Monday, March 5, 2018

An Ordo for the 4th Sunday in Lent (RCL Lent 4B, 11 March 2018)

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

11 March 2018

The Gathering of the Community

Gathering Music



Blessed be the Lord day by day,
the God of our salvation,
who bears our burdens.


Before I take the body of my Lord,
before I share his life in bread and wine,
I recognise the sorry things within ---
these I lay down.

The words of hope I often failed to give,
the prayers of kindness buried by my pride,
the signs of care I argued out of sight,
these I lay down.

The narrowness of vision and of mind,
the need for other folk to serve my will,
and every word and silence meant to hurt,
these I lay down.

Of those around in whom I meet my Lord,
I ask their pardon and I grant them mine
that every contradiction to Christ’s peace
might be laid down.

Lord Jesus Christ, companion at this feast,
I empty now my heart and stretch my hands,
and ask to meet you here in bread and wine ---
which you lay down. [1]


May the God of all mercies
cleanse you from your sins,
and restore you in the divine image
to the praise and glory of God’s holy name,
through Jesus our Redeemer.  Amen.[2]

The Collect of the Day

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
Let us pray.

God of grace,
you know our struggle to serve you:
when sin spoils our lives
and overshadows our hearts,
come to our aid
and turn us back to you again;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [3]

The Proclamation of the Word

The First Reading:  Numbers 21.4-9

A reading from Numbers.

            21.4 From Mount Hor they set out by the way to the Red Sea, to go around the land of Edom; but the people became impatient on the way.  5 The people spoke against God and against Moses, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness?  For there is no food and no water, and we detest this miserable food.”  6 Then the Lord sent poisonous serpents among the people, and they bit the people, so that many Israelites died.  7 The people came to Moses and said, “We have sinned by speaking against the Lord and against you; pray to the Lord to take away the serpents from us.”  So Moses prayed for the people.  8 And the Lord said to Moses, “Make a poisonous serpent, and set it on a pole; and everyone who is bitten shall look at it and live.”  9 So Moses made a serpent of bronze, and put it upon a pole; and whenever a serpent bit someone, that person would look at the serpent of bronze and live.

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

The Psalm:  Psalm 107.1-3, 17-22

Psalm 107.1-3, 17-22 from Songs for the Holy One

Refrain (sung twice):  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

Praise the Holy One,
who is so wonderful,
whose faithful love endures forever.
Those whom the Holy One saved,
tell the story!
How God rescued them from enemy powers,
gathering them from al lands,
from East and West,
from North and South.

Refrain:  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

Some were sick because of their wicked ways,
afflicted because of their evils.
All food was loathsome,
they came near the gates of death.
In distress they screamed to the Holy One,
who saved them from their misery,
uttered a word and healed them,
rescued them from destruction.
Let them praise the Holy One for faithful love,
for wonders done for all.
Offer thanksgiving sacrifice;
proclaim God’s deeds with joyful shouts.

Refrain:  Let us praise the Holy One for faithful love.

The Second Reading:  Ephesians 2.1-10

A reading from the letter to the Ephesians.

                  2.1 You were dead through the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once lived, following the course of this world, following the ruler of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work among those who are disobedient.  3 All of us once lived among them in the passions of our flesh, following the desires of flesh and senses, and we were by nature children of wrath, like everyone else.  4 But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us 5 even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ — by grace you have been saved — 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God — 9 not the result of works, so that no one may boast.  10 For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.

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

Hymn before the Gospel

‘Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery’  Common Praise #179 v. 4

The Gospel:  John 3.14-21

The Lord be with you.
And also with you.
The Holy Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

3.14 [Jesus said,] “And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

            16 “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.

            17 “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.  18 Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  19 And this is the judgement, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil.  20 For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed.  21 But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

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

The Hymn after the Gospel

‘Tree of Life and Awesome Mystery’  Common Praise #179 v. 6e

The Sermon

The Affirmation of Faith

Let us affirm our faith.

We believe and trust in God the Author of creation,
source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist.

We believe and trust in God the Word of redemption,
who took our human nature, died for us and rose again.

We believe and trust in God the Spirit of wisdom,
who gives life to all people and makes Christ known in the world.

We believe and trust in one God:
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen. [4]

The Prayers of the Community

Intercessions, Petitions and Thanksgivings

The Exchange of the Peace

The peace of the Lord be always with you.
And also with you.

The Holy Communion

The Offertory Hymn

‘Tell Out, My Soul’  Common Praise #362

Prayer over the Gifts

Let us pray.

God our provider,
you have not fed us with bread alone,
but with words of grace and life.
Bless us and these your gifts,
which we receive through your bounty,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. [5]

The Great Thanksgiving

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.

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of heaven and earth;
because you bid your faithful people to cleanse their hearts
and to prepare with joy for the paschal feast;
so that reborn through the waters of baptism
and renewed in the eucharistic mystery,
we may be more fervent in prayer
and more generous in the works of love. 
Therefore we raise our voices to you in praise
to proclaim the glory of your name. [6]

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. [7]

Blessed are you, gracious God,
creator of the universe and giver of life. 
You formed us in your own image
and called us to dwell in your infinite love. 
You gave the world into our care
so that we might be your faithful stewards
and show forth your bountiful grace.

But we failed to honour your image in one another and in ourselves;
we would not see your goodness in the world around us;
and so we violated your creation,
abused one another and rejected your love. 
Yet you never ceased to care for us
and prepared a way of salvation for all people.

Through Abraham and Sarah you called us into covenant with you. 
You delivered us from slavery,
sustained us in the wilderness
and raised up prophets to renew your promise of salvation. 
Then, in the fullness of time,
you sent your eternal Word, made mortal flesh in Jesus. 
Born into a human family and dwelling among us,
he revealed your glory.
Giving himself freely to death on the cross,
he triumphed over evil, opening the way of freedom and life.

On the night before he died for us,
our Saviour Jesus Christ took bread,
and when he had given thanks to you,
he broke it, and gave it to his friends, and said: 
‘Take, eat:  this is my body which is given for you. 
Do this for the remembrance of me.’

As supper was ending, Jesus took the cup of wine,
and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said: 
‘Drink this all of you:  this is my blood of the new covenant,
which is poured out for you and for all for the forgiveness of sins. 
Whenever you drink it, do this for the remembrance of me.’

Therefore we proclaim the mystery of faith: 

Christ has died. 
Christ is risen. 
Christ will come again.

Remembering his death and resurrection,
we now present to you from your creation this bread and this wine. 
By your Holy Spirit may they be for us the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ. 
Grant that we who share these gifts may be filled with the Holy Spirit
and live as Christ’s body in the world. 
Bring us into the everlasting heritage of your daughters and sons,
so that with all your saints, past, present and yet to come,
we may praise your name for ever.

Through Christ and with Christ and in Christ,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
to you be honour, glory and praise,
for ever and ever.  Amen. [8]

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.

The Breaking of the Bread

Jesus, Lamb of God,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, bearer of our sins,
have mercy on us.
Jesus, redeemer of the world,
give us your peace. [9]

The Communion of the Community

The Hymn after Communion

‘God, Whose Giving Knows No Ending’  Common Praise #601 (sung to #482)

The Sending Forth of the Community

Prayer after Communion

Let us pray.

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. [10]

The Prayer over the People

Look down in mercy, gracious God, on your people;
and grant those whom you have nourished by your Word and Sacraments
may bring forth fruit worthy of repentance; through Christ our Lord.  Amen. [11]

The Closing Hymn

‘Amazing Grace’  Common Praise #352

The Dismissal

Go forth and proclaim the coming of the Light.
Thanks be to God. [12]

[1] Common Praise (1998), #610.

[2] Common Worship (2000), 135 alt.

[4] Common Worship (2000), 144 alt.

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

[6] The Book of Alternative Services (1985), 220.

[7] Common Praise (1998), #735.

[8] Enriching Our Worship 1 (1998), 57-59 alt.

[9] Common Praise (1998), #747.

[10] Evangelical Lutheran Worship (2006), 65 alt.

[11] The Book of Occasional Services (2003), 25 alt.

[12] The Rev’d Dr Richard Geoffrey Leggett (2018).

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