Happy Mother’s Day! I hope you’re able to have a good day, and a very special day to all of the women of the church. This isn’t the day that we expected for Mother’s Day this year, but it doesn’t mean it still can’t be special.
You can follow along in this bulletin for the service. If you are on a computer, phone, or other mobile device, then you can click on each of the videos as they come up. If you have a smart tv or streaming device connected to your tv, go to our YouTube channel and then go to playlists. Every Sunday We’ll have a new playlist set up with prayers, songs, and a message. As you come to each of those in the service you can play that video. With a playlist, as soon as one finishes, the next video starts so that all you have to do is hit pause until you’re ready to play again.
My prayer is that even in this format, we can worship together, and still see God at work.
The video that comes next is a welcome, has a few announcements, and an opening prayer.
Online giving is up! Check our website, and watch your email for instructions
Tuesday Centering Prayer at 4pm on our Facebook Page
Worship Sign-Up going out this week
Starting on 5/24, two services, outside, online if weather is bad
Click the links for our Newsletter and Reopening Plan
We will be celebrating our graduating seniors once we get closer to the new graduation date of July 19th. If you know of a senior, please let us know.
Will you join us in our first song today,
Joys & Concerns
Say a special prayer for the important women in your life, and for our nation as we are starting the slow process of reopening
We will continue to share our joys and concerns, as well as our prayer requests. Simply follow the link below and fill out the form. If you need to add more, you can fill the form out again. These will be shared with the congregation via email on Monday morning.
Share a joy, concern, and/or prayer request
Start the next video, and enter into a time of prayer.
When directed, take a few moments of silent prayer. Please lift up our community as we continue in our cancellations, shut downs, and the challenges they bring. There will be a pastoral prayer, then you are invited to join in the Lord's Prayer which is below.
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen
Today we’re talking about how we help other people to know who Jesus is. Click on the next video for a group of kids (and some adults) telling the story of Easter morning. Ask your kids if the kids on the video forgot anything in the story, and if they would tell it differently. Remind them that they can tell Jesus story to other people too.
As we come into a time of offering, ask yourself how you’re doing? As things are beginning to get started back up, it can feel like we have to go and do all the things. One of the biggest things we can give to ourselves, our families, and our community is to take it slow. We’ve been out of practice for a while, and we can give ourselves a gift of patience. That may feel strange, but if we do that now, we can be better prepared for the future, and even more ready to give in many different ways in the weeks to come.
Thank you for your continued offerings to the church, and to the many other places around us that you’ve been giving of your time and your money. Remember that you can mail in your offerings, or after this week you can give online. Your gifts and commitment to your faith help us reach out and tell Jesus’ story in so many different ways. Will you pray with me,
Loving God, as we offer our gifts to you, we know you see us more clearly than the world sees us, or even than we see ourselves. We have made foolish choices, valued things that were not worthy, and yet you have claimed us, deemed us precious, counted us worth saving by the death and Resurrection of your Son. No gift that we can offer can come close to balancing out your relentless love, but we give them with a heart of gratitude. We give ourselves, in the name of the one you gave for us. In Christ, we pray. Amen.
Scripture Reading: Matthew 13:53-58
53When Jesus finished these parables, he departed. 54When he came to his hometown, he taught the people in their synagogue. They were surprised and said, “Where did he get this wisdom? Where did he get the power to work miracles? 55Isn’t he the carpenter’s son? Isn’t his mother named Mary? Aren’t James, Joseph, Simon, and Judas his brothers? 56And his sisters, aren’t they here with us? Where did this man get all this?” 57They were repulsed by him and fell into sin.
But Jesus said to them, “Prophets are honored everywhere except in their own hometowns and in their own households.” 58He was unable to do many miracles there because of their disbelief.
Liturgist: This is the word of God, for the people of God
Congregations’ Response: Thanks be to God!
Will you join in singing our next song
Who can you invite?
What can you invite them to see?
Will you join in singing our final song
Read this prayer from the end of Jude
To the one who is able to protect you from falling,
and to present you blameless and rejoicing before his glorious presence,
to the only God our savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord,
belong glory, majesty, power, and authority,
before all time, now and forever. Amen.