Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sunday Circles - Mother's Day

Sunday Circles
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Church On The Rock

Hymn: Come Thou Fount
Memory Verse: Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Lesson: Mother's Day
Character: Jochebed, the Mother of Moses

Pastor remarks and intro of first principle

First Principle: Love and cover.
Scripture Reference: Exodus 2:2 So the woman conceived and bore a son. And when she saw that he was a beautiful child, she hid him three months.
A mother protects her children at all costs.
Jochebed loved her son enough to hide him from danger at great personal risk.
God has specifically graced mothers to this task.
Question: What are some ways God made mothers to naturally protect their children?
Follow Up Question: In what ways should men enable and facilitate mothers to perform this God given grace?
Conclusion: Mothers have a right, a responsibility, and a role given to them by God to cover and protect their children from the dangers of life. We should all respect this gift and hopefully each one of us has benefitted from it personally. A mother’s job begins at conception.

                Pastor remarks and intro of second principle

Second Principle: Love and let go.
Scripture Reference: Exodus 2:3 But when she could no longer hide him, she took an ark of bulrushes for him, daubed it with asphalt and pitch, put the child in it, and laid it in the reeds by the river’s bank.
There comes a time in every mother that she has to let go and trust God with her children’s future.
This was true for the mother of Moses, for the mother of Jesus, and for every mother who has ever borne a child.
Question: How do you know when it’s time to let go?
Follow Up Question:  What do you do after you let go?  
Conclusion: God will always hear the prayers of a mother for her children. We can trust God with a future that we cannot direct, that is only in the hands of God. God always has greater plan for our children than we could ever orchestrate ourselves.

Pastor remarks and intro of third principle

Third Principle: Love and re-embrace.
Scripture Reference: Exodus 2:9 Then Pharaoh’s daughter said to the mother of Moses, "Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages." So she took the child and nursed him.
God has a plan.
Although the mother of Moses could not ultimately determine her sons future, she nonetheless could participate by re-embracing him and playing a new role.
There’s always something we can do to participate in God’s plan for our children.
Question: How can we handle those times in our relationships when we are not in control, yet allowed to participate?
Follow Up Question: What could Moses have done to show his appreciation for his mother’s protection, her letting go, and her willingness to re-embrace.
Conclusion: Trusting God with our children may require action on our part. When we are asked to change our role from one of authority to one of support, we should not refuse to participate because we cannot direct. Roles change as children grow …this is the plan of God.

Pastor closing remarks

·        Connect Cards; Offering and Prayer
·        Memory Verse

·        Pre-Praise & Worship Prayer will be hosted in the Sanctuary Studio. Worship will begin in just a few minutes.