Sunday, May 9, 2021

Sixth Sunday Of Easter

May 9, 2021
Mother’s Day
11:00A.M.

Mother’s Day – Rev Deb, her Paternal grandmother and sister

 

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Choral Introit

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 we call the Festival of the Christian Home. For many of us it is also a celebration called Mother’s Day. We are reminded that God has called us together in relationships of love, nurture, and growth that we may witness to God’s love and power in our lives.
P: We celebrate the many ways in which families are designed, from the single person who is in family with God, to the multitude of family systems. In the midst of all these differences, God is the constant loving presence with us.
L: Praise be to God who has called us here!
P: Praise be to God who continues to bless us. AMEN.

 

Opening Hymn Faith of Our Mothers” Tune St. Catherine 8.8.8.8.8.8. (Vs. 1,2 & 4)

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.


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.

 

A Litany for Mother’s Day by Peggy Emerson

L: Mothers come in many different forms, and today we celebrate them all!
P: Thank God for mothers!
L: Everyone here is either a son or a daughter.
P: Thank God for my mother!
L: For those women who have joined God in Heaven and whom we miss dearly here on earth.
P: Thank God for the mothers of the past.
L: For every woman who is working day and night to raise her children right now.
P: Thank God for the mothers of today.
L: For all the women who are expecting, but aren’t quite mothers yet!
P: Thank God for the soon-to-be-mothers.
L: For the women who took in others’ children through adoption and foster care.
P: Thank God for the mothers with hearts so big.
L: For those women who have lost a child to death and must carry on.
P: Thank God for the mothers who are so strong.
L: For all the women who have desperately wanted to have children of their own,
but chose instead to mother everyone else.
P: Thank God for the mothers in spirit.
All: We thank you, Lord, for the women who have influenced our lives in so many ways. We pray that we will honor them in everything we do. Amen.

 

Sharing Joys and Concerns
Pastoral Prayer
Lord’s Prayer

 

Choral Response Cares Chorus TFWS 2215

I cast all my cares upon You
I lay all of my burdens down at Your feet
And any time I don’t know just what to do,
I will cast all my cares upon You.

 

Epistle Lesson 1 John 5:1-6 NIV

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood—Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon “A Journey to Motherhood” Rev. Debbie Scott with Lyndsey Brown Neal

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “Child of God” (Mark Miller)

No matter what people say,
Say or think about me,
I am a child, I am a child of God.

No matter what people say,
Say or think about you,
You are a child, you are a child of God,

No matter what the world says,
Says or thinks about me,
I am a child, I am a child of God.

No matter what the Church says,
Decisions, pronouncements on you,
You are a child, you are a child of God.

And there is nothing and no one
who can separate, they can’t separate
you from the truth that you’re someone.
You are family.
You are meant to be a child, a child of God.

You are a child, a child of God.

 

Offering Prayer (All)

O, Gracious God, you send and receive, give and take. We are thankful we can use these gifts to fulfill ministries for your people, sharing the gospel of love and light in word and deed. We commit a portion of our gifts to help those you call to serve in ministry so they can be prepared and effective. Thank you for calling those who serve in your name. Amen.

 

 

Closing Hymn God Of the Women (“Be Thou My Vision”) Carolyn Winfrey Gilette

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.

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.


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.

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.

(Hymn Note for “God Of the Women” This hymn celebrates women in ministry and mentions specific women in the Bible and faithful women of today. In January 2006, the United Methodist Church Office on Worship posted “God of the Women” on their web site to celebrate the 50th anniversary year of the ordination of women in The United Methodist Church (2006). We now celebrate 65 years, Rev. Deb has been ordained 41 years.)

 

Benediction

L: Venture forth from this place of worship, refreshed and renewed.
P: We have been reminded that the love of God is always with us.
L: Be mindful that God has called you to share his love with all people.
P: We will remember the love of Jonathan for David and of Ruth for Naomi, that we may learn to reflect God’s Holy Spirit.
L: Remember also the love of Mary for Jesus, the unconditional love of a mother for a child.
P: We return to our homes and places of work, empowered to demonstrate the hope and love of God. Amen.

 

Choral Benediction

Hallelujah!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

Food For Thought: Proverbs 31:10-31 (adapted and paraphrased)

Who shall find a valiant woman?
Look! We are all around you…
unheralded,
invisible,
some say non-existent,
but we know otherwise.
She is in the work rooms of industry and on every functioning enterprise.
Broadminded, her global perspective is a source of nurture for her.
She rises early, before the dawn,
to prepare food for her family
and organise the tasks of the day…contributing,
setting standards,
changing the course of history.
She considers her options, then makes her move,
investing the experience she already has
or even profits previously earned.
She works diligently, taking pride in her inner resources and strengths.
When her gifts are encouraged and their value affirmed,
she will work well into the night,
entering wholeheartedly into even the menial tasks…
She opens her heart to the needy,
she is generous with the poor,
yet she does not neglect her family’s needs
nor priorities of her own…
She often speaks with wisdom, and she teaches in a kindly way…
Her children rise up and call her happy;
her husband too, and he praises her:
‘Many women succeed or do outstanding things, but you surpass them all…’

 

Flowers

The flower are in honor of all the mothers on Mother’s Day and May birthdays.

 

Reconciling Statement

John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, was excluded from churches of the Church of England because he welcomed people the church ignored or excluded, and preached that God’s grace is for everyone. (Edwin Womack, Another Choice, UM Insight, 10/31/16). We, the members and friends of Lovely Lane UMC: Baltimore City Station, the Mother Church of American Methodism, boldly follow in Wesley’s footsteps by declaring that our doors, table and altar are open wide to welcome all, including the ignored and excluded of our day.

We wish to be known as a reconciling church. We will always seek to work towards unifying rather than dividing our church family and try to encourage others to do the same. In our unique role as the Mother Church, steeped in history, we proclaim that a mother loves all her children equally.

We believe that each person is of sacred worth. In response to Jesus Christ’s radical (non-traditional) teaching of hospi-tality towards all, we welcome and affirm all people regardless of age, race, gender identity, ethnic background, sexual orientation, physical appearance, physical or mental disabilities, socioeconomic status, educational background, political party or marital status into full participation in the life and ministry of Lovely Lane UMC. We commit ourselves to being inclusive of all who seek to join us in a faith community reflective of God’s love for all.

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