In the book of 2 Kings there is a story of a young widow with children. On Sunday, pastor spoke on what we can learn from this mother in a tough spot. Out of food and desperate and not allowed to work, with no social services, she asks for help from Elisha, the leading prophet, her husband’s former mentor.
Those who were present for the in-person church service on Mother’s Day gathered physically at the church at 8:30 a.m. Others utilized the email program provided, or logged onto the Facebook livestream broadcast during the service. We followed the order of worship provided to us via email and in the church bulletin through the continued efforts of Faith Boudreau, and we received the livestream thanks to Jeff Churchill. Patty Jacob and Susanna Burnham accompanied parishioners musically during the service. Scripture passages, read by Jeff Churchill, were from Acts, 1 John and John.
How wide can we draw the circle of love, or family or the family of faith? Rev. Dr. Becca Girrell asked this question in her message Sunday. The early Christian church was first a small movement of followers of Jesus, but it quickly found that the love and grace of God could not be contained to so small an inner circle.
“What is a mother? Somewhere between the youthful energy of a teenager and the golden years of woman’s life, there lives a marvelous and loving person known as mother.
On the 6th Sunday of Easter, Mother’s Day, Pastor Mike talked about the love that mothers give to their children and those around them and the love they receive in return, comparing a mother’s love to the love that Christ had for us.
Having finished messages at the end of the Gospel of John for the recent Easter season, we now return to where we left off at John 6 on the miraculous feeding of the five thousand men, not counting women and children. This is the only miracle recorded in all four gospels, other than the death and resurrection narratives of Jesus.