"Fierce Love"

Sunday, May 10, 2020
Fifth Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

Welcome and Announcements
Centering Moment

A mother understands what a child does not say.
Jewish Proverb

Our Morning Prayer (Unison)                  Rev. Lea M. Booth
     O God, like a bakerwoman, you bring the leaven which causes our hopes to rise.  With your strong and gentle hands, shape our lives.  Warm us with your love.  Take our common lives and touch them with your grace, that we may nourish hope among humanity.  We pray trusting in your name, through Jesus our Christ.  Amen.
Children’s Moment                                    Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

“The Promise of a New Earth”
Children of God: Storybook Bible
Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Opening Hymn    “Morning Has Broken”             UMH #145
Lisa Corpron, Jayson Coleman, Bob Wuertz

  1. Morning has broken like the first morning;
    blackbird has spoken like the first bird.
    Praise for the singing! Praise for the morning!
    Praise for them, springing fresh from the Word!
  2. Sweet the rain’s new fall sunlit from heaven,
    like the first dewfall on the first grass.
    Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden,
    sprung in completeness where his feet pass.
  3. Mine is the sunlight! Mine is the morning
    born of the one light Eden saw play!
    Praise with elation, praise every morning,
    God’s recreation of the new day!
Joys and Concerns
Prayer of Thanksgiving and Confession for Mothers (Unison)
Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

     Gracious God, the source of all love, we give you thanks:
     For our mothers, who have given us life and love, that we may show them reverence and love.
      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.
     For women, though without children of their own, who like mothers have           nurtured and cared for us. 
     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.
     Loving God, as a mother gives life and nourishment to her children, so you watch over Christ’s Living Body, the Church. Bless all women at all times and in all places, that they may always find their strength in you. And grant that we, their daughters and sons, may love and honor them always with a spirit of profound love and respect. Grant this we pray through Christ our Savior. Amen. 

Silent Prayer
Pastoral Prayer
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.
The Good News                                          Rev. Lea M. Booth
Mark 7:24-30
From there he set out and went away to the region of Tyre. He entered a house and did not want anyone to know he was there. Yet he could not escape notice, but a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit immediately heard about him, and she came and bowed down at his feet. Now the woman was a Gentile, of Syrophoenician origin. She begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. He said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the dogs.” But she answered him, “Sir, even the dogs under the table eat the children’s crumbs.” Then he said to her, “For saying that, you may go—the demon has left your daughter.” So she went home, found the child lying on the bed, and the demon gone.
Centering Hymn           “This Is My Song”    UMH #437  
Lisa Corpron, Jayson Coleman, Bob Wuertz
  1. This is my song O God of all the nations,
    a song of peace for lands afar and mine.
    This is my home, the country where my heart is,
    here are my hopes, my dreams, my holy shrine;
    but others hearts in other lands are beating
    with hopes and dreams as true and high as mine.
  2. My country’s skies are bluer than the ocean,
    and sunlight beams on cloverleaf and pine;
    but other lands have sunlight too, and clover,
    and skies are everywhere as blue as mine.
    O hear my song, thou God of all the nations,
    a song of peace for their land and for mine.
  3. This is my prayer, O Lord of all earth’s kingdoms:
    Thy kingdom come; on earth thy will be done.
    Let Christ be lifted up till all shall serve him,
    and hearts united learn to live as one.
    O hear my prayer, thou God of all the nations;
    myself I give thee; let thy will be done.

Witness                                                      “Fierce Love!”

Rev. Dr. Philip B. Wood

 Final Blessing
Benediction          "The Prayer"                by Digesare/Trocolli
Sung by Lisa Corpron and Jayson Coleman
Bob Wuertz on piano