Sermons

Rev. Dr. Russ Daye

Zoom Worship – 25th after Pentecost

November 14, 2021

Psalm 77, selected verses (NRSV)

I cry aloud to God,
    aloud to God, that he may hear me.

 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
    in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
    my soul refuses to be comforted.
I consider the days of old,
    and remember the years of long ago.

 I commune[a] with my heart in the night;
    I meditate and search my spirit:

 “Will the Lord spurn forever,
    and never again be favorable?

 Has his steadfast love ceased forever?
    Are his promises at an end for all time?
I will call to mind the deeds of the Lord;
    I will remember your wonders of old.

 I will meditate on all your work,
    and muse on your mighty deeds.
Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is so great as our God?

 You are the God who works wonders;
    you have displayed your might among the peoples.

 You led your people like a flock
    by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Ezekiel 37:1-10                         

The hand of the Lord came upon me, and he brought me out by the spirit of the Lord and set me down in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones.  He led me all around them; there were very many lying in the valley, and they were very dry.   He said to me, “Mortal, can these bones live?”  I answered, “O Lord God, you know.”  Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus says the Lord God to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. I will lay sinews on 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 Lord.”

So I prophesied as I had been commanded; and as I prophesied, suddenly there was a noise, a rattling, and the bones came together, bone to its bone.  I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had come upon them, and skin had covered them; but there was no breath in them.  Then 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.”  I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood on their feet, a vast multitude.

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