Worship 03.09.08

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Welcome, everyone.

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Come, let us turn our eyes to worship our God.

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you You are welcome to every part of this ministry.

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Were You There?

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Return, people of God, for rest and renewal; come to the source of life for new breath.. God has heard our voices and listened to us. God’s mercy saves and preserves us. Celebrate this time of worship and remembrance. Rejoice in the Spirit of God which dwells in you.

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When the snares of death bring distress and anguish, God keeps our feet from stumbling. Give thanks to God, who is gracious and righteous; walk before God in the land of the living. We bring our doubts and fears, our work and worries, to this time of reflection and refreshment.

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Come, all who follow Jesus’ way; See God’s surprises every day. Celebrating life abundant, Meet here the friend who conquers death. Singing praises, singing praises. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Set not your minds on mortal things, Rather on peace the Spirit brings. Celebrating life abundant, Dare to be witnesses to light, Helping those stumbling in the night. Singing praises, singing praises. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

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Hear once again the Teacher’s word, Letting your life by Christ be stirred. Celebrating life abundant, Join in the resurrection song, Freeing all people bound by wrong. Singing praises, singing praises. Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! CCLI License Number: 1946734

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O God, we come to you from valleys where there are dry bones. Sometimes we have passed them by. Sometimes they are in us. Sometimes we have tried to breathe life into them apart from your Spirit’s energizing power. Set a vision before us today that the dry bones may hear your word, respond to your breath, and live. Lead us, we pray, to that realm Where people are no longer Bound but know the freedom of resurrection to new life in Christ. Amen.

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John 11:1-18; 38-44 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. This Mary, whose brother Lazarus now lay sick, was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick." When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory so that God's Son may be glorified through it." Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. Yet when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days.  

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Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea." "But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews tried to stone you, and yet you are going back there?" Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours of daylight? A man who walks by day will not stumble, for he sees by this world's light. It is when he walks by night that he stumbles, for he has no light." After he had said this, he went on to tell them, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I am going there to wake him up." His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better." Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

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So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."  Then Thomas (called Didymus) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him." On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,

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Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. "Take away the stone," he said.  "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days." Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me."  When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"

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The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.   Jesus said to them, "Take off the grave clothes and let him go."

Gloria Patri: 

Gloria Patri CCLI License Number: 1946734

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children’s message

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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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. AMEN

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Lord, Be Glorified.

Doxology: 

Doxology CCLI License Number: 1946734

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We worship you, God of Life, with all we place in these offering plates. Even more, we want to devote our time to you, and all the talents you have entrusted to us. Accept us as a congregation presented for your use on the altar of life. Let us be menders of broken relationships, bearers of your healing Spirit, Proclaimers of your active and inclusive love. In Christ’s name. Amen.

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In the Bulb There is a Flower 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.

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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.

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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. CCLI License Number: 1946734

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I’m calling you out, Death! Changing the Agenda

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“Portions of the following illustrations may be offensive to the sensibilities of some.”

Change My Heart, O God: 

Change My Heart, O God CCLI License Number: 1946734

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