A service for Mothering Sunday

Happy Mothering Sunday to you all!

O Lord, open our lips and our mouth shall proclaim your praise.

The night has passed, and the day lies open before us;

let us pray with one heart and mind.


a moment of silence is kept


As we rejoice in the gift of this new day,

so may the light of your presence, O God,

set our hearts on fire with love for you;

now and ever.  Amen



The Collect for Mothering Sunday


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.




First hymn


click on this link (you may want to listen to and watch Simon, then if you haven't got a hymn book with you for the words, you come back to the service here with the tune in your mind and sing it!  For next week we will try and think of a way round this, so you can do both at once without a hymn book - or we may need to deliver hymnals to your homes on request!):





For Mary, Mother of our Lord,

God’s Holy name be praised,

Who first the Son of God adored,

As on her child she gazed.


Brave Holy Virgin, she believed

-though hard the task assigned-

and by the Holy Ghost conceived

the Saviour of mankind.


She gave her body as God's shrine,

her heart to piercing pain;

she knew the cost of love divine,

when Jesus Christ was slain.


Dear Mary, from your lowliness

and home in Galilee,

there comes a joy and holiness

to every family.


Hail Mary, you are full of grace,

above all women blessed,

and blessed your Son, whom you embrace

in birth and death confessed




Read any or all of the following:


1 Samuel 16: 1-13



Psalm 23



Ephesians 5: 8-14



St John 9 (whole chapter)



Second hymn





1 All ye who seek for sure relief
in trouble and distress,
whatever sorrow vex the mind,
or guilt the soul oppress;


2 Jesus, who gave himself for you
upon the cross to die,
opens to you his sacred heart:
O to that heart draw nigh.


3 Ye hear how kindly he invites;
ye hear his words so blest:
'All ye that labour come to me,
and I will give you rest.’


4 O Jesus, joy of saints on high,
thou hope of sinners here,
attracted by those loving words
to thee we lift our prayer.


5 Wash thou our wounds in that dear blood
which from thy heart doth flow;
a new and contrite heart on all
who cry to thee bestow.









Collect for the 4th Sunday in Lent:


Merciful Lord,

you know our struggle to serve you:

when sin spoils our lives

and overshadows our hearts,

come to our aid

and turn us back to you again;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Lord Jesus Christ,

you taught us to love our neighbour,

and to care for those in need

as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength

to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,

and to assure the isolated

of our love, and your love,

for your name’s sake.



God of compassion,

be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.

In their loneliness, be their consolation;

in their anxiety, be their hope;

in their darkness, be their light;

through him who suffered alone on the cross,

but reigns with you in glory,

Jesus Christ our Lord.



For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,

give skill, sympathy and resilience

to all who are caring for the sick,

and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.

Strengthen them with your Spirit,

that through their work many will be restored to health;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



God of love,

passionate and strong,

tender and careful:

watch over us and hold us

all the days of our life;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.



The Lord’s Prayer




The Grace.



Remember to light a candle in your window at 7.00 p.m. tonight!