Grace United Methodist Church
Friday, May 14, 2021
Valley Stream, New York
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Grace United Methodist Church – Valley Stream

6th Sunday of Easter/Mother’s Day/Festival of the Christian Home




                                                        May 9, 2021                                                         

10:00 A.M.


Greeting/Centering Words


Opening Voluntary – “No One Ever Cared for Me Like Jesus” by C. F. Weigle 


Opening Prayer

Spirit of love, abide in us and in our worship.  Whisper your song of love in our hearts, that love may flow through every word we hear, every thought we think, every word we speak and every song we sing.  Spirit of power and grace, abide in us, that we may abide in your love and proclaim your song of love for all.  Amen.  (AWA, 2021)


Hymn #453 - “More Love to Thee, O Christ”                                MORE LOVE TO THEE


Prayer of Confession

Spirit of love, we come in search of love and in the hope of learning how to love as you love us.  Help us to see others with your eyes of love.  Help us to forgive and accept forgiveness as fully and confidently as you forgive.  Love us, dear God, with the mercy and grace we need to abide in your love each and every day.  In your love and grace, we pray.  Amen.  (AWA, 2021)


Words of Assurance

God’s steadfast love is ours.  God’s faithfulness is sure.  (AWA, 2021)


Cherub Choir – “Thanks Mom” by John Riggio



New Testament Reading - Epistle – 1 John 5:1-6 (Faith Conquers the World)

1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child.  2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments.  3 For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments.  And his commandments are not burdensome, 4 for whatever is born of God conquers the world.  And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith.  5 Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?  6 This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood.  And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth.


L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Gospel Reading – John 15:9-17 (Jesus the True Vine)

9 As the Father has loved me, so I have loved you; abide in my love.  10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love.  11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.  12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.  13 No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends.  14 You are my friends if you do what I command you.  15 I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.  16 You did not choose me but I chose you.  And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask him in my name.  17 I am giving you these commands so that you may love one another.

L: Word of God, Word of Life.  PThanks be to God.


Hymn before Message #445 - “Happy the Home When God Is There”        ST. AGNES


Message                                                                                                                Pastor Nation


Pastoral Prayer


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  Thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen.


Passing of the Peace of Christ

Loving one another as we have been loved by God, let us share signs of our love as we pass the peace of Christ together.  (AWA, 2021)


Invitation to Tithes and Offering

As we anticipate the transformation already begun within us, as we look toward being made perfect in God’s holy love, let us respond in the joy of our salvation and in the hope of God’s covenant people.  (AWA, 2021)


Choral Selection – “A Mother’s Hands” by R. E. Schram


Prayer of Dedication


Closing Hymn #557 - “Blest Be the Tie That Binds”                                             DENNIS


Dismissal with Blessing


Closing Voluntary – “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” by J. Rutter


Liturgist is Patricia Eshun and the Reader is Joseph Eshun


Prayer List♥Shaquia Sessoms-Serrano (niece of Lisa and Kenneth Richardson), ♥Janice Holder (friend of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Jim Poch, ♥Samantha O’Brien, ♥Pam O’Brien, ♥Christine Doeringer, ♥Anne Mahoney, ♥Inge Kubis, ♥Debbie and Kenny Keeney (parents of Lisa Becker), ♥Dee McMahon (friend of Kim Neri), ♥Kay Hartmann, ♥All United Methodist Women in Rehabilitation and Nursing Homes, ♥Shirley Shivrattan-Dookhi, ♥Chrissy Widera (friend of Pam and Samantha O’Brien), ♥Juliana Bonds (sister of Eleanor Phillip), ♥Philis Harris (mother of Yaneika “Nicky” Brown), ♥Maudlyn and Keible Scarlett, ♥Amy Cooke (sister of Pearl Hamilton), ♥Bob von Schmid (son-in-law of Adam and Christine Doeringer), ♥Kenneth Kurz (grandson of Lenore and Manny Kurz), ♥Elaine Treske, ♥Castells Family (family of Elaine Treske), ♥Heather Eggermann, ♥Margo and Vincent Morrison, ♥Cyril (friend of Pat Eshun), ♥Sasha (Navy-Japan), ♥Susan Selsen (friend of Steve Savarese), ♥Samuel A. Dorsey (father of David A. Dorsey), ♥David Biegler, ♥Monica Campbell (friend of Margo Morrison), ♥Iris Molina, ♥Olga Molina (sister of Iris Molina), ♥Everol Palmer (son of Enid Simpson), ♥Evelyn Neber (friend of Elaine Treske), ♥Bill Hammen (brother of Edie Zipperlen), ♥Rondolph Ives (brother of Margo Morrison), ♥John Simpson.  Note.  Prayer List names will continue to be listed for two weeks.  After that period of time, the names will be removed unless you call us with current information.  - Death in family, ♥ - New entry



          Missions – Month of May

          Golden Cross – May 23, 2021

          Peace with Justice Sunday – May 30, 2021


          Virtual carnations to all the Moms.


                                                              HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY