March 26th 2023 -“Spirit of the Living God, Fall Afresh on Me”

2023-03-26 "Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me" 11 AM

Dear friends, 

This Sunday marks the fifth Sunday in Lent.  Our Gospel reading is taken from John 11: 1-48, “The Death and Resurrection of Lazarus.”  In this amazing event, Jesus went to the tomb where His friend Lazarus was buried for four days and called him out of the grave — miraculously bringing him back to life.  In John 14: 6, Jesus declares, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.”  One commentator notes:  “The miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead is a climax to all the preceding signs that have revealed God’s glory through Jesus.  Here death itself, the final enemy of humanity, is successfully confronted by the One who is Himself the resurrection and the life.  Yet even this glorious sign divides those who witness it.” 

As believers in Christ, we can confidently join the Apostle Paul and say, “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” (1 Corinthians 15: 55); for we know that in Christ Jesus there is eternal life, and resurrection hope, and glory! (1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18). 

Order of Service

Lenten Liturgy
Hymn 202: “We lay our broken world”
Prayer of Adoration
Prayer of Confession
Declaration of Grace
The Lord’s Prayer
Children’s Time
Hymn 352: “And can it be that I should gain”
Responsive reading: Psalm 130
Gloria Patri
Ezekiel 37: 1-14 (en français – English on the screen)
Romans 8: 6-11
The Gospel of John 11: 1-48
Sermon: “Spirit of the living God, fall afresh on me”
Confession of Faith – The Apostles’ Creed
Hymn 389: “Breathe on me, breath of God” (vs 3 en français)
Offering and Offertory
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn 358: “There is a redeemer”
Go now in peace