Portland News

May 10, 2020

Sunday Morning Service

The Mother’s Day service on May 10 was different than what we have become accustomed to at the Portland church. There were no bundles of carnations at the front of the sanctuary and very few mothers with their children, though we trust many mothers were watching from home, with their children beside them and fresh flowers nearby!

The service began with a harp, piano, and keyboard trio by Cheryl Paulsen, Janice Calhoun, and Sungun Yun. Their prelude included “Jesus Whispers Peace,” “Wonderful Peace,” and “The Anchor Holds.” Darrel Lee welcomed viewers and then read The Magnificat, which is Mary’s praises recorded in Luke 1:46-55. Verses 49-50 say, “For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name. And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.”

The specials for the service included Imelda Nedelcu with her five children singing “In Christ Alone” (pictured above), and sisters Rosie Lambert and Roxie Rael singing with their daughters, Diana and Holly Lambert and Natalie Rael, “Me and My House.” The Lambert and Rael cousins also sang “Finish Well,” and Natalie testified about how much she appreciated the godly example and love her mother showed her, which helped her decide to give her life to God a couple years ago.

For the Scripture reading, Dave Lambert read 2 Timothy 1:1-9, and in his sermon, Wayne Butler emphasized verse 5: “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.” Brother Wayne related that his own mother and grandmother also had “unfeigned faith,” and their love coupled with godliness had a powerful impact on his life. He said that while children are a blessing and a joy to have around, with children come great responsibility, and no doubt Lois and Eunice felt their responsibility to help little Timothy make Heaven. He encouraged parents to continue teaching their children the truth of God’s Word, to help them have God’s best in this world. At the close of the service, Sister Roxie sang “Grace Alone.”

Watch the full service in the Media Center.