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Worshipping God

Following Jesus

Sharing His Love


This prayer may be read before the readings and the sermon:

O God, by the power of Your Holy Spirit,

open our hearts and minds

that as the Scriptures are read

and Your Word is proclaimed,

we may hear what You are saying to us today.


In the reading of the Scripture,

may Your Word be heard.

In the meditations of our hearts,

may Your Word be known;

and in the faithfulness of our lives,

may Your Word be shown.

       Amen.


Readings


Old Testament Reading:  Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14   

1The hand of the Lord was upon me and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord
and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones.
2And He led me around among them and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley
and behold, they were very dry.
3And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”

And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

4Then He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, O dry bones,
hear the word of the L
ord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones:
Behold, I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live.
6And I will lay sinews upon you
and will cause flesh to come upon you and cover you with skin and put breath in you and you shall live
and you shall know that I am the L
ord.”

7So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound and behold,
a rattling and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8And I looked and behold,
there were sinews on them and flesh had come upon them and skin had covered them.
But there was no breath in them.

9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man
and say to the breath,
Thus says the Lord G
od: Come from the four winds, O breath and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10So I prophesied as He commanded me and the breath came into them and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’
12Therefore prophesy and say to them,
Thus says the Lord G
od: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people.
And I will bring you into the land of Israel.
13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves,
O my people.
14And I will put my Spirit within you and you shall live and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the Lord; I have spoken and I will do it, declares the Lord.”


This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


New Testament Reading:  Romans 8: 5 – 11   

5Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
6For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
7For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot. 8Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells
in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.
10But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.
11If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies
through His Spirit who dwells in you.


This is the word of the Lord

Thanks be to God


Sunday Service