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Isaiah 55:1-9 as the heavens are higher...so are my ways higher than your ways
Psalm 63:1-8 O God, you are my God, I seek you
1 Corinthians 10:1-13 God ... will not let you be tested beyond your strength
Luke 13:1-9 "unless you repent, you will all perish"
Suggested Hymns (From Denis Towner. TIS = Together in Song; AHB = Australian Hymn Book; SA = Sing Alleluia)
|Hymns for Lent 3, Yr.C|
|E||A charge to keep I have||573||487|
|G||All who love and serve your city||634||562|
|G||Amazing grace (how sweet the sound)||129||56|
|E||Bread of heaven, on you we feed||513||433|
|s||Bread of the world, in mercy broken||512||437|
|E||Christ is the heavenly food that gives||522||445|
|G||Christ's is the world in which we move||677|
|Ps||Come down, O Love divine||398||310|
|O||Come let us to the Lord our God||577||490|
|G||Come we that love the Lord||356|
|G||Dear Father, Lord of humankind||598||519|
|s||Draw near and take the body of the Lord||498||C589|
|E||For all the saints who from their labours rest||455||384|
|E||Glorious things of you are spoken||446||374|
|E||Guide me O thou great Redeemer||569||478|
|G||Hark! a herald voice is calling||264||192|
|E||How sweet the name of Jesus sounds||223||158|
|E||I come with joy to meet my Lord||533||452|
|Ps||Jesus priceless treasure||463|
|E||Jesus the very thought of thee||420|
|E||Lord enthroned in heavenly splendour||520||441|
|Ps||Lord Jesus joy of loving hearts||499||420|
|E||O bless the Lord, my soul||64||63|
|G||O for a closer walk with God||576||488|
|G||O Jesus I have promised||595||514|
|Ps||O Lord you are my God, for you I long||34|
|G||O Love that wilt not let me go||602||525|
|G||Praise my soul, the King of heaven||134||68|
|E||Rock of Ages cleft for me||222||157|
|G||Sometimes a healing word is comfort||692|
|O||There's a wideness in God's mercy||136||72|
|E||We sing the praise of him who died||347||262|
|G||When I needed a neighbour, were you there?||629||558|
|O||You satisfy the hungry heart||539|
|O||You shall go out with joy||755|
Other Possible Hymns
(Numbers refer to The Australian Hymn Book and Sing Alleluia. TIS = Together in Song)
115 (TIS 52) Let us sing to the God of salvation
172 (TIS 230) It passeth knowledge, that dear love of thine
373 (TIS 777) May the grace of Christ our saviour
467 (TIS 568) Who would true valour see
Sermon summary (Click here for complete sermon.)
Are those who suffer worse sinners?
It is a common enough question: Why did it happen to me? Why did it happen to her? She was such a good person! Some of us would even know people who have turned away from faith in God altogether, or at least from Christian faith, for want of a satisfying personal answer to such a question. While the answers to such questions are always personal, because the challenge to faith is personal, there are some things about it we can learn from one another and from scripture. Jesus dealt directly with a question of this kind when people were wondering about the unjust death of some Galileans who had been killed on Pilate's orders while sacrificing in the temple at Jerusalem (Luke 13:2).
He left aside the political implications and addressed the issue of justice in the most general terms, of whether their deaths were a sign of their guilt. His own answer was 'No' (Luke 13:3), and to strengthen the point he took up another example which must also have been a topic of conversation at the time (Luke 13:4). Jesus was challenging a whole way of thinking. It was a common belief among the Jews at that time that painful experiences were signs of God's judgment. It was this very general and pervasive idea that Jesus challenged with different examples on more than one occasion. (See example John 9:1-3a and compare Matthew 5:44-45). The message for us is that if God does not demand immediate balancing of the moral books, why should we? That does not mean that the books will not be balanced in the end. They will, in God's time and in his way. The scriptures are clear enough about that too (eg Hebrews 10:30; Matthew 25). It should not, however, be our concern. God is to be trusted to act justly without demonstrating his justice to us here and now.
But Jesus had a more immediate concern when he challenged conventional wisdom about human guilt and the judgment of God. He did not simply say 'No', but he threw the question of sin back onto the inquirers:
So what about you? First face the facts about yourself. Repent! Turn away from the evil that you do. Turn to God and you will live: repent and believe the good news (Mark 1:14-15). Do not ask whether we or they more guilty. We are not called upon to resolve these questions, or to wallow in guilt or to project it onto others, or to seek moral explanations of all pain and suffering. We are only called to repent of what we know we have done wrong. The point of recognizing and repenting of our sins is not to bind us in our guilt but to set us free. The same applies to others whom we should not bind in their sins.
Remember the gospel reading last Sunday with the words of lament over Jerusalem (Luke 13:34 and see Luke 19:41). It is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ whose loving care Jesus showed as he went to Jerusalem, longing to gather her people as a hen gathers her chickens, there to offer the sacrifice which would later call sinners to repentance with the promise of redemption. 'The promise is for you, for your children, and for all who are far away, everyone whom the Lord our God calls to him.' (Acts 2:38-39).
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The Gathering of the People of God
CALL TO WORSHIP
Seek the LORD while he may be found, call upon him while he is near; (Isaiah 55:6)
Let us worship God.
O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. (Psalm 63:1-3)
HYMN Praise my soul the king of heaven TIS 134 AHB 68
PRAYER OF ADORATION
We have failed to love you with all our heart and to be good stewards of your creation: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
We have failed to take up the cross of discipleship and to be good stewards of your gospel: Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
We have failed to be faithful members of your church and to be good stewards of your spiritual gifts: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
Hear then Christ's word of grace, 'Your sins are forgiven'
Thanks be to God
DECLARATION OF FORGIVENESS
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.
WELCOME AND GREETING EACH OTHER
Service of the Word
INTRODUCTION OF THEME: Who needs to repent?
OLD TESTAMENT Isaiah 55:1-9 as the heavens are higher...so are my ways higher than your ways
PSALM 63:1-8 O God, you are my God, I seek you
EPISTLE 1 Corinthians 10:1-13 God ... will not let you be tested beyond your strength
GOSPEL Luke 13:1-9 "unless you repent, you will all perish"
HYMN Who would true valour see TIS 568 AHB 467
HYMN It passeth knowledge, that dear love of thine TIS 230 AHB 172
OFFERING AND DEDICATION
SHARING TIME [Notices, celebrations, requests for intercessions]
PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Father, we pray for the holy catholic Church;
that we all may be one.
Grant that every member of the church
may truly and humbly serve you;
that your name may be glorified by all people.
We pray for all ministers of the gospel;
that they may faithfully proclaim your Word
and administer your holy sacraments.
We pray for all who govern and hold authority
in the nations of the world;
that there may be justice and peace on the earth.
Give us grace to do your will in all that we undertake;
that our works may find favour in your sight.
Have compassion on those who suffer
from any grief or trouble;
that they may be delivered from their distress
We praise you for your saints who have entered into joy;
may we also come to share in your heavenly kingdom.
Let us pray for our community
for the life and worship of this congregation
and for those whose needs are known to us.....
Let us pray for ourselves.....
COLLECT FOR THE DAY
Holy and merciful Father,
you never leave your children abandoned
but always reveal your name to them.
Break through the hardness of our minds and hearts,
so that we may learn to receive your teachings
with childlike simplicity,
and bear the fruit of true and continual conversion.
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 LORD'S PRAYER
The Sending Forth of the People of God
HYMN May the grace of Christ our saviour TIS 777 AHB 373
WORD OF MISSION
DISMISSAL Go in peace to love and serve the Lord:
In the name of Christ. Amen.
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