Pastor Mary Stewart  Home# 814-897-0991   - cell# 814-881-9141 email - mcstewart@roadrunner.com
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Lectionary Readings:
         Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16; Acts 7:53-60; 1 Peter 2:2-10;

*GATHERING HYMN “As the Deer ”  TFWS #2025


(Please take this time during the prelude to quiet your hearts before God

and peacefully anticipate the movement of the Holy Spirit.)


*Call to Worship            

Leader:   Come, all of you who feel lost, alienated, alone.

People: At one time we felt that way – we didn’t belong anywhere.  We just wanted somewhere to be.

Leader:   Christ, the Strong Cornerstone of our house, welcomes you.

People: Once we were no people. Now we are God’s people.

Leader:   Once we had no place to dwell

People:  Thanks be to God for God’s gracious love and hospitality. Amen.


*Hymn of Praise     “His Eye Is on the Sparrow”  
                                                              TFWS #2146


 Opening Prayer 

Gracious God, on this day of the celebration of Mother’s Day, and on every day, as we act as the witness to the eternal love of Christ, remind us that we are responsible for caring for each other. We are called to lift up rather than tear down; to support rather than abandon, to reach out when others have turned away. Give us hearts of love that, in all places and times, we may be a witness to the hope that is found in Jesus Christ. AMEN.




Praises, Joys and Concerns


Pastoral Prayer and 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,

the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.



Offerings, Tithes and Gifts to the Lord

 Doxology and Prayer of Thanksgiving

                                           “Doxology”                             UMH #95

 Mother’s Day Litany                                           (below)


Children’s Time

Special Music and Testimonies

Epistle Lesson                    1 Peter 2:2-10                       page 1104

Gospel Lesson            John 14:1-14                                page 982

Sermon                       “Heart Trouble”                       Pastor Mary


*Closing Hymn         “It Is Well with My Soul”        UMH #377   

*Dismissal With Blessing

Mothers’ Day Litany

One:      All who gather here are sons or daughters.

All:         We praise God for the women who gave us life.

One:       For mothers brave, strong, compassionate, full of wisdom and grace,

All:         We give God thanks and praise.

One:      For mothers vulnerable, worried, frustrated, and hurried,

All:         We pray for peace.

One:       For relationships that are strained and no longer a source of joy,

All:         We pray for healing.

One:       For mothers who have died, that live no longer with us, but whose light shines on in our hearts and memories,

All:         We pray for those that mourn, and give God thanks for life eternal.

One        For mothers who grieve, who have lost children born or unborn,

All:         We weep with those with broken hearts.

One:       For those who are struggling to raise children, who are tired and weary,

All:         We pray that we may be their village, offering real help in hard times.

One:       For those who are preparing emptier nests,

All:         We both celebrate and mourn with you, and hope their wings are as strong as their roots are deep.

One:       For stepmothers, navigating the pitfalls and joys of creating a new family,

All:         We pray for wisdom and patience.

One:       For grandmothers who are doing the hard work of raising children again,


All:         We pray the caregivers have those who care for them.

One:       For those who are waiting and sometimes struggling with the biological process to bring new life, and for those who are waiting for adoptive process to be fulfilled.

All:         We wait eagerly with you, and offer you our hand to hold in the trial.

One:       For women who do not have children, but instead teach, lead, care for, and guide the children of others,

All:         We give God thanks and praise.

One:      For the mothers, sisters, daughters in our midst and around the world. For the women who, created in the image of God, give not just life, but abundant life. For women fighting, struggling, and sweating for the sake of others. For women caring, compassionate, and crying with the heart of Christ. For the caregivers, prophets, preachers, teachers, leaders, shepherds, healers. For Moms, in their wide variety and many forms,

All:         We give God thanks and praise.

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Sunday, May 14

            9:30 a.m.           Worship—Mother’s Day

Tuesday, May 16

            Election Day

            5:30-7:30 p.m.   Possible Girl Scouts at San Juan



Wednesday, May 17

            8:30 a.m.           Pick up perishables at Second Harvest

            12:30-2 p.m.     Food Pantry

Saturday, May 20

            10:00 a.m.         Ad Council


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