Sunday, May 8, 2022

Lovely Lane United Methodist Church

Fourth Sunday Of Easter

May 8, 2022

Mother’s Day

10:15 A.M.

Organ Prelude

 

Welcome and Announcements

 

Prayer of Invocation (All)

This is a day set aside to honor women. We remember Sarah, who laughed at conception, and later gave birth to Isaac; she became the mother of Israel. We remember Esther, who risked her life to save her people from genocide. We remember Ruth, who left her home out of devotion to her mother-in-law. We remember Mary, whose strong sense of love and justice nurtured Jesus. We remember Anna, the prophetess; the woman at the well; and the three women at the tomb, who recognized a vision that the rest of the world missed. We honor these women created in God’s image, as well as all the women who have influenced our lives. Amen.

 

Choral Introit  “He Is Lord!” (Trad, arr. Moore)

He is Lord! He is Lord! He is risen from the dead, and He is Lord! Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!

 

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 Hymn      “Happy the Home When God is There”    UMH 445 Vs. 1, 2 & 4

1. Happy the home when God is there, And love fills every breast;

When one their wish, and one their prayer, And one their heav’nly rest.

2. Happy the home where Jesus’ name, Is sweet to every ear;

Where children early speak His fame, And parents hold Him dear.

4. Lord, let us in our homes agree, This blessed peace to gain;

Unite our hearts in love to Thee, And love to all will reign.

 

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  Acts 9:36-42  J.B. Phillips New Testament

36-38 Then there was a woman in Joppa, a disciple called Tabitha, whose name in Greek was Dorcas (meaning Gazelle). She was a woman whose whole life was full of good and kindly actions, but in those days she became seriously ill and died. So when they had washed her body they laid her in an upper room. Now Lydda is quite near Joppa, and when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and begged him, “Please come to us without delay.” 39-40a Peter got up and went back with them, and when he arrived in Joppa they took him to the room upstairs. All the widows stood around him with tears in their eyes, holding out for him to see dresses and cloaks which Dorcas used to make for them while she was with them. But Peter put them all outside the room and knelt down and prayed. Then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” 40b-41 She opened her eyes, and as soon as she saw Peter she sat up. He took her by the hand, helped her to her feet, and then called out to the believers and widows and presented her to them alive. 42 This became known throughout the whole of Joppa and many believed in the Lord. Peter himself remained there for some time, staying with a tanner called Simon.

The Word of God for the people of God….Thanks be to God.

 

Sermon    “ The Women Gathered As Peter Heals Tabitha”         Rev. Debbie Scott

 

Invitation to Offering

On-Line giving

 

Offertory “My Song is Love Unknown “(Lane)

My song is love unknown,

My Savior’s love to me,

Love to the loveless shown,

That they might lovely be.

O, who am I, that for my sake

My Lord should take frail flesh and die?

Christ came from heaven’s throne

Salvation to bestow,

But people scorned, and none

The longed-for Christ would know.

But O, my Friend indeed,

Who at my need His life did spend.

Here might I stay and sing

- No story so divine!

Never was love, dear King,

Never was grief like Thine.

This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise

I all my days could gladly spend.

Love so amazing, so divine.

 

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

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.

 

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 Benediction  “Hallelujah!” (Trad. Caribbean, arr. Moore)

Hallelujah!

 

Ringing the Bicentennial Bell

 

Organ Postlude

 

**Thank you for your participation and support during Pilgrimage week!

 

**Please join us on May 14th at 5:30 PM at Lovely Lane UMC for a concert entitled “Popping into Spring” by Camerata Baltimore.

Click on the link below  to view the flyer:

http://lovelylane.net/home/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/Popping-into-Spring.pdf

 

 

We are grateful that you have come to be with us this morning.  It is our hope that you experience the love of Christ this morning and his presence during our worship. Please find our contact information below if you would like to reach out to us:

 

Church Office Number: 410-889-1512
Office Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, & Saturday

8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Email: Lovely.Lane.BCS@gmail.com

Pastor: Rev. Deb Scott

Phone Number: 301-641-4601

Email: revdeb8@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

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