1) Moderator's Sunday Message for March 29
2) Lenten Candle Lighting Liturgy (and responses) by Kristin
3) Message from Maureen
4) Congregational Singing – This Little Light of Mine
5) Message from Guest Speaker Speaker Shannon Neufeldt, KAIROS
Moderator Richard Bott shares an online worship service and a reflection on the raising of Lazarus.
Moderator Richard Bott shares an online worship service and reflection on John 11:1-45, the raising of Lazarus.
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Kristin Woodburke: Lighting of the Lenten candles.
Light of life beyond conceiving,
Mighty Spirit of our Lord,
Give new strength to our believing,
Give us faith to live your word
Give us faith to live your word.
God of all our fear and sorrow,
God who lives beyond our death
Hold us close through each tomorrow,
Love as near as every breath,
Love as near as every breath.
Loving God, as the smoke from this candle rises to you, so do our humble prayers. We are thankful that in Jesus, you walk with us, you meet us where we are, even, or especially, when we are in pain. Help us, O God, especially during this difficult time, to not shy away from one another’s pain. Help us to grow past the edges of our discomfort, and to love and care for one another, even at a distance. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ, our companion and guide for the journey. Amen.
This Little Light of Mine
Sing it as you know it!
Shannon reflects on Ezekiel 37:1-14.
The Valley of Dry Bones
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. 2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. 3 He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” 4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath[a] to enter you, and you shall live. 6 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.”
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. 8 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. 9 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.”