Sixth Sunday of Easter Mother’s Day – Christian Family Sunday
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day – Christian Family Sunday
May 9th, 2021
Welcome and Call to worship
- “We Are God’s People”
- “The Family Of God ”
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Mother’s Day Video Clip: Performed by St. Paul’s Church School
The Scripture: Exodos 2:1-10
Hymn: “God is Good, All the time”
Sermon: “The Man Who Had Four Mothers!”
Hymn: “Mother’s Day Prayer”
Mother’s Day Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “Honor Christian Mothers”
- “The Lord Bless You And Keep You”
The Man Who Had Four Mothers!
This morning we look together at a story from Exodos chapter 2, it’s about a man who had four mothers.
It’s the story of Moses who after his birth, his mom hid him for three months so that the child not to be killed by Pharaoh’s soldiers, then when she couldn’t hide him any longer, she got a little basket and placed the child in it and put the basket in the Nile River.
In this story, we see four mothers are involved in raising up Mosses and preparing him to be the saviour of his people.
The first mother is Moses’s birth mother:
Moses’s Mam - we don’t even know her name - had to hide her pregnancy, then after giving birth to hide the baby for three months until she could not hide him anymore.
Displaying her ultimate motherly love, she had to give up her little baby to keep him safe. Exactly like in many places of conflict nowadays, many families have had to do the same thing send their children to be adopted in other countries to keep them safe from being killed in war or from hungriness.
So, what can we learn from Moses’s mother?
The sacrifices we have to make are far less than what she did when she placed her baby in the little basket in the Nile River. The sacrifices we have to make are far less than many families around the world are making when they send their children to another country to save their lives.
When our Provincial government says that we need to stay home, that’s what we need to do. That’s the way we keep our children safe and keep our mothers safe. That’s the way we keep our elderly neighbours safe.
Yes, it hurts not to be able to gather as Church, but not as much as it would hurt to know our actions would endanger other people’s lives.
The Second mother is Moses’s sister:
We know that her name is Miriam and probably she was 10 years old at that time.
The birth mum cannot help, so the sister had to step up and act like the mother to save her brother’s life.
We all need to step up and do something different to help someone who is in need to see God’s love and care through us…..
3) Pharaoh's daughter
The third mother in Exodus 2 story is Pharaoh's daughter, perhaps she was 17 or 18 years old. Young enough not to have her own baby but mature enough to look at a baby and now she had to protect him.
Pharaoh's daughter is not related to Moses. Yet she steps in to show love, she adopts him.
In the bible, we see that the family relationships are not formed by genetics only, but by love.
We are the family of God. Christ depends on his family to be his hands, feet and eyes on earth and through us he has promised to bless all the world.
Now in the story there is a fourth mother for Moses.
Despite the quick thinking of Moses’s birth mother or the watchful eye of Miriam, his sister or the moved heart of Pharaoh's daughter; without God’s providence for Moses, he could end up eaten by one of the Nile crocodiles or killed by Pharaoh’s family.
King James Bible translation says that Moses' mother made an ark and put the child in it.
Noah’s Ark and Moses’ Ark both through them, God saved a nation from death.
The bible says of God that he is the Mother who will take us in his arms and comfort us at difficult times. However tough it feels at the moment, God will make it all better. Thanks be to God. Amen.
Happy Mother’s Day and Christian Family Sunday to all.