Sunday 10 April, 2011- Fifth 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 Ezekiel 37:1-14 Vision of the valley of dry bones
    PSALM Psalm 130 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
    SECOND READING Romans 8:6-11 The Spirit of God lives in you
    GOSPEL John 11:1-45 The raising of Lazarus- Jesus’ last sign
  • Sermons:
    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 psalm:  Pr Stephen Pietsch
    Based on first reading: edited for lay reading doc
    Based on the gospel: Pr Vince Gerhardy
  • Orders of service:
    Lent 5  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)
  • 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.

  • Prayer of the Church/ General Prayer: Lent 5
  • NEW! Link to site with visual images for the day: His Word in Pictures
  • Song/Hymn suggestions: * =  Modernised version available (please click here) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH
    First reading: Ezekiel 37:1-14

    128    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God* G5
    129    Breathe on me, breath of God G5
    227    O Spirit of the living God G5
    229    Revive Thy work, O Lord* G5
    860    When this earth was created GS
    1    Lord of our days
    99    Pentecost prayer
    142    O Mary, don’t you weep (Resurrection version)
    202    We’re gonna move when the Spirit says move
    218    Spirit, Spirit of gentleness
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    416     We will rise up
    502    Patiently waiting for you
    401    O Spirit of life, O Spirit of God
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    407    Breathe on me, breath of God
    409    O breath of life, come sweeping through us

    Second reading: Romans 8:6-11

    119    Come down, O Love divine G9
    122    O Holy Ghost, Thou gift divine* G5
    133    O Holy Ghost, Thy people bless
    141    Father of heaven, whose love profound G5
    774    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling G6
    798    Eternal ruler of the ceaseless round G6
    251    God sends us his Spirit
    264    Spirit of God, you’re with me
    131    Father of heaven, whose love profound
    398    Come down, O Love divine
    410    Holy Spirit, ever dwelling
    412    God sends us his Spirit to befriend and help us

    Gospel: John 11:1-45

    175    Thou art the way* G6
    176    We come, O Christ, to Thee G9
    327    Jesus, Thy blood and righteousness* (alt tune 276, G5)
    838    I am the Bread of life GS
    142    O Mary, don’t you weep (Resurrection version)
    167    I am the bread of life
    225    Why do you love me?
    236    Jesus the Christ said
    490    When human voices cannot sing
    226    Thou art the way; by thee alone
    239    Jesus the Lord said
    535    I am the Bread of life
    637    Lord of the living, in your name assembled
    682    When human voices cannot sing

    PSALM 130

    The following is a metrical paraphrase by David Schütz , which may be sung to the tune of Kingsfold (‘I heard the voice of Jesus say’, LH 306, TIS 585, AT 137). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

    Out of the depths, I cry to you,
    Lord, hear my tearful prayer!
    If you should mark iniquity,
    O Lord God, who could stand?
    But you forgive the sorry soul,
    so all may fear your name.
    I wait for you, for you I long,
    and in your word I hope.

    I wait for him far more than those
    who wait for dawn to come.
    O Isra-el, hope in the Lord!
    with him is steadfast love.
    He has great power to redeem,
    and he alone can save
    his people from their deadly sin
    and raise them from the grave.

    NEW! For congregations who use Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings in their services, you can download printable  antiphons for the congregation to use here: p 225, p 226

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