Can these bones live?

Social Distance Worship on March 29th, 2020 | Ezekiel 37:1-14


Social Distance Worship [SDW] is not a livestream, but a liturgy that can be followed from the comforts of your home, or any other place beyond the sanctuary, during the COVID-19 pandemic. This liturgy features prayers, Bible readings and recordings of a sermon and worship songs from our regular services. Each Sunday morning at 8:00 a.m. (CET) we will post a new SDW liturgy to our website, and you can find today’s liturgy on this page.


I. Greeting


II. Opening

(Listen in silent meditation or sing along)

Lord, listen to Your children praying.

Lord, send Your Spirit in this place.

Lord, listen to Your children praying.

Send us love, send us power, send us grace.


III. Adoration

Prayer of Adoration

O God of love, power, and grace I worship You and bless Your name, and I join Your people in other places to offer You my thanks and praise. Lord, within this moment we celebrate Your many gifts, and especially the gift of Christ Who is the Hope of glory and the Light of the world. May our dancing, singing, and praying be a lighthouse in these darkened times; a beacon of joy that shines for all with faith, hope, and steadfast love. In Your holy name I pray. Amen.

Song of Adoration (Siyahamba – We Are Marching)

We are marching in the light of God! We are marching in the light of God!

We are marching in the light of God! We are marching in the light of God!

We are marching (marching, we are marching)! Oo, we are marching in the light of God!

We are marching (marching, we are marching)! Oo, we are marching in the light of God!

 

We are dancing in the light of God! We are dancing in the light of God!

We are dancing in the light of God! We are dancing in the light of God!

We are dancing (dancing, we are dancing)! Oo, we are dancing in the light of God!

We are dancing (dancing, we are dancing)! Oo, we are dancing in the light of God!

 

We are singing in the light of God! We are singing in the light of God!

We are singing in the light of God! We are singing in the light of God!

We are singing (singing, we are singing)! Oo, we are singing in the light of God!

We are singing (singing, we are singing)! Oo, we are singing in the light of God!

 

We are praying in the light of God! We are praying in the light of God!

We are praying in the light of God! We are praying in the light of God!

We are praying (praying, we are praying)! Oo, we are praying in the light of God!

We are praying (praying, we are praying)! Oo, we are praying in the light of God!

 

We are marching in the light of God! We are marching in the light of God!

We are marching in the light of God! We are marching in the light of God!

We are marching (marching, we are marching)! Oo, we are marching in the light of God!

We are marching (marching, we are marching)! Oo, we are marching in the light of God!


IV. Confession

Prayer of Confession

O Merciful Father, though we seek to walk in Your light, we sometimes walk in darkness and go astray like wayward sheep. Lord, shepherd us beyond our wants and give us faith. Lord, shepherd us beyond our fears and give us hope. Lord, shepherd us beyond all death and give us life; the life You bring through Jesus Christ, Who gives us grace for all our sins. In His name, we pray. Amen.

 (Confess in Silence)

Song of Confession (Shepherd Me, O God)

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Beyond my fears, from death into life.

 

God is my Shepherd, so nothing shall I want

I rest in the meadows of faithfulness and love

I walk by the quiet waters of peace.

 

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Beyond my fears, from death into life.

 

Gently You raise me and heal my weary soul,

You lead me by pathways of righteousness and truth

My spirit shall sing the music of Your name.

 

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Beyond my fears, from death into life.

 

Though I should wander the valley of death,

I fear no evil, for You are at my side

Your rod and Your staff, my comfort and my hope.

 

Shepherd me, O God, beyond my wants,

Beyond my fears, from death into life.

Confession of Forgiveness

(Read this aloud)

O come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving;

Let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
In His hand are the depths of the earth; the heights of the mountains are His also.
The sea is His, for He made it, and His hands formed the dry land.

O come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.

Song of Forgiveness (You Gotta Walk That Lonesome Valley)

You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.

 

Some folks say that John was a Baptist,

Some folks say he was a Jew,
But the Holy Bible tells us
That he was a preacher too.

 

You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.

 

Daniel was a Bible hero,

He was a prophet brave and true,

In a den of hungry lions
Proved what faith can do for you.

 

You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.

 

There’s a road that leads to glory

Through a valley far away,

Nobody else can walk it for you,

They can only point the way.

 

You gotta walk that lonesome valley,
You gotta walk it by yourself,
Nobody here can walk it for you,
You gotta walk it by yourself.


V. Message

Scripture Reading (Ezekiel 37:1-14)

1 The 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. And He led me around among them, and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley, and behold, they were very dry. And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” Then He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones, and say to them, O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And 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 Lord.”

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

11 Then 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.’ 12 Therefore prophesy, and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: 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. 13 And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves, and raise you from your graves, O My people. 14 And 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.”

Sermon

Preacher: Rev. Dr. Scotty J. Williams

Title: Beyond the Valley


VI. Thanksgiving

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Precious Lord, I thank You for the fellowship of the Holy Spirit that unites me to the Savior and my brothers and sisters in other places. Thank You for hearing our prayers and the answers You will give to us, and thank You for the privilege to offer prayers for all the world. I ask that you cure the sick and bring Your healing mercy to those who are afflicted, and renew the spirits of Your people that we might walk Your way of truth and life. Lord, take our hands as You walk with us in this valley, and lead us through the darkness with Your light to the home that we are hoping for. Through Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Song of Thanksgiving (Precious Lord, Take My Hand)

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When my way grows drear,
Precious Lord, linger near
When my life is almost gone
Hear my cry, hear my call
Hold my hand lest I fall.
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

 

When darkness appears,
And the night draws near,
And the day is past and gone,
At the river I stand,
Guide me feet, hold my hand.
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.

 

Precious Lord, take my hand
Lead me on, let me stand
I am tired, I am weak, I am worn.
Through the storm, through the night
Lead me on to the light,
Take my hand precious Lord, lead me home.


VII. Closing

The Lord’s 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 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 and ever.

Amen.

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The concept of this service is © All Souls.