7th March 2021: Third Sunday of Lent

Church Alive worship

Click on the icon on the left; otherwise details are Meeting ID: 829 3405 8461 Passcode: 410649

You might like to have the following ready prepared with you for the service:
– Drink and snack!
– Candle and matches/lighter

We will meet at 11am and start the service at 11.05am. Please use MUTE on your computer at 11.05am for the service, especially wherever we are singing together, except in the sections where marked. If you’d like to say something at other times, please ‘raise your hand’ (you will find this in the Participants section) or type it in under ‘chat’ and it will appear on the screen.

‘All things come from you, O Lord, and of your own do we give you. (1 Chronicles 29:14) We ask your blessing on what we offer, which is given in thanksgiving for your many blessings and for all you have done for us’.

Today we are thinking about what happened when Jesus visited the Temple in Jerusalem just before the Passover Festival. We will hear how he became angry at the devious dealers and money-changers and also how he spoke of his death and resurrection.

Opening Song

Great Is the Lord

Call to Worship

In the places where we live
Gather us, O God
Wherever we are, we meet in Your presence.

We gather to worship with praise and thanksgiving

Faithful Lord, whose word is life:
Come with saving power to free our praise,
Inspire our prayer and shape our lives
For the sake of Your kingdom here on earth
In Jesus name we pray: Amen

Opening Prayer

If you are able, and it is safe to do so, you might like to light a candle at this point as well and hold up your candle as we say our prayer together.

Lord, we light this candle,
to remind us that you are the light of the world.
As we gather together in spirit,
make our voices ready to sing your praise;
our hearts open to receive your love
and our minds alive to your Spirit.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We seek God’s healing and forgiveness

We come to God as one from whom no secrets are hidden, to ask for his forgiveness and peace.

For the times we are insensitive and act greedily and think only of our own needs:
O Lord, forgive

For expressions of prejudice, narrow mindedness and times of resentment towards others:
O Lord, forgive
           
For acting impulsively and impatiently, for failing to listen to those different from ourselves:
O Lord, forgive

We hear words assuring us of God’s forgiveness

May almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins,
and bring us to everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.

Thanksgiving

Can you think of a situation where Christians have stood up and spoken out about discrimination or prejudice?
How might Christians show the world that it is wrong to exploit others?
Share and give thanks for the ways in which we can serve God and, following Jesus’ example, live out our faith through encouraging and helping others who are experiencing persecution or injustice of any kind

Bible Reading

John 2:13-22
Jesus Goes to the Temple
Good News Translation

13 It was almost time for the Passover Festival, so Jesus went to Jerusalem. 14 There in the Temple he found people selling cattle, sheep, and pigeons, and also the moneychangers sitting at their tables. 15 So he made a whip from cords and drove all the animals out of the Temple, both the sheep and the cattle; he overturned the tables of the moneychangers and scattered their coins; 16 and he ordered those who sold the pigeons, “Take them out of here! Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace!” 17 His disciples remembered that the scripture says, “My devotion to your house, O God, burns in me like a fire.”

18 The Jewish authorities came back at him with a question, “What mracle can you perform to show us that you have the right to do this?”

19 Jesus answered, “Tear down this Temple, and in three days I will build it again.”

20 “Are you going to build it again in three days?” they asked him. “It has taken forty-six years to build this Temple!”

21 But the temple Jesus was speaking about was his body. 22 So when he was raised from death, his disciples remembered that he had said this, and they believed the scripture and what Jesus had said.

On Zoom – Talk

At Home –

Please use the separate Resources sheet which can be downloaded here.

Song

How Deep the Fathers Love for Us

Prayers

On zoom – We will play a very short piece of music, during which you can add your prayers to the chat and then they will be included in the prayer time

Today we might particularly pray for:

All who are living under oppressive regimes, all who are exploited through the greed of others
That the day will come when resources will be fairly shared and all may worship without fear
All areas of the world marred by human misuse of creation
That we might all play our part, however small, in saving God’s world for future generations
All working in education, those making decisions around returning to school safely
That staff will find the strength and the guidance they seek, and that God will be with the children and students as they rediscover the joy of learning together
All who suffer in body, mind or spirit and the bereaved, especially those affected by Covid
That they may know God’s healing love and be comforted
That the souls of those who have died will rest safely in God’s eternal kingdom

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen

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 against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours,
now and for ever.
Amen.

Song

All Over the World The Spirit is Moving

Sending Out Prayer and Blessing

Lord Jesus,
When we are challenged – speak into our hearts and give us the strength to do your will
When we feel empty – remind us that your loving presence is not confined to one place
When we feel as if we are endlessly waiting – through the knowledge of your saving grace grant us a strong faith and perseverance to keep on following you
Now and for ever: Amen

And let us share in saying the Grace together

The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
be with us all, evermore: Amen

The Peace

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord
In the name of Christ. Amen

On zoom – We share the peace with each other using sign language
Fellowship time – unmute. We will go around the group so that everyone has a chance to let us know how they are and any news they want to share.