Of all the things Jesus did, bringing life to one who was four days dead, Lazarus, was among the most remarkable. How do we live as ones who know this kind of life from death is possible, especially in the times when death haunts even our waking thoughts?
This Sunday we are honored to have Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins as our guest, bringing the word based on the story of Lazarus in John 11:1-44. We consider how we can live as ones unbound and how we can share this gift of life with others, even when the world is in a time of global crisis due to the pandemic.
Join us for 32 minutes of prayer, scripture, a number of favorite hymns, preaching as well as communion.
This week we feature again our friends from the Democratic Republic of Congo singing with Dean Phelps during a visit to our studio, and ask that you pray for them, as we pray for all people and countries of the world in this time of great need.
You may choose to participate, or simply meditate as we tell of Jesus’ invitation to “do this in remembrance of me.”
If you would like to share with us at the table that goes beyond earthly boundaries of time, place, and structure, we ask that you prepare a piece of bread of some type and a drink such as grape juice, wine, or water. As we pray, our prayers extend to where you are. If you are unable to eat or drink, you may want to use a symbolic gesture or mental symbol as you come together at this table of remembrance with us.
(Scroll down for an Order of Worship)
We hope that as you join us for worship you will feel a blessing from being part. Please tell friends, family, and others you know about our online church that is here with doors that are always open, walls as wide as the world, and always room at the table.
ORDER OF WORSHIP:
— Opening background music: “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” – Bev Heid
2. “Gather Us In” – DisciplesNet singers
3. Elder’s Prayer with Lord’s Prayer: Elder Susan
4. “Guide Me O Thou Great Jehovah”
— Ilumbe Ndjongo, Oscar Pemkombe, and Dean Phelps (sung in Lingala–please sing in your language of choice).
5. John 11:1-45 – read and summarized by Amy Grogan, Phillips Theological Seminary
6. Message: “Living Unbound” Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
— Pastor, Bethany Memorial Church, Bethany WV
7. “Farther On” – Dean Phelps
8. Communion: Pastor Deb
9. “We Have Been Redeemed” – Audrey Borschel
10. Sending Out: Rev. Dr. Sharon Watkins
— background music: – “All the Way My Savior Leads Me” – Bev Heid
If you would like to chat with one of our pastors, including talking more about belief in God, becoming a Christian or following Christ, or living as a disciple of Christ, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact us using the contact information on our website, disciplesnet.org, or our Facebook page, DisciplesNet Church.
INVITATION TO GIVING:
DisciplesNet Church is a not-for-profit church that exists to cross barriers and boundaries to share the Good News of God’s redeeming love. We rely on the gifts of our online viewers as we continue to grow and extend our nets around the world.
We also extend the invitation for you to be part of the DisciplesNet ministry by giving a one-time gift, or ongoing, including a tithe. Even the smallest of gifts, like the mustard seed, has a way of growing in amazing ways to share God’s word and the love of Jesus Christ. We have a giving page on our website, disciplesnet.org, and email address: email@example.com
God bless you, and thank you for joining us!