May 9th, 2021
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
Let me remind you quickly of our protocols for everyone’s safety.
· Attendance was taken by Ushers as you entered.
· Offerings may be placed in the plate by the doors.
· Please keep your masks on.
· Please write your prayer request on the Yellow cards. An usher will pick them up during the 1st hymn.
· Please join us after service for fellowship in Calvin Hall
The office and the rest of the building remain closed, but you can contact Karla during her office hours.
Mother’s Day May 9th
PEO Meeting May 10th
Session May 16th
Family of Rose, Family of Chuck Thornton, Gary Iverson, all who are seeking Jesus, Bob Bock, Joan Boyd, Jack Braden, Wanda Hirl, Marilyn Neymeyer, Joan Pinkston, Maxine Wagner, Valerie Jerez, a person seeking a job, Annette Conzett,
Jim Roling and family, Sara Feilmeier, Jackie with difficult pregnancy, Lois Seger and Jo Lefleur
WORDS OF WORSHIP
LEADER: Lord, Abraham could not number the stars.
Response: But You know them all by name!
L: How much more You know our frame.
R: O Lord, You clothe the fields in splendor,
L: But how much more You have provided for us!
R: We trust that You will continue to bless us,
L: Truly You know us by name and care for us.
GATHERING PRAYER (Unison)
Father and maker of heaven and earth, as we gather in Your glorious presence, make us worthy to stand before You through the sacrifice of Your son, Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Search us and know our hearts: try us and know our thoughts. See if there be any wicked way within us and lead us in the way everlasting. Amen.
*Hymn “Now Thank We All Our God” No. 555
CONFESSION AND PARDON (Unison)
It can be difficult, Master, to open our eyes to what we should have been doing on Your behalf during this past week. For those of us who have no trouble seeing our spiritual failures, please receive our apology and desire for improvement. For those who have the sin of not even recognizing our sin, open the eyes to view ourselves as You see us, and confess. Amen.
Assurance of Pardon
Surely, He has borne our sin and delivered us from condemnation. WE have presented ourselves before His throne and sought them mercy He has promised to those who follow His Will and His Way. Thanks be to God for His unspeakable grace and mercy. Amen.
*ANTHEM: We will attempt to present recorded music as an anthem today
*THE PASSING OF THE PEACE
THE OFFERING AND OFFERTORY
Lord of heaven and earth, with respect for Your worthiness, we Ask Youto use our offerings this day for the preaching of Your word, for the provision of your witnesses, and for the proclamation of Your works throughout the earth. Amen.
PRAYER FOR ILLUMINATION
O Lord, open Thou our eyes that we may see wonderous things! May we delve deeply into the wisdom and instruction that only Your holy word can inspire within us. Amen,
Exodus 2: 1-10
2 Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket[a] for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the riverbank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her female slave to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”8 “Yes, go,” she answered. So the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
I Samuel 1: 1-2
There was a certain man from Ramathaim, a Zuphite[a] from the hill country of Ephraim, whose name was Elkanah son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephraimite. 2 He had two wives; one was called Hannah and the other Peninnah. Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none.
I Samuel 1:9-11
Once when they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh, Hannah stood up. Now Eli the priest was sitting on his chair by the doorpost of the Lord’s house. 10 In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. 11 And she made a vow, saying, “LORD Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the LORD for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head.”
I Samuel 1: 21-24
21 When her husband Elkanah went up with all his family to offer the annual sacrifice to the LORD and to fulfill his vow, 22 Hannah did not go. She said to her husband, “After the boy is weaned, I will take him and present him before the LORD and he will live there always.”23 “Do what seems best to you,” her husband Elkanah told her. “Stay here until you have weaned him; only may the Lord make good his[b] word.” So the woman stayed at home and nursed her son until she had weaned him.24 After he was weaned, she took the boy with her, young as he was, along with a three-year-old bull,[c] an ephah[d] of flour and a skin of wine, and brought him to the house of the LORD at Shiloh.
Luke 2: 41-49
41 Every year Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover. 42 When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom. 43 After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. 44 Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. 45 When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. 46 After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. 47 Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. 48 When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.”49 “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?”[a]
SERMON Mother’s Three “S’ s”
Good morning! Welcome to the Facebook broadcast of the morning worship service on Mother’s Day in the First Presbyterian Church of Clinton, Iowa. I am Rev. Dr. Dale Dykstra, the interim minister here for these past seven weeks. I have served for the past 48 years as a minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA) in Pennsylvania and Illinois before coming to Iowa.
Blessed Mother’s Day! Fellas, let me apologize for mostly talking to the ladies today. Just thing- your turn is coming! Father’s Day is in June! It is customary to praise the many virtues of our mothers on this special Sunday. I am no exception. My mom was mentioned in last week’s sermon for her “Life Verse” and how she taught me to honor and follow the Bible’s teachings in my life. Her name was Florence Dykstra.
We lived in an apartment on the South Side of Chicago. She had to connect with three buses each Wy to go to work downtown in the report department of a CPA firm as a collating clerk. As a young man in my early teens, I would go to her office to eat lunch together in a fancy downtown restaurant just after school let out for the summer. I was so impressed when I got to her little office. She had plastered the walls with pictures of ME!
Can you imagine how much that encouraged ME? We didn’t live in the best part of town and there were lots of bad things to do there, but I wanted to live up to her image of what I should become. Now, I am sure that all of you also have your own stories that are favorites about YOUR moms; whether they are still with us, or she is with Jesus above. All of the love, all of the encouragement, all the tenderness, all of the hard work, and all of the patience, each of us could go on.
Today I want to lift up stories about three Biblical mothers. I will emphasize what I call “the 3 S ‘s of motherhood.” These are:
It seems that nearly ALL mothers demonstrate these qualities at various times in their families’ lives.
I chose Moses’ mother -whose name we don’t even know, although we DO know the name of his sister Miriam. I also lift up Hannah, the mother of Samuel, and the Virgin Mary—of course the mother of Jesus.
Here’s a news flash!! Did you know that children can be a bit of a trial?? Did that startle any of you? Probably not. Especially in the ages where children try to exert their own personalities and independence. That is the very time that mothers need to support their children.
I told you about how I discovered how much support my own mother was to me at her work environment. I went into many of the offices at her company over the years -AND I NEVER SAW ANOTHER ONE WHERE PICTURES OF THEIR CHILD WERE DISPLAYED LIKE MINE WERE!! Can you imagine the influence that had as I faced some of the temptations of youth in the city? What support!!
Jesus had just begun his public ministry and healings. Large crowds were gathering and praising him; but that made the authorities (like the Pharisees) to have a more negative opinion of him. Jesus was heading for trouble! Mary takes her other sons (really Jesus’ half-brothers) and sought to bring him back home and to safety to protect him. I know that some folks object to this scene; feeling it was her denying His ministry. I disagree, sensing the matronly desire to protect and support her child.
What heartbreak she must have felt as Jesus uses this moment to teach his disciples and followers about how close He feels to them. He said that those who followed and believed in him WERE AS CLOSE AS HIS BROTHERS AND SISTER AND EVEN HIS MOTHER! The record shows that he did not follow her suggestion, but continued to bless many people and antagonize the leaders even further.
On this Mother’s Day we must remember, though, that her support for Jesus continued right up to the end. She remained at his side at the cross even when his disciples fled from the scene. Even the agony of Calvary could not separate her from her son. Yes, friends, we must thank our mothers for their support, whether appreciated or not!
I want to share that Hannah’s story has deeply personal meaning for me. My first wife, Cheryl, and I also could not have naturally born children. You are, by now, aware that my two kids are adopted, but you have not heard of the emotional pain that Cheryl felt at being childless for seven years before David was brought to us. We tried the various medications and surgical procedures; but no result—no baby!
Hannah is in that state of anguish. She “poured out her heart to the Lord God.”
Eli, the high priest, was outside his quarters and saw her public display of misery and mistook it for drunkenness, She protested that she was a virtuous woman who heart was breaking before the Lord. Eli then pronounced a blessing upon her petition before God.
Fascinatingly, the Bible then declares that she was “no longer sad!” The burden was lifted by brining it to God, but her service to Samuel was just beginning. She had declared to God that if He would answer her cry for a child, she would dedicate him to the Lord’s service. Scripture tells us how she kept her vow. As he grew up, she sent him to God’s Temple in Jerusalem to become the personal assistant of the high priest.
Samuel would become an important follower of the Temple’s worship and portrayal of God Almighty to the Hebrew people. They recognized him as a man blessed by God. He became a prophet and a leader who God would choose to become His voice to the people. But for all that to happen, Hannah HAD TO GIVE HIM UP. That is a burden that every mother knows—sending their precious child into the world. Yes, we nee to thank our mothers for their SERVICE.
When I want to highlight the sacrifice of motherhood, I return to the Virgin Mary. Though he left her care and home and his place as his father’s assistant in the carpentry shop, she willingly supported his calling to be the Son of God even more than HER son from the wedding at Cana at the very beginning to the ending at the cross of Calvary. While modern mothers will not have to agonize to that degree; what mother is there who does not willingly sacrifice for her children’s wellbeing?
We need to honor mothers for their gift of SACRIFICE.
Yes, faithful flock, this is the day---but also on each and EVERY day – we need to honor our mothers for your SUPPORT, SERVICE, AND SACRIFICES on your children’s behalf today. God bless you!!
*Hymn Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling NO. 376
*AFFIRMATION Apostle’s Creed, Ecumenical Version
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord,
Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
Suffered under Pontius Pilate,
Was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven,
He is seated on the right hand of the Father,
And he will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins,
MORNING PRAYER AND LORD’S PRAYER
Our Father which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done in earth,
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory,
for ever. Amen.
*HYMN How Happy Is Each Child of God No. 239
CHARGE & BLESSING
And now, may the grace, mercy, and peace which proceeds from God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Son, and into the Holy Spirit within us, rest and abide within us, now and forever more.
*Stand as you are able.