Resilient in 2021: Love – May 9, 2021

Rev. John Shaver

Sunday, May 9, 2021 at 9:30am
Livestream Worship

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“I learned more about Christianity from my mother than from all of the theologians in England.”
- John Wesley
As I think about Mother’s Day weekend, I am reminded of the great role of the United Methodist Women in our church and worldwide. United Methodist women have always had a legacy of answering God's call to help those in need. In fact, this call led Methodist women to begin the observance of what we now call Mother's Day.

Harriet Olson, Chief Executive of the United Methodist Women shares, “When Ann Jarvis was working to establish Mother’s Day as a national event, and when her daughter, Anna, picked up the mantle from her, they were not thinking about greeting cards and flowers. Instead, these Methodist women who conceived Mother’s Day wanted to honor mothers more deeply. Ann Jarvis was convinced that women were called to work for peace because they could see the ravages of war brought to their families in a way that was so focused and so clear that their voices would be powerful. And that’s what’s at the genesis of the current Mother’s Day.”

Ann Jarvis of West Virginia died in 1905 before an official holiday was in place. But her daughter Anna stayed true to the purpose of the celebration. She envisioned Mother’s Day as a time to write a personal letter to a special woman in one’s life, a time to send a woman an inexpensive carnation (a flower in which the petals hold tight like a mother’s love), and a time to visit or attend church together.

I hope you will join me to continue Ann and Anna Jarvis’ tradition of attending church together at our Outdoor Worship (Livestream too) at 9:30 a.m. On Sunday, we will come together to celebrate God’s gifts of resilience through love and all women (teachers, mothers, grandmothers, aunts, mentors, and friends) who have been a major part of shaping our lives. We will also share in some familiar traditions and have some treats for all women at worship. I look forward to a great morning with you all. We will be blessed with the voices of the North Coast Singers and our SDUMC choir.

Have a blessed weekend! Grace and Peace,
John

P.S. This Sunday, we will also begin a shortened indoor service throughout May at 10:45 a.m. in the Sanctuary. The service will provide music from the great organ, some time to pray and meditate on scripture passages, and Communion.

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