Home Worship

Sunday, May 9 2021

Staying home is a form of loving your neighbor. Think about it, you may be staying home for your own health but in reality you then become less of a carrier to others that you might come in contact with. We hope you will feel close to God who is near even if we are far apart. May God Bless you and Keep you.

If you are in a high risk category, it is highly recommended that you remain safe as much as possible. Caregivers and family members are encouraged to do the same, so as to not jeopardize their loved ones.

If you are not comfortable attending socially distanced activities, please stay home and stay in touch! 

Organ Prelude: The Prayer


A Mothers Day Tribute


Litany of Thanksgiving and Intercession for Mother’s Day

Mothers come in many different forms, and today we celebrate them all!

Mothering God, we draw on the image of you as one who nurtures, who gathers, who protects.

We pray for those women who have nurtured us as mothers and who are no longer with us and whom we miss dearly.

We reflect upon those women who have influenced our own lives in so many ways, and we give thanks.

We pray for the women around the world who are working long days and nights to raise their children right now.

We pray for the mothers around the world.

We pray for mothers who have fled violence and difficult situations, including refugees, and who have been separated from their children, or experienced the tragedy of the death of a child.

We pray for mothers living in uncertainty and facing the unknown.

We pray for all the women who are expecting, but aren’t quite mothers yet!

Thank God for the soon-to-be-mothers.

We pray for families where a mother’s illness has led to an early death.

We pray for those who step in to help with the care and nurture of the children, including extended family, and we especially for children in Africa who take on the role of mother when they themselves are still only children.

We pray for the women who took in others’ children through adoption and foster care.

We give thanks for these mothers with hearts so big.

We pray for those women who have lost a child to death and must carry on.

We pray for strength and courage for the mothers who have faced grief and loss.

We pray for women whose children have grown and whom they now seldom see.

We pray for mothers who are at a distance from their children.

We pray for all the women who have desperately wanted to have children of their own, but chose instead to mother everyone else.

We thank God for the mothers in spirit.

We pray for women leaders in Aboriginal communities who seek to provide a protective environment for children, and whose commitment is to work for a healthy place for children to live and grow.

We pray for those troubled by the prospect of motherhood, perhaps too soon, or too few resources to care for a child.

Mothering God, we offer these prayers to you this day. Hear the prayers of our own hearts.

Fill My Cup, Lord

Please feel free to sing along! 

Verse 1

Like the woman at the well I was seeking

For things that could not satisfy

And then I heard my Savior speaking

Draw from my well that never shall run dry


Fill my cup Lord I lift it up Lord

Come and quench this thirsting of my soul

Bread of heaven feed me till I want no more

Fill my cup fill it up and make me whole

Verse 2

There are millions in this world who are craving

The pleasures earthly things afford

But none can match the wondrous treasure

That I find in Jesus Christ my Lord [Chorus]

Verse 3

So my brother(sister) if the things this world gave you

Leave hungers that won't pass away

My blessed Lord will come and save you

If you kneel to Him and humbly pray [Chorus]

CCLI Song # 15946. Richard Blanchard © 1959 Richard Blanchard. Assigned 1964 Curb Word Music (Admin. by WC Music Corp.) All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.


Prayers of the People

This prayer is inspired by our lectionary text this morning: John 15:9-17.  

When reading this prayer, we invite you to pause often. Reflect. Let this prayer guide you in prayerful meditation - perhaps prayer journal. What special meaning does each of the following prayer phrases have for you today? 

Eternal God, in these moments of quiet we thank you for your presence in our lives. We thank you for all of the testimonies of your profound love for your children. We especially thank you this day for the holy one Jesus. We thank you for his humility. We thank you that rather than elevating himself above us he instead would lift us up and as with his disciples call us “friends.” We thank you for his many reminders that we are to love one another. But we confess that we have great difficulty following his command to love. [Pause to reflect and pray]

We become upset with others and find it easier to reject them than to seek to understand and to love them.

We struggle with the almost impossible command to love our enemies.

We become driven to meet our own needs and become blind to the needs of others.

We are driven to succeed which becomes all-consuming and trumps our command to love.

Forgive us our foolish ways. [Pause to reflect and pray]

Help us to keep in our awareness this command to love which Jesus repeated so many times. 

Help us especially to hear it in those hard times when it is most difficult to love.

Help us to love others when they are power hungry.

Help us to love others when they are inconsiderate.

Help us to love others when they are angry and lash out blindly.

Help us to love others when they are selfish and insensitive. [Pause to reflect and pray]

Help us, O God, to love others so that we may abide in your love and act like the friends of Jesus. 


Written by Richard J. Einerson, from his collection of prayers, Prayers of the People. http://www.richardeinerson.com/ Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/04/prayer-of-intercession-easter-6-b.html.

Message: "Cutting the Apron Strings"

Pastor Emily Denmark McGee

Lectionary Series

As they matured in faith they grew in love for one another. Raised with love we can't but be a force for good in the world. Let us give thanks this day for those who have raised us in God's love.

John 15:9-17
New Revised Standard Version
9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father. 

16 You did not choose me but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name. 17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.


Oceanview Worship - Love Like This

Verse 1

When I am a wasteland, You are the water

When I am the winter, You are the fire...That burns

Verse 2

When I am a long night, You are the sunrise

When I am a desert, You are the river

That turns to find me

Chorus 1

What have I done to deserve love like this?

What have I done to deserve love like this?

Verse 3

Your voice like a whisper, Breaking the silence

You say there's a treasure, You look 'til You find it

You search to find me

Chorus 2

What have I done to deserve love like this?

What have I done to deserve love like this?

I cannot earn what You so freely give

What have I done to deserve love like this


Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah Hallelujah

CCLI Song # 7090451. Jason Ingram | Lauren Daigle | Paul Mabury © CentricSongs, See You At The Pub, Fellow Ships Music, Flychild Publishing, So Essential Tunes. All rights reserved. CCLI License # 625707.



Go now, and bear fruit for God, fruit that will last.

As Christ has loved you, so love one another,

and abide always in God is love,

that your joy may be complete.

And may God give you all you ask for in Christ’s name;

May Christ Jesus reveal to you God’s ways and call you his friends;

And may the Holy Spirit confirm the truth within you and make your joy complete.

We go in peace to love and serve the Lord,

in the name of Christ. Amen.

Copyright © 2003 Nathan Nettleton LaughingBird.net. Reposted: https://re-worship.blogspot.com/2012/04/benediction-easter-6-b.html.

Revised Common Lectionary

Further Readings for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 9, 2021 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year B.

1st Reading: Acts 10:44-48

Psalm: Psalm 98

2nd Reading: 1 John 5:1-6

Gospel: John 15:9-17