- Gathering into worship –
*Those that are able are invited to stand
Welcome and Announcements
Introit “Savior Like a Shepherd Lead Us” Choir
*Call to Worship
One: To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you.
Many: To those who lost a child—we mourn with you.
One: To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains—we appreciate you.
Many: To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you.
One: To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment—we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
Many: To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms—we need you.
One: To those who have warm and close relationships with your children—we celebrate with you.
Many: To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children—we sit with you.
One: To those who lost their mothers this year—we grieve with you.
Many: To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother—we acknowledge your experience.
One: To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood—we are better for having you in our midst.
Many: To those who have aborted children—we remember them and you.
One: to those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children—we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
Many: To those who step-parent, we walk with you on these complex paths.
One: To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be—we grieve with you.
Many: To those who will have emptier nests—we grieve and rejoice with you.
One: To those who placed children up for adoptions—we commend you for you selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart.
Many: To those who choose not to be a parent, we thank you for your support.
One: To those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising—we anticipate with you.
Many: For all the women gathered here, you are warriors. We remember you.
*Hymn “Mothering God, You Gave Me Birth” TFWS #2050
- Meditation on God’s word -
Anthem “All Good Gifts” Choir
Question of the Day Who do you turn to for advice?
Scripture John 10:22-30
Message Who Do You Listen To? Rev. Kelly J Smith
Hymn “His Name Is Wonderful” (x 2) UMH #174
Silent Prayer/Pastoral Prayer/Lord’s Prayer
- Sharing our blessings –
Offering our Gifts and Tithes
*Doxology “Great Is Thy Faithfulness” (Refrain) UMH #140
Great in thy faithfulness! Great is thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed thy hand hath provided;
great is thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
*Prayer of Thanksgiving
- Taking the Word to the World -
*Hymn “Joy in the Morning” TFWS #2284
*Hymn “Joy in the Morning” (verse 3) TFWS #2284
There’ll be love and forgiveness everywhere,
there’ll be love and forgiveness everywhere,
and the way of the Lord will that day be restored,
there’ll be love and forgiveness everywhere.
Immediately following worship, everyone is invited to join us for monthly Second Sunday Social lunch in the John Wesley room hosted by Travis and Rebecca.
Pastor: Rev. Kelly Smith
May 12, 2019