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Readings for Sunday 29 March - LENT V
with prayers

Old Testament Reading:  Ezekiel 37: 1 – 14

1The hand of the Lord was upon me and He brought me out in the Spirit of the Lord
and set me down in the middle of the valley; it was full of bones. 2And He led me around among them and behold, there were very many on the surface of the valley
and behold, they were very dry.
3And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” And I answered, “O Lord God, You know.”

4Then He said to me, “Prophesy over these bones and say to them, O dry bones,
hear the word of the L
ord. 5Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live. 6And I will lay sinews upon you and will cause flesh
to come upon you and cover you with skin and put breath in you and you shall live
and you shall know that I am the L

7So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I prophesied, there was a sound and behold,
a rattling and the bones came together, bone to its bone.
8And I looked and behold,
there were sinews on them and flesh had come upon them and skin had covered them.
But there was no breath in them.

9Then He said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man and say to the breath,
Thus says the Lord G
od: Come from the four winds, O breath and breathe on these slain, that they may live.” 10So I prophesied as He commanded me and the breath came into them and they lived and stood on their feet, an exceedingly great army.

11Then He said to me, “Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel.
Behold, they say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is lost; we are indeed cut off.’
12Therefore prophesy and say to them, Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I will open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. And I will bring you into the land
of Israel.
13And you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and raise you from your graves, O my people. 14And I will put my Spirit within you and you shall live
and I will place you in your own land. Then you shall know that I am the L
I have spoken and I will do it, declares the Lord.”

New Testament Reading:  Romans 8: 5 – 11

5Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh,
but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.
6For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life
and peace.
7For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God,
for it does not submit to God's law; indeed, it cannot.
8Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.

9You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells
in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him.
10But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life
because of righteousness.
11If the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,
He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.

Gospel Reading:   John 11: 1 – 45   
1Now a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
2It was Mary who anointed the Lord with ointment and wiped His feet with her hair,
whose brother Lazarus was ill.
3So the sisters sent to Him, saying,
“Lord, he whom You love is ill.”
4But when Jesus heard it He said, “This illness does not lead to death. It is for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

5Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. When He heard that Lazarus was ill, He stayed two days longer in the place where He was. 7Then after this He said to
the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
8The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, the Jews were just now seeking to stone You and are You going there again?” 9Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world. 10But if anyone walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.” 11After saying these things,
He said to them,
“Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I go to awaken him.”
12The disciples said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13Now Jesus had spoken of his death,
but they thought that He meant taking rest in sleep.
14Then Jesus told them plainly,
“Lazarus has died
15and for your sake I am glad that I was not there, so that you may believe.
But let us go to him.”
16So Thomas, called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples,
“Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

17Now when Jesus came, He found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. 18Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off 19and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. 20So when Martha heard
that Jesus was coming, she went and met Him, but Mary remained seated in the house.
21Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22But even now I know that whatever You ask from God, God will give you.”

23Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to Him,
“I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”

25Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life.
Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live
26and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.
Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God,
who is coming into the world.”

28 When she had said this, she went and called her sister Mary, saying in private,
“The Teacher is here and is calling for you.”
29And when she heard it, she rose quickly and went to Him.

30Now Jesus had not yet come into the village, but was still in the place where Martha
had met Him.
31When the Jews who were with her in the house, consoling her,
saw Mary rise quickly and go out, they followed her, supposing that she was going
to the tomb to weep there.
32Now when Mary came to where Jesus was and saw Him,
she fell at His feet, saying to Him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not
have died.”
33When Jesus saw her weeping and the Jews who had come with her
also weeping, He was deeply moved in His spirit and greatly troubled.

34And he said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35Jesus wept. 36So the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”

37But some of them said,
“Could not He who opened the eyes of the blind man also have kept this man from dying?”

38Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave and a stone lay against it. 39Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him,
“Lord, by this time there will be [a stink], for he has been dead four days.”

40Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?”
41So they took away the stone. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said,
“Father, I thank You that You have heard me.
42I knew that You always hear me,
but I said this on account of the people standing around, that they may believe
that You sent me.”

43When he had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out.”
44The man who had died came out, his hands and feet bound with linen strips
and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Unbind him and let him go.”

45Many of the Jews therefore, who had come with Mary and had seen what He did,
believed in Him.

Prayer for all affected by the coronavirus – covid-19

Keep us good Lord, under the shadow of Your mercy.

Sustain and support the anxious, be with those who care for the sick

and lift up all who are brought low;

that we may find comfort knowing that nothing can separate us

from Your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus,
You are the Prince of Peace and the King of Love who casts out fear.

Please help us not to be anxious about covid-19, but to seek Your wisdom.

Please help us to stay vigilant about taking precautions and planning ahead.

Please help us to show compassion to those who may be vulnerable

and to those who are working for us.

Lord in your mercy Hear Our Prayer

 Prayers for today, Sunday 29 March