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5th Sunday in Lent

March 17


Scripture  (from the Revised Common Lectionary, with links provided by – a source for thoughtful worship and preaching throughout the year):

Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Isaiah 43:16-21

Psalm 126or Psalm 119:9-16
Roman Catholic reading: Psalm 126:1-6

Philippians 3:4b-14
Roman Catholic reading: Philippians 3:8-14

John 12:1-8
Roman Catholic reading: John 8:1-11

Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

Hymn of Praise:   595 Be Thou My Vision

Hymn of Invitation:   102 Jesus, the Very Thought of Thee, 195 When I Survey…

Communion Hymn:   399 O God, Unseen Yet Ever Near

Dismissal/Missional Hymn:  622 Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

More hymn suggestions, as well as helpful references for use of the arts in worship, are available from the United Church of Christ website.

Hymn of the Day from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On Philippians 3:4b-14
              With confidence of old,
               the marks of God’s fair choice,
               I count them all this day as loss
               in Jesus’ graciousness.
              For now in given faith
               this laden opulence
               begins the savor or our Lord,
               the raw delight of grace.
               Increasing in this fray
               the upward call you ring,
               O Lord, we strive to gain the more,
               the urgency of love.
              For evermore is found
               the graciousness of hope,
               the earnest wonder of desire,
               the longing of your own.
 SM      Suggested tune: St. Paul’s

Dealing with the Psalm of the Day:

Since Chalice Hymnal does not provide a complete Psalter, there will be occasions when suggestions may be made for alternate Psalm use (or hymn equivalent).  No good suggestions today.

Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2013, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 12:1-8

About the table shared did Jesus come afresh

to savor friendship with his own,

with gracious hosts and all.

The ointment spilled upon his feet becomes

a costly gift prefiguring a burial.

Not always with us, so we yield our all

that being with us Jesus might complete

our sharing at the table’s lode.



Most merciful God,

who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ

delivered and saved the world:

grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross

we may triumph in the power of his victory;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

Post Communion

Lord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us

that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters

we do also for you:

give us the will to be the servant of others

as you were the servant of all,

and gave up your life and died for us,

but are alive and reign, now and for ever.

Alternative Collect

Gracious Father,

you gave up your Son

out of love for the world:

lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion,

that we may know eternal peace

through the shedding of our Saviour’s blood,

Jesus Christ our Lord.


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2012.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw October 2012 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2012; Almanac Maker © Simon Kershaw 2010.   The Revised Common Lectionary is copyright © the Consultation on Common Texts 1992.  The Daily Eucharistic Lectionary is adapted from the Ordo Lectionum Missae of the Roman Catholic Church reproduced by permission of the International Commission on English in the Liturgy.  Adaptations and additions to the RCL and the DEL, together with Second and Third Service lectionaries and the Weekday Lectionary for Morning and Evening Prayer are copyright © the Archbishops’ Council 1997-2010.


Resources from the Jubilee Fund: This stewardship ministry serving the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) offers weekly emails, archived here at the Disciples Center for Faith and Giving Site, for each Sunday’s service.

You may also want to visit Worship Connection at, which offers numerous helps, including electronic versions of print resources for worship and preaching planning.

Intercessions and other helpful planning materials geared to the Lectionary (using Roman Catholic version, but normally quite useful for all traditions) for preaching and worship are supplied for several weeks in advance at The Sunday Website of St. Louis University. 

Liturgies created by Moira Laidlaw(Uniting Church in Australia) as a part of her doctoral dissertation are often helpful.  Read more here.

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