Lost hope gives way to new life — This week at ELC

EZ 37

Everyone has the experience of despair and suffering at one time or another.  But God does promise new beginnings and God delivers the breath of life.  Join us for worship as we hear that word of new beginnings.

Worship with Holy Communion this week:

Saturday – 5:00 p.m. in the chapel

Sunday – 8:30 a.m. Traditional Worship

9:30 a.m. Sunday School and Fellowship

10:30 a.m. Contemporary Worship

Ezekiel and the Valley of Dry Bones – December 3, 2017

 SHARE:   What was a high point of your day? What was a low point?

 READ: Read the following daily readings to deepen your understanding

Sunday, Ezekiel 37:1-14, Ezekiel: Valley of Dry Bones

Monday, Ezekiel 1:1-14, The Vision of the Chariot

Tuesday, Ezekiel 1:15-28, The Vision of the Chariot

Wednesday, Ezekiel 2:1-3:11, The Vision of the Scroll

Thursday, Ezekiel 40:1-19, The Vision of the New Temple

Friday, Ezekiel 40:20-37, The Vision of the New Temple

Saturday, Ezekiel 40:38-47, The Vision of the New Temple

 TALK:  Consider some of these ideas:

9Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, mortal, and say to the breath: Thus says the Lord God: Come from the four winds, O breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live.” (Ezekiel 37:9)

Yet another prophet promises God’s deliverance for the exiled nation of Israel. How much longer can hey take it? Ezekiel’s vision must certainly be an illustration of a people desperate for life-giving breath.

 What vital part of you is dead or dying?

  • How do you see the state of God’s people?
  • What needs to happen for that part of you to be brought back to life?
  • Why is there reason to hope?

PRAY: God of promise, you have never abandoned us. Strengthen our resolve and fortify our faith in the face of despair, that we might live to sing your praises another day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 BLESS:  May God breathe new life into you. Amen.

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