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Living hope in times of trial.
Service for Sunday 29th March 2020.


Here are the words for the call to prayer, the responsive prayer, the Bible readings, and the Lord’s Prayer, should you want to follow along. Thank you for joining with us as we explore this temporary way of worshipping together, until we can be restored to full fellowship together face-to-face.

Call to prayer
I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.

Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favour is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
By your favour, O LORD,
you made my mountain stand strong’
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.

To you, O LORD, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
‘What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!
O LORD, be my helper!’

You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Psalm 30 ESV


Thanksgiving (responsive)
One: Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever.
One: Give thanks to the God of gods,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever.
One: Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever.
One: It is he who remembered us in our low estate,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever;
One: and rescued us from our foes,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever;
One: he who gives food to all flesh,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever.
One: Give thanks to the God of heaven,
All: For his steadfast love endures forever.
Psalm 136: 1-3, 23-26.

Reading from the Old Testament
The hand of the LORD was upon me, and he brought me out in the Spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. And he led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry.
And he said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’
And I answered, ‘O Lord GOD, you know.’
Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD. Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live, and you shall know that I am the LORD.’
So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound, and behold, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. And I looked, and behold, there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them. But there was no breath in them.
Then he said to me, ‘Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to the breath, Thus says the Lord GOD: come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe on these slain, that they may live.’
So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.
Then he said to me, ‘Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel. Behold, they say, “Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.” Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land of Israel. And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the LORD; I have spoken, and I will do it, declares the LORD.’
Ezekiel 37:1-14 ESV

Reading from the New Testament
Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, but Mary remained seated in the house.
Martha said to Jesus, ‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.’
Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again.’
Martha said to him, ‘I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.’
Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection, and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?’
She said to him, ‘Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, who is coming into the world.’
John 11:17-27 ESV

Sermon reading:
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith — more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire — may be found to result in praise and glory and honour at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
1 Peter 1:3-7 ESV

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 debts
as we forgive our debtors,
lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil,
for thine is the kingdom,
and the power,
and the glory,
forever and ever,
Amen.
Matthew 6:9-13 ESV