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Worship for March 29, 2020

5th Sunday in Lent

A Prayer for Preparing to Worship:


O God,  

Light of the minds that know you,

Life of the souls that love you,

Strength of the thoughts that seek you:

Fill us with your Spirit, 

That we may celebrate your glory,

And worship you in spirit and in truth,

Through Jesus Christ our Lord,

Amen.

 



Welcome and Introduction


Welcome, from Pastor Jeff Foels



Call to Worship:

The Lord is a gracious God, 

Whose mercy is everlasting,

And whose faithfulness endures to all generations.

Let us worship the Lord with gladness.


Passing of the Peace

We encourage you to contact others in the church, to reach out and connect, to check in on those that might need help,

and to let other know the help you need, in mind, body, and spirit, in this uncertain time. 


Scripture


Ezekiel 37:1-14

1The 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. 2He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord GOD, you know.” 4Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. 5Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. 6I 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.”


7So 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. 8I 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. 9Then 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.” 10I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.


11Then 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.’ 12Therefore 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. 13And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14I 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.


Sermon


Sermon - Pastor Jeff Foels



Affirmation of Faith (from A Brief Statement of Faith)


God acts with justice and mercy to redeem creation.  In everlasting love, the God of Abraham and Sarah chose a covenant people to bless all families of the earth.  Hearing their cry, God delivered the children of Israel from the house of bondage.  Loving us still, God makes us heirs with Christ of the covenant. Like a mother who will not forsake her nursing child, like a father who runs to welcome the prodigal home, God is faithful still.


Offering Anthem - It is Well With My Soul - Played on piano by Jusun Kim


Please click on the link below and then click the 'play' arrow in the pop-up window.



The Sending


Wherever you are, and wherever you go, hold this with you:

Be in the world in peace;

Have courage;

Hold onto what is good;

Return no one evil for evil;

Support the weak;

Help the suffering;

Honor all God’s children;

Love and serve the Lord, 

Rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit.


And may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,

The love of God,

And the communion of the Holy Spirit 

Be with you all. 

Amen. 



Additional Resources


PC(USA) One-Sheet on Breath Prayer https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/20minutesabbaths-breathprayers1.pdf


PC(USA) One-Sheet on the Examen Prayer https://www.presbyterianmission.org/wp-content/uploads/20minutesabbaths-examen1.pdf


The prayers for preparation to worship, call to worship and the sending are from the PC(USA) Book of Common Worship (1993)





May God grant safety and protection to you all!



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