March 29, 2020

Fifth Sunday of Lent

Sunday Readings

Lectionary: 32

Reading 1 - Ezekiel 37:12-14

Responsorial Psalm - Ps 130:1-8
Reading 2 -  Romans 8:8-11

Gospel - John 11:1-45

Reading 1 - Ezekiel 37:12-14

Thus says the Lord GOD: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel.
Then you shall know that I am the LORD, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people!
I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the LORD.  I have promised, and I will do it, says the LORD.

Responsorial Psalm Ps 130:1-8
With the Lord there is mercy and fullness of redemption. Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD;  LORD, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive to my voice in supplication.  If you, O LORD, mark iniquities,  LORD, who can stand?  But with you is forgiveness, that you may be revered.  I trust in the LORD; my soul trusts in his word.  More than sentinels wait for the dawn,
let Israel wait for the LORD.  For with the LORD is kindness and with him is plenteous redemption;  And he will redeem Israel
from all their iniquities.

Reading 2 Romans 8:8-11
Brothers and sisters: Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. But you are not in the flesh;
on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.  Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you,  although the body is dead because of sin,  the spirit is alive because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the one who raised Christ from the dead will give life to your mortal bodies also,
through his Spirit dwelling in you.

Verse Before the Gospel - John 11:25
I am the resurrection and the life, says the Lord: whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live.

Gospel John 11:1-45
Now a man was ill, Lazarus from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.  Mary was the one who had anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and dried his feet with her hair; it was her brother Lazarus who was ill.  So the sisters sent word to him saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.”  When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”  Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.  So when he heard that he was ill, he remained for two days in the place where he was.  Then after this he said to his disciples,
“Let us go back to Judea.”  The disciples said to him,  “Rabbi, the Jews were just trying to stone you, and you want to go back there?”  Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in a day?  If one walks during the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.  But if one walks at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”  He said this, and then told them,  “Our friend Lazarus is asleep, but I am going to awaken him.”  So the disciples said to him,  “Master, if he is asleep, he will be saved.”  But Jesus was talking about his death,  while they thought that he meant ordinary sleep.  So then Jesus said to them clearly, “Lazarus has died.  And I am glad for you that I was not there, that you may believe.  Let us go to him.”  So Thomas, called Didymus, said to his fellow disciples,  “Let us also go to die with him.”

When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days.  Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, only about two miles away.  And many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to comfort them about their brother.  When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him; but Mary sat at home.  Martha said to Jesus,  “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.  But even now I know that whatever you ask of God,  God will give you.”  Jesus said to her,  “Your brother will rise.”  Martha said to him,  “I know he will rise,  in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus told her,  “I am the resurrection and the life;  whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord. I have come to believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,  the one who is coming into the world.”

When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary secretly, saying,  “The teacher is here and is asking for you.”  As soon as she heard this, she rose quickly and went to him.  For Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still where Martha had met him.  So when the Jews who were with her in the house comforting her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, presuming that she was going to the tomb to weep there. When Mary came to where Jesus was and saw him, she fell 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 had come with her weeping, he became perturbed and deeply troubled, and said,  “Where have you laid him?”  They said to him, “Sir, come and see.”
And Jesus wept. So the Jews said, “See how he loved him.”  But some of them said,  “Could not the one who opened the eyes of the blind man have done something so that this man would not have died?”

So Jesus, perturbed again, came to the tomb.  It was a cave, and a stone lay across it.  Jesus said, “Take away the stone.”  Martha, the dead man’s sister, said to him, “Lord, by now there will be a stench; he has been dead for four days.” Jesus said to her,  “Did I not tell you that if you believe  you will see the glory of God?” So they took away the stone.  And Jesus raised his eyes and said,
“Father, I thank you for hearing me. I know that you always hear me; but because of the crowd here I have said this, that they may believe that you sent me.”  And when he had said this,  He cried out in a loud voice,  “Lazarus, come out!”  The dead man came out, tied hand and foot with burial bands, and his face was wrapped in a cloth.  So Jesus said to them,  “Untie him and let him go.”Now many of the Jews who had come to Mary and seen what he had done began to believe in him

General Intercessions

Opening Prayer: Turning our hearts to God who is gracious and merciful, we pray for the church, the world, and all who are in need. Response: Hear our prayer.

We pray for the church.  Bind your faithful people into one body.  Enliven the church with your spirit and bless the work of those who work for its renewal.  Accomplish your work of salvation in us and through us, for the sake of the world.
We pray to the Lord.

We pray for creation.  You love the world you have made and you grieve when creation suffers.  Restore polluted lands and waterways.  Heal areas of the world ravaged by storms, floods, wildfires, droughts, or other natural disasters.  Bring all things to new life.
We pray to the Lord.

We pray for the nations.  Show redemption to all whose watch and wait with eager expectation: those longing for wards to ceases, those waiting for immigration paperwork to finalize, those seeking election, and those in dire need of humanitarian relief.  Come quickly with your hope.
We pray to the Lord.

We pray for those in need.   You weep with those who grieve.  Unbind all who are held captive by anxiety, despair, or pain.  Fill us with compassion and empathy for those who struggle, and keep us faithful in prayer.
We pray to the Lord.

We give thanks for opportunities for this congregation to collaborate with your community in caring for the needs of our neighbors.  Strengthen our ties with other local congregations, agencies, and services.  
We pray to the Lord.

We are living in a challenging time, unsure of what might be next.  Comfort those who lonely during this quarantine.  Guide all of us to do the right thing and to heed the caution of our leaders and heath experts.
We pray to the Lord.

God of life, you are our resurrection.  We remember all those who had died and trust that, in you, they will live again.  We remember especially:

   - our Parishioners & Benefactors,

   - Agata Quattrocchi

   - Frank Locco.

Breathe new life into our dry bones, that we, too , might live with you forever.
We pray to the Lord.

For the prayers we now offer in the silence of our hearts.
We pray to the Lord.

Ending Prayer: According to your steadfast love, O God, hear these and all our prayers as we commend them to you, through Christ our Lord.

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