Call to worship
Lord, we come crying to you from the depths. We come bearing our souls and awaiting your response.
We wait in hope, knowing that you promise to hear and provide.
Opening prayer of confession
Friends, today is a Sunday for refreshment, a time of Sabbath relief in the midst of this challenging Lent. Believing God’s promise of forgiveness, let us rejoice in the gift of confession. Let us pray together:
God of all that is, seen and unseen, when you ask us if dry bones can live, we are skeptical, wary of looking foolish preaching to the long-dead and unsure that your Spirit is really enough to bring sinew and breath to places of loss and desolation. Forgive our lack of trust and help us to proclaim your life-giving power with courage, no matter the circumstances. Silence in us any voice but yours until that time when Christ returns and death and crying and mourning are no more.
Assurance of Pardon
Hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love, and with God is great power to redeem. It is the Lord who will redeem us from all its iniquities.
Friends, believe the Good News, through Jesus Christ we are forgiven! Thanks be to God! Amen!
1 Kings 19:7-13
Reflection: "Elijah on Mount Horeb"