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Sunday, May 10, 2020 Worship Service

Online Video Posting
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day
The Original Congregational Church


Order  of Worship


“Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing,
Tune my Heart to Sing Thy Grace”

arr. by Craig Courtney, Gabrielle Dietrich, soprano




OPENING HYMN No. 238     The Church’s One Foundation is Jesus Christ Our Lord
Please rise, turn up your speaker, and sing along. There are two verses

READING OF PSALM 31 (vs. 1-3, 5, 15-16)     Chancel Choir
“I have come to you, O God, please, take me in; for you are my refuge”

Hey Everybody!
Good Morning!
PK Here.
Nice to see you!
Today we are saying, “Happy Mother’s Day!”

The Bible tells us that God’s Love for us is just like a Mother’s Love for us!

Love is:
Kind, Creative, Comforting, Caring, and Unconditional!

When we get hurt or sick, love helps us get better.
When we are sad or scared, love helps us feel better.
When we behave badly, love helps us to be better.

And, loving our moms helps them feel better too!

Here is our card for Mother’s Day today!

M stands for Mom
O stands for Hot Cocoa!
T stands for Totally Loving
H stands for How Can I Help You Today Mom?
E stands for Encouraging
R stands for Really Awesome

Thank You Mom! We Love You!
And May God Bless you in all you do for us!

Let’s say Happy Mother’s Day together on the count of three:
One. Two. Three. “Happy Mother’s Day!”

ANTHEM    “Christ Is Risen from the Dead”
G. F. Handel (1685-1759) arr. by Walter Ehret (1918-2009)
Chancel Choir, Pictures of Chanel Choir Moms and Moms of the Chancel Choir

Jeremiah 66:13 For thus says the Lord: “As one whom is comforted by a mother, so I will comfort you.”

Psalm 31:1, 3, 5  In you, O Lord, do I take refuge, lead me and guide me, into your hand I commit my spirit.

Matthew 12:49  And stretching out his hand towards his disciples, Jesus said, “Here are my mother and my brothers and sisters! For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother, sister and mother.”

SERMON “Comforted By Love”
“As one comforted by a mother, so I will comfort you.” Jeremiah 66:13

What the world needs now is love sweet love. Graduates cannot attend graduation. Families celebrate birthdays with glass windows between. Sons and daughters cannot visit their mothers and fathers. Today is Mother’s Day and we are all in need of love.

The suffering of her child is a mother’s greatest grief. The prophet tells us that the affliction of the people is God’s greatest affliction. By love God comforts us. By love God rescues us. By love God carries us. By love God will lead us and guide us.

God says, “Because you are precious in my eyes and I love you, with great compassion I will gather you, with an everlasting love I will have compassion on you.” The child’s mistakes are very small in comparison to the greatness of God’s love.

In the gospel Jesus stretches out his hand towards his disciples and says, “Here are my brothers and sisters and mother.” He means that God’s love, which looks a lot like a mother’s love, is what defines our community. The church lifts up and carries the one in need of love.

A mother will tell you that loving someone totally and completely is both the best thing and the hardest thing about being a mom. When do you step in and enforce the rules? When do you step back and let them find their way? How will they handle things beyond your experience?

To be a mom means loving another in a way you never knew you could. How do you help them in school when there is no school? How do you help them with peers when they must be socially separated? Being a mom is hard. And yet, seeing children become loving people—that’s heavenly. And that’s exactly what the world needs now—love sweet love. Amen.

Join with me in a Spirit of Prayer.

Loving God, in you we take refuge.
You listen when we call out for you.
You carry us when we are upset.
You comfort us when we are sad.
You care for us when we are in distress.
Thank you for your steadfast love!

We thank you for all the gifts of our mother’s love.
We love how they loved to show us the way.
They helped us to love reading.
They helped us to love cooking.
They helped us to love creating.
They made our souls to sing and our hearts happy.
And they helped us jump in mud puddles and do our homework!

Thank you for the gift of great love.
May love be our compass to show us the way from here.
May love help us to be the unconditional and safe place for all.
May love lead us to forgive and to soothe others when worried and upset.
May love lend a hand on difficult days in which we are still unsure of things.
May love bring us together in conversations of both support and delight.

May your love, like the great love of our moms, heal the world with hope!

And we may close with the Lord’s Prayer together saying:

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 debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

CLOSING HYMN No. 238      How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord
Please rise, turn up your speaker, and sing along. There are two verses

POSTLUDE 1     “L. O. V. E.”
Music by Bert Kaempfert, lyrics by Milt Gabler Chancel Choir

POSTLUDE 2     For Kitchen Dancing. Foundations- Riffs on Beloved Hymns
How Firm a Foundation & The Church’s One Foundation
Giulio Cetto, electric bass Pictures – Mamas del Cetti