Worship 3/29/2020 – Dry Bones

Welcome

Call to Worship

Wait and watch for God!

Even when you feel in the depths of death and despair,

When you are overwhelmed with what the world is experiencing.

Wait and watch for God!

Even when life seems like a night that never ends,

When you are alone and lonely,

    and when you’re going stir-crazy from being at home!

Wait and watch for God!

In God there is constant love and kindness.

In God we find our healing and our hope.

Prayer                 

O God, open our hearts to be aware of your presence.

Help us to see you in all that is around us.

Breathe new life into us.

Fill us with the power of your Holy Spirit.  Amen.

Hymn                         

It is Well With My Soul        Hymnal #377  Words: Horatio G. Spafford, 1873;  Music: Phillip P. Bliss, 1876;  with lyrics, sung by Chris Rice

Scripture:      

Ezekiel 37:1-14

John 11:1-3, 6, 17, 33-44       Read by Dr. Mark Fredericksen

Sermon         

“Hear the Word of the Lord!”          Rev. Karla Fredericksen

 Hymn                       

Awesome God   The Faith We Sing #2040 Words & Music: Rich Mullins, ©1988 BMG Songs, Inc. with lyrics sung by Michael W. Smith

Pastoral Prayer

Offertory            

 You Raise Me Up Music by Rolf Løvland, lyrics by Brendan Graham; arranged by McKay Crocket; Sung by BYU Vocal Point (Josh Groban a capella cover)

Making a contribution to the “Offering” virtually is now easier using the donation page and using PayPal or a credit card – as always you can also send in a check.

Thank you for your contributions! DONATION PAGE

Offering Response        

Holy, Holy, Holy   The Faith We Sing #2007

Prayer of Dedication for the offering

As you hold your prepared offering in your hand, hold it out for God to bless, as you pray the Following: Amazing God, your great love for us was expressed in the gift of Jesus the Christ.   Our love for You and for each other is expressed in these tangible gifts we give in response to Your love for us.

Please accept these gifts and our lives, the work of care that they represent and our hope for a fuller life for others that all may know the reality of your great love for us.  Amen.

Prayer of Confession

Loving God, forgive us the times when we have not been there for others.

For times when we have not gone to help those in need. For now in these fearful times, we long to go, and are not allowed to go, to hold a hand, to touch, to cry together.

When we have failed to be your comforting presence at the bedside of the sick, at the door of the prison, behind the counter of the soup kitchen, with casserole in hand at the passing of a friend’s loved one, in offering the hand of friendship to the new neighbor in giving the word of hope.

In these fearful times, let us resolve to change, to be there for each other. You show us the way, and you give us hope that there is redemption from our failures.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen.

Affirmation of Faith

We believe in the steadfast love of God, whose

willingness to hear is greater than our despair;

whose power to forgive is greater than our sin;

we trust in this God to save us.

We believe in Jesus Christ, who wept in anger and grief;

who faced life with hope and death with courage;

at Christ’s command the bonds of death are untied/unloosed/broken;

In Christ we find life and resurrection.

We believe in the Spirit of God,

who breathes new life into dead bones;

who dwells in us and brings us hope;

who forms us into the people of God,

always alive to new possibilities;

this is the Spirit who dwells in us.

Suggested Songs

You Are Mine          The Faith We Sing #2218

Change My Heart, O God         The Faith We Sing #2152

The Prayer of Jesus

Creator of us all, Our Mother and Father in heaven,

May your name be praised,

May your reign come in all its fullness,

And may your will be done on earth, as in all realms beyond.

Give us today all that we need,

And forgive our sins, as we forgive all who sin against us.

May we feel your presence in time of temptation,

leading us in the right way, and away from evil.

For all things are from you and belong to you,

and yours is the power and honor forever.  Amen.

Announcements:

  • If you hear any of our seniors that need meals they should sign up at 1-855-581-9495 (toll free). They would get 5 frozen meals delivered. No charge, donations accepted but not expected. It’s United Way, Twin City Transit and the local senior center partnering.
  • Pastor Chat and Prayers –  Come join Pastor Karla in a Zoom “gathering” for chatting from our homes, sharing our concerns and joys, and praying together for about half and hour, or as long as it takes.  If you’ve missed the “Prayers of the People” sharing on Sundays, this can replace it.  You can join in this time together by smartphone or computer, by downloading the free app from zoom.com. and then at the time of the meeting – TUESDAY, 10 AM – follow the link at https://greaternw.zoom.us/j/864450315 – and join the meeting, or join by phone One tap mobile 1+16699006833,,864450315# US or  land line 1-(669)900-6833; Meeting ID: 864 450 315

April 9 – Maundy Thursday – VIRTUAL WORSHIP (Soup Supper is cancelled) Virtual Communion will be at 6:30 PM  FOR THIS NIGHT, WE WILL NOT GATHER FOR SOUP & COMMUNION, you ARE invited to make your own soup or simple supper at home, then at 6:30 join in a “zoom” worship (a link will be published).  You’ll need to bring a piece of bread of some sort, and grape juice or another appropriate beverage (other juices work, too).  We will bless it together and remember the meal that Jesus had with his disciples.   REMEMBER, we may be separated, but we are NOT alone!

  • Decision made on General Conference (international gathering, every 4 years) – The Commission on the General Conference has made the determination that the General Conference will not meet in 2020 as originally planned. They have decided to work toward setting a new date in 2021.  More information:  Read article at PNW NEWS DIGEST

Closing Prayer

Loving God, we thank you for hearing our prayers,
for feeding us with your word and spirit,
and encouraging us in this time together.
Take us and use us to love and serve you, and all people,
in the power of your Spirit, and in the name of Christ. Amen.

Song of Response   

May You Run and Not Be Weary  Faith We Sing #2281

     (Below is some good accompaniment for you to sing to.)

May you run and not be weary, May your heart be filled with song. And may the love of God continue to give you hope and keep you strong And may you run and not be weary, may your life be filled with joy! And may the road you travel always bring you home.

Words and Music by Paul Murakami & Handt Hanson (Isa. 40:31) (c)1991 Changing Church Forum    CCLI#1397620 

GO IN PEACE