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Women of Faith - Mothers Day

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Frauen des Glaubens

An diesem Tag gedenken wir der Mütter,

          die Gott uns geschenkt hat.

Die Kinder haben durch dem Program

          Ihre Mütter und Oma’s geehrt

                   Vielen Dank.

In Sprüche haben wir gerade gelesen,

          “Eine Frau, die den Herrn fürchtet,

                   soll man ehren.”

Die Bibel zeigt uns viele Beispiele von Frauen

          nach dem Herzen Gottes;

          die eine besondere Rolle gespielt haben

                   in Gottes Heilsplan.

1. Das Buch Richter erzählt von

der Prophetin Deborah

          in der frühen Geschichte Israels.

Gott has sie in mächtiger Weise gebraucht

          um sein Volk von den Kanaanitern

                   zu befreien.

Als eine weise Richterin saß sie

          under dem Palmbaum

                   und hat das Volk gerichtet.

Sie wird oft als “eine Mutter in Israel”


Deborah richtete den Blick Israels

auf ihre Abhängigkeit von Gott,

und führte das Volk im siegreichen

Kampf gegen die Kanaaniter.

2. Hanna, die Mutter des Propheten Samuel,

          war auch eine Gottesfürchtige Frau. Hannas Leben war trostlos und verbittert

          weil sie keine Kinder gebären konnte.

Trotzdem sie die meist-geliebte Frau

          ihres Mannes Elkanah war,

                   wurde sie von Penninah,

                             einer Nebenfrau ihres Mannes


Im Tempel flehte sie zu Gott um einen Sohn,

          den sie Gott aus Dankbarkeit weihte.

Gott erhörte das Glaubensgebet Hannas

          und sie weihte ihn Gott zum Dienst

                   als Priester in Israel.

3. Wir denken auch an die Hure Rahab

          die im Glauben die hebräischen Spionen

                   versteckt hatte,

          und durch ihren Glauben

                   nicht nur erlöst wurde

                             sondern auch ein Teil

des Heilsplannes Gottes wurde.

4. Wir kennen die Geschichte von Ruth,

          die zu ihrer Schwiegermutter sagte,

“Wo du hingehst, da will ich auch

hingehen. Dein Volk soll mein Volk sein, und dein Gott soll mein Gott sein.”

Diese Frauen und zahllose andere

zählen zu den Helden unseres Glaubens.

Sie haben uns gezeigt und vorgelebt,

          Was Gott mit seinem Volk vorhat.

Sie haben Gehorsam geleistet

          Und sind auch uns ein Vorbild

                   Im Glauben.

Gott segne auch die Galubensfrauen

          In unserer Gemeinde.

Let me switch gear for a bit.

There are so many good stories surrounding

          Mothers and this special day.

The Children have already given us

a wonderful program.

Story: which reminds me of a story: there was a special program at the church and a little girl was to recite the Scripture which she had memorized for the occasion. When she got in front of the crowd, the sight of hundreds of eyes peering at her, caused her to forget her memory work. Every line that she had so carefully rehearsed faded from her mind and she stood there unable to utter a single word. In the front row, her mother was almost as frantic as the little girl. The mother gestured, moved her lips, trying to form the words for the girl, but it did no good. Finally, the mother whispered the opening phrase of the memorized Scripture: "I am the light of the world." Immediately the child's face lit up and relaxed and a smile appeared on it as she said with supreme confidence:  "My mother is the light of the world!" The mother is indeed the light of the child's world. 

In the New Testament we have the story

of Lois and Eunice.

These two women of faith

are known for passing on

a Godly Heritage to the next generation.

Their story is a real encouragement to all mothers

 who want to raise their children to love God.

Lois and Eunice were a mother/daughter team

and they raised up a man of God,

Timothy, who was the most trusted

companion and disciple of Paul.

In 2 Timothy 1:5 the Apostel Paul writes:

“I have been reminded of your sincere faith,

 which first lived in your grandmother Lois

and in your mother Eunice and

I am persuaded, now lives in you also.” 

These women were responsible

for passing their faith on to the next generation

and for raising a great leader

in the early church.

Lois was a devout Jewish woman

who had instructed her daughter and grandson

in the Old Testament Scriptures. 

The family lived in Lystra,

among a people who worshipped

the gods of Greece.

Yet she faithfully raised a daughter who loved God

and helped raised a grandson

in the fear of the Lord.

In his letter to Timothy he tells us,

“From a child, you have know the holy Scriptures”.

The story of Timothy tells of the value

of positive Christian training in the home.

Lois and Eunice took the responsibility

to pass on their faith very seriously

and as a result they raised up a young man

to become a servant of Christ. 

And then there is Dorcas, who is affectionately called,

The Queen of the Needle.

Acts 9:36f gives us an outline of a story

That was certainly filled with passion

And excitement for Christ’s church.

Listen to her fascinating story…

36 Now in Joppa, there was a disciple

whose  name was Tabitha,

which in Greek is Dorcas.

She was devoted to good deeds and charity.

37 At that time she became ill and died.

When they had washed her,

 they laid her in a room upstairs.

38Lydda was near Joppa;

 so when the disciples heard that Peter

was in Lydda, they sent two men to him

and urged him, "Please come at once!"

39Peter went with them, and when he arrived

 he was taken upstairs to the room.

All the widows stood around him,

crying and showing him the robes

 and other clothing that Dorcas had made

 while she was still with them.

40Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, "Tabitha, get up." She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up.

The name Dorcas to this day represents

the benevolent use of the needle. 

Her example has been an inspiration to women

throughout church history.

Her home was in Joppa

Where she was part of a small group of

Christians, most of whom were poor. 

Dorcas seems to have been a woman of means,

And she served the church freely

With her riches and her gift of sowing.

Her motivation to do good were the words of Jesus: 

“in as much as you have done it

unto the least of these my brothers,

you have done it for me”.

Dorcas was a “doer” of the Word.

She expressed her faith

by making clothes for widows and the needy 

in her church and community

with her own loving hands.

Dorcas may well have been the first volunteer

          And organizer of an MCC Thrift Store.

Many women throughout history

have been inspired to establish

“Dorcas Societies” that engage in

various relief activities in Christ’s name.

And so, we could go on and on telling the stories

of faithful women who have dedicated 

          their life to Christ.

Many of them are our mothers and grandmothers

and wives.

Today as we honor  them we also want to remember

          The mothers who have already

                   Passed into eternity and are serving

                             Their God and Savior

                                      At his holy throne.

May we be inspired by these stories of faith

          And the countless untold stories in our midst

                   To live as men and women of faith.

Let us pray

Blessing of Mothers

Father in Heaven, we give you thanks

for the many gifts you have given us;

the gift of life, the gift of those who love us.

We thank you today for the gift of our mothers

and grandmothers.

We give thanks for our Mothers and Grandmothers

who have died

and for the unique way they have revealed

for us your love.

We ask that you Bless them and keep them in your care

until the time comes for us to join them

in your Kingdom.

We ask your Blessing upon

the Mothers and Grandmothers

who are unable to be with us here today.
May they know how much we love and care for them.

We pray for birth mothers

who had to give up their children.

And we pray for adoptive mothers,

Who given them a secure home.

We ask your blessing upon Mothers

who have lost children through stillbirth,

crib death, accident and tragedy,

give them strength and courage.

We ask your blessing upon those who

would very much like to be mothers

but who are having trouble having a child.

We ask your Blessing upon

the Mothers and Grandmothers here today.

And those who are far away.

Give them the strength to live

the faithful and loving lives

you call them to live.

Protect and guide them.

Keep them in your care.

We ask this Blessing in the name of Jesus, our Lord.


Der Herr segne dich und behüte dich,

          Der Herr lasse sein Angesicht leuchten

über dir und sei dir gnaedig;

Der Herr hebe sein Angesicht über dich und gebe dir Frieden.



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