established by the Lord in the covenant made at Mount Sinai was broken time and time again. God, though, would make a new and better covenant with both Israel and Judah. He would write the ‘law’ of this covenant into their hearts in such a way that it would transform and keep them permanently both as  ‘knowing him’ and known by him. In the gospel promises, the sin which separates us from God is cleansed. Through Christ the Spirit ‘writes’ the terms of this covenant through the faith which receives forgiveness and then serves in love.

HEBREWS 5:5-10: To understand this reading we need to remember that Christ Jesus born in the flesh was both fully God and at the same time fully human. The two messianic psalm quotes (Psalm 2:7 and Psalm 110:4) indicate this. The priesthood ‘after the order of Melchizedek’ denotes a different order of priests than the Jewish Levites. Jesus could only be a priest ‘forever’ if he were fully God. Yet this priesthood required offering himself as the sacrifice. He therefore had to be fully human in order to die. Verses 7 and 8 powerfully demonstrate the human helplessness and intense suffering of Gethsemane in his prayers. To undergo this work successfully and to achieve universal salvation could only be attained through his perfection as God, but also reached through his perfect human obedience.

JOHN 12:20-33: When some Greeks wished to see Jesus, the answer of Jesus to their request (conveyed by Andrew and Philip) was an announcement of his coming passion. Jesus’ real glorification was to be in fulfilling the will of the Father that his single death would bring eternal life for all. Any who would see this ‘glorification’ could do so only through faith which loses the worldly life but gains the heavenly and transforms the believer to the joy of loving service to the Father. The voice of God (as at Sinai) affirms Jesus’ announcement and determination. Through his death and resurrection Satan is driven out and Jesus draws all to himself.

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 first reading: Pr Mark Greenthaner
Based on gospel reading: Pr Roger Atze ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 12 20-33 – year b – lent 5 ; edited for lay reading sermon – john 12 20-33 – year b – lent 5
Based on second reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy; NEW edited for lay reading sermon – hebrews 5 5-10 – year b – lent 5

Opening sentences:
The days are surely coming, says the Lord,
when I will make a new covenant
with the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  (Jer 31:31 NRSV)
The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind,
‘You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.’     (Ps 110:4 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
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.

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.

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.

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.

VERSE (after the second reading)
Use either the Verse given in the order of service or the following verse.
(Jesus said:) ‘Whoever serves me must follow me,
and where I am, there will be my servant also.’  (John 12:26 NRSV)

Prayer after the gospel
This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus,
thank you for giving up your life for our sake.
Make us ready to give up ourselves and follow you.

Children’s Address: Lent 5B

Offering Prayer:
Thank you, Lord, for making us yours
through the sacrifice of your Son.
Let your Spirit live in us
to make us more and more like Christ.
Lead us to serve others
with all that you have given us.

Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church- Lent 5B

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.

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.


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 to follow and serve the Lord.
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: Jeremiah 31:31-34

299     My God, accept my heart this day G5 (mod TIS 485)
757    On my heart imprint your image
184     Love is the law
357     Give us hearts to know you, Lord
428     Help us, O Lord, to learn
485     My God, accept my heart this day G5
614     O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning G4

Second reading: Hebrews 5:5-10

81     O perfect life of love* G5
141     Father of heaven, whose love profound G5 (mod TIS 131)
160     Arise, my soul, arise G9
173     Before the throne of God above G5
282     Draw nigh and take the body of the Lord*(mod TIS 498)

125    Jesus, Son of God and man
131     Father of heaven, whose love profound
206     With joy we meditate the grace
498     Draw near and take the body of our Lord

Gospel: John 12:20-33

50     Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (see TIS 331)
57     A Lamb goes uncomplaining forth* G5
109     Draw us to Thee* G5
136    All glory be to God on high* G7
177     O my Saviour, lifted G5 (see TIS 600)
228     Lord Jesus Christ, the cause is Thine* G3
361     Let us ever walk with Jesus*
371     O Jesus, I have promised (mod TIS 595)
457     Mighty God, we praise Thy name (TIS 127 extra verse) G6 (mod TIS 127)
469     Come, ye people, rise and sing G4
620     O dearest Lord, Thy sacred head G5
807     Lift high the cross GS (see TIS 351)
250     Glorify your name
401     Follow me
465    How deep is the love
488    Open our eyes
495    Come follow me
527    All that is hidden
127     Holy God, we praise your name
248     When Christ was lifted from the earth
331     Sing, my tongue, the glorious battle (vv 1,3,6)
351     Lift high the cross
352     O dearest Lord, thy sacred head
353     The glory of our King was seen
595     O Jesus, I have promised
598     Dear Father, Lord of humankind
600     O my Saviour, lifted

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

TIS 31, Have mercy on us, living Lord, is a paraphrase of Psalm 51, and TIS 32, Have mercy on me, God, in your kindness, is a version of Psalm 51:1-4a,10-12,15.The following paraphrases of the psalm are by David Schütz. If reproducing either of these versions, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm. The first is sung to the tune Aus tiefer Not (Luther), LHS 310.

Have mercy on me, O my God,
according to your steadfast love;
wipe my transgressions from your sight,
according to your gen’rous grace.
O wash me from iniquity,
and cleanse me from the stain of sin;
for I know my transgressions.

I’ve sinned against you, Lord, alone,
and done what’s evil in your sight,
so you are right to sentence me,
and blameless when you judge my sin.
Indeed, a sinner I was born,
but you seek truth within my heart;
so make me know your wisdom.

Purge me with hyssop, make me clean;
O wash me, make me white as snow.
Let me hear sounds of joy again;
and give me gladness in my soul.
O let the bones you crushed be healed.
and turn your face from all my sins,
blot out all my transgressions.

Create in me a clean heart, God,
and let my spirit be renewed.
Don’t cast me out away from you,
or take your spirit from my heart.
Restore to me the joy I knew
when first you saved me from my sin.
Uphold me with your spirit.

This second version may be sung to the tune Delay not, LH 304. Note that verse 13 is added to complete the song verse

Have mercy upon me, O God, in your love;
blot out my transgressions, O merciful God;
O wash me and cleanse me from all of my guilt,
for I know my sin and I know what I’ve done.

Against you, O Father, alone, I have sinned,
and done what is evil, condemned by your law.
I know that your judgment is righteous and true;
I know I am guilty, that’s how I was born.

But you look for truth in my innermost thoughts;
so give me your wisdom deep down in my heart.
Oh, purge me with hyssop and I shall be clean,
and wash me and make me far whiter than snow.

That I may be glad, let me hear your good news;
and let me rejoice when my bones have been healed.
Don’t let your eyes rest on the sins I have done;
blot out from your memory the things I’ve done wrong.

Create a clean heart within me, O my God,
and put a right spirit within me, O Lord.
Don’t chase me away from your presence, I pray,
and don’t take your life-giving spirit away.

O Lord, be my Saviour, renew all my joy,
sustain in me your willing spirit to serve;
and then I will teach those who sing of your love,
and they will return to you just as I have.

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- Psalm 51 p92 , Psalm 51 p93 , Psalm 51 p94

Music Resources Vol 3– Psalm settings- none available

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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