Church Services



May 10, 2020


5th Sunday of Easter and Mother's Day

Call to Worship

Leader: Jesus said, "Do not let your hearts be troubled. In my Father's house there are many dwelling places."

People: Thank you, Father, for making a place for me in your house. Already I feel at home here with you and your people. Peace and joy fill me when I think of your coming kingdom, where we will all be joined forever.

Leader: "Believe in God, believe also in me," said our Lord Jesus Christ.

People: I believe in you with all my heart, Holy One. Your promises are unfailing. Your love knows no boundaries. You are faithful forever.


Opening Prayer: O God of all mercy, you come to our troubled hearts preparing the way, speaking the truth, and breathing new life. Enfold us in your loving arms, that we might be freed from our fears to trust in you alone, through Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, our Lord. All: Amen.


Opening Hymn: "To God Be the Glory"


"To God Be the Glory" played by Kayley Thomas

To God be the glory, great things He has done;

So loved He the world that He gave us His Son,

Who yielded His life an atonement for sin,

And opened the life gate that all may go in.


Refrain:

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the earth hear His voice!

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord,

Let the people rejoice!

O come to the Father, through Jesus the Son,

And give Him the glory, great things He has done.


O perfect redemption, the purchase of blood,

To every believer the promise of God;

The vilest offender who truly believes,

That moment from Jesus a pardon receives.


Refrain

Great things He has taught us, great things He has done,

And great our rejoicing through Jesus the Son;

But purer, and higher, and greater will be

Our wonder, our transport, when Jesus we see.


Refrain

Mother's Day Recognition

The Bible consistently asks followers to honor and love their mothers. Examples of this can be seen in Exodus 20:12, "Honor your father and your mother," and Leviticus 19:3, "Every one of you shall revere his mother and his father."

While Mother's Day is a relative new holiday in modern history, versions of similar holidays have existed through the centuries. The Bible does not directly address the holiday of a Mother's Day in its verses, but often addresses the celebration of motherhood and mothers. Today may we remember mothers and honor all women. May we love one another with the love of Christ.

Here is "A Mother's Day" prayer from the United Methodist Book of Worship. Let us pray:

"For our mothers who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love, we pray to the Lord . . .

For mothers who have lost a child through death, that their faith may give them hope, and their family and friends support and console them, we pray to the Lord . . .

For women, thought without children of their own, who like mothers have nurtured and care for us, we pray to the Lord . . .

For mothers, who have been unable to be a source of strength, who have not responded to their children and have not sustained their families, we pray to the Lord . . .

Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over your church. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.

Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.

Grant this through Christ our Lord."

And the people of God say, "Amen."


Prayer Time


Concerns

- Those who are working in Hospitals, doctor's offices, in the prisons, the first responders, maintenance people, and all of those who are going into work.

- Those who have lost jobs and those wondering how they will survive

- Those who are ill, those who have lost loved ones

- Those who are alone and those who cannot find any alone time

- Those in nursing facilities, their families, and the staff of those facilities

- Those of us looking for answers and those of us who believe they have all the answers

- For our leaders and our world

- Our students and teachers trying to finish the school year

Joys

- Those who have or had good loving mothers that taught us about God and faith and family.

- Some returning to jobs

- Our Graduates from High School, College, and Grad School


Prayer

You are the source of our life. You have given us a wonderful world and permeated it through and through with your grace and your love. You have promised that you will give us your Spirit, to be with us as we journey through this life. Yet, we confess the many times when our eyes can't see you, can't take you in, can't comprehend how you can be at work in pain and disappointment and sorrow. We need your Spirit to lift our sights to your wide horizons.

Teach us to pray with such openness to your Spirit that you make yourself plain to us. Bring us to that place where we are willing to place our lives in your keeping, to submit to your life-changing love, and to move with you into your large open spaces of salvation. We ask these things in Jesus' name, our light and our salvation. We thank you that you taught us to pray by saying...


Lord's Prayer

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, and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.


Hymn: "What A Friend We Have In Jesus"


"What A Friend We Have In Jesus" played by Kayley Thomas

What a friend we have in Jesus,

All our sins and griefs to bear!

What a privilege to carry

Everything to God in prayer!

Oh, what peace we often forfeit,

Oh, what needless pain we bear,

All because we do not carry

Everything to God in prayer!


Have we trials and temptations?

Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged-

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Can we find a friend so faithful,

Who will all our sorrows share?

Jesus knows our every weakness;

Take it to the Lord in prayer.


Are we weak and heavy-laden,

Cumbered with a load of care?

Precious Savior, still our refuge-

Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?

Take it to the Lord in prayer!

In His arms He'll take and shield thee,

Thou wilt find a solace there.


Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised

Thou wilt all our burdens bear;

May we ever, Lord, be bringing

All to Thee in earnest prayer.

Soon in glory bright, unclouded,

There will be no need for prayer-

Rapture, praise, and endless worship

Will be our sweet portion there.



Scripture Readings for today: Acts 7: 55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2:2-10

John 14: 1-14

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

14 "Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God[a]; believe also in me. 2 My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going."

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, "Lord, we don't know where you are going, so how can we know the way?"

6 Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. 7 If you really know me, you will know[b] my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him."

8 Philip said, "Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us."

9 Jesus answered: "Don't you know me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, 'Show us the Father'? 10 Don't you believe that I am in the Father, and that the Father is in me? The words I say to you I do not speak on my own authority. Rather, it is the Father, living in me, who is doing his work. 11 Believe me when I say that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; or at least believe on the evidence of the works themselves. 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.


Sermon: "All We Need To Know"

It has been an emotional evening for the disciples, and Jesus urges them to stop being troubled. He calls for faith to replace their fears (14:1). Jesus is leaving to prepare a place for them and will return one day to bring them home (14:2-3). This could refer to Jesus's preparation of a heavenly home for his followers or to his sending of the Holy Spirit to live within his followers. Thomas objects that they don't know the way (14:5), and Jesus replies: "I am the way and the truth and the life" (14:6). All who come to the Father come through Jesus, and to know Jesus is to know the Father (14:6-7). As if he had heard nothing of what Jesus just said, Philip asks to see the Father (14:8). Jesus repeats again his close connection with the Father, reflected in both his inspired words and his miraculous signs (14:9-11). Jesus assures his disciples they will duplicate his works and do even greater works (14:12). This is possible because Jesus will ascend to the Father and send his Spirit, and because Jesus will answer prayers offered in line with his character and for the Father's glory (14:13-14).

The Baker Bible Handbook by J. Daniel Hays and J. Scott Duvall, Baker Books, 2011


When we look at this passage, the first thing I see and hear is Jesus telling the disciples and us, "Do not let your hearts be troubled." The disciples were scared, they were worried, and they wondered what was going to happen. Jesus had just told them that the Son of God would die and it would be soon. "Do not let your hearts be troubled... Believe in Me."

Since early March, our world has been upside down. Many of us were use to being able to go and come as we pleased, not worrying about catching or spreading a virus that is deadly. Our governor put in a "stay in place order", taking away the freedom to move about, go to school, to go visiting in hospitals and nursing homes. I need to hear and I believe you need to hear, "Do not let your hearts be troubled...Believe in Me."


2nd, Jesus assures the disciples and us that there will be a place in Heaven for every believer. "My Father's house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am." To me this is reassurance that Jesus is telling me I will always have a home, a place where I belong, where I am a part of a family. It also assures me and you, Jesus will never leave us! If we believe in God, and believe in Jesus, we have a hope and a promise, 2 Corinthians 5:1 (NIV) For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. We get this gift, by saying "Yes" to Jesus, claiming Him as our Savior. We say, "Yes" to the truth of the scripture where Jesus says, "I am the way and the truth and the life". Following Jesus is the way to life from the time one says, "Yes" through eternity! Knowing and loving Jesus is not just a ticket to heaven but a life that is abundant. We are never alone or forsaken.


The 3rd part that we need to know is heaven is awe-inspiring! We read in Revelation 21: 3b "Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death'[b] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." 5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

Jeremy Camp, in his lyrics of his song "There Will Be A Day" writes of this promise:

"There will be a day with no more tears,

No more pain, and no more fears

There will be a day when the burdens of this place

Will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face

But until that day,

We'll hold on to you always


I know the journey seems so long

You feel you're walking on your own

But there has never been a step

Where you've walked out all alone


Troubled soul don't lose your heart

Cause joy and peace he brings

And the beauty that's in store

Outweighs the hurt of life's sting


But I hold on to this hope and the promise that He brings

That there will be a place with no more suffering

There will be a day with no more tears,

No more pain, and no more fears

There will be a day when the burdens of this place

Will be no more, we'll see Jesus face to face

But until that day,

We'll hold on to you always"


"There Will Be A Day" YouTube video


The 4th thing we need to know is "Jesus assures his disciples they will duplicate his works and do even greater works. This is possible because Jesus will ascend to the Father and send his Spirit, and because Jesus will answer prayers offered in line with his character and for the Father's glory." This was just not for the disciples of His day but for His disciples today. Jesus calls us to be filled with His holy spirit and to be His hand and feet in the world. St.Teresa of Avila was born March 28, 1515, Avila, Spain-died October 4, 1582, Spanish nun, one of the great mystics and religious women of the Roman Catholic Church, and author of spiritual classics. She was the originator of the Carmelite Reform writes, "Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands through which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now on earth but yours."


Jesus has a home for you do you have a home in your heart for Him?


Closing Hymn: "Blessed Assurance"


"Blessed Assurance" played by Kayley Thomas

Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!

Oh, what a foretaste of glory divine!

Heir of salvation, purchase of God,

Born of His Spirit, washed in His blood.


Refrain:

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long;

This is my story, this is my song,

Praising my Savior all the day long.


Perfect submission, perfect delight,

Visions of rapture now burst on my sight;

Angels, descending, bring from above

Echoes of mercy, whispers of love.


Perfect submission, all is at rest,

I in my Savior am happy and blest,

Watching and waiting, looking above,

Filled with His goodness, lost in His love.



Benediction: Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21


Choral Benediction: Go now in peace, go now in peace; may the love of God surround you everywhere, everywhere you may go.



"Go Now in Peace" played by Kayley Thomas