Mother, Mechanic, Manager or Minister

By Chestnut Street Baptist Church | May 08, 2014
“To those who gave birth this year to their first child—we celebrate with you To those who lost a child this year – we mourn with you To those who are in the trenches with little ones every day and wear the badge of food stains – we appreciate you To those who experienced loss through miscarriage, failed adoptions, or running away—we mourn with you To those who walk the hard path of infertility, fraught with pokes, prods, tears, and disappointment – we walk with you. Forgive us when we say foolish things. We don’t mean to make this harder than it is. To those who are foster moms, mentor moms, and spiritual moms – we need you To those who have warm and close relationships with your children – we celebrate with you To those who have disappointment, heart ache, and distance with your children – we sit with you To those who lost their mothers this year – we grieve with you To those who experienced abuse at the hands of your own mother – we acknowledge your experience To those who lived through driving tests, medical tests, and the overall testing of motherhood – we are better for having you in our midst To those who have aborted children – we remember them and you on this day To those who are single and long to be married and mothering your own children – we mourn that life has not turned out the way you longed for it to be To those who step-parent – we walk with you on these complex paths To those who envisioned lavishing love on grandchildren -yet that dream is not to be, we grieve with you To those who will have emptier nests in the upcoming year – we grieve and rejoice with you To those who placed children up for adoption — we commend you for your selflessness and remember how you hold that child in your heart And to those who are pregnant with new life, both expected and surprising –we anticipate with you This Mother’s Day, we walk with you. Mothering is not for the faint of heart and we have real warriors in our midst. We remember you.” Amy Young, The Wide Spectrum of Mothering

May 11, 2014 

 Series: The Big Story

Mother, Mechanic, Manager or Minister

Genesis 1:28; 2:15; 3:16-18; Luke 3:12-14

 

Share a favorite Mother’s day memory with the group. How did you celebrate Mother's Day when you were growing up? Does your family have any unique Mother’s Day traditions?

Genesis 3:16-18. While humanity’s fall into sin disrupted the two primary human vocations – child rearing and cultivation/culture building – the commands of Genesis 1:28 and 2:15 were never repealed. Practically, how should we obey these God-given commands today?

If you sleep 8 hours a night, you have 112 hours waking hours per week. Of those, the average church attendee spends 1-3 hours each week on “church activities.” Why might we be tempted to believe those 3 hours are the only time we are doing “God’s work”? How might your God dedicated labor the other 109 hours of your week also be “God’s Work” (cf. Genesis 1:28; 2:15)?

Luke 3:12-14. What do we learn from the fact that John did not instruct these people to abandon their vocations for some “more holy” calling?  Martin Luther wrote that human vocations “are the masks of God, behind which he wants to remain concealed and do all things” and also that “creatures are only the hands, channels, and means whereby God gives all things.” So all work, even the most menial, is the way in which God choses to do His work in this world. How should the idea that there is no such thing as a “secular” work but every vocation - mother, mechanic, manager or minister – is holy to the Lord, impact your work today (cf. Colossians 3:23-24)?

“We were created to be workers, like God, the worker. This has been called the ‘cultural mandate’. All that we are and do in the public sphere of work, whether at the level of individual jobs, or of the family, or of whole communities, right up to whole cultures and civilizations over historical time, is connected to our created-ness and is therefore of interest to our Creator”

(Christopher Wright). How does the idea that God takes interest in your work – whether mother, mechanic, manager or minister – bestow that work with dignity? How should this truth transform the way you approach your vocation?

 

 

 

 

 

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TUESDAY | MAY 13 | 9:30 a.m.LADIES BIBLE STUDY at the home of Priscilla Siegel (317 Commercial Street, Rockport); any questions; please contact Marylou Gabriele at 236-4039; ALL ladies are welcome.

 

WEDNESDAY | MAY 14 | 9:30 a.m.LADIES MISSION CIRCLE

 

SATURDAY | MAY 17 | 8:30 a.m. CARE NET WALK FOR LIFE – First Baptist Church of Rockland (Information | Pledge forms located on back table)

 

SUNDAY | MAY 18 | 6:30 p.m.SPECIAL SPRING MUSIC NIGHT - A night featuring special music from our choir, individual and group performances (both singing and instrumental), and hymns.

 

 

 

Coffee & Sunday School 9:30 a.m.  | Morning Worship Service – 10:45 a.m.

 

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