9:30 AM Sunday Bulletin

Celebration Service

Fifth Sunday in Lent

March 29, 2020

9:30 am

 

Welcome & Announcements

 

Greeting

Pastor:             The peace of the Lord be always with you.

Response:        And also with you.

 

Call to Worship      

I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord;

everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.

(John 11:25-26)

 

Prayer of the Day (In Unison)

Almighty God, your Son came into the world to free us all from sin and death. Breathe upon us with the power of your Spirit, that we may be raised to new life in Christ, and serve you in holiness and righteousness all our days; through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

Hymn

“Lift High The Cross”

Chorus
Lift high the cross, the love of Christ proclaim
Till all the world adore his sacred name

Verse 1
Come, Christians, follow this triumphant sign
the hosts of God in unity combine

Verse 2
Each newborn servant of the Crucified

bears on the brow the seal of him who died.

Verse 3
O Lord once lifted on the glorious tree
As Thou hast promised draw the world to thee

Verse 4
So shall our song of triumph ever be
Praise to the Crucified for victory

CCLI Song # 5169
George William Kitchin | Michael Robert Newbolt | Sydney Hugo Nicholson
© Words: Hope Publishing Company
Music: Hope Publishing Company
For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 3077632

 

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.

The Gloria Patri

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost; as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Amen.

Prayer of Confession (In Unison)

Merciful God, we confess that we have sinned against you in thought, word, and deed, by what we have done, and by what we have left undone. We have not loved you with our whole heart and mind and strength. We have not loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy forgive what we have been, help us amend what we are, and direct what we shall be, so that we may delight in your will and walk in your ways to the glory of your holy name. Amen.

Assurance of Pardon

Hymn

Precious Lord, take my hand, lead me on, let me stand, I am tired, I am weak, I am worn; through the storm, through the night, lead me on to the light: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When my way grows drear, precious Lord, linger near, when my life is almost gone, hear my cry, hear my call, hold my hand lest I fall: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

When the darkness appears and the night draws near, and the day is past and gone, at the river I stand, guide my feet, hold my Hand: Take my hand, precious Lord, lead me home.

Prayers of the People and The 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 that trespass against us;

and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, forever.

Amen.

Gospel Reading

John 11:1-44

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, “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 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, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”

17 When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles 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. 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, 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.”

 

Message

2020 Vision: The Power to Set Us Free

 

 Introduction:

 

Who should we call on to set us free?

 

Why does Jesus wait to set us free?

 

Why does Jesus weep?

 

How are we set free?

 

From what does Jesus set us free?

 

Conclusion:

 

Hymn

“It Is Well With My Soul”

Verse 1
When peace like a river
Attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot
Thou hast taught me to say
It is well
It is well with my soul

Chorus
It is well with my soul
It is well
It is well with my soul

Verse 2
Tho’ Satan should buffet
Tho’ trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ hath regarded
My helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood
For my soul

Verse 3
My sin O the bliss
Of this glorious tho’t
My sin not in part but the whole
Is nailed to the cross
And I bear it no more
Praise the Lord
Praise the Lord O my soul

Verse 4
And Lord haste the day
When the faith shall be sight
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll
The trump shall resound
And the Lord shall descend
Even so it is well
With my soul

CCLI Song # 25376
Horatio Gates Spafford | Philip Paul Bliss
© Words: Public Domain
Music: Public Domain
For use solely with the SongSelect®. Terms of Use. All rights reserved. www.ccli.com
CCLI License # 3077632

 

Benediction

 

Response

(Tune of Edelweiss)

May the Lord, mighty God,

bless and keep you forever;

grant you peace, perfect peace,

strength in every endeavor.

Lift up your eyes and see his face,

and his grace forever.

may the Lord, mighty God,

bless and keep you forever.

 

 

Calendar of Events

 

There are no events at the church for the foreseeable future due to Covid-19. We invite you to watch our livestream prayer and worship online daily at 9:30 am and 4:30 pm: www.stowechurch.org

 

Happy Birthday this week to:

Annie Frame and Jessica Sekula on 3/30

Judi Pease on 3/31

Tim Crochet and Evan Rockwood on 4/1

Michael Alekson, Cam Anderson and Tim Horton on 4/2

Mark Garret and Elisabeth Jennings on 4/3

Dave Myers on 4/4

Happy Anniversary this week to:

Dana and Deb Were on 4/3

 

Announcements

 

Due to Covid-19 we recommend that (until we resume in-person worship services) you please contact Lamoille Community Food Share directly regarding offerings of food and money for their very important ministry to our community. http://www.lcfoodshare.org

If you, or someone you know, would like prayers for comfort or healing, the members of the Prayer Team are ready to support you. Please call the church office with your prayer request: 802-253-7257.

The Missions Committee is coordinating help for people in our congregation and community who need it due to self-quarantine during the Covid-19 crisis. Please contact Chris DeRienzo at chrisd437@gmail.com or call 802-760-7389 if you need or would like to offer a helping hand.