VIDEO HYMN: How Can We Name A Love

How Can We Name a Love?

1 How can we name a Love that wakens heart and mind,

indwelling all we know or think or do or seek or find?

Within our daily world, in every human face,

Love's echoes sound and God is found, hid in the commonplace.

2 If we awoke to life built on a rock of care

that asked no great reward but firm, assured, was simply there,

we can, with parents' names, describe, and thus adore,

Love unconfined, a father kind, a mother strong and sure.

3 When people share a task, and strength and skills unite

in projects old or new, to make or do with shared delight,

our Friend and Partner's will is better understood,

that all should share, create, and care, and know that life is good.

4 So in a hundred names, each day we all can meet

a presence, sensed and shown at work, at home, or in the street.

Yet every name we see, shines in a brighter sun:

In Christ alone is Love full grown and life and hope begun.


Stories About Our Moms - Mary Louise Johnson


Call to Worship

Welcome to the community of faith, the family of God!

People: We come as families, large and small in number, seeking God’s love.

L: God’s love is here for you.

People: Help us to understand how we are connected to God.

L: We abide in Christ Jesus, in love and compassion.

People: May our spirits be renewed and our connection to God be strengthened through our worship today. AMEN.

Song: Just a Closer Walk With Thee

Charles "Doc" Erwin, Piano and Liz Erwin, Soloist - Enjoy!


Stories About Our Moms - Kat and Lindsey Hammond


Pastoral Prayer - Rev. Betty Kniss

God of Provision and Unconditional Love, on this day when we acknowledge the importance of motherhood among us, we first give thanks that you are a loving parent to us all.

We give you thanks for the mothers among us, and ask that you strengthen them in their daily tasks. Grant them wisdom in the lessons they teach, patience in the discipline they foster, and persistence in their promotion of decency and compassion, both by word and example.

We thank you for all motherly figures: grandmothers, aunts, sisters, wives, step-mothers, foster mothers, guardians, babysitters, teachers, health care providers, neighbors, friends, loved ones, and many others, who practice self-sacrifice and embody compassion to all who are privileged to be in their influence.

For some, this day brings the sorrowful awareness of their own inability to conceive biological children. Draw your tender spirit near their feelings.
We pray for those who have suffered miscarriages, those fatigued by fertility treatments, and those struggling through the process of adoption.

For some, this day is marked by loneliness and grief, as they spend this first Mother’s Day as a widower, an orphan, or a parent who has lost a child. Bring to them a steady restoration of their broken hearts, allow them to live into their future with hope.

For some, this is a day that surfaces ongoing tensions that exist within our personal relationships and family dynamics. We ask for healing from the wounds of our past, a path of forgiveness for wrongs both experienced and committed, and the rebuilding of trust forged in honesty, authenticity, and love.

Remind us to live with a child-like faith, curious to every wondrous mystery, attentive to your instruction, obedient, and willing to share with every one of your children. We give you thanks, O God, who is a loving Mother and Father to us all, and in whose name we pray,


Stories About Our Moms - Rob Stiles


Scripture Matthew 6:5-13 NIV

5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 

9 “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,10 your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us today our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

Message: Jesus H Christ: Ordering Our Household

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee
This is how Jesus announced the new kingdom the revolution of love.
Teaching them to pray was saying this is what I believe, this is what I stand for.


Stories About Our Moms - Jade Kelley


SONG: Teach Your Children Well

The Crosby, Stills and Nash. Songwriters: Graham Nash

© 1970 Atlantic Recording Corp. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. 


Prayers of the People

Offer up your own prayer. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God. Share your worries and concerns with God. Pray for other people. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders, and community leaders who are working so hard to keep us well. Ask God to help you find creative ways to reach out to people and share God’s love via phone, card, email, or social media, etc.

Stories About Our Moms - Rance Deware


A Mother's Day Benediction

Go into your week,
knowing that you are embraced by the love of God;
a love that is sweeter and
more tender than any you have ever known.

"Mother Like Mine" The Band Perry


5/14 Thursday, Zoom Video Clinic: "Coping with COVID Stress" w/ Jane Murphy, MSN

After dinner on a Thursday night, brew your coffee or tea, relax and plan to join us via phone, tablet, laptop or computer. 

Jane Murphy will share her expertise on ways to cope, manage and yes... ENJOY... our current COVID Social Distancing restrictions. Further discussions: the latest medical recommendations, most likely future scenarios and how to plan ahead, stay ahead and stay well in the midst of continuing health needs. 

Everyone is invited to attend this Zoom Video Conference Clinic - via smart phone, tablet, laptop or computer. Simply follow the directions given after you register.

Sign up ... in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.  

The facilitator: Jane Murphy, MSN knew her calling was nursing from high school. Both her undergraduate and graduate degrees are in Nursing. After graduation, she married her college sweetheart. His Military career meant moving to where ever he was stationed. Jane seized that opportunity to learn, practice and mentor nursing in different hospitals and major clinics throughout the United States. She is a multi-disciplinarian nurse specialist who now works for the West Palm Beach Veteran's Administration Medical Center. One of her most favorite responsibilities as a nurse has been to mentor new nurses and new doctors in interdisciplinary clinical work, patient advocacy, and clinical observation/evaluation skills. Through it all, Jane has maintained her drive to help others and to put the patient's needs first. Healing, first and foremost, comes naturally to Jane.