Sunday, 7 April 2019 – Fifth 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.

Altar colour: Violet

Orders of service:

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.

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)


The following sermons have been edited for lay-reading:

Based on First Reading:       Sermon – Isaiah 43 16-21 – Year C – Lent 5
Based on Gospel Reading:   Sermon for Lent 5C_Pr Heath Pukallus;
Sermon for Lent 5C_Pr Vince Gerhardy;
Sermon – John 12 1-8 – Year C – Lent 5



Do not cling to events of the past
or dwell on what happened long ago.
Watch for the new thing I am going to do.
It is happening already – you can see it now!
(Isa 43:18 TEV)

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.



First Reading        Isaiah 43:16-21 God promises a new deliverance for his people
Psalm                        Psalm 126 For musical settings of this Psalm, please see the song  suggestions below.
Second Reading   Philippians 3:4b-14 Already righteous but not yet perfect
Gospel                      John 12:1-8 Mary anoints Jesus at Bethany

Notes on the Readings


This is the gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming to our world
to suffer and die for us.
Help us to cling to you as our Saviour.


Saving God,
you gave up your Son
because you love us so much.
Help us to give ourselves
in love for you and other people.

PRAYER OF THE CHURCH (General Prayer):  Prayer-of-the-Church-Lent-5C rev

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.

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.


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.

Or the third prayer of the day (as listed above) may be used 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; . . .

OR, this sentence (based on Phil 3:13,14) may be used instead:
Beloved, forget what lies behind
and strain forward to what lies ahead.
Press on towards the goal
for the prize of the heavenly call of God in Christ Jesus.


Go in peace, pressing on towards the heavenly goal.
Thanks be to God. OR In the name of Christ. Amen.


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

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:


‘Mega Drama’

See a drama for the day in Mega Drama  resources (Openbook Publishers), originally included in these worship resources when they were released on disks.

 Dramatising the readings

The readings can be read by more than one person to make the dramatic meaning of the text clearer. For instance, the first reading could be read by two readers: narrator and the Lord; and the gospel could be read by three readers: narrator (the pastor), Judas, Jesus.

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 43:16-21


71    Come to Calvary’s holy mountain* G5
282    Draw nigh, and take the body of the Lord* (holy communion)
306    I heard the voice of Jesus say G7
347    Guide me, O Thou great Jehovah G6
739    When the king shall come again G4


137    I heard the voice of Jesus say


498    Draw near and take the body of our Lord
569    Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
585    I heard the voice of Jesus say
653    This is a day of new beginnings

Second reading: Philippians 3:4b-14


18    Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates* G5
54    When I survey the wondrous cross G5
75    We sing the praise of Him who died G5
83    Beneath the cross of Jesus G8
171    In the cross of Christ I glory G4
331    My hope is built on nothing less* G5
332    Thy works, not mine, O Christ* G8
352    Fight the good fight with all thy might* G4
361    Let us ever walk with Jesus* G5
786    In faith and hope and love


206    As the deer pants
271    For the bread that we have eaten (holy communion)
276    Into your death we go


202    I know that my Redeemer
219    Jesus comes with all his grace
267    Lift up your heads, you mighty gates
342    When I survey the wondrous cross
347    We sing the praise of him who died
349    In the cross of Christ I glory
563    Let him to whom we now belong
594    Fight the good fight with all your might
605    I am alone, yet not alone
628    In faith and hope and love

Gospel:  John 12:1-8


51    Let Thy blood in mercy poured* G5
377    Take my life, and let it be* G6
385    With all my heart I love Thee, Lord* G7


547   Fill our hearts


599    Take my life, and let it be
660    Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came (vv 1,2)
661    Woman in the night (v 4)

TIS 80 is a setting of Psalm 126.
Music Resources Vol. 3- Psalm settings : Psalm 126 p218, Psalm 126 p220 , Psalm 126 p221 , Psalm 126 p222

The following paraphrase of Psalm 126 by David Schütz may be sung to the tune of Beethoven’s Ode to Joy (LHS 895, TIS 152). If reproducing this version, please put ‘Words (c) David Schütz’ at the beginning or the end of the psalm.
When the Lord restored Jerus’lem,
then we were like those who dream,
then our mouths were filled with laughter,
and our tongues with shouts of joy.
Then they said among the nations,
‘See, the Lord has worked for them.’
Yes, the Lord has done this for us,
we rejoice and sing his praise!
Like a river in the desert,
Lord, restore us once again.
May all those who sow with weeping,
harvest with great shouts of joy.
Those who bore their seed in sorrow,
going out to sow in tears,
will return with shouts of gladness,
bringing in their sheaves of grain

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.

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