Anna's Hosannas!
Free Worship Resources for Use with the Lectionary

Call to Worship (adapted from Psalm 130):
L: Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD.
P:  Lord, hear my voice! 
L: If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
P: But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
L: I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, 
P: And in God's word I hope;
L:  My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning, 
ALL: More than those who watch for the morning.

Alternate Call to Worship,adapted from Psalm 130),  for call-and-response singing: "Out of the Depths"  
Lenten Meditation: Wrapped in darkness, the darkness also within you, you wait, O Lazarus.  While your family and friends mourn, while Jesus weeps himself outside your tomb, you wait.  You have no strength left, no will left, to fight.  You must wait in the darkness, and see what God will do next. Enclosed in shroud, sealed behind a stone, what do you wait for?  The impossible.  The return of life.  It's all you can do. It's all we can do too.  As we draw nearer the mystery and horror of the cross, we too grow weak.  We begin to feel ourselves entangled in shroud, threatened by tomb.  We will wait with you, brother Lazarus.  We will wait, and as those who watch for the morning.  (put out fifth candle)

Stewardship Meditation: As we approach the table today, we  remember the Valley of Dry Bones, a place of loss and suffering.  We acknowledge the tragedy in our world today: devastation in Haiti and Japan, wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, poverty and sickness in our own country.  But we remember that they are hard to destroy.  Bones hold the memory of life and possibility, and the seed of resurrection. And so now, as God leads, we sing over the bones, calling them back to life.  In the graveyards of the world and of our own hearts, we call to that which is lost, singing of God's grace and promise.  These bones shall live!  And so we bring our gifts and tithes.  We will be a part of the new thing God is doing, and it shall be done in us.  The morning offering will now be given and received.