Sunday, March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

Organ Prelude

Welcome and Announcements John Strawbridge

Choral Introit I want Jesus To Walk With Me (Spritiual)                   Choir

I want Jesus to walk with me;

All along my pilgrim journey,

Lord, I want Jesus to walk with me.

Opening Prayer John Strawbridge

Opening Hymn UMH 500 Spirit of God, Descend Upon My Heart

Spirit of God, descend upon my heart;

Wean it from earth; through all its pulses move.

Stoop to my weakness, mighty as Thou art,

And make me love Thee as I ought to love.

 

Teach me to feel that Thou art always nigh;

Teach me the struggles of the soul to bear,

To check the rising doubt, the rebel sigh;

Teach me the patience of unanswered prayer.

Old Testament Lesson Ezekial 37:1-14

The Valley of Dry Bones

The hand of the Lord was upon me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me round among them; and behold, there were very many upon the valley; and lo, they were very dry. And he said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, thou knowest.” Again 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: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon 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 was commanded; and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold, a rattling; and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And as I looked, 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, son of man, 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.” So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood upon their feet, an exceedingly great host.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are clean cut off.’ Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you home into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken, and I have done it, says the Lord.”

THE WORD OF GOD

Sharing Joys and Concerns Rev. Debbie Scott

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Choral Response Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You

I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet

And any time I don’t know just what to do,

I will cast all my cares upon You.

Gospel Lesson John 11:(1-31)32-45

Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying 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 deeply moved in spirit and troubled; and he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.”  Jesus wept. 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, deeply moved again, came to the tomb; it was a cave, and a stone lay upon it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time there will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up his eyes and said, “Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me. I knew that thou hearest me always, but I have said this on account of the people standing by, that they may believe that thou didst send me.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Laz arus, come out.” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”

Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what he did, believed in him;

The Word of God for the people of God

Thanks be to God

Sermon “Breathing Life into Dry Bones”                                                Rev. Debbie Scott

Invitation to Offering John Strawbridge

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Offertory Dem Dry Bones James Weldon Johnson

Ezekiel connected dem dry bones

Ezekiel connected dem dry bones

Ezekiel in the Valley of Dry Bones

- Now hear the word of the Lord!

 

The toe bone’s connected to the foot bone

The foot bone’s connected to the heel bone

The heel bone’s connected to the ankle bone

- Now hear the word of the Lord!

 

Dem bones, dem bones gonna walk around

Dem bones, dem bones gonna hop around

Dem bones, dem bones gonna jump around

- Now hear the word of the Lord!

 

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

Dem bones, dem bones, dem dry bones

- Now hear the word of the Lord!

Offering Prayer John Strawbridge

Closing Hymn UMH 420 Breathe on Me Breath of God

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Fill me with life anew,

That I may love what Thou dost love,

And do what Thou wouldst do.

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Until my heart is pure,

Until with Thee I will one will,

To do and to endure.

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

Till I am wholly Thine,

Until this earthly part of me

Glows with Thy fire divine.

 

Breathe on me, Breath of God,

So shall I never die,

But live with Thee the perfect life

Of Thine eternity

Benediction

May the breath of God give you life

May the compassion of Jesus Christ shape your life

May the power of the Holy Spirit stimulate your life

Choral Response Steal Away (Spiritual)

Steal away, steal away, steal away to Jesus;

Steal away, steal away home, I ain’t got time to stay here.

Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

Organ Postlude

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