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
|Fill my whole life, O Lord my God
|Glorious things of you are spoken
|Praise to the living God,
|Come, O God of all the earth
|God is the refuge of his saints
|Guide me, O thou great Redeemer
|Just as a lost and thirsty deer
|When trouble strikes and fear takes root
|Come, you people, come adore him
|Let all the world in every corner sing
|Lord, you have been our dwelling-place
|Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness
|A spendthrift lover is the Lord
|Come, Holy Spirit, gracious heavenly dove
|Come, Holy Spirit, Lord of grace
|Come, Spirit blest, our hearts inspire
|Come, Spirit of God, holy Lord
|God, we praise you, God, we bless you
|Hail, our once despised Jesus
|Jesus lives! your terrors now
|May the mind of Christ my Saviour
|Now let us from this table rise
|O love of God, how strong and true
|Peace with the Father, peace with Christ
|Thanks to God whose Word was spoken
|We give immortal praise
|Come to us, creative Spirit
|Draw near, and take the body of our Lord
|Father, whose everlasting love
|God, your glory we have seen in your Son
|If we have died to ourselves in Jesus
|Jesus has come, and brings joy as our Saviour
|Join all the glorious names
|Let earth and heaven combine
|O let the Son of God enfold you
|Refresh my heart, Lord
|The King of glory comes, the nation rejo
|The king of love my shepherd is
|You satisfy the hungry heart