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March 29 Virtual Worship
March 29, 2020  –  The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Welcome to Worship! We invite you to join with those in your home – or in spirit with others from Shepherd – and worship God this day. You are invited to use as little or as much of these resources as you like. (If you experience any trouble accessing this material, including links, please send feedback to Cathy Lovejoy at children@shepherdpres.org. Additionally, please note that Shepherd has no control over advertisements that precede elements linked to YouTube.)

Instrumental Prelude:   Beautiful Things 
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Call to Worship: O mortal, can these bones live?  Only the Lord God knows.  O people, hope in the Lord. With the Lord there is steadfast love and great power to redeem.

Opening Hymn:  Awakening    click here

Call to Confession: We cannot earn God’s favor. It comes to us, not as something owed, but as a gift freely given. Confident in God’s love for us, even when we are ungodly, we confess our sins in faith.

Prayer of Confession: O Lord, if you held our sin against us, who could live, who could stand? We seem to have more faith in death than hope in your promise of life. We seek peace through war and find security in weapons. We abandon the hungry, sick, and dying, and pursue wealth by making others poor.  And even so, you love us; still there is forgiveness with you! Therefore we worship you; for you alone, O Lord, can save us from death and redeem us from our sin. Amen.

Assurance of Forgiveness:  O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! If Jesus Christ dwells in you, the Spirit of God will be your life and the grace of God will be your righteousness. And if the Holy Spirit dwells in you, then God, who raised Jesus from the dead, will also give life to your mortal bodies.  Friends, believe the Good News! In Christ we are forgiven. Thanks be to God!

Sung Response:  Kyrie Eleison   click here

Passing of the Peace: If you wish to stay connected with others from Shepherd, find us on Facebook here. Or, search for “Shepherd of the Sierra Presbyterian Church." “Like” or “Follow” us, or say hello on today’s worship post.

Time with Young Disciples:  Click here to access the children's materials for your family, including a Holy Moly video, a coloring sheet, and a family guide. Because these materials are copyrighted, you will need to enter the user ID and password included in the Friday email. After viewing the video, talk with one another about the ways our daily lives have been changed during this time. During Ezekiel's time, the people of God were living in a foreign land, and their usual ways of life were very different. Our ways of life are different now, too.  But the vision God sent Ezekiel promised that life would one day be restored. What did God restore in Ezekiel's vision?  What parts of your daily life are you hoping God will restore?
Rain Down with Psalm 107    click here

Scripture and Sermon:   click to view  

Scripture Prayer: O Lord, may the words of your mouth be our daily bread, and may the leading of your Spirit become our way; in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ezekiel 37:1-14    The hand of the LORD came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the LORD and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  2 He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.  3 He said to me, "Mortal, can these bones live?" I answered, "O Lord GOD, you know."  4 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the LORD.  5 Thus says the Lord GOD to these bones: I will cause breath1 to enter you, and you shall live.  6 I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath1 in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the LORD."  7 So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  8 I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.  9 Then he said to me, "Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath:1 Thus says the Lord GOD: Come from the four winds, O breath,2 and breathe upon these slain, that they may live."  10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.  11 Then he said to me, "Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, 'Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.'  12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel.  13 And you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people.  14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the LORD, have spoken and will act, says the LORD."

Hymn:   I Sing the Almighty Power of God    click here

Offering & Prayer of Dedication:  click to view   We invite you to continue to give by mailing a check to the church office, using your online bill pay service, or click here to donate online now.

Doxology  click here

Prayers of the People / The Lord’s Prayer   click to view    
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.

If you are feeling vulnerable, have a specific need for assistance, or are experiencing financial distress, please reach out to your deacon or Pastor Dave at 916-652-4851. For prayer requests, email pastor@shepherdpres.org.

Hymn:  Christ, Be Our Light   click here

Sending: May the love of God enfold us. May the grace of God uphold us. May the power of God set us free to love and serve all God’s people. Now to God, who by the means of the power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ask or even think, to God be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus for all times, for ever and ever.

Shalom    click here

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