Sunday, 31 March 2019 – Fourth 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  Joshua 5:9-12 The passover at Gilgal, in the promised land
PSALM Psalm 32 *For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song suggestions below*
SECOND READING 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 In Christ the new has come
GOSPEL Luke 15:1-3, 11b-32 The parable of the lost son

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 32: Edited for Lay-Reading,Pr Heath Pukallus
Based on the Second Reading: Pr Vince Gerhardy
Based on the Gospel reading:  edited for lay reading sermon – luke 15 18-19 – year c – lent 4;   edited for lay reading, Pr Josh Pfeiffer ; edited for lay-reading, Pr Tim Ebbs ;

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)

Prayer of the Day (Collect)
Choose one of the following:

Traditional
Almighty God, grant that we,
who justly suffer for our evil deeds,
may be relieved
by the comfort of your grace;
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,
we justly suffer for our evil deeds,
but we ask you to relieve us
by the comfort of your kindness.
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 our weakness. [silence])
Almighty and merciful God,
you love us and make all things new in Christ.
Transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your kindness,
and make known your heavenly glory
in the renewal of our lives.
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 for faith in Jesus our Saviour. [silence])
Loving Father,
when we were captive
in the darkness of sin and death,
your Son rescued us
and brought us back to you.
Teach us to trust in him
and to live as your people.
We ask this through Jesus 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.
Thank you, Lord Jesus,
for loving and accepting us sinners.
Help us to trust and serve you.
Amen.

Children’s Address: Lent 4C

OFFERING PRAYER:
Loving Father,
you have sought us out and made us yours.
Help us to offer our lives in thanksgiving,
doing what you want us to do.
Amen.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH/ General Prayer: Prayer of the Church – Lent 4C

Resources for Services with Holy 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, you may use the third prayer of the day (as listed above) at this point. It may be modified as follows.

Almighty and merciful God,
you love us and make all things new in Christ.
Transform the poverty of our nature
by the riches of your kindness
which you have shown to us in this holy meal.
Make known your heavenly glory
in the renewal of our lives.
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. God has reconciled us to himself.
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:

His Word in Pictures

Heartlight.org

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

MUSIC AND SONG

Song/Hymn suggestions:

* =  Modernised version available (please click here to download the text file) ;G3, G4 . . . =  Guitar chords available in the Music Package 3, 4 . . .; GS =  Guitar chords in the Supplement to LH

First reading: Joshua 5:9-12
LHS

  • 341    Jesus, lead Thou on* G3
    393    O God of Bethel, by whose hand* (alt tune 424) G5

AT

  • 153    The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases

TIS

  • 564    O God of Bethel, by whose hand

Second reading: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
LHS

  • 65    Lord Jesus, we give thanks to Thee* G5
    164    Love divine, all loves excelling G3
    227    O Spirit of the living God G5
    279    He that believes and is baptized* (tune 106) G3
    358    Renew me, O eternal Light* G3
    779    My Lord of light who made the worlds G8
    794    What wondrous love is this G5
    800    May we be one GS
    842    Praise the Lord, rise up rejoicing G3

AT

  • 93    Pass my love around
    145    What wondrous love is this
    172    May we be one
    182    Christ is changing everything
    220    There’ll be peace
    228    Amigos de Cristo
    254    I give you my joys and my sorrows
    439    Forgiven
    521    New Day

TIS

  • 151    The love of God is greater far
    217    Love divine, all loves excelling
    219    Jesus comes with all his grace
    249    No weight of gold or silver
    257    Alleluia (v 2)
    405    O Spirit of the living God
    479    They that believe and are baptized
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning
    635    ‘Forgive our sins as we forgive’
    687    God gives us a future

Gospel: Luke 15:1-3,11b-32
LHS

  • 165    One there is, above all others* G8
    237    Almighty God, whose only Son G5
    305    Today Thy mercy calls us* G3
    317    Jesus sinners doth receive* G5
    326    O how great is Thy compassion* G3
    826    Father welcomes GS
    841    O welcome, all you noble saints of old GS
    851    Amazing grace, how sweet the sound (see AT 131 for guitar chords)
    852    God loved the world so that he gave G5

AT

  • 4    Father welcomes
    77    God and man at table are sat down
    131    Amazing grace
    534   I always will love you

TIS

  • 129    Amazing grace
    218    Jesus! The name high over all
    230    It passes knowledge, that dear love of thine
    259    Among us and before us, Lord, you stand
    491    Father welcomes
    614    O God of love, whose heart is ever yearning

PSALM 32
TIS 20, How blest are those whose great sin, is a paraphrase of Psalm 32. The following paraphrase of the psalm, by David Schütz, may be sung to the American folk tune at AT 407, or each verse may be split into two four line verses and sung to St Clement (LH 549, TIS 458). As the psalm is quite long, a selection of verses may be made. If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.

How blest are those who are forgiven,
whose sin is covered by God’s grace.
How blest are those the Lord calls righteous,
who look to him with honest face.
My soul and body groaned in anguish,
while I stayed silent through the day;
for day and night your hand was on me,
and in the end, my strength gave way.

Then I confessed my sin before you;
I did not hide my guilt with words.
I said that I would make confession,
of my transgression to the Lord.
Then you forgave all my wrongdoing,
and you forgave me all my sin;
my pain is gone, my guilt is ended,
and now a new day can begin.

So then let all your faithful people
lift up to you their heartfelt prayers.
The raging waters shall not reach them,
they won’t be swamped by endless cares.
You are my hiding place and refuge,
I run to you in times of need,
and you preserve me from all trouble,
and now I sing, for I am free.

For you have said, ‘I will instruct you,
teach you to see which way to go;
I always keep my eye upon you,
I teach you what you need to know.’
So never be like horse or donkey,
without a clue of what to do;
for they need curbs of bit and bridle,
or else they won’t stay close to you.”

All kinds of trouble strike the wicked,
for they have no one on their side.
But steadfast love surrounds your people,
who put their trust in you as guide.
And so be glad in him, you righteous,
and in the Lord, find peace at last;
and shout for joy, and give him glory,
for he gives peace within your hearts.

Music Resources Vol. 3– Psalm settings : Psalm 32 p57 , Psalm 32 p58 , Psalm 32 p59

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