Ardmore Moravian Church
Church Bulletin
ARDMORE MORAVIAN CHURCH Seventh Sunday of Easter, May 13, 2018 PRELUDE    “Oh, for a Thousand Tongues to Sing”    Crowder/Parker WELCOME / ANNOUNCEMENTS                               RIGHT HAND OF FELLOWSHIP  CALL TO WORSHIP                   “Rock of Ages”                            Baloche PREPARING OUR HEARTS: Jesus says, “Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.” John 17:17 HYMN 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 MOMENT CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER                                      RESPONSE TO CONGREGATIONAL PRAYER                                                                         “Lord, Hear Our Pray’r”                          Heckman WORSHIP IN OUR GIVING OFFERTORY              “He Touched Me”                                    Bock SONG OF THANKS  Praise God from whom all blessings flow Praise Him all creatures here below. Alleluia, Alleluia! Praise Him above ye heavenly host Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia, Alleluia! Alleluia!   PRAYER ANTHEM                       “Jesus Is the Living Stone”                McDonald THE WORD OF GOD                                                            1 John 5:9-13 MESSAGE                                                                                Chaz Snider HYMN    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 Today Elder Greeter: Janice Irwin               Trustee Greeter: Barry Flynn Elder Greeter for May 20 th : Betty Paschall     Trustee Greeter for May 20 th : Barry Lyons Nursery Worker for May 13 th : Michaleh Snider, Kristin Mabe      Nursery Workers for May 20 th : JoAnn Goodson; Abby Simione People for Whom We are Praying Members:    Marie   Adams;   Annie   Boyd;   Amanda   Bowles;   Frances   Collins; Cindy Culverhouse; Ruth Long; Alice Pierce; Marolyn Schauss; Bett Warner Home Bound Members :  Bertha Burge; Peggy Gimmon Friends:     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 20 Please 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 Bibles The 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 bpaschall@triad.rr.com or Joyce Leonard at blt4joy@aol.com 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 News Wish 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: Rice Instant Potatoes Dried Beans Apple Sauce Peanut Butter Canned Spaghetti Sauce Easy Mac Pasta Cereal Canned Chicken or Tuna Soup Tooth Brushes Canned Veggies Tooth Paste Bibles and Devotional Books Sanctuary Flowers Needed Sundays 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 ~~ pabenelson@aol.com. Opportunities for the Week Tuesday May 15 11:30 AM Senior and Friends, luncheon Cagney’s 2201 Cloverdale   7:30 PM Salem Band ABC’s of Music, Salem Square Wednesday, May 16   5:30 PM Prayer in Prayer room   6:00 PM Family Oasis Supper   6:30 PM Handbell Rehearsal   6:45 PM Bible Study           7:30 PM         Sanctuary Choir Rehearsal Day of Pentecost , May 20     9:00 AM Prayer in Prayer Room 9:15 AM Joyful Voices 9:30 AM Sunday School       10:30 AM Worship Service, Holy Communion         Immediately following morning worship please join us for a light lunch to honor Carol Obenchains’s retirement Sermon Text 1 John 5:9-13 9 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”.