Lectionary -- Lent 2 Year C

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Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 The covenant with Abram
Psalm 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation
Philippians 3:17-4:1 Our citizenship is in heaven
Luke 13:31-35 Jesus going to Jerusalem

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
Hymns for Lent 2, Yr.C
lesson hymn TIS AHB SA
O A mighty fortress is our God 103 8
s All my hope on God is founded 560 465
G All who love and serve your city 634 562
O Be thou my vision 547 455
E By gracious powers so wonderfully sheltered 617 15
O Christ is the world's true light 238 179
E Fight the good fight with all your might 594 511
Forgive our sins as we forgive 635 564
Ps God is my strong salvation 15 493
O God is the refuge of his saints 120 45
G God of many names 180
E Great God we sing that mighty hand 124 52
G Here in this place, new light is streaming 474
G I danced in the morning 242 183
G If we will trust in God to guide us 554 459
s In the cross of Christ I glory 349 265
Ps Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
E Jesus these eyes have never seen 508
G Like a father watching over me 119
O O God of Bethel, by whose hand 564 49
G O Jesus Christ, may grateful hymns be rising 620 553
E O sacred head sore wounded 339 255
G O the deep deep love of Jesus 232
O Put all your trust in God 555 454
O Sing praise to God who reigns above 110 27
E Soldiers of Christ arise 570 481
O The God of Abraham praise 125 53
Ps The Lord is my light and my help 16 28
Ps The Lord is my light, my light and salvation 747
s There's a wideness in God's mercy 136 72
G Where cross the crowded ways of life 608 532

Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)
79 (TIS 141) Praise to the holiest in the heights
176 (TIS 235) A man there lived in Galilee
377 (TIS 406) Spirit Divine attend our prayers
565 Feed us now, O son of God
567 (TIS 631) Father, Lord of all creation
SA 60 (TIS 251) Lord Christ we praise your sacrifice
Song: `One more step'

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Citizens of Heaven

There is always a degree of tension between loyalty to God and involvement in the affairs of the world. Paul called the Christians at Philippi 'citizens of heaven'. Heaven is where our Lord is: Philippians 3:20. It is a question of loyalty. Do not put your trust in princes, in mortals, in whom there is no help. -- Psalm 146:3. See the rest of that Psalm where there is a promise of justice in this world. Citizenship of heaven means allegiance to Christ, the source of power to transform the world.

Competition of other causes, false hopes and idols with Loyalty to Christ
There is always the temptation to idealize human causes. Commitments to false gods are mixed with feelings of alienation. One reaction to the 'dawn of nothingness' is to idolize the old gods of money and sex. As idols they are enemies of the cross of Christ. [Philippians 3:18-19]. It is a concern about loyalty to Christ. See also: glorify God in your body. -- 1 Corinthians 6:13-20

Loyalty in opposition to the enemies of Christ
The gospel is not only about the cup of water given in the name of the Lord ; it is also about conquest over the powers of this world. In Australia today, as in most countries, there have been significant changes in matters of economic justice. There is an ideology of exploitation and it must be challenged in the name of Christ. That is a matter of loyalty and of faith in ...the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself -- Philippians 3:21. See also Romans 8:23, Colossians 3:1-4.

The way of humble service
That is no reason for arrogance our part. If we follow him, we follow him on the way that led to the cross. Luke 13:34 is a wonderful feminine image of nurture. It reminds us of the way he eventually rode into the city on a donkey yet was greeted as the king. [Luke 13:35. See also Ps 118.26 and Luke 19:37-38].

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The Gathering of the People of God

Let us worship God.
In the name of Christ. Amen.
The hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him.
and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. -- John 4:23-24

HYMN 377 Spirit Divine attend our prayers


Service of the Word

INTRODUCTION OF THEME: [A word to the children]
OLD TESTAMENT Genesis 15:1-12,17-18 The covenant with Abram
PSALM 27 The Lord is my light and my salvation
EPISTLE Philippians 3:17-4:1 Our citizenship is in heaven
GOSPEL Luke 13:31-35 Jesus going to Jerusalem

HYMN SA 60 Lord Christ we praise your sacrifice



Let us pray:
Most merciful God, we confess to you, and to one another, that we have sinned by our own fault in thought, word and deed; by what we have done, and by what we have left undone.
We have not loved you with our whole heart, and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves. We have not forgiven others, as we have been forgiven.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
We have been deaf to your call to serve as Christ served us. We have not been true to the mind of Christ. We have grieved the Holy Spirit.
Have mercy on us, Lord.
We confess to you, Lord, all our past unfaithfulness: our pride, our hypocrisy, and our failure to be completely honest with ourselves or with other people;
We confess to you, Lord.
Our preoccupation with our comforts or possessions, and our dishonesty in daily life and work;
We confess to you, Lord.
Our exploitation of other people, and our envy of those with more talent than ourselves;
We confess to you, Lord.
Our negligence in prayer and worship, and our failure to share the faith we have;
We confess to you, Lord.
Accept our repentance, Lord, for the wrongs we have done: for our blindness to human need and suffering, and our indifference to injustice and cruelty;
Accept our repentance, Lord.
For all false judgments, for uncharitable thoughts towards our neighbours, and for prejudice and contempt towards those who differ from us;
Accept our repentance, Lord.
For our waste and pollution of your creation, and our lack of concern for those who come after us;
Accept our repentance, Lord.
Restore us, good Lord;
Grant us forgiveness and time for amendment of life.
Strengthen us to overcome temptation;
And empower us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit.
By the cross and passion of your Son our Lord;
Bring us with all your saints to the joy of his resurrection.
[From Uniting in worship]

God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. -- John 3:17
Dear friends, the gospel by which we seek to live states unequivocally that nothing can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. On the authority of this gospel I declare to all who truly repent:
in Jesus Christ you are forgiven; for which we give glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, for ever and ever. Amen. Thanks be to God.
HYMN 486 O thou who camest from above

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations and requests for intercessions]

Almighty God,
you know that we have no power in ourselves
to help ourselves.
Keep us both outwardly in our bodies
and inwardly in our souls,
that we may be defended from all adversities
which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts
which may assault and hurt the soul;
through Jesus Christ our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN 532 Where cross the crowded ways of life
Our citizenship is in heaven, and it is from there that we are expecting a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will transform the body of our humiliation that it may be conformed to the body of his glory, by the power that also enables him to make all things subject to himself. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord. -- Philippians 3:20 to 4:1

DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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