Sunday, March 29, 5th Sunday in Lent

Continuing to be the Church


Deepening people’s connections to Christ, Bringing meaning to daily life,
and Making a difference in our community.

We are not cancelling ministry and worship, we are re-imagining it. In this time of Covid-19, as we offer physical space as a commitment to the health and well-being of all, now more that ever it takes all of us to be community. And so many of you are already demonstrating a commitment to continue to be the church, especially in this most challenging of times. Today, we gather as church, to worship, to pray, to sing, and to be together in community in this most unusual of times.

Each time we gather in Lent, we hear and reflect on stories of Jesus’ encounter with people in his community, often the most marginalized, and often at risk to himself. These stories invite us to open our eyes and hearts, and “Encounter Jesus in the World” for ourselves, in unexpected ways.

Each Sunday, we will join in worship together. On this page, we will provide the link to our worship space, and all of the resources you need to join us as we gather and pray.

PRELUDE Mark Ruff

WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Join us for worship on Zoom at 9:30am, followed by Zoom Sunday School at 11:00am!

Sunday, March 29, 9:30am
Click to join Zoom Worship or
Call in from any phone 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 278 217 453

Sunday, March 29, 11:00am
Click to join Zoom Sunday School or
Call in From Any Phone 312-626-6799 Meeting ID: 322 262 197

SILENT MEDITATION Let us prepare for worship by quieting our hearts and minds.

GREETING The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all.     And also with you.

CONFESSION AND FORGIVENESS 

Blessed be the holy Trinity, one God, who forgives all our sin, whose mercy endures forever.

Amen

Seeking reconciliation with God and neighbor, let us remember the gift of baptism and confess our sin.

God of mercy,

We confess that we have sinned against you, against one another, and against the earth entrusted to our care. We are worried and distracted by many things, and we fail to love you above all else.

We store up treasures for ourselves and turn away from our neighbors in need. Forgive us, that we may live in the freedom of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

When we were laid low by sin and guilt, God made us alive together with Christ, forgiving us all our trespasses by taking our sins to the cross. For freedom Christ has set us free: Rejoice in this good news!

Amen.

SIGN OF PEACE Sign Peace Be With You

GATHERING HYMN

KYRIE SETTING 3

PRAYER OF THE DAY

Let us pray.:

God, the Great I am, you are the resurrection and the life. As we worship with you this day, show us who we are: bearers of good news, and messengers of resurrection. Guide us as we continue to seek your Spirit in the world and embody your life and love for others. Amen.

THE WORD–Carolyn Lange

First Lesson: Ezekiel 37:1-14

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. 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[a] 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[b] 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:[c] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath,[d] and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10 I 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.’ 12 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. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 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.”

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

Psalm: Psalm 130

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,
    so that you may be revered.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his 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,
    and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel
    from all its iniquities. Amen.

Second Lesson: Romans 8:6-11

To set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit[a] is life and peace. For this reason the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law—indeed it cannot, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

But you are not in the flesh; you are in the Spirit,[b] since the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him. 10 But if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit[c] is life because of righteousness. 11 If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ[d] from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also through[e] his Spirit that dwells in you.

P: The word of the Lord. C: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation: When Jesus Wept (to be sung by Liz and Diane Drollinger)

Gospel: John 9:1-41–Mike Wagner

A reading of the Gospel according to John the 9th chapter. Glory to you, O Lord.

11 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,[a] “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[b] 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. 10 But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” 11 After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” 12 The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” 13 Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” 16 Thomas, who was called the Twin,[c] said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus[d] had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles[e] away, 19 and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.[f] Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, 26 and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah,[g] 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.” 29 And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 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. 32 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.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. 34 He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus began to weep. 36 So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” 37 But 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. 39 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.” 40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you for having heard me. 42 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.” 43 When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 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.”

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

P: The gospel of the Lord. C: Praise to you, O Christ.

Sermon Kids, please join us for Zoom Sunday School!

Hymn of the Day I Am the Bread of Life

NICENE CREED

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father; through him all things were made.

For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the virgin Mary and became truly human. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son,* who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

PRAYER REQUESTS

You are invited to share joys and concerns via chat in Zoom, or speak them aloud, so the whole community of faith gathered may hold them in prayer.

PRAYERS OF INTERCESSION

Prayer Leader–Rachel Helton

Trusting that God hears us, let us pray for the church, the world, and all those in need.

A brief silence

God of the wilderness, we pray for the church. Especially in this time when we are all physically separated, lead us in showing grace and hospitality to all who hunger for community and love. Make your church–this community gathered here–holy ground where all people can be seen and loved for who you have created them to be. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of the wilderness, in this time of the unknown, in all the fear and anxiety of this season of the Covid-19 Pandemic, we look to you to bring us through the desert into the promised land of your kingdom. We give thanks for saints who have guided us in times of trial and joy. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

God of the wilderness, in this time when many are keeping distance, so many are moving toward the need, not away. Bless and protect healthcare workers, grocery store workers, police, postal employees, and all of those who bring essential supplies, services, and life-saving care for the good of our community. We thank you for their courage and willingness to serve in this time. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

Amen.

Presider

God of the wilderness, we bring before you all of the prayers of this community gathered here. We continue to hold in prayer and love all of those named in “Remembering Our Prayers,” in our bulletin and Weekly News E-Mail. We pray especially for . . . . . Bring your healing, peace, love, and mercy to all those for whom we pray. Hear us, O God. Your mercy is great.

According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you; through Christ our Lord.

OFFERING PRAYER

We invite you to support the ministries of this community of faith, as we re-imagine how we can be church, for one another and for our community. It takes all of us, our time, our vision, our gifts. To support ministry financially, you can give electronically on our website, or send a check in to the office.

Let us pray: Holy God, giver of life, We thank you for raising us up and joining us together as one people, your people, flesh and bone in the body of Christ, in new and creative ways. As you have delivered us from death, use our lives to proclaim the good news of new life in Christ. Amen.

LORD’S PRAYER 

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 and ever. Amen.

CLOSING PRAYER

Let us pray: O God, we give you thanks for gathering and nurturing us as a mother hen embraces her young. Release us now to go on our way in these forty days, ready to see our work as prayer, ready to fast from complacency, and ready to share with those in need. Help us to encounter your presence in the world, whether through Zoom, or Facebook, over the phone, or over the fence. Show us new ways to embody your love for all of creation. Through Jesus Christ, our Savior. Amen.

BENEDICTION 

May Christ who is resurrection and the life, bless and keep you in the world and one to come. Amen.

Arise, dry bones, and live! Come out, Lazarus, and give glory to God! Thanks be to God!

CLOSING HYMN God Be with You Until We Meet Again

We invite you to take time right now to sit and break bread, and know that this whole community of faith joins in the meal with you. Peace be upon you this day!

REMEMBERING ONE ANOTHER IN PRAYER

Please include the following people in your prayer life during this week. To add a name to the Prayer List, inform the pastor or the Church Office (314-962-6011).  Please assure that the individual agrees to have his or her name printed in the bulletin.

ONGOING HEALTH CONCERNS: Those who are suffering from chronic pain & diseases, Linda Armstrong, Jason & Nick (Linda Armstrong’s cousins), Christine Austin, Larry Baugher (David Cramer’s cousin), Kate and Brian Bates (John Hoffmann’s sister and brother-in-law), Edith Cooper, Michael Cooper (Edith Cooper’s grandson), Evan Deck, Helga Hayes, Gwen Hickman, Dolly Hoyer, Craig Lawrence, Gerri Mac (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt) Jim MacLellan & Mary Stough (Sis Hessler’s brother & sister), Bev & Al Marcus (friend of John Hoffmann), David Notley, Sr. (Roger Rose’s brother-in-law), Doris & Harry Rahlfs (Karen Wood’s parents), Gloria Richardson, Flo Saeger, Alex Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s uncle), Mary Lou Sakonyi (Dianne Deck’s mother), Edward Ruebeck (Roocks’ grand-nephew), Ken Ruppar (Friend of Mark Roock), Sherri Swanson, Linnea Uggla (Keith Lissant’s niece), Shirley Wolf, Richard Yeast, Debra Schroeder, Mary Stough (Sharon Hornbeck’s aunt), and Jeff Yeast (Leslie Bennett’s father, sister, and brother).

IN CARE CENTERS: Ruth Koch (Diane Drollinger’s mother), and Cletus Romay.

IN MILITARY SERVICE: Josh Duncan, Chris Hudson, Jesse Proctor, Scott Warr.

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