Sunday, May 12, 2019

Mother’s Day / Festival of the Christian Home

Organ PreludeVoluntary in E minor (William Walond)

Words of Welcome and Announcements Rev. Debbie Scott

Choral IntroitChrist Is Risen! (Frederick Maker)

Christ is risen! Alleluia! Risen our victorious Head!
Sing His praises! Alleluia! Christ is risen from the dead.

* Call to Worship

L: Today is a celebration of families – from the smallest one-person family
to the largest families.
P: Thanks be to God for the family of faith in which we worship!
L: God has gathered us together to appreciate each other.
P: God has gathered us together to love and support each other.
L: Praise be to God who seeks each of us to be God’s family of faith.
P: Let us worship God who calls us into community. AMEN.

* Opening HymnHappy the Home When God is There UMH 445

Prayer of Invocation (All)

We gather on this day of celebration, to honor the family of God. We are reminded by God that the love God poured upon us is also meant for others. We are called by Christ to love one another as he loved each of us. Today we hear these words anew. May our hearts and spirits be filled with God’s love and compassion. AMEN.

Sharing Joys and Concerns

Pastoral Prayer

Lord’s Prayer

Children’s Moment

AnthemCreate In Me A Clean Heart (Carl Mueller)

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation and uphold me with Thy free spirit. Then will I teach transgressors Thy ways, and sinners shall be converted unto Thee. Create in me a clean heart, O God.

Litany for Mother’s Day Sefi Abedoh, Liturgist

L: O God, on this day we thank you for birth mothers and adoptive mothers and grandmothers and aunts and teachers and friends and for all those through whom your mothering love has been poured into our lives.
All: We celebrate those who seek wholeness and goodness for children and for all who are vulnerable.
L: We celebrate those who teach and guide and comfort.
All: We celebrate those who affirm and encourage and correct.
L: We celebrate those who have had the love to hold us when we were weak.
All: We celebrate those who have had the wisdom to let us go when we were strong.

Silent Prayer
L: Gentle God, enfold with comfort those for whom this day brings pain or deep yearning.

All: Those who long for children and whose longing goes unanswered;
L: Those who mourn children who have died or disappeared, or are imprisoned, or are estranged;
All: Those who have lost mothers in the shadows of forgotten memories or in death itself.

Silent Prayer
L: Holy One, we weep with you over our own failures in mothering, and pray to share your compassion for the deep pain of so many mothers.
All: For the mothers who are refugees and for mothers everywhere who are struggling to feed and protect their children;
L: For mothers who wrestle demons of addiction;
All: For child mothers who need loving as much as their babies do;
L: For mothers who bear all of the responsibility alone, with no time off for good behavior;

All: For mothers whose children are sick or always in danger;
L: For mothers who raise their children’s children;
All: For all who have a longing deep within, to do the right thing and to be good mothers.

Silent Prayer
L: May we live in such a way as to be advocates for that longing.
All: Help us raise the little girls and young women among us into strong women of God, so that in them the world may see the tender love with which you have loved us since the beginning.
L: Your good mothering of us — of all your children — never ends.
All: You never stop holding out for the best in us. You never grow weary in offering new possibility, never despair over our failure to trust. You are always there — nourishing, encouraging, comforting, calling; and never, ever, giving up. With thankful hearts we pray. In Christ’s name, Amen.

* Hymn of PreparationGod of the Women (Tune: Be Thou My Vision,

1. God of the women who answered your call,
Trusting your promises, giving their all,
Women like Sarah and Hannah and Ruth —
Give us their courage to live in your truth.

2. God of the women who walked Jesus’ Way,
Giving their resources, learning to pray,
Mary, Joanna, Susanna, and more —
May we give freely as they did before.

3. God of the women long put to the test,
Left out of stories, forgotten, oppressed,
Quietly asking: “Who smiled at my birth?” —
In Jesus’ dying you show us our worth.

4. God of the women who ran from the tomb,
Prayed with the others in that upper room,
Then felt your Spirit on Pentecost Day —
May we so gladly proclaim you today.

5. O God of Phoebe and ministers all,
May we be joyful in answering your call.
Give us the strength of your Spirit so near
That we may share in your ministry here.

A Reading from Acts 9: 36 – 43
Now in Joppa there was a disciple whose name was Tabitha, which in Greek is Dorcas. She was devoted to good works and acts of charity. At that time she became ill and died. When they had washed her, they laid her in a room upstairs. Since Lydda was near Joppa, the disciples, who heard that Peter was there, sent two men to him with the request, “Please come to us without delay.” So Peter got up and went with them; and when he arrived, they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood beside him, weeping and showing tunics and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was with them. Peter put all of them outside, and then he knelt down and prayed. He turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” Then she opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. He gave her his hand and helped her up. Then calling the saints and widows, he showed her to be alive. This became known throughout Joppa, and many believed in the Lord. Meanwhile he stayed in Joppa for some time with a certain Simon, a tanner.

Sermon – “Love You Forever”   Rev. Debbie Scott

The Offering of Gifts & Tithes

OffertoryNone Other Lamb (Joseph Roff)

None other Lamb, none other Name, None other Hope in heav’n or earth or sea, None other hiding place from guilt and shame, None beside Thee! My faith burns low, my hope burns low; Only my heart’s desire cries out in me By the deep thunder of its want and woe, Cries out to Thee. Lord, thou art Life, though I be dead; Love’s fire thou art, however cold I be: Nor heav’n have I, nor place to lay my head, nor home, but Thee.

* Presentation of OfferingPraise God, from Whom All Blessings Flow UMH 95

Praise God, from whom all blessings flow; praise him, all creatures here below;
praise him above, yet heavenly host; praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Amen.

* Offering Prayer (All)

Thank you, gracious God, for making your home with us and claiming us as your own people. We dedicate ourselves and our gifts toward the new world you are creating among us – a world where peace emerges from mutual respect and honest encounters. May your love be reflected in our attitudes and actions when we are together and when we are scattered. Amen.

* Closing HymnFaith of Our Mothers (Tune: St. Catherine

1. Faith of our mothers, living still, In cradle song and bedtime prayer; In nursery lore and fireside love, Thy presence still pervades the air: Faith of our mothers, living faith, We will be true to thee till death.

2. Faith of our mothers, loving faith, Fount of our childhood’s trust and grace, Oh, may thy consecration prove Source of a finer, nobler race: Faith of our mothers, loving faith, We will be true to thee till death.

3. Faith of our mothers, guiding faith, For youthful longing, youthful doubt, How blurred our vision, blind our way Thy providential care without: Faith of our mothers, guiding faith, We will be true to thee till death.

4. Faith of our mothers, Christian faith In truth beyond our stumbling creeds, Lead us in service and save the Church, And breathe thy spirit thro’ our deeds; Faith of our mothers, Christian Faith, We will be true to thee till death.

* Benediction

L: You reach out to us, O seeking God.
P: With a mother’s love; a father’s patience.
L: You touch our lives with your healing love.
P: With a mother’s tender care; a father’s wisdom.
L: You stand us on our feet and prepare us for service to the world
P: With a mother’s wise words; a father’s compassion.
L: You open our hearts to your love.
P: With the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ our Risen Lord.
L: We are made whole
P: We are made ready for service to you, O Lord.

* Choral ResponseHallelujah (Trad. Jamaican, arr. Moore)


* Ringing of the Bicentennial Bell

* Organ PostludeAllegro in D (Martin)

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