Mothering Sunday

The Liturgy for Mothering Sunday Parish Eucharist

Welcome and greeting

Hymn: Fathers and mothers

Fathers and mothers,
sisters and brothers,
     all those who love us,
          for whom we care:
help and befriend them,
keep and defend them,
     Jesus our Saviour,
          this is our prayer.

And for those others,
fathers and mothers,
     children who hunger,
          they must be fed:
we would be caring,
readily sharing,
     one with another
          our daily bread.

Sisters and brothers,
fathers and mothers,
     we who together
          offer our praise:
hear our thanksgiving,
God ever living,
     may we walk with you
          all of our days.

Author - Timothy Dudley-Smith
Tune - Bunessan (Gaelic Folk Melody)
Used with permission through our CCLI Copyright Licence number 830853 and Streaming Licence number 203667.

Praise God who loves us.
Praise God who cares.

[A large candle may be lit.

We light this candle to remind us that the love of God is like a light in our darkness.
Blessed be God for ever.]

Praising and Thanking God

We praise you, our God, for all mothers who have loved and laughed and laboured as they cared for their children:

Blessed be God for ever

We praise you, our God, for all mothers who have wept in sorrow and joy for their children:

Blessed be God for ever

We praise you, our God, for Jesus, born of a woman and nurtured in her love, and for Mary, a reminder of your patient, waiting love.

Blessed be God for ever

We say sorry to God

As we begin our worship, we remember our sins, the times when we have not loved others as Jesus has loved us.

Your love gives us life from the moment of conception.
We fail to live as your children. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy

You call us to do good.
We seek our own good. Christ, have mercy
Christ have mercy.

You hear us when we cry for help.
We ignore the cries of others. Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse you from your sins,
and restore you in his image to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.  

The Collect

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The Good News

Hear the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you O Lord

Luke 2.28-35

This is the gospel of the Lord
Praise to you O Christ


Affirmation of faith

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and earth is blessed.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayers of Intercession

Loving God, you have given us the right to be called children of God. Help us to show your love in our homes that they may be places of love, security and truth.
God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, Jesus, your Son, was born into the family of Mary and Joseph; bless all parents and all who care for children; strengthen those families living under stress and may your love be known where no human love is found.
God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, we thank you for the family of the Church. We pray that all may find in her their true home; that the lonely, the marginalized, the rejected may be welcomed and loved in the name of Jesus.
God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, as we see the brokenness of our world we pray for healing among the nations; for food where there is hunger; for freedom where there is oppression; for joy where there is pain; that your love may bring peace to all your children.
God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, accept the cries of our heart as we offer you prayers;
through them transform us and all creation until you are in all and through all.
We ask these and all our prayers in the name of Jesus.

The Peace

Through the prophet Isaiah, God says, 
“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you”.
The Peace of the Lord be with you.
And also with you.

We offer one another a sign of peace.

The Great Prayer of Thanksgiving

The Lord is here
His Spirit is with us.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.
Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give thanks and praise.

It is always right to give you thanks,
God our Creator,
loving and faithful,
holy and strong.
You made us
and the whole universe,
and filled your world with life.
You sent your Son to live among us,
Jesus our Saviour, Mary’s child.
He suffered on the cross;
he died to save us from our sins;
he rose in glory from the dead.
You send your Spirit to bring new life to the world,
 and clothe us with power from on high.
And so we join the angels to celebrate and sing:

Holy, holy, holy Lord,
God of power and might,
heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.

Father, on the night before he died, Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you. 
He broke it, and gave it to them, saying:
Take and eat; this is my body, given for you. 
Do this to remember me.
After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you. 
This is my blood, the new promise of God’s unfailing love. 
Do this to remember me.

Jesus Christ has died. 
Jesus Christ has died.
 Jesus Christ is risen.
Jesus Christ is risen.
Jesus Christ will come again. 
Jesus Christ will come again.

Father, as we bring this bread and wine,
and remember his death and resurrection,
send your Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,
with Jesus your Son, and the Holy Spirit: 
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

The Lord’s Prayer

Believing the promises of God,
As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed by your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.

The breaking of the Bread

We break this bread
to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

God’s holy gifts, for God’s holy people.
Jesus Christ is holy,
Jesus Christ is Lord,
To the glory of God the Father.

Distribution of Communion

(Hymn: For the beauty of the earth)

For the beauty of the earth,
for the beauty of the skies,
for the love which from our birth
over and around us lies,

Lord of all, to thee we raise
this our sacrifice of praise.

For the joy of human love,
brother, sister, parent, child,
friends on earth, and friends above,
pleasures pure and undefiled: [Refrain]

For each perfect gift of thine,
to our race so freely given,
graces human and divine,
flowers of earth and buds of heaven: [Refrain]

Author - Folliott Sandford Pierpoint
Tune - Dix

Post Communion Prayer

For the care of mothers;
Thanks be to God.
For their patience when tested;
Thanks be to God.
For their love when tired;
Thanks be to God.
For their hope when despairing;
Thanks be to God.
For their service without limit;
Thanks be to God.

Thank you God for the love of our mothers:
thank you God for their care and concern;
thank you God for the joys they have shared with us;
thank you God for the pains they have borne for us;
thank you God for all that they give us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

The Blessing

May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless you:
may God, who became incarnate by an earthly mother, bless you:
may God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless you.
May almighty God bless you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

The Dismissal

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen.

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