Mother’s Day on 05.08.11

On Mother’s Day, we focused on two profound truths from the scriptures…

First, God is both male and female. Or possibly more accurately, God is beyond gender.  I’ve been told many times throughout my life that we learn about who God is by watching our dads.  And this is very true.  I’ve learned so much about God from my dad and other male mentors.  But more and more, I’ve been realizing how much I’ve learned about God from my mom and other women that I respect.  They have brought balance and depth and wisdom and truth that only a female reflection of God could have shown me.

Genesis 1:27 says “God created humankind in God’s own image, in the image of God, God created them;  male and female God created them.”
Psalm 131 says that the soul at rest in God is like a child in its mother’s arms.
Isaiah 49:14-15 compares God’s love to motherly love that never forsakes her child.
In Luke 13:34, Jesus compares God the Father to a mother hen.

Both women and men, fathers and mothers play an equally critical role in representing God. Both to our children…and to the world.  So on a day like Mother’s Day, it felt really important to say:  “Mothers, women, we really really need you.  We cannot fully understand God without you.”

And then we spent a few minutes praying three prayers:
(1) What is one way that Your mom represented God well?  Take a moment to thank God for this.
(2) What is one way that another woman in your life represented God well?  Take a moment to thank God for this.
(3) Take some time , no matter what state the relationship is in, to pray a blessing on your mom.

These prayers were very easy for some and very painful for others, but hopefully deeply meaningful for all of us.

Second, women are more than what they see in the mirror. And more than the pressure they feel to have the perfect job, husband, family, or whatever.  John Ortberg masterfully dug into the scriptures to uncover what Jesus taught about women and how he treated them.  SO inspiring.  (Watch the message HERE.)

And to help us prepare for this message, the team created an artistic piece that lead into Alanis Morrissette’s heartbreaking song “That I Would Be Good”.  For copyright reasons, I can’t post Becky’s incredibly version of it, but here’s the original…

Posted by Aaron Niequist on 05.10.11 under Lead Worship, Weekend Experience.

2 Responses to “Mother’s Day on 05.08.11”

  1. Hello! On Mother’s Day, we sang a song which included the lyrics “Thank you, thank you”. I am trying to find this song on iTunes, but I’m having a hard time finding it. Can you please tell me the name of the song and who wrote/sang it?

    Thank you!

    Posted by Lisa on 12/13/09 August 15th, 2011 at 9:20 pm

  2. Lisa,

    “Thank You” is a song by Glenn Phillips. (The former singer of Toad the Wet Sprocket).

    Hope that helps!

    Posted by Aaron Niequist on 12/13/09 August 28th, 2011 at 12:35 pm

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