Fifth Sunday in Lent
March 29, 2020 10:30 AM
Before the service begins:
- Please turn the volume up on your device and within the video itself: look for the volume icon in the video window.
- Make sure you have a candle and lighter.
We invite you to light a candle with us.
Welcome and Announcements
Rev. Cynthia Good, Pastor
Gathering Words: Join in at home if you wish.
In the stillness…
In the quiet…
In all that rests on our minds and hearts…
Our souls wait for you, O God.
In everything moving too quickly…
In our feelings of helplessness before all the obstacles that surround…
As anxiety abounds and needs exceed our capacities…
Our souls wait for you, O God.
Though we cannot yet perceive the way from here…
We do not give up on each other. We do not give in to despair.
We trust in the One who has companioned life and love through the troubles of every generation.
Our hope is this: through all things, God resides with us, within us, around us.
God of the dead and God of the living, hold us close as we linger in these delicate days. May we perceive with clarity all that you would have us glean from what surrounds. Where a collective lack of love and justice are failing us, embolden us to live differently – today. Let your Spirit come swiftly and transform us with hope. Amen.
Question: What blocks you from receiving new life? New hope?
Passing the Peace
Please text or email or write a note to someone, perhaps someone you don’t know well.
Scripture: Psalm 130 The Voice
From the depths of disaster I appeal to You, O Eternal One:
Lord, hear my cry! Attune Your ears to my humble prayer!
If You, Eternal One, recorded each offense, Lord, who on earth could stand innocent?
But with You forgiveness exists; that’s why true respect of You might flow.
So I wait for the Eternal – my soul waits for the Lord to break into the world more than night watchmen expect the break of day, even more than night watchmen expect the break of day.
O Israel, ground your hope in the Eternal. For the Eternal lives the most loyal love, and with Him comes the most abundant redemption.
He will ransom Israel from all the sinful acts that stole you away.
The Word of God for the people of God. Thanks be to God!
Scripture: John 11:1-45
New Revised Standard Version
The Death of Lazarus
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, “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.” 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, “Let us go to Judea again.” The disciples said to him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now trying to stone you, and are you going there again?” Jesus answered, “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.” After saying this, he told them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to awaken him.” The disciples said to him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will be all right.” Jesus, however, had been speaking about his death, but they thought that he was referring merely to sleep. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. For your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.” Thomas, who was called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with him.”
Jesus the Resurrection and the Life
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, “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 said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” Jesus said to her, “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?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world.”
When she had said this, she went back and called her sister Mary, and told her privately, “The Teacher is here and is calling for you.” 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, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was greatly disturbed in spirit and deeply moved. He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to him, “Lord, come and see.” Jesus began to weep. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him!” But some of them said, “Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?”
Jesus Raises Lazarus to Life
Then Jesus, again greatly disturbed, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone was lying against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, already there is a stench because he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone. And Jesus looked upward and said, “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.” When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with strips of cloth, and his face wrapped in a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him, and let him go.”
Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what Jesus did, believed in him.
For the Word of God in Scripture, for the Word of God among us,
for the Word of God within us, thanks be to God!
Thoughts Lisa McColgan, student intern
A Minute for Quiet Reflection
Sharing of Joys and Concerns
Type your joys and concerns on the screen.
Silent Prayer and Pastoral Prayer
The Lord’s Prayer
We invite you to use your chosen words for God: Father, Mother, or…
Our Creator, 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 trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
Though we face difficult truths and realities, we do so in the company of God and one another. Together, we can hold what must be held. Together, we can support those who need it most. Together, we can tend life even in the midst of death. God is with us. Let us share what we have.
Prayer of Thanksgiving
Beloved One, you multiply all that we bring in love. As we remember those struggling with lack today – lack of connection, lack of rest, lack of resources, or lack of hope – we remember you can turn even the smallest offerings into an abundance of hope. Make us generous in spirit as we seek to center the needs of our most vulnerable neighbors. Amen.
As we depart from the presence of one another,
we do so in the knowledge that Love Eternal holds us together.
Until we come together again,
may you find courage in the witness of the faithful.
May the peace of the Holy Spirit move through your every breath.
And may you trust in the Wisdom of Christ within you.
Gathering Words, Unison Prayer, Offering Introduction, Prayer of Thanksgiving, and Benediction ©enfleshed
Supporting the Arlington EATS Market
The market is not currently accepting donations of food. You can help your neighbors in this time of crisis by donating to the COVID-19 fund. Our emergency response to this pandemic means logistical organizing and spending extra on purchase of prepackaged emergency food kits and snacks so we can keep all our neighbors fed at this critical time.
We Need Easter Pictures!
Please take a picture of you/your household in an Easter bonnet holding a sign that says “Alleluia!” and send it to office at calvaryarlington dot org for our Easter slideshow. We need all pictures by April 7th.
Celebrations and Concerns
Prayers of Thanksgiving for:
- Birthday people: Andrea N on the 1st and Matthew R on the 3rd!
- Rao and Mark; Rao will be getting her green card soon!
- Bob B, who is doing very well with no ill effects from his recent stroke.
Prayers of Intercession for:
- Everyone who is suffering during the pandemic and all the decision makers who are under stress.
- Those who work in grocery stores, public safety, and medicine.
- Safety and health for high-risk folks and people in care facilities.
- Those who are depressed and those going through difficult times.
- Students traveling home from campus, those who must self-isolate in dorms, and seniors whose final semester will not be what they hoped.
- Chris and family.
- Juliana, who is hospitalized with pneumonia; and her daughter Mary, who has a bad case of the flu.
- Anders, a friend of Lois H, who is self-isolating in his dorm at BU.
- Deb, Carmen P’s mother-in-law, who has cancer.
- Joe, Lois H’s neighbor, who is healthy enough to join the transplant waiting list for a new heart and lungs.
- Dottie S, Steve’s mother, who is dealing with health issues.
- Family and friends of those who have died recently:
- Mary B, Jim B’s aunt.
- Gloria, the mother of a friend of Sonya C.
- Mumtaz on March 4th.
- Lauren on February 14th.
- Ken W’s Aunt Marilyn.
- The countries of Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia. The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle for the world is at oikoumene.org/en/resources/prayer-cycle.
Please send prayer requests to Susan in the church office.