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March 7th, 2021The Third Sunday in Lent
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional carers of the land on which our church is built.
Looking Inward… Looking Outward – An invitation in Lent
Inner nurture, reflection, thought shaping, stillness and centring are all notions aligned with the season of Lent. It is a time that invites us to turn our attention inwards; to the ways in which faith is shaping the contours of our heart and mind.
It is also a time that invites us to pay attention to the world around us; to turn our attention outwards. The season invites us to orient our lives towards God’s hopes and loving intentions for the world. It is an invitation to see clearly and act courageously.
Looking Inward… Looking Outward will guide our Lenten journey this year. This will happen in many ways throughout worship and through the daily devotions. We are invited to consider the scripture passage through occupying the text through the eyes of Jesus. The scripture text is included below for your own contemplation and reference. We are invited to consider our own needs and the needs of the world. We are invited to notice the gifts around us and the gifts we bring. We are invited to shape and be shaped, inwardly and outwardly.
The Passover of the Jews was near, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and doves, and the money-changers seated at their tables. Making a whip of cords, drove all of them out of the temple, both the sheep and the cattle. He also poured out the coins of the money-changers and overturned their tables. He told those who were selling the doves, ‘Take these things out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a market-place!’ His disciples remembered that it was written, ‘Zeal for your house will consume me.’ The Jews then said to him, ‘What sign can you show us for doing this?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.’ The Jews then said, ‘This temple has been under construction for forty-six years, and will you raise it up in three days?’ But he was speaking of the temple of his body. After he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this; and they believed the scripture and the word that Jesus had spoken.
Prelude: Beneath the Cross of Jesusarr Don Wyrtzen
Introit and Lighting of the Candles: Great is Your FaithfulnessTiS 154
Call to Worship
Once again, we approach the frame,
to look at the view from the inside,
to see what is shaping and influencing us from there.
We step back and away,
to look at the view from the outside,
to consider what informs and motivates us there.
We wonder if others see the same view as we do?
Come approach the frame
and seek to see what our loving God sees,
to reach out to the world with the mind of the one who shaped us from the very beginning.
Tap into your own knowledge of God’s grace,
Step out into wisdom of the saints who have lived out God’s compassion.
Let us worship God together.
We Sing: Yàlla Màgg Na!
Prayer of Confession
God of mercy,
Heal our hearts.
Words of Assurance
Passing of the Peace
The peace of our God be with you.
And also with you.
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Anthem: Be Thou My Vision – John RutterJohn Rutter
Scripture Readings: John 2:13-24
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Prayers of the People – based on Psalm 19
We Sing: Sacred the BodyTFWS 2228
Sacred the body God has created,
temple of Spirit that dwells deep inside.
Cherish each person; nurture creation.
Treat flesh as holy, that love may abide.
Bodies are varied, made in all sizes,
pale, full of colour, both fragile and strong.
Holy the difference, gift of the Maker,
so let us honor each story and song.
Love respects persons, bodies and boundaries.
Love does not batter, neglect or abuse.
Love touches gently, never coercing.
Love leaves the other with power to choose.
Holy of holies, God ever loving,
make us your temples; in dwell all we do.
May we be careful, tender and caring,
so may our bodies give honor to you.
Words © Ruth Duck, Music © W Daniel Landes. The Faith We Sing. All rights reserved. One License, License #A‑604444.
May God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts!
We lift them up to our God.
Let us give thanks to God our Creator.
It is right to give our thanks and praise.
And so we raise our voices,
together with heaven and earth,
connected with people throughout all time and in all places,
and all of creation, saying:
Holy, holy, holy God, of all creation and life,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory,
Hosanna in the highest!
Blessed is the one who comes in the name of God.
Hosanna in the highest!
And now with the confidence of the children of God, let us pray the prayer Jesus taught us saying:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be Your name,
your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in Heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin
Save us in the time of trial
and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power
and the glory are yours
now and forever. Amen.
Looking Inward… Looking Outward
We Sing: Great God, Your Spirit Like the Wind TiS 416
Great God, your Spirit, like the wind
unseen but shaking things we see
will never leave us undisturbed,
fulfil our dreams, or set us free,
until we turn from faithless fear
and prove the promise of your grace,
in justice, peace and daily bread,
with joy for all the human race.
Lord, shake us with the force of love,
to rouse us from our dreadful sleep;
remove our hearts of stone, and give
new hearts of flesh, to break and weep
for all your children in distress
and dying for the wealth we keep.
Help us prevent, while we have time,
the blighted harvest greed must reap.
And then, in your compassion, give
your Spirit like the gentle rain,
creating fertile ground from which
your peace and justice spring like grain;
until your love is satisfied,
with all creation freed from pain,
and all your children live to praise
your will fulfilled, your presence plain.
Alan Gaunt 1935- Words by permission Stainer & Bell Ltd. London. All rights reserved. ONE LICENSE, License #A‑604444.
Sending Forth and Benediction
Postlude: Trumpet TuneHaydn
Some of the liturgy in this service is adapted from Words for Worship, published by MediaCom Education – mediacomeducation.org.au
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