Central's Church Stories - by Dave Mathers
Church story for May 8th
CENTRAL'S CHURCH STORY - Sunday, May 8th -
by Dave Mathers
Mothers Day saw many families return home and come to
attend the second service at Central United Church. Kate
Telfer started things off by lighting the Christ Candle.
Music Director Lauri Ladd then enthralled the
congregation with her beautiful self-accompanied solo
‘What a Wonderful World’.
The normal Children’s Story slot was filled by a wonderful
video pictorial presentation of congregational mothers
both alive and deceased.
The Message ‘Different Kinds of Mothers; One Call to
Serve’ drew from four appropriate Bible readings. The
first reading from 1st Kings 3:25-26 tells the story of two
mothers arguing over ownership of one child. Presenting
their claims to King Solomon he delivered another of his
wise decisions when he told them to cut the baby in half
and give each woman half. One mother stated "Oh no,
master! Give her the whole baby alive; don’t kill him!".
Thus Solomon knew that she was the true mother and had
followed God’s true love.The second reading from 1st
Samuel 1:25-26 tells the story of Hannah who prayed to
God to allow her to bear a child. She was so grateful when
the child was born that once the child Samuel was weaned
she took him to Eli, the High Priest of Shiloh, and asked
him to raise her son in a holy life. The third reading 2nd
Timothy 1:5 relates the very strong influence that
grandmother Lois and mother Eunice had on the young
Timothy who became a companion and coworker with
Paul, spreading God’s work. Timothy went on to become
the first Bishop of Ephesus. And Paul, while imprisoned in
Rome, would write letters to Timothy and the letters
became known as the book of Ephesians in the Bible. The
final reading came from John 2:5 retells the famous story
of Jesus attending a wedding that was also attended by His
mother Mary. The party had gone on for a long time and
they had unfortunately run out of wine. Mary asked Jesus
to help but He stated it was too early to reveal Himself as
the Son of God. Mary persisted and Jesus instructed the
staff to bring Him jars of water. Mary told the staff to do
whatever Jesus said. Miraculously the water was
converted to wine.
Dave Mathers delivered the Prayers of the People.
An encore performance of a delightful musical called ‘Back
To The Cross’ by the Junior Choir will be presented
Sunday, June 5 at 10.30 A.M.