“Lord, if you had been here …”

Lent 5
March 29, 2020

Scripture Readings:

Ezekiel 37:1-14 – The valley of the dry bones
John 11:1-45 – The death of Lazarus

Each Sunday, you will find opportunities to worship individually, with your family, or with small groups. Although we are physically separated from one another, we are united in prayer and praise.

Gathering

Welcome

In Jesus’ name, welcome!

First-time participant or one who’s been here many days; child or elder or somewhere in-between; stewards, caretakers, disciples of Jesus, children of God— neighbours all, loved and loving. Welcome. Welcome in Christ’s name!

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Love of God, and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.

Invocation     “Tva Meva” Gerhard Lipold

sung by Gerhard Lipold, Helena Krivan

You are my Mother, you are my Father
You are my brother and sister in one
You are my friend, and you are my Wisdom
You are my joy, and my happiness.

Prayer

To prepare ourselves, join me in the Prayer of the Three Deep Breaths!

Take a deep breath, and as you breathe out say, “Thank you, Creator.”
Thank you, Creator.
Take a deep breath, and as you breathe out say, “Thank you, Jesus Christ.”
Thank you, Jesus Christ.
Take a deep breath, and as you breathe out say, “Thank you, Holy Spirit.”
Thank you, Holy Spirit.
Thank you, loving God, for being with us, always, and helping us to make time in this place. We ask you to help us remember all the moments of gratitude that have filled this week, and we ask you to help us look forward to all of the moments of gratitude that are still to come. Blessed are you, forever and ever. And the people said—
Amen!

Opening Hymn           

“In the bulb there is a flower”        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Gndx39q7QM

In the bulb there is a flower; in the seed, an apple tree;
In cocoons, a hidden promise: butterflies will soon be free!
In the cold and snow of winter there’s a spring that waits to be,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

There’s a song in every silence, seeking word and melody;
There’s a dawn in every darkness, bringing hope to you and me.
From the past will come the future; what it holds, a mystery,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

In our end is our beginning; in our time, infinity;
In our doubt there is believing; in our life, eternity,
In our death, a resurrection; at the last, a victory,
Unrevealed until its season, something God alone can see.

Scripture Readings

Exekiel 37:1-14
The valley of the dry bones

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John 11:1-45
The death of Lazarus

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Special Music:             Dem Bones – interactive, with actions!

Sermon                             Rev. Dr. Neil Parker “Lord, if you had been here”

Affirmation of Faith

I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy universal Christian church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.

Hymn CH 33 “O Lord, my God (How great thou art)”

O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder
Consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made
I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder
Thy power throughout the universe displayed

Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art
Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee
How great Thou art, how great Thou art

And when I think of God, His Son not sparing
Sent Him to die, I scarce can take it in
That on the Cross, my burden gladly bearing
He bled and died to take away my sin

When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And lead me home, what joy shall fill my heart
Then I shall bow with humble adoration
And then proclaim, my God, how great Thou art

Prayers of the People

Living Prayer Page

Prayer for Healing

O Lord, support us all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in thy mercy,
grant us a safe lodging, a holy rest,
and peace at the last.
Amen.

Prayer for Peace

Lead us from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.

Blessing

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the power and presence of the Holy Spirit, be with you all.
And also with you.
Go in peace, to love and serve the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Closing Hymn: As I went down to the river to pray