Trinity UMC: Kannapolis
Sunday Morning Worship Service 3/29/2020
Prepare to dive into worship by reading ahead and tending the soil of your heart
Locations & Times
  • Trinity United Methodist Church
    416 E 1st St, Kannapolis, NC 28083, USA
    Sunday 10:30 AM
John 11:1-6

Who remembers having to memorize Bible verses as a child in Sunday School? Everyone memorized the shortest verse in the Bible, “Jesus wept” (John 11:35). But did we ever learn why Jesus wept? The writer of the Gospel of John tells us that “…a certain man was ill, Lazarus of Bethany…” This certain man and his sisters were close friends of Jesus, so close that Jesus wept even as he prepared to show the power of God. Why, do you suppose, did Jesus weep in this moment?

John 11:7-16

By choosing the time for his return to Judea, Jesus also chooses the time for his death to show that he lays down his life freely. Even so, he holds on to the faith statement that he is the light of the world, and the darkness will not overcome the light, not even the darkness of death. Even though death is a reality for all of us, we are called to hold on with faith to the sure and certain hope that death does not have the last word in our lives. Yes, we experience anguish and grief and heartfelt tears when a loved one dies, and the promises of God in the face of death give light for all facing the death of a loved one and facing their own death, for God alone will have the final word in our lives.

John 11:17-27

According to popular Jewish belief at the time of Jesus, the soul hovered around the body in the grave for three days after death hoping to re-enter the body. But after the third day, when the soul sees that the color of the face has changed, the soul leaves the body for good. Jesus waited four days before returning to Bethany for good reason, to show the power of God. Upon arrival, Jesus visited first with Mary and Martha, then the other mourners, and then went out to the cave that served as a tomb. Jesus then asked some of the men to take away the stone from the tomb’s entrance, leading a statement by Martha, translated in the King James Version of the Bible as, “Lord, by this time he stinketh.” Memorize that verse for your next Sunday School memorization drill.

John 11:28-37

For some people, it is simply impossible to accept that there are some things that happen in life for which there is no rational explanation. Yet for many people, their experiences in life have led them to accept that there is genuine mystery to the world, and that faith and reason can and do overlap. Something happened at the tomb of Lazarus that our rational minds cannot explain. And yet, Lazarus was only resuscitated, and would continue grow old and face death once more. Something even more unexplainable to our rational minds happened to Jesus on the third day after his death, resurrection.

John 11:38-45

The gospel writer tells us in verse 45 that “…many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, put their faith in Jesus. The next verse, however, tells us that some people told the Pharisees what had taken place, and the Pharisees and the Scribes got together, called a meeting of the High Council in Jerusalem, and began to plot how to kill Jesus. While the raising Lazarus from the dead is a powerful expression of who and what Jesus is, the powerful expression is a threat to those in power. Faith fully lived has always been and will always be a threat to those who seek to exercise power over others for personal gain. Such is the call to all who follow the risen Christ.


Take a break and walk in the presence of God, knowing that you are a beloved child of God.

Come to online worship at Trinity at 10:30, bringing your thoughts from the week, prepared to pray and sing and worship the one who creates us all in the image of God and who calls us beloved.