3rd Sunday of Lent – 9.30am

20 March

Lent 3 | Missional (Part 4 of a 7 Part Series)

First Reading:

Isaiah 55.1–9

Ho, everyone who thirsts,
come to the waters;
and you that have no money,
come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
and your labour for that which does not satisfy?
Listen carefully to me, and eat what is good,
and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
listen, so that you may live.
I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
my steadfast, sure love for David.
See, I made him a witness to the peoples,
a leader and commander for the peoples.
See, you shall call nations that you do not know,
and nations that do not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, the Holy One of Israel,
for he has glorified you.

Seek the Lord while he may be found,
call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake their way,
and the unrighteous their thoughts;
let them return to the Lord, that he may have mercy on them,
and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
nor are your ways my ways, says the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Gospel Reading:

8 (SMC)

Leader: Rev Gav
Preacher: Rev Gav

9 (COE)


9.30 (SMC)


10.30 (HTC)


11 (SPC)



Series: What kind of church is God calling us to be?

The first is this, we believe that God might be calling us to be much more a church of missionary disciples.

We are an apostolic church. God calls every one of us to be a missionary disciple. In the New Testament the same twelve who are named disciples are also called apostles. There is no point when they graduate from one to the other. They are always those who gather around Jesus and follow him. And they are always those who are sent out by him. It must be the same with us.

We are called to gather around Jesus in worship, prayer and fellowship. In the power of the Holy Spirit, we are sent out by Jesus to be his witnesses and ambassadors in the world, drawing explicitly on the five marks of mission as the five marks of Christian discipleship.

The phrase a Jesus shaped life is borrowed from our sisters and brothers in the Anglican Communion and puts the Five Marks of Mission at the centre of our life in Christ. They describe a vocation to be the ones who:

1. tell the story of Jesus Christ
2. teach the faith of Jesus Christ
3. tend to the cares of the world
4. transform the unjust structure of society; and
5. treasure and safeguard the integrity of God’s creation