May 14th, 2023 Service

Link to Sermon/Reflections

Order of Service
Let us be as open vessels that God’s spirit may enter.
The Community Gathers: Experience God’s presence in the assembly. Please greet one another with joy and welcome new friends into our community of love.
You are welcome here…come and worship!

Focus: Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her, all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy…As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.
Isaiah 66

Gathering Music: Mom (by Garth Brooks) -Michelle Currie
Responsive Call to Worship:
L: We gather together this morning to worship our loving, nurturing God,
All: Who, like a mother, knows us intimately and loves us unconditionally,
L: Who teaches us the way we should go, and comforts us in times of need.
All: Praise God, the Source and Sustainer of life.

Opening Hymn: Morning Has Broken #664
Invocation: Together, let us pray…
Come, Mother God, come as an enfolding nurturing
presence, come as steadfast love to hold us.
Come, Mother God, come as an enabling strengthening force, come as love that allows us to find our pathways in life.
Come, Mother God, come as friend and comforter healing our wounds, walking our way, come as wounded healer to make us whole. (by Kate McIlhagga)
Lord’s Prayer: (Our Father/Our Mother…)
Awakening: The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (by Ted Harris)
-Michelle Currie

Scripture: Ruth 1:1-14; John 14: 1-4 -Maureen White

Sermon: Memories of our Mothers… Ada Goff and Sharon Gaudin with Rev. Paula Norbert
Sermon Response: Meditative Instrumental ~ Michelle Currie
Musical call to Prayer: (two times) Hush now in quiet peace, be still your mind at ease. The Spirit brings re-lease, so wait upon the Lord.
Prayers of the People:
Silent Prayers Pastoral Prayer

Offertory: Let It Be (by Paul McCartney/John Lennon) -Michelle Currie
Doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow, Praise God all creature here below. Praise God above ye heavenly hosts, Creator, Christ and Holy Ghost. Amen.
Closing Hymn: Joyful, Joyful #611
Benediction “As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you” (Isaiah 66:13)
Go now in the comfort and peace of the One who gave birth to us. Go to give comfort and peace to others. Divine Wisdom guide us as we go forth on Your paths of peace. Amen! Alleluia!

Recessional: Go in Peace
Go in peace and the peace of God be with you this day.
Go in peace and the peace of God be with you always.
celebrate and share the joy. Celebrate new life.
Go in peace and the peace of God be with you always.

Many thanks to our Music Director, Michelle Currie, to our Reader and Deacons today.

In honor of Mother’s Day, our friend Katie Koles has chosen to honor her own mother, Rita, by sharing beautiful roses with our church community this morning. On your way out, please take one to bring a little sunshine to your day as we honor all mothers this day. Thank you, Katie!

Looking Ahead:
Plant Sale: Saturday, May 20th. FMI Nancy Bancroft.

Yard Sale: Saturday, May 27th. To donate, volunteer or for more information, please speak with Eve McPheeters, Bonnie Tallagnon or Cris Hudson.

*The proceeds of these events will benefit our Community Outreach Partners.

Blessing the Mothers

                   By Jan Richardson

Who are our

first sanctuary.

Who fashion

a space of blessing

with their own being:

with the belly

the bone and

the blood


if not with these,

then with the

durable heart

that offers itself

to break

and grow wide,

to gather itself

around another

as refuge,

as home.

Who lean into

the wonder and terror

of loving what

they can hold

but cannot contain.

Who remain

in some part of themselves

always awake,

a corner of consciousness

keeping perpetual vigil.

Who know

that the story

is what endures

is what binds us

is what runs deeper

even than blood

and so they spin them

in celebration

of what abides

and benediction

on what remains:

a simple gladness

that latches onto us

and graces us

on our way.