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Sunday, March 29th

Winter Park Presbyterian Church
https://winterparkpresbyterian.org/
 
The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Liturgy for Home Worship
 
Dear Friends, as we are unable to gather together to worship at Winter Park Presbyterian Church on Sunday, please consider using the liturgy below as a basis for at home worship on Sunday morning.  Know as you do so, your sisters and brothers in Christ will be worshiping God as well.  Keep them in prayer - as they remember you!  Please feel free to share this order with friends.  Grace and Peace, Emile
Prelude
"My Song Is Love Unknown" (Instrumental)
Sharon Moore, Organ
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We Assemble in God's Name

Call to Worship - Psalm 130 (Book of Common Worship, 1993)


Out of the depths have I called to you, O Lord;
Lord, hear my voice; let your ears consider the voice of my supplication.

If you, Lord, were to note what is done amiss,
O Lord, who could stand?

For there is forgiveness with you; therefore you shall be feared.

I wait for you, O Lord, my soul waits for you;
in your word is my hope.

My soul waits for the Lord,
more than sentries for the morning,
more than sentries for the morning.

O Israel, wait for the Lord,
for with the Lord there is mercy;

there is plenteous redemption with the Lord,
who shall redeem Israel from all their sins.



HYMN - "Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"

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"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms"
John, Shirley, Sharon, Kris, Rachel, Ed, and Emile
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Gathering Prayer

Loving God, Jesus spoke a word of hope saying that people "shall come from east and west, north and south to sit together and eat in the Kingdom of God."  As we are dispersed again this morning in our homes, gather together in your Spirit, that we might unite in our hearts to together worship you.

Forgive us for the times when we give into fear and frustration.  Heal us, and grant us the courage and the faith to follow you always.

Lord, divided we yearn for unity.  Distanced, we want to be in touch with each other and with you.  Overcome for us the barriers that separate us from you and from each other - both the needed physical distance of this day but also the misdirected wants of our hearts that keep us from knowing and seeking you.

Almighty God, call us to you this morning - call us to worship you with all that we are.  In Christ's name we pray.  Amen.

 
"Glory Be to the Father"
Sharon Moore, Organ
We Hear God's Word


A Musical Children's Message:  "He's Got the Whole World"

Sing along to "He's Got the Whole World"!
"He's Got the Whole World" in His Hands
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Also - Sing and Play "Dem Bones, Dem Bones" after worship.  Lyrics and chords and an instructional video located at end of e-mail.

 

Old Testament Reading - Ezekiel 37:1-14 (NRSV)

37 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. 2He led me all round 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.’

7 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. 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.

11 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.” 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.’

Rachel Tells Ezekiel 37:1-14
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In 2009, our Youth Group led us in a reading of Ezekiel 37:1-14 where we replaced the words "Spirit", "Wind", and "Breath" with their single Hebrew word "Ruah" (pictured above).  If you wish to re-read this passage hearing the word play present in the original prophecy, click this link:  Ruah Reading of Ezekiel 37:1-14

Reading - John 11:1-45 (NRSV)

11 Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. 3So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, ‘Lord, he whom you love is ill.’ 4But 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.’ 5Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, 6after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was.

7 Then after this he said to the disciples, ‘Let us go to Judea again.’ 8The disciples said to him, ‘Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?’ 9Jesus 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. 10But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.’ 11After saying this, he told them, ‘Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.’ 12The disciples said to him, ‘Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.’ 13Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14Then Jesus told them plainly, ‘Lazarus is dead. 15For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’ 16Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow-disciples, ‘Let us also go, that we may die with him.’

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.’ 23Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’ 24Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’ 25Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?’ 27She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.’

28 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.’ 29And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31The 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. 32When 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.’ 33When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34He said, ‘Where have you laid him?’ They said to him, ‘Lord, come and see.’ 35Jesus began to weep. 36So the Jews said, ‘See how he loved him!’ 37But some of them said, ‘Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?’

38 Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. 39Jesus 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 for four days.’ 40Jesus said to her, ‘Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ 41So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upwards and said, ‘Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42I 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.’ 43When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ 44The 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.’

45 Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.


Message  -  "Some (Re)Assembly Required"
"Some (Re)Assembly Required"
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Musical Call to Prayer:   "Spirit of the Living God"
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"Spirit of the Living God"
Sharon Moore, Organ
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We Respond to God

Prayer of Common Concerns

(Consider pausing for a moment of silent prayer following each petition.)

Loving God, you speak to us this day in and through your Holy Spirit,

Speak to us words of compassion and hope for our world.  Speak to us words of love and grace.  Speak to all of us - not only we who are gathered as this church family - but speak to all of your children near to us and far - that they might hear your amazing grace.

We continue to pray for our world:

We pray for medical professionals who go in to provide healing and hope even when they do not have all the equipment they need to do so safely.  We pray for them as they worry about their own health, and we pray for them as they fear bringing sickness home to their families.  Grant them strength, courage, and grace.  Wrap them with your love.  Keep them safe.

We pray for people already vulnerable for whom the present crisis adds layers to dangers already present.  We pray for those who lack clean water to wash hands or homes with room to provide physical distance.  We pray for those without access to good medical care.  We pray for families who need help from charities which are having to suspend operations.  We pray for victims of domestic violence ordered to shelter in place in a place without shelter.  

We continue to pray for those who now worry greatly about their employment, their business, and their continued ability to provide for their families.

We pray for all of your children as we all encounter new stresses and fears day by day.

Lord, grant us hope.  Grant us peace.  Grant us strength.  Surround us with your love that we might live and love and serve this day.


Help us to rebuild and reassemble...
Help us to dream of and work for a world more faithful and just...
Help us to pray for your Spirit to move us and make us in ways that are pleasing to you and life giving to your children...
Help us to find ways to support the heroes in our midst who are bringing healing, hope, and sustenance to our world...
Help us to offer hope, love, and joy to all those around us - and ourselves - each and every day...
Help us to be bearers of your love and compassion in our encounters with others...
Help us to work for peace...

Help us to live and love and serve as your disciples, this day and every day...

(Moment of silent or spoken prayers for other concerns or thanksgivings.)

We pray all of this in the name of our great Healer and great Hope, Jesus Christ, who came among us, Word Incarnate, who proclaimed the Good News of the Kingdom of God, who calmed the storm, who faced death upon the cross but who was raised into new life that we might have hope eternal, who taught us to pray saying:
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;
forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

A Brief Statement of Faith (Sections 1,4, and 5)
From the Presbyterian Church (USA) Book of Confessions

In life and in death we belong to God.
Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit,
we trust in the one triune God, the Holy One of Israel,
whom alone we worship and serve.

We trust in God the Holy Spirit,
everywhere the giver and renewer of life.
The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith,
sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor,
and binds us together with all believers
in the one body of Christ, the Church.
The same Spirit
who inspired the prophets and apostles
rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture,
engages us through the Word proclaimed,
claims us in the waters of baptism,
feeds us with the bread of life and the cup of salvation,
and calls women and men to all ministries of the church.
In a broken and fearful world
the Spirit gives us courage
to pray without ceasing,
to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior,
to unmask idolatries in Church and culture,
to hear the voices of peoples long silenced,
and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.
In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit,
we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks
and to live holy and joyful lives,
even as we watch for God’s new heaven and new earth,
praying, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

With believers in every time and place,
we rejoice that nothing in life or in death
can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.


Offering
Offertory 
"Now the Day Is Ended"
#51 - Red Hymnal
Sharon Moore, Clarinet (3 Tracks)


We are called by God to be disciples of Christ Jesus.  We are called by God to offer our time and talents to serve others, do works of love and charity, and bear witness to the Good News of Christ our Savior.  Let us offer unto God the gifts that we have been given.

Take a moment to consider the ways in the week ahead that you might:
Offer encouragement to others.
Bring hope to God's children.
Reach out to someone who may be ignored or overlooked.
Use your gifts of creativity, music, education, art, writing, making, or building to make the world of others a better place.
Witness to Jesus Christ - Especially to someone who needs to hear it this day.

Also, consider as you are able donating to support the continuing ministry of our church:  
https://winterparkpresbyterian.org/donate/


Prayer of Dedication:  Loving God, take these - the gifts and commitments to you - and use them in ways that build your Kingdom, bring hope and joy to your children, and give praise and glory unto you.  May we day by day be given the grace to give of ourselves.  Help us not to turn inward but to reach outward to all of your beloved children.  We pray in Christ's name.  Amen.



The Doxology (consider standing and singing while the track below is played)

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise God, all creatures here below;
Praise God above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.  Amen.
 
The Doxology
"Praise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow"
Sharon Moore, Organ


Hymn - "God Is So Good"
Claire Canning, Soprano


Benediction

Know that God wants life for you - always.  Know that when you feel disassembled and scattered, God wants you to be made whole.  Know that when you feel broken by hopelessnes or sin, God wants you to be healed and have the very fulness of life in you.  Know that when you struggle, God wants to breathe the breath of life, the power of the Holy Spirit into you so that you might live and thrive in God's love.

And wash your hands!

And now, may the Love of God, Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and Fellowship and Communion of God's Holy Spirit be with you now and always.



Postlude:  "God Be With You Till We Meet Again"
God Be With You Till We Meet Again
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The Peace

The Peace of Christ Be with You!

And Also with You!
As you continue to reflect on Ezekiel's Vision and God's Holy Spirit:

Sing and Play "Dem Bones, Dem Bones" on the Ukulele

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Quick Lesson on Playing "Dem Bones, Dem Bones" on the Ukulele
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