NORTHMINSTER CHURCH

May 9, 2021

Welcome and Introduction

  • Ladies’ Tea - May 16 at 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the Fellowship Hall. Ladies of all ages. RSVP to Lana or Olivia Hudak by May 10th.
  • The Book Sale will be June 3rd and 4th 10:00 am-7:00 pm & the 5th 10:00 am-2:00 pm.
  • There is a two nights and three days bus trip planned on August 5th, 6th, & 7th to tour the Ark Encounter & the Creation Museum. The cost of the trip is $320 per person/double occupancy. Reservation forms are available.
  • During the month of May, Shenango on the Green is accepting donations to help support their mission of providing care to community residents who no longer have sufficient resources to pay for their care. Tax deductible donations can be mailed to: Shenango on the Green, 238 South Market Street, New Wilmington, PA 16142.

Call to Worship

We gather together to worship our loving, nurturing God,

who, like a mother, knows us intimately,

loves us unconditionally, teaches us the way we should go,

and comforts us in times of need.

Isaiah wrote that God is a mother to us, comforting and carrying us in her arms:

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you....” (Isa. 66:13)

Isaiah also wrote that God would never forget us. He knows each of us, like a mother knows her own children:

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Isa. 49:15)

David wrote that in God's presence, he was quiet and at peace, trusting his mother God like a child safe in loving arms:

“But I have stilled and quietened my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Ps. 131:2)

Jesus spoke of himself as a mother, longing to wrap his arms around us, like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings:

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing.” (Matt. 23:37)

Paul writes about his missionary ministry and likens his work to that of a nurse who looks after those in her care:

“…but we were gentle among you, like a mother caring for her little children.” (1 Thess. 2:7)

Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.

And for those who you sent to care for us throughout our lives.


Hymn: O God Our Help in Ages Past

 

Sermon:   Speaking Christianese: Faith Words                         Pastor Jordan Rimmer


Closing Hymn:  The Solid Rock


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