Come, let us raise a shout of joy to the LORD;
Let’s give a great shout of joy to our God!
Let us walk before the LORD with thanksgiving and praise;
Let’s make a joyful noise to our God!
For the LORD is a great God,
and a great king above all gods;
whose hand holds the depths of the earth
and the tops of the mountains.
The sea belongs to God who made it;
and whose hand formed the dry land.
Come, let us worship with deep reverence;
and kneel before the LORD, who made us.
For the LORD is our God;
and we are the people of the LORD’s good earth,
sheep of the shepherd’s hand.
“If only you would listen to my voice today;
don’t harden your hearts,
as they did at Meribah and Massah, in the wilderness.
Your ancestors tested me;
even though they saw my work.
For forty years I loathed them;
‘These are folk whose hearts go astray,
who disregard my way.’
So in my anger I swore:
‘They shall not come into my resting place.’
your love comes to us
like a spring of water gushing up.
May our gifts and our living
be to your glory and praise;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
A CREATIVE MOMENT – John 4:5-42
Continue using the purple cloth from last week. It could be hung as a large plain banner or draped in a manner appropriate for your worship space. Display posters or project images of wells and water-drawing equipment, also images of a geyser or artesian bore flowing. Place a glass jug of water on the worship/communion table.
Click here for some ideas for worship in Lent and Easter gleaned from the pages of “On the Move” (now out of print) which was published by the Joint Board of Christian Education, Melbourne, Australia.
THE PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
(A prayer, usually with connection to one or more of the lections for the day, to gather the spoken and silent concerns/joys/thanks expressed by the congregation and lead into a more structured Intercession. Sometimes this prayer also borrows lightly from other sources e.g. Uniting in Worship 2 or publications of the Iona Community.)
God of boundless love,
by the light of your Word and the warmth of your Spirit
comfort and encourage those in our congregation;
our community; our families
whom we name on our lips
and in the silence of our hearts;
and those whose trouble is known only to you…
(The Prayers of the People continue)
Looking for contemporary music and song resources?
Try David MacGregor’s Together to Celebrate
Or metrical psalms? Try Dale A. Schoening’s Sing the Psalms
|HYMN SUGGESTIONS FOR LENT 3A
|Behold the amazing gift of love||TIS 115|
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God||TIS 596|
|Glorious things of you are spoken||TIS 446|
|Praise to the living God,||TIS 102|
|Come, O God of all the earth||TIS 181|
|God is the refuge of his saints||TIS 120|
|Guide me, O thou great Redeemer||TIS 569|
|Just as a lost and thirsty deer||TIS 26|
|When trouble strikes and fear takes root||TIS 184|
|Come, you people, come adore him||TIS 101|
|Let all the world in every corner sing||TIS 105|
|Lord, you have been our dwelling-place||TIS 144|
|Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness||TIS 503|
|A spendthrift lover is the Lord||TIS 676|
|Come, Holy Spirit, gracious heavenly dove||TIS 710|
|Come, Holy Spirit, Lord of grace||TIS 403|
|Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire||TIS 425|
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord||TIS 399|
|God, we praise you, God, we bless you||TIS 99|
|Hail, our once despised Jesus||TIS 373|
|Jesus lives! your terrors now||TIS 372|
|May the mind of Christ my Saviour||TIS 609|
|Now let us from this table rise||TIS 530|
|O love of God, how strong and true||TIS 139|
|Peace with the Father, peace with Christ||TIS 466|
|Thanks to God whose Word was spoken||TIS 431|
|We give immortal praise||TIS 118|
|Come to us, creative Spirit||TIS 652|
|Draw near, and take the body of our Lord||TIS 498|
|Father, whose everlasting love||TIS 213|
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son||TIS 461|
|If we have died to ourselves in Jesus||TIS 475|
|Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour||TIS 208|
|Join all the glorious names||TIS 205|
|Let earth and heaven combine||TIS 305|
|O let the Son of God enfold you||TIS 655|
|Refresh my heart, Lord||TIS 744|
|The King of glory comes, the nation rejo||TIS 279|
|The king of love my shepherd is||TIS 145|
|You satisfy the hungry heart||TIS 539|