September 6, 2015
Mark 7:24-37
James 2:1-10 (11-13) 14-17
Proverbs 22:1-2, 8-9, 22-23

God of the living...

Fifth Sunday in Lent


Janice B. Scott



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Prayers usually include these concerns and may follow this sequence:

The Church of Christ

Creation, human society, the Sovereign and those in authority

The local community

Those who suffer

The communion of saints


These responses may be used:


Lord, in your mercy
Hear our prayer
Lord, hear us.
Lord, graciously hear us.

God of the living, it isn't always easy to believe in life after death. My senses tell me that if you exist, then some sort of existence beyond this present one isn't beyond the bounds of possibility. But my brain tells me that whether or not Lazarus was restored to life 2,000 years ago, absolutely no-one has really come back from the dead in living memory. It all feels rather confusing and uncertain. Lord, help me to realise that my faith develops through uncertainties, that if something was certain I'd have no need for faith. And Lord, remind me that I only need faith the size of a mustard seed, for you do all the...

This sermon, God of the living..., is based on John 11:1-45 and relates to Fifth Sunday in Lent of Cycle A of the lectionary. This sermon on John 11:1-45 is just one of over 800 resources created by Janice Scott for The Village Shepherd (a component of SermonSuite). SermonSuite also offers online sermons, professionally published sermons, lectionary sermons, non-lectionary sermons, sermon illustrations, worship resources, preaching resources, sermons on prayer, prayers, Christian drama, lectionary worship, lectionary workbooks and homilies. ...

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