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Monday, May 10, 2021
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ONAWAY / MILLERSBURG UMC
SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE

May 9th, 2021

Welcome & Invitation to Worship

Call to Worship                          
We gather together to worship.
Our loving, nurturing God, who, like a mother,
Knows us intimately,   
loves us unconditionally,
teaches us the way we should go,
and comforts us in times of need.
Praise God, the Source and Sustainer of life!
Praise God, who loves us steadfastly. Let us worship, our God!

Worship in Song                       How Great Thou Art                            77

Old Testament Reading                               Proverbs 31:10-31 (The Message)

Worship with Tithes & Offerings

Prayer of the People

The Lord's Prayer

<Honoring Mothers>

New Testament Reading                                                 Ephesians 6:1-3

Mother's Day Prayer

Loving God, we know your love because we have mothers. Mothers and mother-figures come in many different forms, and today we give thanks for them all we celebrate them all.

O Lord, we thank you for the mothers who carried us in their wombs, nourishing, protecting and bringing us into the world. We thank you for the mothers who did not give birth to us, yet loved us just the same. With gratitude we remember their words of encouragement when we have felt unsure or afraid; we thank you for their kindness when the world has treated us unkindly; we thank you for their soft, comforting arms and the gentle way they kissed away our tears; we thank you that they protected us with the fierceness of a lioness protecting her cubs; we thank you for the times when they corrected us rather than letting us continue down wrong paths. Help us to live so that their investment in us might not be in vain.

Gracious God, we also pray for those who are grieving the loss of their mother in the past year and who have lost their own children. Grant them your comfort and peace and grant them hope in Christ’s resurrection.

Loving God, bless all mothers everywhere. We honor our mothers with lives of service to you in the name of the Risen Christ for it is in his Name we pray. Amen.

Mother's Day Special Music Video

Message                                                                 2 Timothy 1:5

Today we celebrate Mothers' Day together! In history, we have heard many great mothers and/or mother-figures who affect the great people in history who contribute to the world and the society, give a significant influence to others and the world/ change the world. Today we will read about one faithful person who was affected by his mother and grandmother.

Let us read today's passage, 2 Timothy 1:5, "I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that lived first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, lives in you."

This is Paul's second letter to Timothy, who had been ministering to the church at Ephesus for four years. In today's verse, we can read Paul had watched Timothy's life and service during those years they were together. He was certain that Timothy's faith was genuine. In fact, Timothy's heritage was a great one, for he was reared in a godly home, trained by a wonderful apostle, and was given marvelous opportunities for serving the Lord.

The Bible is clear that he was raised and inspired by his mother Eunice and his grandmother Lois, two great women in the Bible. These women were given credit for bringing up one of the most influential and faithful Christian in the biblical record.

We don't know much about Eunice, except that she was married to a Greek man (Acts 16:1), but we know that Paul thought Timothy had excellent biblical training in his youth (2 Timothy 3:15) - and this can be attributed to his mother and grandmother. They taught and brought Timothy up in the faith and that experience, which was a blessing to Timothy, and it was the foundation of his faith and ministries. By extension, as he shared the Gospel, it was extended and shared to many people to let people know who Jesus is and how amazing God's love is.

Some many other great mothers and women changed the history in the Bible.

Consider Moses' mother, Jochebed, who was bold and courageous enough to take a risk so that Moses could live (Numbers 26:59; Exodus 2:3). Moses would eventually be one of Israel's greatest and most faithful leaders.

Consider Deborah, in the book of Judges, who helped lead the entire nation of Israel into victory (Judges 4:4, 10).

Consider Naomi, who helped Ruth find the one true God to where she would become a part of a godly heritage, in the kingly line of David and Christ (Ruth 1:16; 4:18–22).

Consider Hannah, who begged and pleaded with God to give her a child, with the promise to give him right back to God. Hannah kept her promise, and Samuel would end up leading in some of Israel's finest moments (I Samuel 1:9–18).

And... Consider Mary, the mother of Jesus, and the great faith she had to bear a child as a young woman who was a virgin. Her son, Jesus, was the Son of God and the Savior of the world (Luke 1:26–27).

Since these stories are dramatic and very special, you feel like they don't apply to you. However, we can find many living examples of faith in our lives.

I want to share the faith legacy I received from my mother. As you know, in the Asian culture, we mainly eat rice. After cooking the rice in the pot, we usually stir the rice to mix all the rice from the bottom to the top, and it makes the rice more delicious and has a better texture. Anyway, what my mom does is... when she stirred the cooked rice, she drew the cross on the rice with praying for all members of the family's health. It was a short prayer, but it is her spiritual practice for the family.

I learned that from her, even though she did not tell me to do the same. I have just watched what she does and felt her prayerful and loving heart for my family, and I love it. So this faithful legacy comes to me. But, do you know there is more history. My mom also had learned from her mom, who is my grandmother, and my grandmother also had learned from her mom-in-law, who is my great grandmother, who I have never met in my life. Don't you think it is something?

I want to tell you all mothers, grandmothers, and all ladies, what kind of influence you have in the lives of your children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, Sunday school class, or anyone who you are caring for with love? Your influence is greater and broader than you realize!

As Mothers' Day, I would like to invite you all to remember the faithful legacy you have experienced and received in your lives from your mother or mother-figures. And give thanks to God for that. And, we should remember that we should be people who create great and godly influence and pass down a faithful legacy to our next generation and/or easily to those who are next to you.

Since it's Mother's Day, I really want to say to all mothers here, Thank you, mom. You are great! We love you!

Let us pray.

Precious God, thank you for Mother. Thank you for our mother's love, and thank you for the gift that we can pray for them, and thank you for the legacy we've received from them. God, help us live by remembering their gifts, and we also can be the faithful living legacy to others. God, please bless every mother in the world. We pray in your loving name, AMEN.

Worship in Response       Happy the Home When God Is There              445

Prayer of Dismissal & Blessing