Lectionary -- Lent 3 - Year A

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Exodus 17:1-7 The Israelites quarrelled and tested the Lord
Psalm 95 O come, let us sing to the Lord
Romans 5:1-11 We are justified by faith
John 4:5-42 Jesus and the woman at the well

Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
lesson Hymns for Lent 3, Yr.A TIS AHB SA
O/G A charge to keepI have 573 487
s A man there lived in Galilee 235 176
G Abide with me, fast falls the eventide 586 502
E All my hope on God is founded 560 465
G Amazing grace (how sweet the sound) 129 56
E And can it be that I should gain 209 138
s And dist thou love the race that loved not thee 269
G As pants the hart for cooling streams 25 29
Behold the amazing gift of love 115 36
G Christ is the world's light, he and none other 246 191
G Come down, O Love divine 398 310
Ps Come God's people, sing for joy 391 26
Come Holy Spirit, Lord of grace 403 [312]
Come Holy Spirit, our souls inspire 396 [308]
s Come my way, my truth, my life 552 457
O/E Come O fount of every blessing 152
O Come O God of all the earth 181
Ps Come sing praises to the Lord above 53 24
Ps Come you faithful, raise the strain [391] 278
s Do not be afraid, I am with you 16 28
G Eat this bread, drink this cup 714 29
O Father hear the prayer we offer 510
bap Father welcomes all his children 491 34
G Fill my whole life, O Lord, my God 596 515
O/G Glorious things of you are spoken 446 374
G God be in my head and in my understanding 549 456
G God himself is present 121 47
O God is the refuge of his saints 120 45
God of grace and God of glory 611 543
E God! When human bonds are broken 683
E Great is your faithfulness 154
O/G Guide me O thou great Redeemer 569 478
G How sweet the name of Jesus sounds 223 158
G I heard the voice of Jesus say 585 500
E I know that my Redeemer 202 132
O I to the hills will lift my eyes 76 21
G If we will trust in God to guide us 554 [459]
s In the cross of Christ I glory 349 265
G Jesus Christ is waiting 665
G Jesus lover of my soul 211 139
G Jesus the very thought of thee 126
Jesus wher'er your people meet 445 372
Ps/G Joyful, joyful, we adore you 152
O Just as a lost and thirsty deer 26
Ps Let all the world in every corner sing 105 13
Ps Let us sing to the God of salvation 52 115
E Let us with a gladsome mind 83 11
E Lift high the cross 351 271
G Lord Jesus joy of loving hearts 499 [420]
Morning has broken 156 91
E My God I love thee; not because 130
s My song is love unknown 341 257
E No weight of gold or silver 249
E Now let us from this table rise 530 450
G O Christ our hope, our heart's desire 124
Ps O come let us sing to the Lord 349
s O God of earth and altar 542
G O let the Son of God enfold you 655
G O Lord hear my prayer 741
E O Love that wilt not let me go 602 525
E O Master let me walk with thee 601 522
E Peace with the Father, peace with Christ the Son 466 402
G Robe yourself, my soul, in gladness 503 [424]
O/E/G Rock of Ages cleft for me 222 157
s Salvation now to us has come 195
Sometimes a light surprises 128 55
G The church's one foundation 457 385
G The great love of God is revealed in the Son 164 105
E The king of love my shepherd is 145 81
E There is a green hill far away 350 266
E To God be the glory, great things he has done 147 85
G When I needed a neighbour were you there 629 558
O When trouble strikes and fear takes root 184
G Where cross the crowded ways of life 608 532
G Woman in the night 661
Ps Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness 454 382
G You satisfy the hungry heart 539
G Your words to me are life and health 430 337

 Sermon summary [click here for complete sermon]

The man at the well

In his meeting with the woman at the well in Samaria [John chapter 4] Jesus crossed boundaries and put away many taboos. It tells us something about the status of women, how to relate to foreigners, and how to deal with different religions. Yet there is more to the story. It lifts us beyond even those important concerns, to worship "in spirit and in truth", and it provides an early example of evangelism by women. The Samaritan woman became one of the earliest missionaries and her response has encouraged women who have been called into ministry, even to our own day.

The revelation of Jesus as more than an ordinary man
Rather than being focussed on "the woman at the well" John directs attention to "the man at the well", posing questions about who he is. The woman represents the Samaritan people and a widening of concern with the whole of humanity. [Compare John 3,4 and 5 with Acts 1:8; 8:5-25]

The common origin of Jews and Samaritans and a new source of truth
Jesus met the woman at Jacob's well. Jacob (called Israel), was the common ancestor of both the Jews and the Samaritans [John 4:5-6,12] but they would not accept each other [John 4:9]. The teaching of Moses was recognized by them both as "the gift of God" and was symbolized by a spring of water welling up. [Compare Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 95:8-9]. The woman knowing about the Messiah should have been able to receive a more valuable gift of "living water" from him [John 4:10-14].

A question of allegiance and true worship
She sees him as a prophet [John 4:22,29 and see Deuteronomy 18:15 and 2 Samuel 11 and 12] because of what he knew about her, but his insight went further to understanding her people. Her five husbands correspond to five false gods to which her nation had given allegiance [2 Kings 17], leading to their present unfaithfulness. The Samaritans continued to worship God on a mountain rather than at the temple [John 4:20]; but Jesus pointed beyond that old controversy to worship in "in spirit and in truth" which the Messiah would bring [John 4:23-26] in a universal fellowship of the Holy Spirit.

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The Gathering of the People of God

Let us worship
O come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
-- Psalm 95:1-2

HYMN Let us sing to the God of salvation TIS 52 AHB 115


Loving God, Lord of the Church, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word and deed: we have not loved you with all our heart or served you with all our strength; we have been blind to the vision of a renewed world and deaf to your call to costly discipleship; we have been indifferent to the suffering of others and unwilling to forgive one another. In your mercy, Lord, pardon and restore us, that together in the ministry of Christ we may serve you with joy all the days of our life. Amen.

If we confess our sins, God is faithful and just, and will forgive our sins
and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [1 John 1:9]
Hear then Christ's word of grace to us: Your sins are forgiven.
Thanks be to God.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and will be for ever. Amen.


Service of the Word

A word to the children
OLD TESTAMENT Exodus 17:1-7 the Israelites tested the Lord p.75

PSALM 95 O come, let us sing to the Lord
O come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
{2} Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
{3} For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
{4} In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
{5} The sea is his, for he made it,
and the dry land, which his hands have formed.
{6} O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
{7} For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.
O that today you would listen to his voice! {8} Do not harden your hearts,
as at Meribah, as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
{9} when your ancestors tested me,
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
{10} For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, "They are a people whose hearts go astray, and they do not regard my ways."
{11} Therefore in my anger I swore, "They shall not enter my rest."

EPISTLE Romans 5:1-11 we are justified by faith
GOSPEL John 4:5-30,39-42 Jesus and the woman at the well in Samaria

HYMN And didst thou love the race that loved not thee AHB 269


HYMN Fill my whole life, O Lord my God TIS 596 AHB 515

SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
[Pastoral prayers, then:]
An Instrument of God's Peace
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is discord, union;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
for your mercy and truth's sake.
O divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.
A 19th century prayer in the spirit of St Francis of Assisi. [Uniting in Worship]

O God, the fountain of life, to a humanity parched with thirst you offer the living water of grace which springs up from the rock, our Saviour Christ. Grant your people the gift of the Spirit, that we may profess our faith with courage and announce with joy the wonders of your love. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


The Sending Forth of the People of God

HYMN Guide me O thou great Redeemer TIS 569 AHB 478
Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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