Today is the second part of a new series that will be looking at how we build momentum to build faith in our lives, and in the lives of others
As the music starts before the service, take some time to center yourself in God's presence and direct your thoughts to him.
This morning watch and read the lyrics of a song that takes us to the story of Ezekiel
Meet & Greet
This is a time to say hi to the folks around you, and to share in God's peace and grace as we gather as a community of faith
First Hymn: #384 Love Divine, All Loves Excelling
Youth will meet at 2pm to head to Chilicothe for an afternoon of bowling and fun with other youth from around northern Missouri. We'll be back by 8pm
Joys & Concerns
This is a time to share the good things, joys, and celebrations in that have taken place in the last week, as well as the hard things and concerns that we face.
Silent Prayer, Pastoral Prayer, Lord's Prayer
Take some time to lift your prayers up to God, especially the joys and concerns that have been stated, or that have been left unstated. After some time for silent prayer, Pastor John will lead in a few words of prayer, and then we'll join together in 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 who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
This is a time led by a church member with a message specially for our kids. Afterwards, the children are invited to go with the Sunday School teachers downstairs for their own special part of the service. They'll come back up at the end of the service.
As the children come forward, please join in singing the first verse of Jesus Loves Me
1. Jesus loves me! This I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to him belong;
they are weak, but he is strong.
Yes, Jesus loves me! (sing 3x’s)
The Bible tells me so.
The ushers will come forward and receive the offering plates. The liturgist will say a prayer as we begin a time to give to God. This isn't just about the money that we put in the plates, but it is about how we give to God out of our love for him.
After the offertory has finished, please stand as you are able, and join in giving thanks to God for these offerings. Please join in singing the doxology.
Praise God, from whom all blessings flow;
Praise him, all creatures here below;
Praise him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Prayer & Scripture: Ezekiel 37:1-10
1The LORD’s power overcame me, and while I was in the LORD’s spirit, he led me out and set me down in the middle of a certain valley. It was full of bones. 2He led me through them all around, and I saw that there were a great many of them on the valley floor, and they were very dry.
3He asked me, "Human one, can these bones live again?"
I said, "LORD God, only you know."
4He said to me, "Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, Dry bones, hear the LORD’s word! 5The LORD God proclaims to these bones: I am about to put breath in you, and you will live again. 6I will put sinews on you, place flesh on you, and cover you with skin. When I put breath in you, and you come to life, you will know that I am the LORD."
7I prophesied just as I was commanded. There was a great noise as I was prophesying, then a great quaking, and the bones came together, bone by bone. 8When I looked, suddenly there were sinews on them. The flesh appeared, and then they were covered over with skin. But there was still no breath in them.
9He said to me, "Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, human one! Say to the breath, The LORD God proclaims: Come from the four winds, breath! Breathe into these dead bodies and let them live."
10I prophesied just as he commanded me. When the breath entered them, they came to life and stood on their feet, an extraordinarily large company.
Leader: This is the Word of God, for the people of God
People: Thanks be to God!
Second Hymn: #340 Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
This is a new hymn for us, so take a listen
Message: Opening Old Doors
Rather than extra links this week, take this challenge from the end of the message:
To do that this week, I want you to do something. I want you to take a walk, or if walking isn’t your thing, take a drive around a part of town that you haven’t been in in a while. The first thing to ask yourself is where that part of town is, then find the time to do go there.
When you get there, your job isn’t to look to find the things to fix. Rather, your job is to remind yourself of the people that are there. Then, ask God how he is going to use you, and use us as a church to share our community, our lives of faith with them.
Final Hymn: #398 Jesus Calls Us
Hear the words as we are sent back out into the world, and know that you are sent in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit
Listen to the postlude as it plays. Its the same song from the beginning of the service, but how do you hear it differently now?