WORSHIP@HOME

March 29, 2020 • 5th Sunday of Lent
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Introduction

Preparation

Just Before You Begin

INTRODUCTORY RITES

Opening Song

We are children of God. We are children of God.
Friends of Jesus and everyone. We are children of God.

Kindness for everyone. We are children of God.
Friendship for the lonely ones. We are children of God.

Healing for the hurting ones. We are children of God.
Love for the forgotten ones. We are children of God.

Care for creation. We are children of God.
Peace between all nations. We are children of God.

Greeting

Leader: ┼ In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit.

All: Amen.

Leader: Grace and peace to you from God our Father
and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Blessed be God forever.
The response is: Blessed be God forever.

All: Blessed be God forever.

Leader: We gather together as a family to celebrate the Lord's Day.
One with our sisters and brothers
and with the entire Church, let us now listen to God's Word
and join in prayer.

All: Amen.

Litany in Praise of God's Mercy

Leader: As we prepare to hear about God's love for us,
let us remember that the Lord always offers forgiveness,
for God is full of gentleness and compassion.
Lord Jesus, you came to teach us how to love each other better:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you bring us Good News in times of trouble:
Christ, have mercy.

All: Christ, have mercy.

Leader: Lord Jesus, you came to bring us life:
Lord, have mercy.

All: Lord, have mercy.

Opening Prayer

Leader: Let us pray

Leader: All-powerful and ever-living God,
hear us as we ask your loving help
for the many sick people all over the world;
restore their health
that they may again offer joyful thanks in your Church.
Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

All: Amen.

LITURGY OF THE WORD

Video Introduction


Reader 1: The people of Israel were conquered, divided up, and without hope. Then God gave the prophet Ezekiel this vision.

First Reading

Reader 1: At the end of the vision, God tells Ezekiel what he will do for the people of Israel... A reading from the book of Ezekiel.

Reader 1: The LORD said: “I, the LORD God, promise to open your graves and set you free.
I will bring you back to Israel, and when that happens, you will realize that I am the LORD.
My Spirit will give you breath, and you will live again.
I will bring you home, and you will know that I have kept my promise.
I, the LORD, have spoken.”

Reader 1: Thus says the Lord GOD:
O my people, I will open your graves
and have you rise from them,
and bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD,
when I open your graves and have you rise from them,
O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live,
and I will settle you upon your land;
thus you shall know that I am the LORD.
I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

Reader 1: The Word of the Lord.

All: Thanks be to God.

Gospel Acclamation

All: Glory and praise to you, Word of life! Jesus! Jesus Christ!

Gospel

Reader 2: Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were some of Jesus' best friends.
In this Gospel story, we hear what happened when Lazarus became very sick.

Reader 2: We now do this action prayer together: May the Lord be on my mind, ┼
on my lips, ┼
and in my heart ┼
as we hear the Gospel today.
A reading from the holy Gospel of John.

Narrator: [1] Jesus’ friend Lazarus was very sick. He and his sisters Mary and Martha lived in the village of Bethany. His sisters were taking care of him. Mary was the one who used perfume to wash Jesus’ feet and her hair to dry them. [2] After a messenger told Jesus that Lazarus was sick, Jesus said,

Jesus: [3] Lazarus is sick, but he will not die. This will bring glory to God and his Son.

Narrator: [4] Even though Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters, he stayed where he was for two more days before going to them. One of his disciples questioned him,

First Disciple: [5] Teacher, why do you want to go to Bethany? They tried to stone you there the last time.

Jesus: [6] There are twelve hours of sunlight. If we walk in the daytime we will not stumble. But if we walk at night, we will stumble in the dark. I have to go back because my friend Lazarus has fallen asleep and I must wake him.

Second Disciple: If he is asleep, he will wake up.

Jesus: [7] I mean that Lazarus is dead. For your sakes I’m glad I wasn’t there so that now you will believe. Let us go to him.

Thomas: [8] Oh, for heaven’s sake. Let’s go and die with Jesus.

Narrator: [9] Jesus and his disciples set out to Bethany. [10] When they arrived, they found out that Lazarus had been in his tomb for four days. [11] Martha came out to meet Jesus.

Martha: [12] Jesus, if you had been here Lazarus would not have died. But I am sure that if you ask God, he will give you whatever you want.

Jesus: [13] Your brother will live.

Martha: I know that he will rise on the last day, when all the dead will rise.

Jesus: [14] I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will come to life, and whoever is alive and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this, Martha?

Martha: [15] Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who is to come into the world.

Narrator: Then Martha went and found Mary. [16] Mary and her many visitors went out to where Jesus was. Mary, crying, said to Jesus,

Mary: [17] Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.

Narrator: [18] Jesus was upset to see Mary cry, and began to cry himself.

Jesus (emotionally): Where did you bury him?

First Neighbor: Come and see.

Second Neighbor: [19] See how Jesus loved Lazarus.

Third Neighbor: He cured the blind so they could see. Why didn’t he keep Lazarus from dying?

Narrator: [20] By this time Jesus had arrived at the tomb. [21]

Jesus: [22] Roll away the stone from that tomb.

Narrator: [23] After the neighbors rolled the stone away, Jesus prayed.

Jesus: [24] Thank you, Father, for hearing me. I know that you always hear me, but I am praying this out loud so these people can hear me and believe that you sent me. [25] Lazarus! Come out!

Narrator: [26] Lazarus came out of the tomb. He was wrapped in strips of cloth from his burial.

Jesus: Untie him and let him free.

[27] Many of the people there saw what Jesus had done, and believed in him.

Reader 2: [1] Jesus’ friend Lazarus was very sick. He and his sisters Mary and Martha lived in the village of Bethany.
His sisters were taking care of him. Mary was the one who used perfume to wash Jesus’ feet and her hair to dry them.
[2] After a messenger told Jesus that Lazarus was sick, Jesus said,
[3] "Lazarus is sick, but he will not die. This will bring glory to God and his Son."
[4] Even though Jesus loved Lazarus and his sisters, he stayed where he was for two more days before going to them. [5] One of his disciples questioned him,
"Teacher, why do you want to go to Bethany? They tried to stone you there the last time."
[6] Jesus answered,
"I have to go back because my friend Lazarus has fallen asleep and I must wake him."
They replied, "If he is asleep, he will wake up." [7] Jesus told them plainly,
"I mean that Lazarus is dead. For your sakes I’m glad I wasn’t there so that now you will believe. Let us go to him."
[8] Thomas told the other disciples,
"Oh, for heaven’s sake. Let’s go and die with Jesus."
[9] Jesus and his disciples set out to Bethany.
[10] When they arrived, they found out that Lazarus had been in his tomb for four days.
[11] Martha came out to meet Jesus.
[12] She said, "Jesus, if you had been here Lazarus would not have died.
But I am sure that if you ask God, he will give you whatever you want."
[13] Jesus told her, "Your brother will live." Martha answered, "I know that he will rise on the last day, when all the dead will rise." [14] Jesus then said, "I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will come to life, and whoever is alive and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this, Martha?"
[15] "Yes, Lord," she replied.
"I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God who is to come into the world."
Then Martha went and found Mary. [16] Mary and her many visitors went out to where Jesus was. Mary, crying, said to Jesus,
[17] "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
[18] Jesus was very upset to see Mary cry, and began to cry himself. "Where did you bury him?" he asked, and they told him to come and see. [19] The people said, “See how much he loved Lazarus.” Some of them said, "He cured the blind so they could see. Why didn’t he keep Lazarus from dying?" [20] By this time Jesus had arrived at the tomb. [21] [22] Then he told the people to roll the stone away.
[23] After the neighbors rolled the stone away, Jesus prayed.
[24] Jesus looked up toward heaven and prayed,
"Thank you, Father, for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me, but I am praying this out loud so these people can hear me and believe that you sent me. [25] Lazarus! Come out!"
[26] Lazarus came out of the tomb. He was wrapped in strips of cloth from his burial. Jesus then told the people, "Untie him and let him free." [27] Many of the people there saw what Jesus had done, and believed in him.

Reader 2: The sisters of Lazarus sent word to Jesus, saying,
“Master, the one you love is ill.”
When Jesus heard this he said,
“This illness is not to end in death,
but is for the glory of God,
that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
So when he heard that he was ill,
he remained for two days in the place where he was.
Then after this he said to his disciples,
+Let us go back to Judea.”
When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus
had already been in the tomb for four days.
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming,
she went to meet him;
but Mary sat at home.
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 of God,
God will give you.”
Jesus said to her,
Your brother will rise.”
Martha said,
“I know he will rise,
in the resurrection on the last day.”
Jesus told her,
“I am the resurrection and the life;
whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live,
and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.
Do you believe this?”
She said to him, “Yes, Lord.
I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
the one who is coming into the world.”
He became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,
“Where have you laid him?”
They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept.
So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”
But some of them said,
“Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man
have done something so that this man would not have died?”
So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.
It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.
Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”
Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him,
“Lord, by now there will be a stench;
he has been dead for four days.”
Jesus said to her,
“Did I not tell you that if you believe
you will see the glory of God?”
So they took away the stone.
And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me.
I know that you always hear me;
but because of the crowd here I have said this,
that they may believe that you sent me.”
And when he had said this,
He cried out in a loud voice,
“Lazarus, come out!”
The dead man came out,
tied hand and foot with burial bands,
and his face was wrapped in a cloth.
So Jesus said to them,
“Untie him and let him go.”
Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary
and seen what he had done began to believe in him.

Reader 2: The Gospel of the Lord.

All: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

Gospel Slideshow

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Gospel Illustration

Reflection on the Readings

General Intercessions

Leader: Now let’s pray together to God for what we need.

Reader 3: For all those who are seriously ill at this time,
that they may feel God's love and receive healing,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For medical workers, police, government leaders,
and all those working hard to help others at this time,
may God give them strength and wisdom,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: That those who are lonely, scared, and confused at this time,
that they can feel God’s love for them,
let us pray to the Lord.

All: Lord, hear our prayer.

Reader 3: For what else and for who else shall we pray?

Lord's Prayer

Leader: Jesus taught us to call God our Father, and so we have the courage to say:

All: 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.

Sign of Peace

Leader: Let us now offer each other a sign of peace.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader: The response is: Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine are turned into your Body and Blood.
Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Leader: Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Concluding Rite

Blessing & Dismissal

Leader: May the Lord bless us
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

All: Amen.

Leader: Go in the peace of Christ.

All: Thanks be to God.

Closing Song

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