ARDMORE MORAVIAN CHURCH Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13, 2018PRELUDE “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing” Crowder/ParkerWELCOME / ANNOUNCEMENTS RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP CALL TO WORSHIP “Rock of Ages” BalochePREPARING OUR HEARTS:Jesus says, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.”John 17:17HYMN 538 MBW “For the Beauty of the Earth”MOTHERS’ DAY LITURGY(Sing To The Lord A New Song, page 12)Lord, on this day set aside to honor and remember mothers, we give you thanks for our mothers. We are grateful that you chose to give us life through them, and that they received the gift of life from your hands, and gave it to us. Thank you for the sacrifices they made in carrying us and giving us birth.We thank you for the women who raised us, who were our mothers in childhood. Whether birth mom, adopted mom, older sister, aunt, grandmother, stepmother, or someone else, we thank you for those women who held us and fed us, who cared for us and kissed away our pain. We pray that our lives may reflect the love they showed us, and that they would be pleased to be called our moms. We pray for older moms whose children are grown.Grant them joy and satisfaction for a job well done.We pray for new moms experiencing changes they could not predict.Grant them rest and peace as they trust you for the future.We pray for pregnant women who will soon be moms.Grant them patience and good counsel in the coming months.We pray for moms who face the demands of single parenthood. Grant them strength and wisdom.We pray for moms who enjoy financial abundance.Grant them time to share with their families.We pray for moms who are raising their children in poverty.Grant them relief and justice.We pray for moms who try to balance vocation and family.Grant them courage for the living of each day.We pray for stepmoms.Grant them patience and understanding and love.We pray for moms who are separated from their children.Grant them faith and hope.We pray for moms in marriages that are in crisis.Grant them support and insight.We pray for moms who have lost children.Grant them comfort in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.We pray for mothers who aborted their children.Grant them healing and peace.We pray for moms who gave up their children for adoption.Grant them peace and confidence as they trust in your providence.We pray for adoptive mothers.Grant them joy and gratitude for the gift you have provided.We pray for girls and women who think about being moms.Grant them wisdom and discernment.We pray for women who desperately want, or wanted, to be moms.Grant them grace to accept your timing and will.We pray for all women who have assumed the mother’s role in a child’s life.Grant them joy and appreciation of others.We pray for moms who show us the way of faith.Grant them the guidance of the Holy Spirit.We pray for those people present who are grieving the loss of their mother in the past year.Grant them comfort and hope in Christ’s resurrection.(All women and girls are invited to stand for a blessing)Lord, we thank you for the gift of motherhood. We thank you for the many examples of faithful mothers in scripture, like Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Lois. Now hear the name of other women who have inspired us by their motherly examples…..We are mindful this day of all these women, and especially Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, who had the courage in faith to say “yes” to your calling. May these women gathered here today emulate these examples of faith. And may they model for all the rest of us what it means to be your disciple. Bless them on this special day; in the name of Jesus Christ.“Open the Eyes of My Heart”Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, Open the eyes of my heart; I want to see You, I want to see You.Open the eyes of my heart, Lord, Open the eyes of my heart;I want to see You, I want to see You.To see You high and lifted up, shining in the light of Your glory.Pour out Your power and love; as we sing holy, holy, holy. (repeat)Holy, holy, holy, holy, holy, holy; Holy, holy, holy,I want to see you.CHILDREN’S MOMENTCONGREGATIONAL PRAYER RESPONSE TO CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER “Lord, Hear Our Pray’r” HeckmanWORSHIP IN OUR GIVINGOFFERTORY “He Touched Me” BockSONG OF THANKSPraise God from whom all blessings flowPraise Him all creatures here below.Alleluia, Alleluia!Praise Him above ye heavenly hostPraise Father, Son and Holy Ghost.Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia! PRAYERANTHEM “Jesus Is the Living Stone” McDonaldTHE WORD OF GOD 1 John 5:9-13MESSAGE Chaz SniderHYMN 714 MBW “Blessed Assurance”POSTLUDE The sanctuary flowers are placed to the glory of God, and in honor of our mothers and church mothers.(All songs printed under ccli# 1007661)Serving TodayElder Greeter: Janice IrwinTrustee Greeter: Barry FlynnElder Greeter for May 20th: Betty PaschallTrustee Greeter for May 20th: Barry LyonsNursery Worker for May 13th: Michaleh Snider, Kristin Mabe Nursery Workers for May 20th: JoAnn Goodson; Abby SimionePeople for Whom We are PrayingMembers:Marie Adams; Annie Boyd; Amanda Bowles; Frances Collins; Cindy Culverhouse; Ruth Long; Alice Pierce; Marolyn Schauss; Bett Warner Home Bound Members: Bertha Burge; Peggy GimmonFriends:Emily Burge; Dustin Goodson, grandson of Clive and JoAnn Goodson; Ollie Moore, Cheryl Bain friends of Ruth Long and MaryAlice Adams; Doug Vaughn, stroke,Betty Vaughn, son; Rosemary Stewart, Jake Williams, Donna Williams’s son; Judy West, friend of Beth Mabe.A Party to Celebrate Carol Obenchain’s Retirement on May 20Please join the congregation and guests on May 20 right after our church service for a light lunch to honor Carol Obenchains’s retirement after 34 years of faithful service. Our hope and prayer is that we will continue to see Carol around the church, so this is not a goodbye. It is merely a way to say “Well done, faithful servant!” and to thank her for ministering to each of us during times when we needed to hear her reassuring voice or to get her help through her many talents.New Pew BiblesThe Joint Boards have approved purchasing new pew Bibles in the NRSV (New Revised Standard Version). This translation is as literal as possible and improves the sound and clarity of text when read aloud. This is the version Chaz uses.If you would like to donate a Bible in honor or memory of someone please let Betty Paschall at email@example.com or Joyce Leonard at firstname.lastname@example.org know. The cost per Bible will be $8.00 or per case of 20 $146.00. Labels will be placed in the Bible’s front cover to acknowledge your gift. Please include the following information:In honor of ——————In memory of —————If paying by check please make check payable to Ardmore Moravian Church with “pew bible” noted in memo line. The old Bibles will be available to anyone who would like to have, placed in the Blessing Box or donated to Sunnyside. Blessing Box NewsWish List:A box has been placed outside of the church office and in the elevator hallway that you may place items in for our “Blessing Box.”Some things needed:RiceInstant PotatoesDried BeansApple SaucePeanut ButterCanned Spaghetti Sauce Easy MacPastaCerealCanned Chicken or TunaSoupTooth BrushesCanned VeggiesTooth PasteBibles and Devotional BooksSanctuary Flowers NeededSundays are still available for flowers. If you would like to place flowers in honor or memory of someone on one of these dates pleased contact Pat Nelson 336-775-1134 ~~ email@example.com.Opportunities for the WeekTuesday May 15 11:30 AMSenior and Friends, luncheon Cagney’s 2201 Cloverdale 7:30 PMSalem Band ABC’s of Music, Salem SquareWednesday, May 16 5:30 PMPrayer in Prayer room 6:00 PMFamily Oasis Supper 6:30 PMHandbell Rehearsal 6:45 PMBible Study 7:30 PM Sanctuary Choir RehearsalDay of Pentecost , May 20 9:00 AMPrayer in Prayer Room9:15 AMJoyful Voices9:30 AM Sunday School 10:30 AMWorship Service, Holy CommunionImmediately following morning worship please join us for a light lunch to honor Carol Obenchains’s retirementSermon Text1 John 5:9-139 If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. 10 Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life.13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.Welcome to Ardmore Moravian Church“Where Communion and Community Come Together”We are a Christ-centered fellowship of people bound by love of Jesus and one another. Our greatest hope is that God will be glorified through the power and presence of the Holy Spirit among us. We have gathered to worship; celebrating the eternal life won for us by Christ through His death and resurrection as promised in the Bible. God has created and called us into relationship with Himself (communion) and with one another (community). We need the Lord, and we need each other. As you draw close to God, may you also grow in friendship with those around you. We believe God has gifted people in every age. So our worship is marked by a variety of styles and expressions of music, liturgy, prayer and proclamation. We seek to blend these expressions in a way that pleases God and edifies one another. The Moravian Church, while unfamiliar to many, is actually one of the oldest Protestant denominations in the world. Our roots and heritage run deep, even one hundred years prior to the Great Reformation. Yet our sense of mission is alive and active today as we serve the Lord in ministry together. Jesus said to His disciples, “…you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.” At Ardmore Moravian we sincerely strive to live that promise. We worship, study the Holy Scriptures, fellowship and grow as disciples of Christ together here at the corner of Hawthorne and Academy. We ask the Lord then to send us out and employ us for His glory as we share the Gospel - the Good News of Christ - locally, regionally and globally.If you are searching for a meaningful relationship with God and productive friendships with other people, you’ve come to the right place - “Where Communion and Community Come Together”.