Dear “Virtual” Southminster Members,

Happy Mother’s Day! And welcome to this Sunday edition of Virtual worship! My hope is that as you worship and take time to care for your spirit, the Great Spirit and Southminster will fill you with hope and comfort and resilience.

I encourage you to participate with us at our congregational fellowship hour after worship today (see below for details). We will have a special recognition for mothers as well as Matt and Krista Thompson-Aue. Matt and Krista will be moving to Madison, Wisconsin this week for Krista to begin graduate school. We will send out an address where cards, notes, and gifts may be sent to in our Monday Spotlight mailing. 

How to Join the congregation fellowship on Sunday, May 10 from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m:

  1. Register for Zoom (zoom.us): Simply download “zoom” onto your device
  2. Click on the following link (Zoom Meeting) on Sunday morning.
    https://zoom.us/j/91598261573pwd=anBjM3FDRkhqalZBUFhkeFlOTkRpUT09
    Meeting ID: 915 9826 1573
    Password: 370367
  1. General Structure to the Fellowship Hour
    • Welcome, Introductions and Short Devotion
    • Special Recognition of Matt and Krista Thompson-Aue
    • Break Out Small groups with guided questions
    • Popcorn “Sharing”
    • Virtual Dance Party (or enjoy watching and listening)

As always, give me a call if you need anything from me or the community.  I can be reached at 503.819.2442 or ludwigpdx@gmail.com.


Sunday, May 10th, 2020 — Virtual Worship Guide

For Reflection  

Youth fades; love droops,
the leaves of friendship fall;
A mother’s secret hope
outlives them all.

–Oliver Wendell Holmes

Just for Fun Prelude

Do you miss our Southminster Bell Choir? Maybe they can do this for us!

Call to Worship: Rev. Dawn Hutchings

The road to the kin-dom of God begins with one step, followed by another, and another.
This is the dream, the dream of enough for all; the dream of peace.
May we have the courage to walk the path of peace for the sake of our one human family.

Welcome by Rev. Don Ludwig

Passing of the Peace

Pastor Don: May the Peace of Christ be with you.  
Congregation at Home: And also with you.  
Pastor Don: Consider three ways that you can extend peace to one another this week through a phone call, text or email.

Opening Hymn 

Breathe on Me, Breath of God PDF Sheet music

Christian Readings

Philippians 4:10-13  

I rejoiced greatly in the Lord that at last you renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you were concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it.  I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do all this through him who gives me strength.             

Gospel of Thomas, Verse 70

Jesus said, “If you bring forth what is within you what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you.”                                                                                                

Theme Music Video

Michael Jackson, Man in the Mirror

Theme Reading        

― Idowu Koyenikan, Wealth for All: Living a Life of Success at the Edge of Your Ability          

“Today is a new day and it brings with it a new set of opportunities for me to act on.
I am attentive to the opportunities and I seize them as they arise.
I have full confidence in myself and my abilities.
I can do all things that I commit myself to.
No obstacle is too big or too difficult for me to handle because what lies inside me is greater than what lies ahead of me.
I am committed to improving myself and I am getting better daily.
I am not held back by regret or mistakes from the past.
I am moving forward daily.
Absolutely nothing is impossible for me.”                                             

SERMON
“Personal Transformation”
Pam Gross

If you prefer to read the sermon text, click here.

Meditation Music

Allegro by Telemann. Piano and Violin performed by Matt Thompson-Aue and Sandy Ruff

Take a moment to listen to the music, perhaps close your eyes, breathe deeply, and be in this moment!

Pastoral Prayer

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear” (Psalms 46:1-2).

Mother God, we thank you for the love of the mothers you have given us, whose love is so precious that it can never be measured, whose patience seems to have no end.  May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them, give us courage for the journey.

Guide us to live fully in the midst of so much change all around us.  May we look to all the things that make life abundant and amazing. Through it all, help us to make a space for the stirring of our hearts. Help us to listen and to pay attention to the needs and cries of others. Give us hope. Give us patience.

We especially pray for those family and friends and issues that are on our hearts this morning…. (talk a moment to name them now….) 

And as people of faith who have been touched by a Mother’s kindness and unconditional love, may we share that kindness in all that we say and do.  Amen.

Keep in Prayer

  • Bruce Hepburn passed away Wednesday, May 6th. His sister, Mary Prescott said, “He was just shy of his 70th birthday and has struggled with Parkinson’s for almost 25 years. It is very sad for my children and me that he is gone but he is so blessed to no longer be trapped in that body. He was a kind and gentle soul.”
  • Donnette Sand has recently learned that her mom has stomach cancer. She is by her side planning next steps. 
  • Jennifer Carey-Davis is requesting prayers for Kim Wade, who completed chemotherapy and underwent a double-mastectomy surgery on Thursday, May 6th for stage-4 cancer.
  • Craig Butler’s sister-in-law Betty Butler, passed away this past week in Oklahoma. Please keep their family in prayer.
  • Prayers for Judith Foster’s son and family who are experiencing family difficulties.

Time for Offering

As we reflect on all of our blessings, individually and as a community, may we consider how we may give of ourselves so that the work of Christ’s love and peace may continue throughout our world. (Please contact Marisa, staff@southmin.org, or one of our Trustees to discover simple ways you may give electronically or via mail. Thank you for supporting the staff and on-going ministries of Southminster Presbyterian Church).

Closing Hymn

In the Midst of New Dimensions (Hymn 315)

Final Blessing and Benediction

Friends, We are resilient people. WE GOT THIS! May we continue to imagine a world of health, hope, peace, and solidarity. In the words of Rev. Dawn Hutchings:

The road to the kin-dom of God begins with one step, followed by another, and another. This is the dream, the dream of enough for all; the dream of peace. May we have the courage to walk the path of peace for the sake of our one human family.

Peace to you and your familyalways.  Amen.


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