- Most of us think of the Ezekiel 37:1-14 passage being read on Pentecost Sunday, but the life-giving work of the Spirit is not limited to only one day per year. You may want to teach the children the song “Dem Bones” during the Children’s Moment.
- Psalm 130 could be read aloud in unison, serving as the Prayer of Confession.
- John 11:1-45 is a wonderful passage that can be presented as a dramatic reading. You may want to consider and discuss how each featured character may have felt a key points in the narrative (Jesus, the disciples, Mary, Martha, the crowd, Lazarus, etc).
- You could use unrolled gauze bandages in your worship display (inspired by the strips of cloth that bound Lazarus).
Call to Worship (inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14)
Can your people live, O God?
Yes! The Lord gifts us with the Spirit and raises us to new life.
Do we have reason to hope, O God?
Yes! The Lord lifts us up and restores us and makes us secure.
Prayer of Confession (inspired by Ezekiel 37:1-14)
Spirit of God, we confess that we have cut ourselves off from you. Gather us together once again, O Lord. Reconnect us and resurrect us to be filled with the breath of new life, that we may dance and sing your praises with joy.