Home Worship for May 2 2021 United Methodist Women Sunday

Welcome to Home Worship on UM Women's Sunday! This week, UM Women celebrate more than 150 years of mission work around the world. Our main purpose has always been to develop a community whose purpose is to help each other know God and to experience freedom as whole persons through Jesus Christ. UM Women develops creative, supportive fellowships and expands concepts of mission through participation in the global ministries of the church. 


Our community includes men and women, clergy and laity, seniors, youth and children. People from all walks of life, situation, circumstance, nationality, race and affinity. Our Community is us... right here, right now.  

"Remember the power of the creative, supportive fellowship that characterizes our structure. It is strong. Believe it. Remember the power of the Gospel, the fact of God’s love for you, for me, for every person we encounter and for the world. Believe it. Remember the call of God to do justice and love mercy, to care for the sick, the prisoner, the oppressed and to stand for justice. Believe it. Remember the history of faith and action in which we stand—our foremothers crossed boundaries, innovated, raised funds, started over, started over again and persisted in spreading God’s love. And so can we. Believe it." - General Secretary Harriett Jane Olson

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Opening Prayer: “Give Us Laughter”

Give us laughter, O Source of our life. 

Laughter can banish so much of our strife. 

Laughter and love give us wholeness and health. 

Laughter and love are the coin of true wealth. 

Even in sorrow and hours of grief, laughter with tears brings most healing relief. God, give us laughter, and God, give us peace, 

joys of your promise among us increase. 

Amen.


(Edited from a contemporary hymn from Walter Farquharson.)

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World Methodist Social Affirmation #886

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We've a Story to Tell to the Nations UMH #569

Verse 1

We've a story to tell to the nations, That shall turn their hearts to the right

A story of truth and sweetness, A story of peace and light.

A story of peace and light


Chorus

For the darkness shall turn to dawning, And the dawning to noonday bright

And Christ's great kingdom shall come to earth - The kingdom of love and light


Verse 2

We've a song to be sung to the nations, That shall lift their hearts to the Lord

A song that shall conquer evil, And shatter the spear and sword

And shatter the spear and sword


Verse 3

We've a message to give to the nations, That the Lord who reigneth above

Hath sent us His Son to save us, And show us that God is love

And show us that God is love


Verse 4

We've a Savior to show to the nations, Who the path of sorrow hath trod

That all of the world's great peoples, Might come to the truth of God

Might come to the truth of God


CCLI Song # 29420. Henry Ernest Nichol © Words: Public Domain. Music: Public Domain. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.

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2020 and 2021 United Methodist Women
Special Mission Recognition Awards

For the 2020 and 2021 years, Joseph Farrar, Barbara Hewko, Rudy McNeal, Paula Mullins, Jane Murphy and Susan Smith are each being presented with the UMW Special Mission Recognition Award for their enthusiastic support of missions - both local and international. These persons are truly examples of loving service to God, to Oceanview Church or to our community. Please join us in congratulating and thanking them for their service.


A Special Mission Recognition is an undesignated gift for mission work that honors the recipient. Special Mission Recognitions may be given by any individual, or circle, or unit, in honor of any person, female or male. It is not necessary that the recipient be a member of United Methodist Women. There are several categories of Special Mission Recognitions, each representing a different amount of money for mission. Our Awards at Oceanview are a small gold oval lapel pin with a cross which signifies that a $40 donation was made to United Methodist Women mission work in the recipients honor. 

Prayers From Around the World

Dear God, the world is changing in so many ways. I pray throughout these changes we may remain messengers of love, hope, faith and commitment to you. You created us out of love and we each carry a spark of deity in our souls that repeats a resounding call to love and to serve. Please strengthen us to fulfill our calling. We ask this in the name of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.


- Kandi Mount, Order of Deaconess and Home Missioner, retired, Bella Vista, Arkansas. From the 2021 United Methodist Women's Prayer Calendar.

Message: "Inheritance of Hope"

Rev. Dr. Latricia Edwards Scriven

Hopeful action, hopeful advocacy and hopeful attitudes!


Ephesians 1:15-19


Paul’s Prayer

15 I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, and for this reason 16 I do not cease to give thanks for you as I remember you in my prayers. 17 I pray that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation as you come to know him, 18 so that, with the eyes of your heart enlightened, you may know what is the hope to which he has called you, what are the riches of his glorious inheritance among the saints, 19 and what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power.


New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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Blessing

God of our history, God of our listening and learning. 

We have stories to discover. We have stories to tell. We have stories to preserve. We have stories to unmask us.

Our own stories are enriched by hearing and listening to others...stories from decades past and from voices today. 

Your Word weaves through and around all our stories. For that we are grateful. 

Amen


(from United Methodist Women Mission u Event)

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, May 2, 2021 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.


1st Reading: Acts 8:26-40

Psalm: Psalm 22:25-31

2nd Reading: 1 John 4:7-21

Gospel: John 15:1-8


https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu/