For me the most moving part of the Awaken Chapter is to admit that God is the one that is awake; that our challenge is to be awake to ourselves and our world the way God is awake to us. This hits home for worship in the midst of rote prayers and ritual. Don’t get me wrong, I love ritual, but we can become “zombie-like” in them.
I chose Ezekiel 37 as my text. I wanted to keep the feeling of spiritual dryness or even death that the book was going for. I also wanted and want to keep the empowerment of humanity piece throughout this series. As you can see from the sermon, God empowers Ezekiel to prophecy to awaken not just himself, but those around him.
Attached is the bulletin and the power point from the service at Ashland Presbyterian Church. Below are the sources sited, as they are not in the bulletin.
Bulletin put together by Shannon Meacham
Power Point for Service put together by Rob Kelly
Sermon by Shannon Meacham
Call to Worship
Opening Prayer (not in Bulletin) Psalm 90 from Psalms for Praying by Nan C. Merrill
Call to Confession adapted from http://re-worship.blogspot.ca/2013/09/prayer-of-confession-joel-2-28-29.html
Confession adapted from http://re-worship.blogspot.ca/2013/10/prayer-romans-13-11-14.html
Assurance adapted from Never Pray Again, pg.16
Scripture reading taken from http://re-worship.blogspot.ca/2014/03/readers-theatre-ezekiel-37-1-14.html