Also, please consider joining us for our Zoom Worship Service at 10am on Sunday by clicking this link:
https://umcom.zoom.us/j/97309102821. If you are calling from a smart phone, you can click this number to be connected without having to enter a meeting ID: +19292056099,,97309102821#. Or, from a landline or flip phone, dial: 1-301-715-8592, and enter the Meeting ID 973 0910 2821 when prompted.
Call to Worship
One: To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you.
Many: To those who lost a child this year—we mourn with you.
One: To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains—we appreciate you.
Many: To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you.
One: To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment—we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is.
Many: To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms—we need you.
One: To those who have warm and close relationships with your children—we celebrate with you.
Many: To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children—we sit with you.
One: To those who lost their mothers this year—we grieve with you.
Many: To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother—we acknowledge your experience.
One: To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood—we are better for having you in our midst.
Many: To those who have aborted children—we remember them and you.
One: to those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children—we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be.
Many: To those who step-parent, we walk with you on these complex paths.
One: To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren, yet that dream is not to be—we grieve with you.
Many: To those who will have emptier nests—we grieve and rejoice with you.
One: To those who placed children up for adoptions—we commend you for you selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart.
Many: To those who choose not to be a parent, we thank you for your support.
One: To those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising—we anticipate with you.
Many: For all the women gathered here, you are warriors. We remember you.
(The Wide Spectrum of Mothering, Amy Young, adapted)
Opening Hymn Easter People, Raise Your Voices (UMH 304)
God, make of us truly great lovers. Above all else, give us an unending love: for our families, for our friends and neighbors, for strangers and far-off peoples, and, as Jesus taught, for our enemies too. Make us, like you, God, truly great lovers, willing to give all for those we love. Amen. (W&S 196)
Please visit this link for multiple children's activities related to this week's passage. You can also watch this children's message with Pastor Lem (The full video will be uploaded by Sunday--until then, enjoy a preview with this beautiful rendition of "Jesus Loves Me" that will be featured in the message.) (Be sure to "subscribe" to our YouTube Channel too, so you don't miss any updates!)
Sermon You can download a sermon below
I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth;
And in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord;
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary,
suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, dead, and buried;*
the third day he rose from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty;
from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic** church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
Joys, Concerns, & God Sightings
Continuing Prayers: Our Police; Baltimore; Our nation and world; The Syrian refugee crisis and Aleppo; Our homebound, Those effected by Covid-19--including medical staff, teachers, parents, children, those infected, etc.
The Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is 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.
As a means of justice, we are committed to paying our staff throughout this crisis. So that we can do this, especially since church employees do not qualify for unemployment, and so that we are still here when this crisis ends, please consider giving generously. We know this is a tough time for everyone, but every little bit helps. Our preferred method of giving is by utilizing our online giving platform available with any of the green "Give" buttons located throughout our website. This is safe, secure, and gets the funds to us nearly instantly. Alternatively, you may mail your offerings to the church (3800 Roland Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211)--but there may be a delay in depositing. Lastly, please consider bringing your offerings when we resume meeting to "make up" the weeks missed. We appreciate your generosity as we seek to continue our mission and ministry throughout the community and world during this difficult time.
Nurturing Creator, you gather your people as a mother hen gathers her chicks. Gather not only us, but our gifts and service to you, so that you may do with it your “God stuff” and turn it into something more than we can imagine, all in your glory. Amen. (Rev. Bonnie McCubbin)
Closing Hymn Blest Be the Tie that Binds (UMH 557)--Stop at 1:40
UPDATE: We are currently closed to help "flatten the curve" of Covid-19. If you have pastoral needs, please contact Pastor Bonnie directly (preferably through email or the website) so they can be addressed promptly. We have no office hours and all activities, including, but not limited to worship, Bible Study, Church Council, choir, and After School Programs are cancelled until the building re-opens, and may be on a modified schedule once we return. Once Governor Hogan moves us to Phase 1 of re-opening, and outdoor worship services are permitted, we will advertise a socially-distant parking lot communion service. Details are still being worked out, but we anticipate allowing up to 18 households at one service (based on the number of parking spots we have). You will need to RSVP, wear a mask, and remain in your spot. If you do not have a vehicle, you will be asked to bring a chair or stand in the middle of a parking spot--6 feet from others. This service is anticipated to be 15 minutes or less. Communion elements will be individually packaged and distributed safely as you leave the lot. Please do not remove your mask to consume until you are no longer in contact with anyone else outside of your household.
Please stay home and stay safe. If you need help getting reliable information, please reach out to Pastor Bonnie. She is getting informed and updated by Johns Hopkins staff and experts twice a week.
Blessing of the Masks On Sunday, May 24, be sure to join us for a "Blessing of the Masks" during worship! One way to participate is to send a picture of yourself/household all wearing masks to HampdenPastor@gmail.com No later than Wednesday, May 20 at 12 noon. We will incorporate it into our service. You can also have your mask handy during the service to hold or wear while the blessing is happening.
1st Anniversary of Reconciling Congregation Status: Next Sunday, May 17, marks 1 year since our congregation voted to become a Reconciling Congregation (officially welcoming to the LGBTQIA+ community, including in leadership). This is very exciting! For worship on May 17, please wear something rainbow (or bright colored), and make a sign with a welcoming phrase, using rainbow colors if possible. It can simply be written on a piece of paper. Examples of a welcoming phrase include "All means all," "Do no harm," "God loves everyone," or other similar sentiments. During worship, we will have a celebration and all hold up our signs so we can grab pictures of this as a sign of togetherness and inclusion when the world is torn apart.
Masks are now required when in public across the state of Maryland. If you do not have a face covering (mask, scarf, bandanna, etc.) please email HampdenPastor@gmail.com for more information on getting a suitable covering.
Knitters and Crocheters care packages are available with yarn, needles/hooks, and patterns for free! Contact Pastor Bonnie to get one (and if you have any color or pattern preferences). Thank you to Melissa Salzman of LovelYarns for this opportunity.
Online Giving Go to our website (www.goodshepherdhampden.com) and click the green "Give" button to go to a secure website for your transactions. Or, download the secure, encrypted App Tithe.ly from the App Store or Google Play.
Contact Information We have tried to reach out to every regular attendee and member each week via telephone, text, and/or email. However, in many situations, we have incorrect contact information. Please be sure to *email* or call Pastor Bonnie ASAP so you do not miss any information. You should be receiving calls from both Pastor Bonnie and a member of our Church Council Leadership team regularly. If you are not, please let us know.
Bible Study resources can be accessed at https://www.bwcumc.org/resources/who-are-we/#PeopleofGod Scroll down to part 2. We'd be on Session 5 this week.
Flowers already paid for will be moved to an open date after we return.