Church Services

March 29, 2020 - 5th Sunday in Lent

Call To Worship

Leader: Let all who would seek the love and power of the Lord be welcome.

People: For we were all once lost and each of us in Christ received new life.

Leader: Each of us was once dead to the Lord, but in the Cross we now live.

People: Then let us all come together and sing praise unto God's holy name.

Leader: And let all who would know of Christ come join us and worship.

All: Blessed be the name of the Lord!

Opening Prayer: O God, even while we were yet living in the world of darkness and sin You knew us and sent us a Savior. Restore the wounds of our hearts, God. In Christ we pray. Amen.

Opening Hymn: "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing"

Come, Thou Fount of every blessing

Tune my heart to sing Thy grace

Streams of mercy, never ceasing

Call for songs of loudest praise

Teach me some melodious sonnet

Sung by flaming tongues above

Praise the mount, I'm fixed upon it

Mount of Thy redeeming love

Here I raise my Ebenezer

Here there by Thy great help I've come

And I hope, by Thy good pleasure

Safely to arrive at home

Jesus sought me when a stranger

Wandering from the fold of God

He, to rescue me from danger

Interposed His precious blood

Oh, that day when freed from sinning

I shall see Thy lovely face

Clothed then in the blood washed linen

How I'll sing Thy wondrous grace

Come, my Lord, no longer tarry

Take my ransomed soul away

Send Thine angels now to carry

Me to realms of endless...

Joys and Concerns

Amy asks us to lift up her friend, Lyne's family. Lyne's father is very ill.

Pray for those: in convalescent homes, those healing at home, those who have no homes to be confined in.

Pray for those on the front line of our hospitals, our folks that take care of us each day, our firefighters, our squad folks, Mail carries, city workers, grocery store folks.

Pray for our leaders, our government, our nation and the world.

Pray for those who are ill. Pray for those who have lost loved ones. Pray for those who have lost jobs. Pray for the students, teachers, and parents as children are being home schooled.

Pray for those in the path of destructive weather.

Pray for our church. Pray for your family and for yourself.

God in your mercy, hear our prayers.

Lord's Prayer

Hymn: "Crown Him with Many Crowns"

Crown him with many crowns,

The Lamb upon his throne;

Hark! how the heavenly anthem drowns

All music but its own:

Awake, my soul, and sing

Of him who died for thee,

And hail him as thy matchless king

Through all eternity.

Crown him the Virgin's Son!

The God Incarnate born,--

Whose arm those crimson trophies won

Which now his brow adorn!

Fruit of the mystic Rose

As of that Rose the Stem:

The Root, whence mercy ever flows,--

The Babe of Bethlehem!

Crown him the Lord of love!

Behold his hands and side,--

Rich wounds, yet visible above,

In beauty glorified:

No angel in the sky

Can fully bear that sight,

But downward bends his burning eye

At mysteries so bright!

Crown him the Lord of peace!

Whose power a scepter sways,

From pole to pole,--that wars may cease,

Absorbed in prayer and praise:

his reign shall know no end,

And round his pierced feet

Fair flowers of paradise extend

Their fragrance ever sweet.

Scripture Lessons for today:

Ezekiel 37:1-14, Psalm 118:1-2, 19-29, Romans 8:6-11

John 11:1-45

The Death of Lazarus

11 Now a man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. 2 (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.) 3 So the sisters sent word to Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."

4 When he heard this, Jesus said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's gloryso that God's Son may be glorified through it." 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,7 and then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea."

8 "But Rabbi," they said, "a short while ago the Jews there tried to stone you, and yet you are going back?"

9 Jesus answered,"Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Anyone who walks in the daytime will not stumble, for they see by this world's light. 10 It is when a person walks at night that they stumble, for they have no light."

11 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."

12 His disciples replied, "Lord, if he sleeps, he will get better." 13 Jesus had been speaking of his death, but his disciples thought he meant natural sleep.

14 So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead, 15 and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him."

16 Then Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]) said to the rest of the disciples, "Let us also go, that we may die with him."

Jesus Comforts the Sisters of Lazarus

17 On his arrival, Jesus found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Now Bethany was less than two miles[b] from Jerusalem, 19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them in the loss of their brother. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home.

21 "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask."

23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again."

24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day."

25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?"

27 "Yes, Lord," she replied, "I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world."

28 After she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary aside. "The Teacher is here," she said, "and is asking for you." 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 When the Jews who had been with Mary in the house, comforting her, noticed how quickly she got up and went out, they followed her, supposing she was going to the tomb to mourn there.

32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."

33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 "Where have you laid him?" he asked.

"Come and see, Lord," they replied.

35 Jesus wept.

36 Then 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?"

Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead

38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 "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."

40 Then Jesus said, "Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?"

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 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."

43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 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."

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did,believed in him.

Sermon: "To God's Glory"

Jesus was very close to Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. When he hears that Lazarus is sick, Jesus declares that this sickness will not end in death but will serve to glorify God and his Son. In spite of the fearful protests of his disciples, Jesus returns to the vicinity of Jerusalem, but after a two-day delay, so that the coming miracle will encourage their faith even more. His time of earthly ministry is drawing to a close, yet Jesus is in control and knows what he must do before his hour arrives. When Jesus gets to Bethany four days after Lazarus has died, both sisters meet him-first Martha and later Mary-with the same lament: "If you had been here, my brother would not have died". Jesus tells Martha that Lazarus will rise again, and he's talking about something more than the final resurrection of the righteous. Jesus boldly proclaims, "I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die". Then he asks if Martha believes this, she confesses him as "Lord," "the Christ," and "the Son of God". When Mary and the others come to Jesus crying their hearts out, he is "deeply moved [better: 'angered'] in spirit and troubled." Jesus is "grieving mad" at death and the devastation it causes. All around him people are doubled over in emotional agony, and in response, Jesus weeps! If the Son of God wept, we too have permission to weep when we experience the pain that death causes. Jesus moves to the tomb still furious at death. He takes control and issues commands that will reverse the curse of death: "Take away the stone." Martha protest. Jesus replies, "Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?" They obey His command, the stone is rolled away. Jesus commands, "Lazarus, come out!" The Father answers the Son's prayer for a sign that will strengthen faith. Lazarus's resurrection is a preview of what Jesus will do with death on the last day.

The Baker Bible Handbook by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, Baker Books, 2011

1. Jesus' action at the tomb of Lazarus is to show the reverse of death and to foreshadow that death will not hold Jesus.

2. Jesus tells family and friends of Lazarus to move the stone. Several things happen here. The people obey Jesus. When Lazarus is called forth, he can now exit the grave. What does this say to us? I believe when we trust Jesus as the Messiah, believing in Him, He will give us new life and eternal life. It will allow us to roll away the stones that separate us from receiving God's grace completely. What are the stones we use to separate us from God? Prejudice or Fear? Maybe we are warped up in ourselves so tightly, like the grave clothes of Lazarus, and we can't move to obey Christ. But Jesus calls us out of the tomb, to step out beyond ourselves into a life of faith and commitment, obedience and service.

3. When Lazarus came forth, this was to show the power and the glory of God. Just as when we obey the word of God, God is glorified. When we give up fear, hatred, and prejudice; and love God's children, God is glorified. When we get beyond ourselves, God is glorified.

4. How do we do this? By putting our complete faith in Jesus, giving Him our all, reading His word. Or as the old hymn says, "to trust and obey." Jesus gives us life now and eternal life, resurrection, and hope.

As with Lazarus, may God be glorified!

Closing Hymn: "Trust and Obey"

1. When we walk with the Lord in the light of His Word,

What a glory He sheds on our way!

While we do His good will, He abides with us still,

And with all who will trust and obey.


Trust and obey, for there's no other way

To be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.

2. Not a shadow can rise, not a cloud in the skies,

But His smile quickly drives it away;

Not a doubt or a fear, not a sigh or a tear,

Can abide while we trust and obey.

3. Not a burden we bear, not a sorrow we share,

But our toil He doth richly repay;

Not a grief or a loss, not a frown or a cross,

But is blessed if we trust and obey.

But we never can prove the delights of His love

Until all on the altar we lay;

For the favor He shows, for the joy He bestows,

Are for them who will trust and obey.

4. Then in fellowship sweet we will sit at His feet,

Or we'll walk by His side in the way;

What He says we will do, where He sends we will go;

Never fear, only trust and obey.

Benediction: "Go Now In Peace"

"Go now in peace, go now in peace, may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may? go