Sunday, May 13, 2012

What a Friend We Have in Jesus

 Members gathered on Mother's Day at St. John's annual "worship in the part," in Charter Oak.
 First grader, Ellen Mallory helps Pastor Merrill by leading the motions as he plays "Lord, we lift Your name on high."
Pastor looks for volunteers to help illustrate friendship for his children's sermonette based on John 15:15, "I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you."

Pastor compared God's love for us to a mother's love for her children, citing John 15:12-13, "My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends."

St. Johns Board of Education sponsored the event and Sunday School Superintendent Peggy Sue Henschen announced awards for memory work and attendance. After the service, families gathered in the shelter house for a picnic lunch.

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