WELCOME & ANNOUNCEMENTS
CALL TO WORSHIP: Psalm 95:1-2
O come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For the Lord is our God,
and we are the people of God’s pasture, and the sheep of God’s hand.
CALL TO CONFESSION: Daniel 9:9-10
To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness,
for we have rebelled against God,
and have not obeyed the voice of the Lord our God
by following God’s laws, which God set before us by God’s servants the prophets.
Let us confess our sin:
PRAYER OF CONFESSION (unison)
Father, we have done wrong,
by not caring when we should have loved;
by our indifference to the cry of need;
by hating and ignoring our neighbors.
We have rejected the way of your Son.
Forgive us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
WORDS OF ASSURANCE
Listen to the assurance of the grace of God as found in Scripture:
My heart recoils within me;
my compassion grows warm and tender.
I will not execute my fierce anger;
I will not again destroy my people;
for I am God and no mortal,
the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath.
Christ himself bore our sins in his body on the cross,
so that, free from sins, we might live for righteousness.
Therefore I can announce, on the basis of the Scripture, that if we will forgive others, our sins are forgiven.
“Blessed Assurance" words by F. Crosby, music by J. Knapp ©1993 Howard Publishing CCLI License #11085161
Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! O what a foretaste of glory divine!
Heir of salvation, purchase of God, Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.
This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song, Praising my Savior all the day long.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION (unison)
Calm us now, O Lord, into a quietness that heals and listens. Open wounded hearts to the balm of your Word. Speak to us in clear tones so that we might feel our spirits leap for joy and skip with hope as your resurrection witnesses. Amen.
OLD TESTAMENT LESSON:Psalm 130
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord!
For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
and with him is great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
GOSPEL LESSON: John 11:1-45
Narrator: Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha. Mary was the one who anointed the Lord with perfume and wiped his feet with her hair; her brother Lazarus was ill. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, he whom you love is ill.” But when Jesus heard it, he said,
Jesus: This illness does not lead to death; rather it is for God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.
Narrator: Accordingly, though Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus, after having heard that Lazarus was ill, he stayed two days longer in the place where he was. Then after this he said to the disciples,
Jesus: Let us go to Judea again.
Disciple: Rabbi, the Jewish authorities were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?
Jesus: “Are there not twelve hours of daylight? Those who walk during the day do not stumble, because they see the light of this world. But those who walk at night stumble, because the light is not in them.” Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.
Disciple: Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.”
Narrator: Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly,
Jesus: Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.
Narrator: Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples,
Thomas: Let us also go, that we may die with him.
Narrator: When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, some two miles away, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them about their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary stayed at home. Martha said to Jesus,
Martha: Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask of him.
Jesus: Your brother will rise again.
Martha: I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.
Jesus I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
Martha: Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.
Narrator: When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately,
Martha: The Teacher is here and is calling for you.
Narrator: And when she heard it, she got up quickly and went to him. Now Jesus had not yet come to the village, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. The Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her, saw Mary get up quickly and go out. They followed her because they thought that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came where Jesus was and saw him, she knelt at his feet and said to him,
Mary: Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
Narrator: When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved.
Jesus: Where have you laid him?
Mary: Lord, come and see.
Narrator: Jesus began to weep.
Mourner #1: See how he loved him!
Mourner #2: Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?
Narrator: Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it.
Jesus: Take away the stone.
Martha: Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.
Jesus: Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?
Narrator: So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said,
Jesus: Father, I thank you for having heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I have said this for the sake of the crowd standing here, so that they may believe that you sent me. Narrator: When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice,
Jesus: Lazarus, come out!
Narrator: The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth.
Jesus: Unbind him, and let him go.
Narrator: Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
Rev. Charles Maxfield
STATEMENT OF FAITH (unison)Apostle’s Creed
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth: And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into hades; the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
CALL TO OFFERING
There have been some questions about how to give during this time we are not together for worship. While we know your situation may not permit you to give, and that is ok, but if you would like to, please utilize the following ways:
1. Mail a check or your offering envelope to the church address
2. Set up automatic payments with your bank
(this can be done online through your bank or by going into your bank branch office)
3. Use Tithly online giving via the church website or app you can download on your phone
“When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" words by I. Watts; music by G. Chant, L. Mason ©1993 Howard Publishing Co. Inc. CCLI License #11085161
When I survey the wondrous cross on which the Prince of glory died,
My richest gain I count but loss and pour contempt on all my pride.
Were the whole realm of nature mine that were a present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
Almighty God, we offer these gifts to your service in your church, as signs of our dedication to offer you our praise and service throughout our lives.
SHARING PRAYER JOYS & CONCERNS
At this time of prayer my thoughts first go out to my daughter-in-law Chris in North Dakota, who, as a health aid for Hospice, bathes and cares for other needs, of those approaching death, and to my brother-in-law Joe in Florida, who is diabetic, and since his stroke is an invalid. I am sure each one of us can lift up similar persons among our family and friends - the most vulnerable and those in close contact as they care for them.
Let’s lift up in prayer:
•Those who are suffering poor health •Those who work to maintain basic services, in spite of the risk to themselves, especially persons in the medical professions. •Any who are losing income and still have bills to pay •Scientists working to find a cure •Families under stress from too much togetherness
SILENT PRAYER & PASTORAL 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. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
COMMISSION & BENEDICTION
Go forth into the world in peace
be of good courage
hold fast to that which is good
render to no one evil for evil
but strengthen the weak
help the afflicted,
honor all persons,
love and serve the Lord
rejoicing in the power of the Holy Spirit
and may grace and peace
from God our father and our Lord Jesus Christ be with
you all. Amen.
God be with you till we meet again. By His counsels guide uphold you, With His sheep securely fold you. God be with you till we meet again.
Weekly Communitas are available on our website.
Scrapbook Saturday – The Women’s Guild will be hosting Scrapbook Saturday. The originally scheduled date has been postponed to May 9.
Grocery Gift Cards to Support Missions: Giant, Redner’s, & Weis – See Connie Hile
Cemetery Flowers – Please remove all flowers from grave sites by March 29th in preparation for Spring. Thank you!
Community Children’s Egg Hunt – We have decided to cancel this year’s egg hunt to help keep everyone safe and healthy.
St. Joe’s Sexton Position – St. Joseph’s Hill Lutheran Church, 244 Koch Road, Boyertown, PA 19512 is seeking a part-time sexton. The position is for 20-hours per week consisting of 5 days per week. Please note that the church provides an outreach ministry providing a day-care/ pre-school, thus the work hours are in the late afternoon/evening. Duties include cleaning the sanctuary, offices, bathrooms, hallways, classrooms, and other various cleaning functions. Experience preferred. Salary starts at $12.50 per hour. If you wish to apply, send a resume to the church address or e-mail the church at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Outreach Collection – We will be collecting for Operation 143 (formally Operation Backpack) during April. Below is a list of items needed to fill backpacks for kids each weekend. All items should be individual servings and ready to eat. As always, if you wish to donate but don’t want to shop, monetary or Giant gift card donations are welcome. If you have any questions, please see Nikki Weller.
•Tuna To-Go •Hormel Complete Meals •Mac & Cheese, SpaghettiOs or Ravioli •Soup To-Go •Fruit or Applesauce Cups •Granola or Cereal Bars •Pop-Tarts •Non-Refrigerated Milk •Snacks/Cracker Packs •Fruit Snacks •Juice Boxes •Water Bottles •Pudding Cups