Sunday, 24 March 2019 – Third Sunday in Lent, Year C

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  Isaiah 55:1-9 Come to the Lord, who is merciful
PSALM Psalm 63:1-8 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Do not take God’s grace for granted
GOSPEL Luke 13:1-9 Repent or die!

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 first reading: edited for lay reading sermon – isaiah 55 6-9 – year c – lent 3; edited for lay-reading Sermon for Lent 3C_Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on gospel reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy; edited for lay-reading: Sermon for Lent 3C_Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on second reading: edited for lay reading sermon – 1 corinthians 10 1-13 – year c – lent 3

Orders of service:
Lent Sunday Word & 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)

OPENING SENTENCE

Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters;
and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!
(Isaiah 55:1a NIV)

OR

Seek the Lord while he may be found;
call on him while he is near.
Let the wicked forsake their ways,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will freely pardon.  (Isa 55:6,7 NIV)

PRAYER OF THE DAY (Collect)
Choose one of the following:

Traditional
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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

PRAYER AFTER THE GOSPEL

This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus,
thank you for your kindness and patience to us.
Lead us to repent and produce good fruit in our lives.
Amen.

CHILDREN’S ADDRESS: Lent 3C

OFFERING PRAYER

Merciful God,
you have given us so much,
without money and without price.
Help us to freely give of ourselves
in serving you
and loving other people.
Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Lent 3C

Additional Prayer Points

Visit the Mission International website to access their prayer points, which you may like to include in the Prayer of the Church, or in your bulletin. You can also download a Lenten Prayer Guide.

Additional Resources For Services With Communion

SEASONAL PREFACE

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:

COMMUNION INVITATION

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.

PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

For a Lent post-communion prayer, 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.
Amen.

SEASONAL BLESSING
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; . . .

DISMISSAL

Go in peace, and bear fruit for the Lord.
Thanks be to God.  OR  In the name of Christ. Amen.

VISUAL ARTS

You can access excellent examples of church art relevant to each season of the Church year, curated by the Department of Visual Arts.

NEW! Lent PPT SlideGeneral Use/Traditional / Modern
PPT Slides formatted for older versions of PPT: General Use /Traditional/Modern
Simply download your preferred slides and copy the liturgy and songs into each slide.

Other visual art resources
There are some great sites which have good quality ppt slides and images which you may find helpful:

DRAMA

Play scripts and scores for Easter and Christmas plays and a range of skits may be downloaded at a small cost from Our Saviour Lutheran Church Aberfoyle Park.

There are a number of websites where you can source good quality short films for use in worship service, including: The Skit Guys

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: Isaiah 55:1-9
LHS

  • 259    Speak, O Lord, Thy servant heareth* G7
    290    O Bread of life from heaven* G3 (holy communion)
    306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
    836    Come, let us eat, for now the feast is spread* G
    859    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near

AT

  • 114    Come my brother, come my sister
    137    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    179    Come let us eat
    479    For living, for dying

TIS

  • 464    Seek, O seek the Lord, while he is near
    510    My God, your table now is spread
    585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
    576    O for a closer walk with thee

Second reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-13
LHS

  • 181    Abide, O dearest Jesus* G5
    330    Rock of ages, cleft for me G6
    341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    342    Watch, my soul, and pray* G4
    371    O Jesus, I have promised G5
    398    Lord Jesus, think on me G5
    426    What a friend we have in Jesus G8

AT

  • 251    God sends us his Spirit

TIS

  • 222    Rock of ages, cleft for me
    546    Lord Jesus, think on me
    551    O stay with us, Lord Jesus
    590    What a friend we have in Jesus
    595    O Jesus, I have promised

Gospel: Luke 13:1-9
LHS

From hymns of repentance, 309-320, 850, esp.

  • 49    Alone Thou goest forth, O Lord
    304    Delay not, delay not, O sinner, draw near

AT

  • 6    O Father, my Father
    331   Turn to me with all your heart
    322    We are sorry

TIS

  • 472    Father of mercy, God of consolation
    598    Dear Father, Lord of humankind

PSALM 63

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 63 p103 , Psalm 63 p104 , Psalm 63 p105

OTHER HELPFUL WEBSITES FOR CHURCH MUSIC

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.

NOTES ON THE READINGS

ISAIAH 55:1-9: This reading appeals to Jewish believers who may have become accustomed to the ease of Babylonian life. Isaiah urges them to seize the opportunity to return to Jerusalem. What God offers costs nothing, is free, but truly satisfies. What he gives in grace calls for total dependence on his promises, but guarantees sure possession. If they will believe and come, the Lord will draw them into a covenant relationship. In this they will be given a significant part to play in the Lord’s eventual fulfilment of his promise to King David to bring other nations to himself through them. They can believe this because God’s ways are beyond our understanding, yet always sure.

1 CORINTHIANS 10:1-13: Paul did not take his own salvation for granted. He fought to retain it, cf 9:24,27. The Corinthians had a shallow view of their baptismal standing. They saw it as a kind of charm, and thought no harm could come from attending the feasts in the temples. Paul points out that the Israelites had experienced God’s saving and providing hand in many continuing miraculous ways. Yet they still called down God’s judgment through their persistent rebellion, idolatry and immorality. These things are a warning to Christians. Rebellion must always ultimately bring down God’s punishment. Yet faithfulness will always be met by God’s unfailing protection and salvation from evil.

LUKE 13:1-9: Jewish religious leaders taught that particular tragedies fell upon people who were especially wicked. Jesus points out here to his disciples that the whole Jewish nation was in need of repentance. In God’s sight all are sinners. However, God, like the owner of the fig tree, is always ready to give opportunity for repentance. If people fail to avail themselves of his gracious pardon they are cutting themselves off from mercy and will meet destruction.

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