Lent 3B


March 4


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


Click on Scripture Lessons below for study links and resources:

Exodus 20:1-17 Psalm 19 1 Corinthians 1:18-25 John 2:13-22


Suggested Hymns from Chalice Hymnal

288-O God of Vision

595-Be thou my vision

464-God of grace and God of glory

683-O for a world

400-When you do this, remember me


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 (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

On John 2:13-22


In the fury of the house of trade,

amid the sale and offered change,

the apparatus of desire,

we savor how the Savior answers.


Indeed, that fury overwhelms thought

and all the regulations won,

becoming in the instant life

and life’s attesting resurrection.


Destroy this house, the Savior tells us,

and in three days I will arise.

The stones arise after long years;

but three days, his: body-Temple shines.


Becoming, Lord, all the following,

the servants at thy Temple’s fare,

we turn aside the commerce dare

and answer: the proof – three days assure.             Suggested tune: Randolf


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).  A metrical version of the Psalter, for those Psalms not provided in Chalice Hymnal, is being prepared by Rev. David Chafin.  Where practical, these may be offered here as well.  You may also want to visit http://lectionarypsalms.org/   

This week:  Psalm 19, in part, is on p. 731


Concerning the Following Items: Except where otherwise noted, items are created or adapted by the editor.  If you are aware of source notations which are missing, please bring them to his attention.  No copyright infringement is intended, but is sure to happen.


Call to Worship  

L: Our Lenten journey continues. Often the road has been stony and hard. Sometimes we have stumbled and even fallen.

P: But God has been our friend and our guide. We have no cause to be alarmed. God is faithful to us, even when we are faithless.

L: Today we rejoice in God’s faithful love, and together ask for strength and signs of hope and life.

P: And again we are drawn together to celebrate the life that is ours in Christ Jesus. Thanks be to God!



L: When all seems lost, Lord, and we are afraid to begin again,

P: Forgive us, we pray, and inspire our hearts with hope.

L: When all our problems seem insurmountable,

P: Give us courage to carry on our daily living in faith.

L: When we think only of self and seek only our own good, without concern for others,

P: Help us to see that our strength is in our unity, and that only in working together in your name can we hope to see your reign of peace among us.


Invocation or Prayer of Approach  

We who have come to know your love, O Lord, are here to worship you. We ask your blessing upon us in this offering of our praise, and we ask your presence in every act of our lives, that we, your Church, may be confirmed in our faith, and give glory to your son Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray (as he taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)



O God all powerful, true and incomparable, present in all things, yet limited by none, untouched by place, unaged by time, unhurried by the years, undeceived by words, not subject to birth, nor in need of protection; you are above all change, you are by nature immutable, living in light that none can approach, invisible, yet you make yourself known to me and you are found by all who seek you with their whole heart; you are the God of Israel and of all who hope in Christ.  You are our God and we adore you.   (who taught us to pray, “Our Father…”)


Confession of Sin

L: When all seems lost, Lord, and we are afraid to begin again,

P: Forgive us, we pray, and inspire our hearts with hope.

L: When all our problems seem insurmountable,

P: Give us courage to carry on our daily living in faith.

L: When we think only of self and seek only our own good, without concern for others,

P: Help us to see that our strength is in our union, and that only in working together in your name can we hope to see your reign of peace among us.

L: When tempted to put immediate gain ahead of wise use of the resources you have given us,

P: Grant us wisdom to see the error of our ways, and courage to repent.

L: When we are tempted to lose sight of your great vision for us,

P: Help us to see that our help comes from you, O Lord, and that your people can rise to greater glory only as we trust in you and commit ourselves to actions that we know in faith to be worthy.



Our Maker God, we confess to you what we are: We like the path of life to be easy, comfortable, untroubled. We like problems to melt away, hardships to be smoothed over, stones to turn into bread for us. We do not want the hard and faithful way that Jesus takes. By your grace which kept him secure in your love during those forty desert days, arm us against temptation, alert us to corruption, and forgive our sins. Teach us to walk in the paths of Jesus, for his sake.


Words of Assurance

God has promised forgiveness of sins to those who repent and turn in faith. May God keep you in grace by the Holy Spirit, lead you to greater faith and trust, and bring you in peace to eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Pastoral Prayer – Prayers of the People – Intercessions

Mighty and merciful God, giver of grace and goodness, we come as grateful children this day. We come confessing that we are not always grateful to you or as gracious to others we encounter in the twists and turns of our lives. We thank you that you have promised your forgiveness to us as we place our trust in you. Hear our prayers that we might be forgiven, renewed and restored to a fuller life—the life you have shown us in Jesus the Christ.


And hear our prayers for the people you have called to be your church throughout the world. May we together become what you would have us be in fulfillment of Christ’s mission. Help us to lead the way in justice and peace, to help the poor, the sick, the hungry, the oppressed, and those in prison and other kinds of trouble. Help us to serve those who surround us as we would serve Jesus.


We pray, O Lord, for those who seek you or who seek to draw closer to you, that they may find you and be found by you. We pray for those near to us in their needs, as we have named them this day, and for those we name in our hearts, and for our own needs.


We praise you, O God, for you give us grace to glorify you with our whole lives, through the power and strength of Jesus the Christ.


Prayers from Common Worship*



Almighty God,

whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain,

and entered not into glory before he was crucified:

mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross,

may find it none other than the way of life and peace;

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


Merciful Lord,

grant your people grace to withstand the temptations

of the world, the flesh and the devil,

and with pure hearts and minds to follow you, the only God;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Additional Collect


Eternal God,

give us insight

to discern your will for us,

to give up what harms us,

and to seek the perfection we are promised

in Jesus Christ our Lord.


Collect of the Day (from Book of Common Prayer, 1979**)

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.  Amen.


Collect of the Day  from Rev. William Flewelling (© 2018, William Flewelling; All rights reserved)

John 2:13-22


With all the temperamental themes we know

and all the aggravated schemes we generate, O God,

we find the scourge in Jesus hands,

at the tables of convenience,

all the ways provided to achieve

what we have learned to be –

cast out in favor of raw oblation.

Entertain us in these throes, O God,

that we may know thy seething love on fire.


Service of Table  

While all of our congregations navigate the Sacred Board in a different way, it seems, there are common elements in most, which are provided here.  We would love to hear if your congregation has variations to these elements which we might address in the future. 


Offertory / Invitation to Give

Just as Christ has taught the way of life to us, the church, we have the responsibility of bringing life to the world around us through our ministries and the outreach of missions through our connections of faith around the globe. Let us offer gratefully and sacrificially to the work of God who has given all for us.


Offertory Prayer

In these gifts, O God, we acclaim you as our Lord. May they be useful to you in bringing your kingdom into full flower through the ministries of your church, we pray in Christ’s name.


Invitation to the Table

Friends, this is the joyful feast of the people of God. They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit at the table in the kingdom of God. This is the Lord’s table. Jesus invites all who seek to trust him to share in the feast which he has prepared. Let us come to his table now with hope and confidence as God’s children.


Prayer of Thanksgiving (Prayers for Bread and Cup)

(The following may be offered as one prayer, or broken between two Elders, if that is the tradition to be followed)

O God, your vision for your people has been revealed to us in Jesus Christ – a vision of unity, of mutual care, and of peace. As we gather at Christ’s table this day, send forth the power of your Holy Spirit upon us who gather here in love for you. As we break the bread and drink from the cup, may we be made one with Christ, one with each other, and one in fellowship with all your people, from all times and places, loving and serving you faithfully in the days ahead.


Conclusion:  Through him, with him, and in him, in the power of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honor be to you, O God, now and forever. Amen.

If not previously offered: “And now with the confidence of your children, we offer the prayer our Savior taught us, ‘Our Father…’



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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. 


Common Worship Almanac and Lectionary for the year beginning Advent Sunday 2017.  Compiled by Simon Kershaw August 2016 from the Common Worship Calendar and Lectionaries using Almanac Maker; compilation © Simon Kershaw 2017; 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.   http://almanac.oremus.org/lectionary


Book of Common Prayer (1979), Public domain.


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