Eldad – Hampton Pastoral Charge of
the United Church of Canada.
Minister: Rev. James Feairs, B. A., M. Div., Retired Supply.
Organist & Choir Leader: Jennifer Pearce-Chambers.
Livestreaming and song leader: Shawn Pearce-Chambers.
May 10, 2020 Mothers’ Day. 5th Sunday of Easter
Livestreaming from Eldad during pandemic precautions
People’s responses are in bold type.
Song titles, are also links to lyrics (if available).
We Gather with Praise
Call to Worship:
“I was glad when they said unto me:
Let us go into the house of the Lord,”
This was a song for pilgrims to gather in the great temple in Jerusalem long ago.
Today we cannot gather together in person. We are dispersed. Even families on Mother’s Day cannot all be together,
We are pilgrims right now of a different sort. Yet we will gather again, and we do gather now, in song, in prayer, and in God’s Spirit together
This is the day that our God has made. We will rejoice, and be glad in it. Let us worship!
Someone has said of you, O God: ” God is a circle, the circumference of which is nowhere, the centre of which is everywhere.” When we are bound by our limits, O God, of movement, of association, of age or illness, help us to remember: It is not just that ‘you are everywhere’. It is that you are here. And where you are, gentle Spirit of life, is the centre of all things; all life; all love; all hope and all healing.
If we are graced this morning with memories of being in our mother’s loving arms, grant us to know what larger reality that true human love represents: that we are also held in your eternal hands.
Hold all people in your love, as we worship today; in Christ’s name, Amen.
Words of Assurance:
“Who from our mother’s arms, has blessed us on our way, with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. “ Let us be assured: the steadfast love of God is from everlasting to everlasting. Amen.
Life and Work of the Community of Faith
Song: 229 God of the sparrow.
We Encounter God’s Word
Letter: 2 Timothy 1:3-7. Paul honours the faith of his co-worker’s mother and grandmother.
The Gospel of John 14:1-6, 25-27. A way to God’s house; and room there.
Reader: May the Spirit of the risen Christ lead us into all truth.
People: Thanks be to God.
Special Music: My mother’s bible.
We Respond with Prayer and Thanksgiving
Song: 652. Be still, my soul.
Prayer for Gifts and Givers:
On this day we remember all works and projects of our Mission and Service Fund that serve women at the margins of society; women and children in shelters, women in many countries who must raise children alone, while working; women who are at risk of violence and oppression. Bless our gifts of this day, God of all giving, as we remember the faithful work of folks in their churches across East Central Ontario. We ask your special blessing this day for the people and minister of Dunbarton-Fairport United Church, that their faith and their gifts, along with ours, may be used in all your work; Amen.
Prayers of the People
The 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 that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
Closing Hymn: 332. The church’s one foundation
This week’s bible study – based on the scriptures for the above Service of May 10, 2020, Mothers’ Day.
From your retired supply minister Rev. Jim.
For all members and friends of Eldad-Hampton United Churches.
Greetings again folks. Here we are, already at the 5th Sunday of Easter, perched on the edge of some things in our society opening up, as we must carefully make our way down the slope of the pandemic wave. We do not know if things will be open for instance, so that folks who have been unable to see their mothers will be able to do so this Mothers’ Day weekend.
But we must make our way forward, in faith and life.
Faith exists partly to comfort the challenged, and also to challenge the comfortable. Jesus’ words did that all the time. So several scriptures here to reflect on out of our own experience; a little challenge as well as hopefully some comfort.
As before, please take some time to make the questions real for you: Write down an answer; talk it to yourself out loud, or especially if you can, ask, and give time to answer – to a friend on the phone or computer, or in your own household.
And thank you for pursuing your faith through study in this difficult time.
Please read 2 Timothy 1:3-7. Paul encourages a young Christian leader.
Starter question: Did you grow up in a day when any adult could tell you what to do (or, in my case at least, stop doing) and you had to listen? Who used to say to you something like: Wait til your mother hears about this? Did your grandmother help with your raising?
Background: Saint Paul has already worked with the younger Timothy for some years on Christian missions. But it seems Paul knows and respects the faith of not only Timothy’s mother but his grandmother. This is a family of early Christian faith.
Reflect: Recall a time when your parent or grandparent’s beliefs either helped or annoyed you. Did you come to appreciate, or at least understand their faith, even as you developed your own?
Please read John 14:1-6, 25-27. Many rooms in God’s house.
Starter: What’s the biggest place you ever lived in? The smallest? The coldest? The most pleasantly designed from a human point of view? The friendliest?
Background: Jesus’ discourse includes comfort and challenge for his disciples just before his sufferings are to begin. In this time of high tension for them, he tells them there is a way forward. But they (eg Thomas) know they don’t know what it is. He tells them of a place they can go; but they know they are not there yet. He speaks of trust, especially trust in him, as their way forward: an invisible way of the heart.
Reflect: Have we been having some instances of high tension in this pandemic time? Times of calmness and peace? Are we learning anything about ourselves or others in this time? Why are we called to trust just when things look least trustable? How much room is there, in God’s house: Just enough? Plenty? Room to spare?
Livestream worship continues for now at 11 a.m. Blessings!