Watchword for the Week

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new

and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)

(Moravian Daily Texts 2015)



(Verses from Psalm 51)

Be merciful to me, O God, because of your

constant love. Because of your great mercy,

wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil

and make me clean from my sin!

Sincerity and truth are what you require;

fill my mind with your wisdom.

Remove my sin, and I will be clean;

wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Let me hear the sounds of joy and gladness;

and though you have crushed me and broken

me, I will be happy once again.

Close your eyes to my sins

and wipe out all my evil.

Create a pure heart in me, O God,

and put a new and loyal spirit in me.

Do not banish me from your presence;

do not take your holy spirit away from me.

Give me again the joy that comes from your

salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

Hymn 485 Dear Lord and Father of mankind


(“Sharing Suffering and Compassion”, New Zealand)

God of suffering and glory,

in Jesus Christ you reveal the way of life

through the path of obedience. Inscribe your

law in our hearts, that in life we may not

stray from you, but may be your people.

Now we imagine what it is like to be a

marginalised or repressed human being, what it

is like to be stereotyped and judged by society,

in a way that does violence to oneself as a

human being: a gay man or lesbian woman;

a political activist; an avant-garde artist;

a convicted criminal.


What it is like to be caught up in the poverty trap

with apparently no way out except resorting to

violence or illegal activity.


What it is like to have one’s culture destroyed

and not know who one really is.


What it is like to be maimed in body or mind –

to have lost a part of oneself.


What it is like to be in a spiritual wilderness

where old beliefs have died and there are as yet

no replacements, no resurrection from the tomb.


May the nurturing fire of compassion

melt the ice of our hearts, the ice of indifference,

the ice of imagined superiority,

the ice of cynicism and despair.

Let us walk gently with our pain,

walk gently with the pain of the world,

and join the dance of transforming love,

the dance of the wide-eyed pilgrim –

the justice and peace pioneer. Amen.

Hymn 776 * Kyrie eleison (Lord, have mercy)

People’s Choice Hymns are marked with an asterisk (*)

WORDS of FORGIVENESS (Hebrews 5:7-9)

In his life on earth, Jesus made his prayers and

requests with loud cries and tears to God, who

could save him from death. He has become the

source of eternal salvation for all whose who

obey him. Thanks be to God. Amen.

Hymn 772 * In the Lord I’ll be ever thankful



(Children may leave for Kids’ Church in the halls next door)


Jeremiah 31:31-34 OT p. 767 (768)

St. John 12:20-33 NT p. 135

People may stand for the Gospel reading.

The word of God – Thanks be to God!

Hymn 347 Unless a single grain of wheat

(Hymn of the Month, March 2015)

SERMON Rev. James Brown

Hymn 694 Brother, sister, let me serve you

(Offerings are gathered and brought forward)


O God, you do not need to be enriched with

any of our gifts which we bring, yet you love

a cheerful giver; receive these our offerings

which we present before you, and, with

them, ourselves as a living sacrifice, holy

and acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ,

your Son, our Lord. Amen.


Sung response (Hymn 805 *):

Let your name be glorified:

Your will be done on earth, O Lord.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be

thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be

done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this

day our daily bread. And forgive us our

trespasses, as we forgive those who

trespass against us. And lead us not into

temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power,

and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn 251 * Here I am, Lord

BLESSING and Threefold Amen (No. 819)