Opposite of …

Dr. Jonathan Sloan gives a message about hope even when things feel hopeless and how we can be the ones to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ using creative ways. Based Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 11:32-44

Check the bulletin below the video for a link to the virtual choir video on YouTube (in the audio sermon it has been cut short)

The Service for the Lord’s Day
March 29, 2020    10:30 am
“The Opposite of …”

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WE GATHER TO PRAISE GOD, THE LORD OF LIFE

Prelude                                           “Thine Is the Glory”                                       arr. V Labenstie

“In the Cross of Christ I Glory”                         arr. P Drennam

“Alleluia!  Alleluia!                                  arr. P Drennam

 

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 Tuesday @ 10:30am and Friday @ 12:00pm, virtual. LENTEN BIBLE STUDY

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING don’t forget to feed your hungry fish! They will be netted on Easter Sunday at our Drive-In  worship service. Thank you!

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PALM SUNDAY:  Join us on Facebook for Palm Sunday.  Watch your mail for your own palm to wave during this special worship service, www.facebook.com/FirstPresbyterianChurchOmaha.

 EASTER SUNDAY:  Gather your family for a Sunday drive, to the Mutual of Omaha parking lot to the south of the church building.  Wave to your friends from your vehicle and celebrate the glorious resurrection of Christ.

             

    We are excited to share that Sunday School resumes this Sunday via Zoom!

     Classes for all ages are being offered LIVE at 9:30! Contact the church for access.

 

SERVICE 

 HAND UP FOOD PANTRY:  The pantry will still run on Thursday with drive-thru and walk-up service.  Please contact Judy Money for more information or to volunteer.

      In addition, pre-packed bags will be available through the office during working hours for as long as the need continues.  Volunteers  are needed to pack bags.  This would be a great opportunity for families looking for a way to help while schools are not meeting.  Please contact Sherri or Pastor Jenni for more information.

  

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The Greeting and Welcoming of One Another

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Hymn                                    “Open the Eyes of My Heart”                                 P Baloche

 

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see You

I want to see You

 

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see You

I want to see You

 

To see You high and lifted up

Shinin’ in the light of Your glory

Pour out Your power and love

As we sing holy, holy, holy

 

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see You

I want to see You

 

Open the eyes of my heart, Lord

Open the eyes of my heart

I want to see You

I want to see You

 

To see You high and lifted up

Shinin’ in the light of Your glory

Pour out Your power and love

As we sing holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy

I want to see you

 

Holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy

Holy, holy, holy

I want to see you

 

Call to Worship                                                                                                       AJ Baratta

Leader:     We gather this morning isolated from each other;

People:    yet in Christ, we are never alone.

Leader:     We may be fearful and confused;

People:    yet in Christ we find strength and assurance.                             

       Leader:     No matter who we are or what we feel when we are alone, we are at our

very best and never alone when we are with Christ.

ALL:        Let us worship God!

 

 

Hymn                                               “Oh My Soul”                                               Casting Crowns

 

Oh, my soul

Oh, how you worry

Oh, how you’re weary, from fearing you lost control

This was the one thing, you didn’t see coming

And no one would blame you, though

If you cried in private

If you tried to hide it away, so no one knows

No one will see, if you stop believing

 

Oh, my soul

You are not alone

There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know

One more day, He will make a way

Let Him show you how, you can lay this down

‘Cause you’re not alone

 

Here and now

You can be honest

I won’t try to promise that someday it all works out

‘Cause this is the valley

And even now, He is breathing on your dry bones

And there will be dancing

There will be beauty where beauty was ash and stone

This much I know

 

Oh, my soul

You are not alone

There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know

One more day, He will make a way

Let Him show you how, you can lay this down

 

I’m not strong enough, I can’t take anymore

And my shipwrecked faith will never get me to shore

Can He find me here

Can He keep me from going under

 

Oh, my soul

You are not alone

There’s a place where fear has to face the God you know

One more day, He will make a way

Let Him show you how, you can lay this down

 

‘Cause you’re not alone

 

Oh, my soul

You’re not alone

 

Prayer of Confession (Unison)

            Dear Lord, we usually see ourselves in the light of the world, and we don’t always like what we see.  We listen to Your promises, but we struggle to believe that we are worthy of Your love.  You tell us to give You our worries and cares, yet our doubts prevent us from letting go completely.  Remind us that You see us glowing in the light of Your presence; that in spite of ourselves, You will fulfil Your word; that in holding fast to You, we are truly free; that everything You are and everything You expect us to be contradicts everything we often are.… (Silent time of prayer)

 

Assurance of Pardon

Leader:     The opposite of death is life with the Lord.  The opposite of fear is faith in

Him.  The opposite of sin is His love and mercy.

ALL:        Thanks be to God!

 

The Gloria Patri – Hymn Tune, 581

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.  Amen. 

 

WE HEAR GOD’S WORD

Children’s Message

 

Message             “Opposite of …”          Dr. Jonathan Sloan

Ezekiel 37:1-14, John 11:32-44

 

Ezekiel 37:1-14:  The Valley of Dry Bones

37 The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry. He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?” I answered, “O Lord God, you know.” Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath[a] to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath[b] in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone. I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them. Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath:[c] Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath,[d] and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” 10 I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

11 Then he said to me, “Mortal, these bones are the whole house of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up, and our hope is lost; we are cut off completely.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: I am going to open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people; and I will bring you back to the land of Israel. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and bring you up from your graves, O my people. 14 I will put my spirit within you, and you shall live, and I will place you on your own soil; then you shall know that I, the Lord, have spoken and will act, says the Lord.”

John 11:32-44:  32 When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”  33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. 34 “Where have you laid him?” he asked.  “Come and see, Lord,” they replied. 35 Jesus wept. 36 Then the Jews said, “See how he loved him!”  37 But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind  an have kept this man from dying?”  Jesus Raises Lazarus From the Dead  38 Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance. 39 “Take away the stone,” he said.

“But, Lord,” said Martha, the sister of the dead man, “by this time there is a bad odor, for he has been there four days.”  40 Then Jesus said, “Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?”

41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard me. 42 I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.”  43 When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

 

WE RESPOND TO GOD’S WORD

Hymn #687                          “O God Our Help in Ages Past”

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home:

 

Beneath the shadow of thy throne thy saints have dwelt secure;

sufficient is thine arm alone, and our defense is sure.

 

Before the hills in order stood, or earth received its frame,

from everlasting thou art God, to endless years the same.

 

A thousand ages in thy sight are like an evening gone,

short as the watch that ends the night before the rising sun.

 

Time, like an ever rolling stream, bears all our years away;

they fly forgotten, as a dream dies at the opening day.

 

Our God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,

be thou our guard while life shall last, and our eternal home.

 

Prayers of the People and The Lord’s Prayer (Unison)

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, forever. Amen.

 

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Offertory Anthem                        “Sunday Joy!”                                            arr. M Hayes

 

Prayer of Dedication

 

WE GO FORTH TO SERVE

Hymn  #839                       “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine”

 

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.

 

Perfect submission, perfect delight,

visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

angels descending, bring from above

echoes of mercy, whispers of love.

 

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.

 

Perfect submission, all is at rest;

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

watching and waiting, looking above,

filled with his goodness, lost in his love.

 

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.

 

Benediction

Benediction Response    “Blest Be the Tie that Binds”                               arr. L Mason

 

Blest be the tie that binds     

our hearts in Christian love.

The fellowship of kindred minds

is like to that above.

 

When we are called to part,

it gives us inward pain;

but we shall still be joined in heart,

and hope to meet again.

 

Postlude                                   “Trumpet Tune in C Major”                                       C Penfield

 

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As you sign off today, be assured that the Lord sees you as a reflection of Himself,  

and wants you to shine His light, no matter how dark things may appear.