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About Rev Dr Moira Laidlaw and Liturgies Online

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Coming Home

Click here to play COMING HOME - A short video recorded of Moira telling her story of faith and her journey through a divine encounter into full-time ministry.

 

Liturgies Online Now Available As Digital Download - YEAR A Liturgies, YEAR B Liturgies, YEAR C Liturgies, or all 3 Years in one complete digital download. These all include complete Orders of Service based on the Common Lectionary for The Liturgical Years in one download.

 

CALL TO WORSHIP

Prayer of Approach - Hymns - Prayer of Adoration and Praise - Readings from Old Testament - Epistle - Gospel - A Word with the Young - Prayer of Confession - Sermon - Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession - Offertory Prayer - Benediction

 
 

LENT / EASTER Year C
Isaiah 43:16-21; Psalm 126; Philippians 3:4b-14; John 12: 1-8.

Additional resources for Lent 5C: One or more Oil Burners - the type with a small basin type recess on top for water and oil, and a space for a small candle inside, matches, and various essential oils;  All Together Everybody, Lutheran Publishing House, Adelaide, South Australia, 1991; Be Our Freedom, Lord, Terry C. Falla, Openbook Publishers, Adelaide, South Australia, 1994.

 

Place one or more oil burners in hidden - but safe! - spots in the sanctuary and put some drops of essential oils on top of the water and light the candle in the burner so that the fragrance spreads. This is linked to the gospel and to the talk with the children/young people.

CALL TO WORSHIP: The refrain from TIS 80 -”The Lord has done great things for  us’ . This would make an excellent sung response by the  congregation , choir or solo, to the verses below.


God liberates those who are captives, bringing dreams to reality.

(The refrain from TIS 80 )   or

You have done great things for us, O God, we sing aloud for joy.


You fill our mouths with laughter and our tongues declare your praise

(The refrain from TIS 80 )   or

You have done great things for us, O God, we sing aloud for joy.


Our lives overflow with your goodness, as dry river beds are transformed

with abundant rain

(The refrain from TIS 80 )   or

You have done great things for us, O God, we sing aloud for joy.


Those who go out weeping, will come home with shouts of joy.

(The refrain from TIS 80 )   or

You have done great things for us, O God, we sing aloud for joy.

 

TIS 80: “The Lord has done great things for us”

TIS 156/AHB 91: “ Morning has broken”

TIS 454/AHB 382: “Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness”

TIS 168: “For the fruits of all creation...”

PRAYER OF ADORATION AND PRAISE

We praise and adore you, O God, for giving us reason to sing aloud with joy. The Psalmist wrote about a joyous future and the prophet Isaiah beseeches us not to dwell on things past, but to concentrate on the new thing that you have planned for us.  A new thing greater than any could imagine, when you entered  our history in the person of Jesus Christ.  A costly act which transformed the future forever. As we draw nearer to the events which led up  to the death of  Jesus, we marvel that through even that dreadful act you turn  our weeping into shouts of joy and point us toward a new future through the  glory of the resurrection… 

GOSPEL: John 12: 1-8

SUGGESTED CHILDREN’S TALK

If you have someone in the congregation who can speak on the benefits of aromatherapy - invite them along to speak briefly about the benefits of using fragrant oils for this purpose.

If you have not any ‘experts’ on the subject then use the following.


Ask the children/young people if they can smell anything. Hopefully they can.  Bring one of the burners out to show them how the fragrance of the oil is diffused into the air as the water heats up. Fragrant oils have been used since ancient times for various purposes. Mainly to do with massaging into the skin  for healing purposes or burning like this to release the aroma into the air which  gives a sense of well being and can actually help in clearing the mind….

ALL TOGETHER EVERYBODY 255: “I love you, Lord”

TIS 207/AHB 136: “Jesus shall reign where’er the sun” verses 1,2,3,and 6

TIS 660: Myrrh-bearing Mary from Magdala came”

PRAYER OF CONFESSION:

God of all righteousness, we know how the apostle Paul counted himself as a righteous person when zealously carrying out the law as a Pharisee. He considered himself to be blameless, but counted all that as loss when he came to know Jesus as Lord and Saviour. From that time on, righteousness took on a new meaning.  Paul knew that he no longer needed to perform exemplary deeds in order to earn your love. All he had to do was to accept your gracious and unconditional love….

ASSURANCE OF FORGIVENESS

...The good news therefore is this: In Jesus Christ we are accepted, we are loved, we are forgiven.

        Thanks be to God!

 

OLD TESTAMENT: Isaiah 43:16-21

EPISTLE: Philippians 3:4b-14

SERMON
There's a beautiful story by O.Henry 1 written, I think in the 1920's. It's about a young married couple, Della and Jim and the story is set just prior to Christmas.  They are very poor and their two most precious possessions are Della's luxuriant hair, which reached to below her knees, and Jim's gold watch which had belonged to his father and grandfather.  Della had only $1.87cents with which to buy Jim a present and so she went to a "Hair Goods merchant" and sold her hair for $20.00.  With this sum she bought Jim a platinum fob chain for his precious watch…. 

In our gospel reading today,  Mary poured a flask of precious perfume on Jesus' feet and wiped them with fragrant tears.  The perfume was a very costly gift indeed - 300 denarii and 1 denarius was a day's pay at that time. So, according to present day's costs, the perfume would have cost more than $15,000.  What an extravagance we might exclaim with Judas  and it was - but it was the extravagance of love

 

In the scene that John paints for us, we meet two people who are remembered in the gospel tradition for very specific things that they did in relation to Jesus.  Judas Iscariot betrayed him. Mary of Bethany anointed him and wiped his feet with her hair.

 

John relates how Judas was a thief, helping himself as keeper of the money bag -

     Judas TOOK,

            Mary GAVE 

The relationship of both these people to Jesus could properly be described as "intimate" : one a member of a family obviously beloved of Jesus; the other a close follower, who presumably had seen the great signs, heard the words and witnessed the miracles of Jesus.  As the subjects of Jesus' love, both were in prime positions to witness to his light and truth. Both are in the presence of the light of the world: one recognises the moment; the other sinks back into darkness… 

If people's agendas are shaped solely by personal ambitions which crowd everything else out - if these agendas do not include God, do not include Jesus Christ, it is going to take something quite radical to get them to change.

 

Something radical certainly happened to the Pharisee, Paul, on the road to Damascus when he met with the risen Christ…

Easter was a radical act of God made on our behalf so that forever after, our agendas could be Christ-shaped and Spirit-filled.

Wasted effort or extravagant love? 

Which do people recognise in and through our words and actions and lives?

 

TIS 562/AHB 470: “I’m not ashamed to own my Lord”

TIS 342/AHB 258: “When I survey the wondrous cross”

TIS 349/AHB 265: “In the cross of Christ I glory”

OFFERING and OFFERTORY PRAYER:

Gracious God, we respond to your great gifts to us by offering these gifts to you. Gifts of money, of time and talents, the gift of our lives. May they declare your praise in ways which sweeten lives with the love of Christ.  Amen

 

TIS 341/AHB 257: “My song is love unknown” Verses 1,2,4,6 and 7

TIS 699/AHB 571: “A new commandment”

 

BENEDICTION

Go into this week

blessed by the righteousness and love of God

and empowered by the Holy Spirit

to spread the fragrance of Christ wherever you go.

 

THREEFOLD AMEN
 

1. O. Henry The Gift of the Magi  in The Reader’s Digest  BOOK OF CHRISTMAS (The Reader’s Digest  Association, Inc. U.S.A. 1973) pp113 – 117.
2. The Four Spiritual Laws is an evangelistic Christian tract created in 1952 by Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade for Christ.  


The four spiritual laws are:

 1. God loves you and offers a wonderful plan for your life.

 2. Man is sinful and separated from God.

     Therefore, he cannot know and experience God's love and plan for his life.

 3. Jesus Christ is God's only provision for man's sin. Through Him you can know and

     experience God's love and plan for your life.
4. We must individually receive Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord; then we can know

     and experience God's love and plan for our lives.    Copied from Wikipedia