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Theme for May, 2021
This month we celebrate Mother's Day and honor those who cared for us, be they mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, or sibling; whomever took care of us and showed us their love. So, what better time to talk about the mothers in the Bible that showed us by their examples, what it means to be a mother. To celebrate Mother's Day month, we will begin by remembering the many biblical stories of motherhood - stories that too many of us forget, or lack words, to celebrate. We will remember each woman who has found an inner courage to face impossibility. May the God who mothers each of us be a source of life for all who long for hope.
May 2, 2021 - "What Carat is Your Conviction?"
The final quality that gives a diamond its value is its weight, which is measured in carats. Larger diamonds are rarer than smaller diamonds; consequently, the value rises exponentially as the diamond gets larger. What carat is your conviction that you are a walking, talking manifestation of God? How large is your trust in yourself as an expression of God? We will address these weighty questions . . . and more . . . on our last Sunday of shining bright like a diamond.
May 9, 2021 - "Honoring Mothers"
Today is our special Mother's Day service. , I would like to celebrate Mother's Day as a day of universal blessing for mothers and for all the women that we honor in our lives. A day when all mothers and nurturers are enfolded lovingly in the prayers and blessings of all people everywhere. So, wherever you are on the mother continuum - on one end having the most nurturing, wonderful, loving, caring mother to having, on the other end, the Wicked Witch of the West as your mother, we each owe our mothers a thank you for bringing us into this world.
May 16, 2021 - "Sarai/Sarah, The Mother Who Waited"
As women, we change and grow. You may have started out as Sarai, bitter; contentious; dominative; and quarrelsome. But have become or will become Sarah, princess; noble woman; noble lady. Sarah was a woman with a lot of patience. She is the mother who waited. From her we learn to wait with a listening ear and a ready heart to do God's will. And we too will laugh in surprise at what unfolds in our life.
May 23, 2021 - "Hannah, The Mother Who Kept Her Promise"
Hannah's story is about prayer and promises. The name Hannah means grace; favor; and compassion. Though her story we learn about asking God to give us the grace to trust his strength in all things. She held firm to her faith even at the worst of times.
May 30, 2021 - "Jochabed, The Mother With a Plan"
Jochebed's name means whose glory is Jehovah; Jah is honor; whom Jehovah multiplies; Jah makes great. She is the mother with a plan. She is the mother of Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. Through her we learn to trust and have faith ind the seemingly impossible.