In John chapter 11, we witness the dramatic miracle of our Lord raising Lazarus from the dead. The brother of Mary and Martha, he was a resident of Bethany. His sister Mary was the same one who poured perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. Having received word of Lazarus’ illness, Jesus waited two more days, and declared to his disciples that Lazarus was indeed dead, and that he would return to Judea to raise him, in spite of the danger.Only two miles away from Jerusalem, Jesus and the disciples arrived at the town, with a mourning company already started. Martha ran ahead to meet the Lord, while Mary remained back. Martha testified to Jesus that if he had been there, Lazarus would not have died. She affirmed, still, that she knew that whatever he asked, God would answer him. Jesus told her that her brother would rise again, and she agreed, that he would in the final resurrection at the last day. Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life” (11.25). He said that the one who believes, though he dies, shall live again, and the one who lives and believes shall never die, and asked if she believed it. She said that she did believe that he was the Messiah, the one who was to come into the world. Jesus would raise Lazarus from the dead, demonstrating in a most public and powerful way that he indeed is the resurrection, the one granted the authority to raise his own from the dead.
Invocation: Our Prayer of Acclamation
God of life and of the resurrection, thank you so much for the life that you provide us through faith in your Son. He indeed is the resurrection and the life, the one through whom life is offered to all humankind by faith. Your love has granted us eternal life, and those who believe shall rise again, all because of your love and grace. We love you because you first loved us, and sent Jesus as our life and salvation. Thank you, and bless you, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Call to Worship
Blessed are you, O God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. And blessed is your Kingdom, both now and forever, Amen.
Te Deum Laudamus
You are God: we praise you; you are the Lord; we acclaim you; you are the eternal Father: All creation worships you. To you all angels, all the powers of heaven, Cherubim and Seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
The glorious company of apostles praise you. The noble fellowship of prophets praise you. The white-robed army of martyrs praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you; Father, of majesty unbounded, your true and only Son, worthy of all worship, and the Holy Spirit, advocate and guide.
You, Christ, are the king of glory, the eternal Son of the Father. When you became man to set us free you did not shun the Virgin’s womb. You overcame the sting of death and opened the kingdom of heaven to all believers. You are seated at God’s right hand in glory. We believe that you will come and be our judge. Come then, Lord, and help your people, bought with the price of your own blood, and bring us with your saints to glory everlasting.
Praise and Thanksgiving (songs and prayers)
Glory be to the Father, And to the Son and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, Is now, and ever shall be, World without end. Amen, amen.
*In the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds, the term catholic refers to the Church’s universality, through all ages and times, of all languages and peoples. It refers to no particular tradition or denominational expression (e.g., as in Roman Catholic).
Prayers of Confession
Let us now confess our sins to God and receive mercy and grace to help in our time of need.
Assurance of Pardon
Having faithfully confessed and renounced your sin, Christ also has been faithful to forgive your sins and to purify you from all unrighteousness. It is certain, that there is One who has spoken to the Father in your defense, Jesus Christ, the Righteous One who is the atoning sacrifice for our sins and for the sins of the whole world. His grace and peace are with you now. Amen.
Petitions and Supplications, Ending with The Lord's Prayer
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in 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.
--Matthew 6.9-13 (KJV)
Doxology (and/or closing song)
Praise God from whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him all creatures here below;
Praise Him above ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Affirmation from the Psalms
As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.
~ Psalm 17.15
Pray without Ceasing - Flash Prayer for the Day
Bless you, Lord Jesus, for you are the resurrection and the life.