Monday, March 10, 2014

16 March 2014: An Ordo for the Second Sunday in Lent

The Second Sunday in Lent
16 March 2014

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music

Opening Litany

At the door to the Nave, the Presider, assisted by other Ministers, begins the Litany.

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God,
the fountain of living water,
the rock who gave us birth,
our light and our salvation.
Amen. [i]

God of our ancestors, you raise the dead to life in the Spirit:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

You bring pardon and peace to the broken in heart:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

You make one by your Spirit the torn and divided:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. [ii]

God of the prophets, may your loving mercy come to us
and your salvation according to your word:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Your word is a lantern to our feet and a light to our path:
Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Let your mercy come to us so that we may life,
for your ways are our delight:
Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. [iii]

Lenten Hymn of Praise

‘Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery’  Common Praise #179 vv. 2, 6c

Collect of the Day

Let us pray.

God of compassion,
lover of our wayward race,
you bring to birth a pilgrim people
and call us to be a blessing for ourselves and all the world.
We pray for grace to take your generous gift
and step with courage on this holy path,
confident in the radiant life that is your plan for us,
made known and given in Jesus Christ our Lord,
in whose name we pray.  Amen. [iv]

The Proclamation of the Word of God

The First Reading

A Reading from Genesis (12.1-4a).

            Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

            So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

The Psalm

Psalm 121 with the refrain from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Our help comes from the Holy One.

1 I lift up my eyes to the hills; *
            from where is my help to come?
2 My help comes from the Lord, *
            the maker of heaven and earth.
3 The Lord will not let your foot be moved *
            and the one who watches over you will not fall asleep.
4 Behold, the one who keeps watch over Israel *
            shall neither slumber nor sleep.

Refrain:  Our help comes from the Holy One.

5 The Lord, the Lord, watches over you; *
            the Lord is your shade at your right hand,
6 so that the sun shall not strike you by day, *
            nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve you from all evil *
            and shall keep you safe.
8 The Lord shall watch over your going out and your coming in, *
            from this time forth for evermore.

Refrain:  Our help comes from the Holy One.

The Second Reading

A Reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans (4.1-5, 13-17).

            What then are we to say was gained by Abraham, our ancestor according to the flesh?  For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God.  For what does the scripture say?“  Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”  Now to one who works, wages are not reckoned as a gift but as something due.  But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.

            For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.  If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void.  For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation.

            For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”) — in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.

Hear what the Spirit is saying to the church.
Thanks be to God.

Gradual Hymn

‘Eternal Lord of Love, Behold Your Church’  Common Praise #174

The Gospel

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John (3.1-17).
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

            Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews.  He came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.”  Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old?  Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit.  What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’  The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes.  So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”  Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?”  Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things?

            “Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony.  If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things?  No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.  And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

            “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

             “Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”

The Gospel of Christ.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

The Sermon

A Lenten Affirmation of Faith

The Deacon invites the Community to affirm its faith.

Let us affirm our faith.

Sisters and brothers, let us love one another,
because love is from God;
everyone who loves is born of God
and knows God.
Whoever does not love does not know God,
for God is love.

God’s love was revealed among us in this way:
God sent the Word, the Belovèd, into the world
so that we might live through Christ.

Sisters and brothers, since God loved us so much,
we also ought to love one another.

God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God.
So we have known and believe the love that God has for us. [v]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Thanksgivings and Petitions

The Exchange of the Peace

May the peace of Christ be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘The God of Abraham Praise’  Common Praise #347

Lenten Prayer over the Gifts

The Deacon leads the Community in the Prayer over the Gifts.

God our provider,
you have fed us not with bread alone,
but with words of grace and life.
Bless us and these your gifts,
which we receive from your bounty,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [vi]

The Thanksgiving at the Table

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.

It is right to give you thanks and praise,
O Lord, our God, sustainer of the universe,
you are worthy of glory and praise.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

At your command all things came to be:
the vast expanse of interstellar space,
galaxies, suns, the planets in their courses,
and this fragile earth, our island home;
by your will they were created and have their being.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

From the primal elements
you brought forth the human race,
and blessed us with memory, reason and skill;
you made us the stewards of creation.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

But we turn against you and betray your trust,
and we turn against one another.
Again and again you call us to return.
Through the prophets and sages
you reveal your righteous law.
In the fullness of time you sent your Son,
born of woman, to be our Saviour.
He was wounded for our transgressions
and bruised for our iniquities.
By his death he opened to us
the way of freedom and peace.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

Therefore we praise you,
joining with the heavenly chorus,
with prophets, apostles and martyrs,
and with those in every generation
who have looked to you in hope,
to proclaim with them your glory,
in their unending hymn:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest. [vii]

Blessed are you, Lord our God,
for sending us Jesus, the Christ,
who on the night he was handed over
to suffering and death,
took bread, said the blessing,
broke the bread, gave it to his friends,
and said, “Take this, and eat it:
this is my body which is given for you.
Do this for the remembrance of me.”

In the same way, after supper,
he took the cup of wine;
he gave you thanks,
and said, “Drink this, all of you:
this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is shed for you and for all people
for the forgiveness of sins.
Whenever you drink it,
do this for the remembrance of me.”
Glory to you for ever and ever.

Gracious God,
we recall the death of your Son Jesus Christ,
we proclaim his resurrection and ascension,
and we look with expectation for his coming
as Lord of all the nations.
We who have been redeemed by him
and made a new people by water and the Spirit,
now bring you these gifts.
Send your Holy Spirit upon us
and upon this offering of your Church,
so that we who eat and drink at this holy table
may share the divine life of Christ our Lord.
Glory to you for ever and ever.

Pour out your Spirit upon the whole earth
and make it your new creation.
Gather your Church together
from the ends of the earth into your kingdom,
where peace and justice are revealed,
so that we, with all your people,
of every language, race and nation,
may share the banquet you have promised;

through Christ, with Christ and in Christ,
all honour and glory are yours,
Creator of all.
Glory to you for ever and ever.  Amen. [viii]

The Lord’s Prayer

As our Saviour taught us, let us pray,
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.  Amen. [ix]

The Breaking of the Bread

We break this bread,
communion in Christ’s body once broken.

Let your Church be the wheat
which bears its fruit in dying.
If we have died with him,
we shall live with him;
if we hold firm,
we shall reign with him.

The gifts of God for the people of God.
Thanks be to God.

The Communion

Communion Hymn

‘For the Bread Which You Have Broken’  Common Praise #74

The Sending Forth of the Community

Lenten Prayer after Communion

Compassionate God,
you have fed us with the bread of heaven.
Sustain us in our Lenten pilgrimage:
may our fasting be hunger for justice;
our alms, a making of peace;
and our prayer, the song of grateful hearts,
through Jesus Christ, our Saviour and Lord.  Amen. [x]

Glory to God,
whose power, working in us,
can do infinitely more
than we can ask or imagine.
Glory to God from generation to generation,
in the Church and in Christ Jesus,
for ever and ever.  Amen.

Closing Hymn

‘O God, Beyond All Face and Form’  Common Praise #412


The Deacon or Assisting Minister sends the Community forth with an appropriate Dismissal.

Concluding Music

[i] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 97.

[ii] Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[iii] Common Worship (2000), 133 alt.

[iv] Revised Common Lectionary Prayers (2002), 80 alt.

[v] 1 John 4.7-10a, 11, 16bc alt.

[vi] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 64.

[vii] Common Praise #722.

[viii] Eucharistic Prayer 4 in The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 201-203 alt.

[ix] Common Praise #744.

[x] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65.

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