May 8

CCLI license #1913561

Lakeview Presbyterian Church
Service of the Word for May 8, 2022
Mother’s Day

Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ .

Prelude sung by Keisha Prime

Call to Worship
Alleluia, Christ is risen!
The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!
Blessing and honor is yours, O God.
Glory to God forever. Alleluia!

Opening Prayer
In you, O God, every family on earth receives its name.  Illumine the homes of this earth with the light of your love, granting courage to those who are hurt or lonely, endurance to those raising children or caring for family members who are sick.  Give wisdom to in fearful times of change.
We thank you for the gifts of love we have received from mother, father, spouse, child, or companion.  As we have been loved by you and these, so may we love.  Grant us your peace, through Jesus the Christ, the embodiment of love.  Amen.

*Hymn       “The Church’s One Foundation”    GtoG #321

Prayer for Mother’s Day  (each petition will be followed by a moment of silent reflection)
     For mothers, who have given us life and shown us love, we give thanks. . .
     For women who though without children by birth have loved and nurtured others, we give thanks. . .
     For mothers who have lost a child through death, we pray that their faith may give them hope and their families consolation. . .
     For mothers who have been unable to be a source of strength for their families, we  pray for mercy and peace. . .
     Loving God, we give our thanks and praise for all who have taught us love, shown us compassion, and nurtured us in the ways of life and faith.  May we ever honor them with a spirit of profound respect. . .
     Nurturing God, grant these mercies through your own Son, our Lord, Jesus the risen Christ.    

Prayer for Illumination
God who has called us and opened our minds to the good news, open our hearts to your word proclaimed anew that we may show forth your righteousness in all the earth.  Amen.

Reading from the Hebrew Scriptures: Deuteronomy 10: 14—21 NRSV

Although heaven and the heaven of heavens belong to the LORD your God, the earth with all that is in it, yet the LORD set his heart in love on your ancestors alone and chose you, their descendants after them, out of all the peoples, as it is today.  Circumcise, then, the foreskin of your heart, and do not be stubborn any longer.  For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great God, mighty and awesome, who is not partial and takes no bribe, who executes justice for the orphan and the widow, and who loves the strangers, providing them food and clothing.  You shall also love the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.

You shall fear the LORD your God; him alone you shall worship; to him you shall hold fast, and by his name you shall swear.  He is your praise; he is your God, who has done for you these great and awesome things that your own eyes have seen.

Hymn: (please remain seated)    “Jesu, Jesu, Fill Us with Your Love”  GtoG  #203

Reading from the Gospel of John 10: 22—30 NRSV

At that time the festival of the Dedication took place in Jerusalem. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.  So the Jews gathered around him and said to him, "How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Messiah,1 tell us plainly."  Jesus answered, "I have told you, and you do not believe. The works that I do in my Father's name testify to me; but you do not believe, because you do not belong to my sheep.  My sheep hear my voice. I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one will snatch them out of my hand.  What my Father has given me is greater than all else, and no one can snatch it out of the Father's hand. The Father and I are one."

Sermon   “Elect From Every Nation”               Rev. Russell Lehman

Sermon by The Rev. Russell Lehman

*Affirmation of Faith   from A Brief Statement of Faith (pcusa, 1990),
In life and in death we belong to God.
We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.
Jesus proclaimed the reign of God:
preaching good news to the poor and release to the captives,
teaching by word and deed and blessing the children,
healing the sick and binding up the brokenhearted,
eating with outcasts, forgiving sinners,
and calling all to repent and believe the gospel.
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition,
Jesus was crucified, suffering the depths of human pain
and giving his life for the sins of the world.
God raised this Jesus from the dead,
vindicating his sinless life, breaking the power of sin and evil,
delivering us from death to life eternal.

Sharing of Joys and Concerns with the Recognition of Mothers

Pastoral Prayer  and a time of silent prayer…

Lord’s Prayer (This is the Ecumenical Version; feel free to use the words of your choice)
    Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come,
    your will be done on earth as in heaven
    Give us today our daily bread.
    Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
    Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil.

    For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. Amen

A Statement about Offering our Gifts  As we remember those who have given of themselves to nurture us, let us give of our abundance to nurture others.

Donations can be made online, or placed in the offering plate near the baptismal font.

Special Music  sung by Keisha Prime

Prayer of Thanksgiving and Dedication
God who first loved and called us, accept our offering for the good of the world as we joyfully give thanks for our life in you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

  *Hymn     “We’re Marching to Zion”                             AAHH # 590


Charge and Blessing
Go forth to follow paths of righteousness; 
go forth to follow paths of peace;
and may God’s goodness and mercy follow you as you serve the risen Lord.  Amen.