In case you missed yesterday’s service, here’s a recap to keep you in the loop.
WORSHIP THEMES //
We engaged in a powerful time of worship. Feel free to listen to these songs again and encounter the Lord today.
SPECIAL MOTHER’S DAY VIDEO//
Baby Bottles | Grab a bottle, add spare change or whatever you’d like to donate. Bring it back by Father’s Day which is June 18. All proceeds will go directly to our local Life Choices Pregnancy Center. They provide support and alternatives for pregnant women looking for solutions and care.
Story Lab | Friday, May19 6:30-9pm and Saturday, May 20 8:30-5pm | Open to ages 15 and up | $20 Registration Fee | Story Lab is a facilitated weekend event to help you author the story you want to live. At Story Lab we help you discover how to create a vocation that is less about what you do and more about who you are. Our Vocation should be more about creating a life, not just earning a living. Living with great intentionality creates vision. This workshop will help you begin to live your story and author your personal mission. Over the weekend we help you take steps towards authoring the life you want to live. Hosted by Worship and the Word Movement and facilitated by Ken Janke. Reserve your space here.
Pastor Bob brought a special Mother’s Day message about the importance of spiritual Moms. You can listen the message here and read Bob’s notes below.
SPIRITUAL MOTHERS – A High Calling
Today – the second Sunday in May, is a time set aside to specifically honor our mothers. Most sources credit the origination of the modern Mother’s Day to Anna Jarvis, credited with launching in 1905 what has become a national and international movement. Apparently Anna wanted to honor her mother by setting aside a day to honor all mothers.
There is not a person in the world that did not originate from a biological mother. This room is full of biological mothers who have not only borne the pain of childbirth but also made the sacrifice of child-raising, felt the vulnerability of unconditional love and experienced the joy of being a mother.
Mothers hold a special place in the hearts of their children. In my generation nothing would start a fight quicker than insulting somebody’s mother. Football players in the brief moment of sideline TV almost always mouth the words “Hi Mom!
We honor and respect the impact that mothers have in our world – even to the extent that for at least one day husbands are supposed to give their full attention. Sometimes they even give a gift and maybe even agree to watch the Hallmark Channel’s Mothers Marathon! Children make cards and offer endearing, heart-felt and sometimes revealing sentiments.
As the Eldership considered what the Lord has for our time today, we felt the Holy Spirit calling us to proclaim the higher perspective of motherhood – that mothers are called to be spiritual parents. So for a bit you guys will need to take a back seat – but if you are skilled you will listen carefully.
In today’s natural and broken world we constantly face three major issues:
- Socio-economic status
- Gender conflict
In the media, public and private rhetoric, and in the church dialog, these are constant conversations.
What the Holy Spirit is highlighting today is the higher calling. The call of spiritual mothering. Spiritual mothers are called to a higher place – to see things from the perspective of their identity in Christ and the spiritual gifts He has given them.
In the letter to the church in Galatia, Paul is writing to a church that is fragmented and in conflict over the “gospel”. In fact they were arguing about many “gospels”. Some in this community wanted to retain the familiar of the Law and reject the freedom of life in Christ. Paul speaks plainly writing;
23 Now before faith came, we were held captive under the law, imprisoned until the coming faith would be revealed. 24 So then, the law was our guardian until Christ came, in order that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave[a] nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (ESV)
In this letter of correction Gal 3:28 specifically confronts the same three issues we contend with today. Paul calls for a higher perspective of being a new person who has “put on Christ”.
A spiritual mother holds higher vision, a perspective confirming “All things are possible in Christ!
Mothers are Kingdom people with a sacred calling to help build the Body of Christ.
Peter, in his first Letter (using the metaphor of the building) states it this way;
1 Peter 2:4-5 “4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (ESV)
Paul, using the metaphor of the body explains to the church in Ephesus;
Eph 4:1-16 – “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
Spiritual mothers walk in a “manner worthy” of their calling with the heart posture declaring the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace (harmonious relationships).
Paul goes on to emphasize the “one-ness” of unity with God in all things;
“4 There is one body and one Spirit—just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. “
Continuing, Paul explains that Christ ascended leading a host of captives (us) into eternal, joy filled right relationship with the Father He also gave gifts to men. The Greek word used here is “anthropoi” which in common use means women and men.
“7 But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.8 Therefore it says,
“When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
and he gave gifts to men.”
9 (In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? 10 He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.)
Verse eleven defines the five-fold “gifts” of ministry given freely to all. These gifts interact from five perspectives that permit a full seeing of Christ in everything.
Why are spiritual parents given these gifts?
“…to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ,”
Verse thirteen explains why and paints of picture of where the Lord is leading us all.
“…12 to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, 13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, 14 so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. 15 Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ,16 from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.”(ESV)
That’s it – the goal for the Body of Christ – to grow up – to spiritually mature. That’s what spiritual mothers do – they help those around them grow up. They inherently know that spiritual children are vulnerable to uncertainty, right sounding ideas, human cleverness and manipulation. The alarm bells go off as they journey with their “children”.
Resonating in the spirit of a spiritual mom is the “knowing” that they are called to develop and nurture a whole Body, under Christ, that works properly and grows in love. We remember that Jesus gave us a “new” command, that we would, “As I have loved you – love one another” (John 13:34)
The “gifts” described in verse eleven have many descriptions in different sets of “language”:
- Apostle – pioneer
- Prophet – discerner
- Teacher – “one who ignites instruction through revelatory knowledge” (The Mirror Bible)
- Evangelist – announcer – inviter
- Shepherd – one who gives care and nurture
Spiritual moms – you each have all of the gifts – and in different measure for different seasons. I believe all persons have all the five-fold ministry gifts because Scripture informs that we lack nothing – we are fully furnished. (2 Tim 3:15) And Jesus, quoted in Matt 25: 14-30 (Parable of the Talents) teaches that the Father, in His own good purpose and sovereign will, gives resources in different degrees.
What a high calling, spiritual mothers are speakers of praise and declarers of truth, love and light!
Like the three servants of the wealthy person, the question each spiritual mother must answer is, “How can these gifts be fruitful and multiply to the benefit of all?”
WORDS FOR HEALING PRAYER //
Every Sunday, our ministry team prays for physical conditions and we believe the God loves to heal our bodies. Here are some words for healing prayer from Sunday. If you would like prayer, feel free to post a prayer request as a comment on this topic.
- Knee trouble
- Colon disorders
- Inflammation in the hip
- Complications after a surgery
SERVING OPPORTUNITIES //
Vinelife Kids | We have re-launched our children’s ministry previously called KidsQuest. It is now Vinelife Kids. We are looking for 8 volunteers to commit to serving one Sunday a month as they invest in the future of the children of Vinelife. Several positions are available. Teachers, teacher’s aids, a management team, etc. Please email Valerie@vinelife.com if you are interested and she can work with you to provide you with the support you need to get started!