Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fifth Sunday in Lent
Morning Worship at 11 o’Clock

Brother, Sister
Let me be your servant,
Let me be  as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace to
Let you be my servant too.

The Church Gathers

Organ Prelude “Oremus”          Gregorian

Words of Welcome and Announcements (by the Lay Leader)

†  Choral Introit “Jesus Walked This Lonesome Valley”

Jesus walked this lonesome valley;
He had to walk it by Himself.
Oh, nobody else could walk it for Him;
He had to walk it by Himself.

†  Call to Worship

Sometimes we are a people of dry bones;
We are a people without hope.
God says that we shall be raised from our living graves
And we shall be filled with Spirit.

Sometimes we say that we are cut off from one another,
And our sources of joy are dried up.
God says that we shall be at home with one another
And we shall live with celebration.
Sometimes we come to worship aimless and fearful.
Then God reveals wondrous works of love
And we come to know God more fully.

†  Hymn “Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Sky”          No. 173

Christ, whose glory fills the skies, Christ, the true, the only light, Sun of Righteousness, arise, triumph o’er the shades of night; Day-spring from on high, be near; Daystar, in my heart appear.
Dark and cheerless is the morn unaccompanied by thee; joyless is the day’s return, till thy mercy’s beams I see; till thy inward light impart, cheer my eyes and warm my heart.
Visit then this soul of mine; pierce the gloom of sin and grief; fill me, Radiancy divine, scatter all my unbelief; more and more thyself display, shining to the perfect day.

Morning Prayer

Holy Spirit, breathe your spirit of life into us.
We are creatures of earth,
We are aware that our world is full of risk and confusion.
We find  it hard to make good decisions. We need your help.
As you created life at the beginning of time,
create and shape us anew.
We want to be shaped by your hand, touching earth,
contemplating heaven, loving, working and playing
on the good earth.
We want to be part of the circle of love
that we recognize in Jesus of Nazareth,
a circle embracing the whole world, a circle where
all live in peace. Amen

To Hear the Word

Reading from the Prophets Ezekiel 37:1-14

Dennis Ferguson is the Liturgist.
The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.
Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

†  The Psalter Psalm 130 with Sung Response No. 848

Response: In my distress I cry to the Lord: “Deliver me, O Lord.”
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
To the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you,
That you may be worshiped.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
In the Lord’s word I hope;
My soul waits for the Lord
More than those who watch for the morning,
More than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
With the Lord is plenteous redemption.
And the Lord will redeem Israel
From all iniquities.
Response: In my distress I cry to the Lord: “Deliver me, O Lord.”

Anthem “My Eyes For Beauty Pine”        Herbert Howells

My eyes for beauty pine,
My soul for Goddes grace,
No other care, nor hope is mine,
To Heaven I turn my face.

One splendor thence is shed
From all the stars above:
‘Tis named when God’s name is said,
‘Tis Love, ’tis Heavenly Love.

And every gentle heart
That burns with true desire
is lit from eyes that mirror part
Of that celestial fire.

Reading from the Gospel John 11: 1-44

Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said, “This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

Then after this he said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”

When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”

Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Sermon “Binding and Unbinding”                Rev. Roberta Scoville

To Respond in Faith

†  Hymn “Let Us Break Bread Together”               No. 618

Let us break bread together on our knees, (on our knees) let us break bread together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (On me)
Let us drink wine together on our knees, (on our knees) let us drink wine together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (On me)
Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees) let us praise God together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy on me. (On me)
Let us praise God together on our knees, (on our knees) let us praise God together on our knees. (On our knees) When I fall on my knees with my face to the rising sun, O Lord, have mercy if you please. (If you please)

The Collection of Tithes and Offerings

Offertory “For This Bread”             John Purifoy

For this bread which You have broken,
For this wine which you have poured,
For the words which You have spoken,
Now we give you thanks, O Lord.

By this promise that You love us,
By your gift of peace restored,
By Your call to heaven above us,
Hallow all our lives, O Lord.

With the saints who now adore You
Seated at our Father’s board,
May the church still waiting for you
Keep love’s tie unbroken, Lord.

In Your service, Lord, defend us,
In our hearts keep watch and ward;
In the world to which You send us,
Let Your Kingdom come, O Lord.

For this bread which You have broken,
For this wine which you have poured,
For the words which You have spoken,
Now we give you thanks, O Lord.

†  Presentation of Tithes and Offerings No. 298 (stz. 4)

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all

To Receive the Sacrament

† The Great Thanksgiving (Musical  Setting A: pp. 17-18)

The Lord’s Prayer No. 895

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. Amen.

Receiving the Bread and Cup

Prayer Following the Receiving of the Sacrament

Eternal God, we give you thanks for this holy mystery
In which you have given yourself to us.
We go in the strength of your Spirit and Grace,
To give ourselves for others, in Jesus’ name. Amen

And Scatters to Be the Church in the World

†  Hymn “Amazing Grace”            No. 378

Amazing grace! How sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me! I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.
‘Twas grace that taught my heart to fear, and grace my fears relieved; how precious did that grace appear the hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils, and snares, I have already come;’ tis grace hath brought me safe thus far, and grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me, his word my hope secures; he will my shield and portion be, as long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail, and mortal life shall cease, I shall possess, within the veil, a life of joy and peace.
When we’ve been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less days to sing God’s praise than when we’d first begun.

†  Dismissal with Blessing

†  Choral Response “Love God With All Your Soul” 

Love God with all your soul and strength,
With all your heart and mind;
And love your neighbor as yourself;
Be faithful, just and kind.

†  Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

†  Organ Postlude “Sanctus ”         Norman Jackson

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