As Mother’s Day approaches on Sunday our thoughts go to our mothers and the huge impact that they have had on our lives. There is a bond that begins at childbirth that can only be broken by death. What a beautiful example we have of a mother and child relationship in the life of Jesus….PSD
Pastor J.R. Miller (1840-1912) wrote a chapter in one of his books entitled, “Jesus and His Mother.” Below are excerpts and a link to the full chapter.
“When the time drew nigh for the incarnation of the Son of God, we may be sure that into the soul of the woman who should be his mother, who should impart her own life to him, who should teach him his first lessons, and prepare him for his holy mission, God put the loveliest and the best qualities that ever were lodged in any woman’s life.”
“It is almost certain that sorrow entered the Nazareth home soon after the visit to Jerusalem. Joseph is not mentioned again; and it is supposed that he died, leaving Mary a widow. On Jesus, as the eldest son, the care of the mother now rested. Knowing the deep love of his heart and his wondrous gentleness, it is easy for us to understand with what unselfish devotion he cared for his mother after she was widowed.”
“Jesus went out to begin his public ministry. The first glimpse we have of the mother is at the wedding at Cana. Jesus was there too. The wine failed, and Mary went to Jesus about the matter…. Had not the time come for miracle-working? She was not hurt by his words… She knew now that God had the highest claim on her son’s obedience, and she quietly waited for the divine voice. The holy friendship was not marred.”
“Mary is not the only mother who has followed a son to a cross. Here we have the culmination of this mother’s friendship for her son…. But what of the friendship of the dying son for his mother? In his own anguish does he notice her? …The world would be desolate for her when her son was gone.”… So he made provision for her in the shelter of a love (place) in which he knew she would be safe.”
“The story of this blessed friendship should sweeten forever in Christian homes the relation of mother and child. It should make every mother a better woman and a better mother. It should make every child a truer, holier child. Every home should have its sacred friendships between parents and children. Thus something of heaven will be brought down to our dull earth.”
Preparing for Sunday
Kingdom Rest (Matthew 11:25-30)
Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband. Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother (this is the first commandment with a promise), that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.
No Sunday Evening Service
Take a picture Sunday with mom at one of the photo ops available. You will find them in the courtyard, welcome center and the front of the church beside the small parking lot.
Special Missions Report
Normally our missionaries give their reports on Sunday evening to provide an opportunity for us to not only hear their report but for the WMF ladies to give them a reception. However, our newest missionaries, Chuck and Andie Wade, have come from the field to visit their families and offered to give us an update. If you would like to hear their report, join us on Sunday, May 14th at 9:30 during the Sunday school hour in the Sanctuary.
Chesterfield Sheriff’s Prayer Breakfast
Wednesday, May 31st at 7:15 a.m.
DoubleTree Hotel, 1021 Koger Center Blvd.
Hosted by Good News Jail & Prison Ministry The program will include special music, a time of prayer and a testimony from an inmate whose life has been changed. An offering will be taken to benefit the Jail Ministry in Chesterfield County. There is no charge for the breakfast, but anyone who wants to attend should make a reservation by calling Chaplain John Corcoran at 751-4136 or sending an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toddler’s need two adults during Sunday School.
4’s & 5’s need an adult or teen during church time. Both positions would be the first Sunday of the month.
Bulletin stuffers are needed on Fridays. Just once a month for 45 minutes. You pick the time.
Church Time Security
Our last new members class before summer will be held Sunday, June 11th after the morning service. Lunch is provided, so please register online or email email@example.com. Childcare can be provided if that would make it possible for you to attend.
SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, June 25, Fellowship Hall, 5:00 p.m.
Imagine that Texas de Brazil or Fogo de Chao is coming to Immanuel, and you have an idea of what thrill of the grill is all about. That’s right, meat, meat, and more meat served on skewers and cooked to perfection on the grill. If a fantastic meal and fellowship aren’t enough, you won’t want to miss the concert after dinner, “The Promised Land Quartet”.
Are you graduating?
Immanuel will honor church attenders graduating from high school, college, or graduate school on Sunday, June 11th. Please register online or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org Deadline to register is June 4th.
***Evergreens will NOT be meeting on Tuesday, May 16th***
May 14 – Mother’s Day/Baby Dedication
May 27 – Youth Hiking
May 28 – Missionary Presentation, Huffmeir Report
June 11 – Graduation Sunday
New Members Class
June 25 – Church Wide Fellowship Meal and Concert
July 31-August 4 – Vacation Bible School
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