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Sermon for 5/9

May the words my mouth and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable to you O Lord, our strength, and our redeemer. Amen Anna Maria Jarvis. She was born May 1, 1864 and died November 24, 1948. Does anyone know who she was? She was the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. But the idea did not come from her. It came from her mother Ann Jarvis, from whom she found her inspiration. One time her mother wrote, “I hope and pray that someone, sometime will found a memorial mother’s day commemorating her for the matchless service she renders to humanity and every field of life. She is entitled to it.” So, Mother’s Day began in 1907 when Anna held a memorial service for her mother at St. Andrew’s Methodist Church in Grafton West Virginia. It became an official holiday by a proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson in 1914. St Andrew’s now serves as the International Mother’s Day Shrine. But as Paul Harvey would say, “Now the rest of the story.” Anna Jarvis originally used a white carnation as the symbol for Mother’s Day. Its whiteness was to symbolize the truth, purity, and the broad charity of mother love. The carnation does not drop its petals, but hugs them to its heart as it dies as mothers hug their children—their mother love never dies. The holiday caught on. By the 1920’s the floral industry got into the act and promoted using white carnations. The success was so great that they increased the price of the carnations as demand increased. So the florists introduced red carnations to help the demand. The idea was that red carnations represented living mothers and the white ones honored deceased mothers. By this time Anna Jarvis was going ballistic. Her simple holiday honoring mothers had gone commercial. The candy and greeting card businesses had gotten in on the act. Anna Jarvis felt a printed card means nothing except that you were too lazy to write to the woman your thanks for all she had done for you. And candy! You take a box to your mother and eat most of it yourself. She actually started a drive to rescind the holiday, but we know how successful that was. Spending so much money on this campaign, she fell on hard times never profiting from any of her efforts. She died in a sanitarium and, ironically, her medical bills and burial costs were paid for by people from the floral and greeting card business. You can look all this up on the internet. In the gospel reading today, John records Jesus’ last words to his disciples that they might have strength for the upcoming days. It all has to do with love—love of one another. Love one another as I have loved you. No greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Just what Jesus did. Jesus now calls his listeners friends because he has told them everything that he himself has heard from his Father. While I love my mother dearly, and I’m not bashing Mother’s Day, I have become hesitant to publicly wish all mothers a happy Mother’s Day. I remember we were discussing this in Lutheran Confessions class one afternoon, a young lady, sitting to my right told us that this was one of the worse days of her life. She told us how abusive her mother was, both physically and mentally. And yes, there are abusive mothers and fathers in the world. All mothers aren’t deserving of a special day. And while most of us have loving parents, we pray for the children and parents that are in those kinds of situations. And there are all kinds of other situations. Obviously, there are adoptive parents, foster parents those who love their nephews and nieces as if they were their own. And there are men who become and are better mothers to their children than the natural mother. Jesus was trying to tell us to love like he did. Love our neighbor; be a friend. Jesus chose his disciples; they did not choose him. God chooses us. He chooses us to be his children. He is our father and mother. He loves us as any parent would love their child. He sets the example—an example that we as humans cannot attain. But we try. And we ask for forgiveness when we fail. So to all the women and men, those who have children and those who do not for one reason or another, treat children as God treats us—with love and compassion and grace. Remember your mother and honor her for she gave you life! But God gives you greater life—the joy of living with him in your heart because he chose you. Therefore, we can have the joy of being with children; their innocence, their joy and laughter. So on this day, tell your mother that you love her with your words, and if she has entered the church triumphant, look upward and tell her and tell her of your love. And use that as an example of how you treat other people. God chose you first; he loved you first. We respond by loving him and our neighbor, our friends. Therefore, live by these commands, the commands that Jesus gave us so that you may love one another. Amen and amen.
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Announcements for 9/16

A memorial service has been scheduled for Mr. Henry Duvall 1:00 Saturday May 22.

We are beginning a four-session course for First Communion for our youth.

Our LMM is constructing a ramp for use at the Carlson residence on Wednesday, the 19th.

Thank you for your generous contributions towards the purchase and installation of the video/sound system. Your gifts have been truly wonderful. Should you want to contribute as a memorial or an honorarium, please designate this with your gift. Thanks again!

Beginning this month, we are moving more and more toward normalcy in worship. We are moving closer and closer to using the full liturgy. We will use more and more people during worship as soon as the video/sound system is installed so that the entire chancel area can be viewed. Today Holy Communion will be administered in a somewhat familiar way. Instructions will be given prior to Holy Communion. We continue to reach out to our members who are not able to be here and to those others who wish to participate in the life and ministry of our congregation either inside our community or in far-away places. We welcome everyone though, here and through Facebook.

On Monday, May 24 at 6:30 pm our Lutheran Men in Mission is sponsoring an evening of dinner and live entertainment at our Fellowship Hall. Invite friends and plan to join us for a delicious supper, entertainment, and fellowship. Dupre’s Catering will provide stuffed chicken and roast beef, salad and sides. The cost is $15.00 per person and you can purchase your e-tickets using the “Give” button at St. John’s web site https://stjohnsirmo.org/. Tickets must be purchased by May 20.

Even though it’s getting warmer, there are many who still need assistance with food and clothing. Please respond with nonperishable food items and/or gently used clothing. All of your donations will be distributed through Sharing God’s Love.

Quote of the week:
Prayer is the place where troubles change shoulders.

16may9:00 am9:45 amWorship Service 05/16/21

Event Details

Flowers: TBD
Altar Guild: Judy Truax
Church Cleaning: Nancy and Tim Bradshaw
Children’s Church: Josh Eleazer
Ushers: Jeff Bradshaw, Charles Eleazer

Time

(Sunday) 9:00 am - 9:45 am

23may9:00 am9:45 amWorship Service 05/23/21

Event Details

Flowers: Don Alcorn
Altar Guild: Jan Samson, Red paraments
Church Cleaning: Nancy and Tim Bradshaw
Children’s Church: John-Mark and Hedda Bell
Ushers: Jeff Bradshaw, Charles Eleazer

Time

(Sunday) 9:00 am - 9:45 am

Weekly Bible Reading

Monday, May 17 Philippians 1:3-11 Tuesday, May 18 Titus 1:1-9 Wednesday, May 19 John 16:16-24 Thursday, May 20 1 Corinthians 15:42b-49 Friday, May 21 1 Corinthians 15:50-57 Saturday, May 22 Rom 8:14-17, 22-27 Vigil of Pentecost

Next Sunday's Readings

Acts 2:1-21 Psalm 104:24-34,35b Romans 8:22-27 John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15

Prayer List

Phillip Arrant (brother of Anita Kesler)
Phillip Arrant (brother of Anita Kesler)
Richard Ayer (father of a friend of Glenn Lindler)
Crew Bailey (infant of friend of Brittany Danielson)
Joy Bodnar (sister of Anita Kesler)
Baby Jones
Arvid Carlson
Curt Deming (Eleanor’s brother-in-law)
Marty Dunn (Jeff Bradshaw’s step sister)
Katie Dunn (mother of Jeff Bradshaw)
Kelly Eadie (Friend of Arvid)
Wilson Felker (friend of Jan Samson)
Sawyer Frost (Vince & Anna’s grandson)
Vicky Goodwin (friend of Eleanor Bradley)
Bob Handley (friend of Sam and Jan Samson)
Jeff Hein (friend of Jeff Bradshaw)
Wanda Hein (friend of Jeff Bradshaw)
Sean Houle (Kernersville policeman and friend of Denise)
Gerda Hudgens (friend of Nancy and Tim Bradshaw)
Trip Hunter (friend of Doug Truax)
Blaine Johnson (husband of Glenn Lindler’s niece)
Kathy Lindler
Zane Lindler (Glenn Lindler’s brother)
Tricia McKinnon (Julia Ann’s sister)
Ty Moore (Kaylie’s grandfather)
Risa Nolting (friend of Kathy and Glenn)
Wade Payne (friend of Jeff Bradshaw)
Becky Rawson (PJ’s sister)
Delores Richardson (Norma’s sister)
Polly Sale (Jeff Bradshaw’s aunt)
Georgia Sliker (niece of Tim & Nancy Bradshaw)

Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton
Bishop Ginny Aebischer
Pastor John Derrick

In Our Armed Forces
Joy & Danny Meyers
Colt Protheroe