Mothering Sunday Service Sheet - 11/03/18

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Sunday 18th March 2018 - 9.30am Songs of PraiseParish Eucharist

Mothers’ Union Liturgy for Mothering Sunday 2018 Called to Mother in a Broken World

A Very Warm Welcome!

Hymn 260       Morning has broken            


The Lord be with you
And also with you.


Heavenly Father, we rejoice with thanks

for all those who have mothered us in our lives.

In a world that is broken and in need of your motherly love,

please use us to aid others as you do us in providing comfort, nurture, protection and support.

We ask that you grow us as carers to those who need us,

so that we might celebrate your goodness together

even through our own brokenness. Amen


God our Father, as Pharaoh’s daughter noticed the needs
of a small child alone in the reeds,

so help us to notice those areas of our own lives
needing care and attention.
Therefore, let us confess our sins, seeking the embrace of God’s forgiveness and peace.


We have failed to nurture the needy,

Lord, have mercy.

We have failed to make space in our lives for the broken-hearted.

Christ, have mercy.

We struggle to forgive those who have withheld their love from us.

Lord, have mercy.


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. Amen


PERUVIAN GLORIA –  repeat after the cantor 


Glory to God, Glory to God

Glory in the highest.

Glory to God, Glory to God

Glory in the highest.


To him be glory for ever.

To him be glory for ever.


Alleluia. Amen

Alleluia. Amen

Alleluia. Amen

Alleluia. Amen

Alleluia. Amen

Alleluia. Amen


V2 Glory to God, Glory to God

     Glory to Christ Jesus


V3 Glory to God, Glory to God

     Glory to the Spirit



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. Amen

Old Testament Reading          Exodus 2.1-10


Moses’ mother entrusts her child to Pharaoh’s daughter; Pharaoh’s daughter recognises her responsibility to mother a child in need.

Hymn 297       Father we adore you

Gospel Reading                                   John 19.25b-27


In pain, facing death, Jesus entrusts his mother and his friend to each other, in their desolation and bereavement, to mother each other and his disciples.


Hymn 383       Be still, for the presence of the Lord

Affirmation of Faith

Do you believe and trust in God the Father, source of all being and life, the one for whom we exist?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Son, who took our human nature, died for us and rose again?

We believe and trust in him.

Do you believe and trust in God the Holy Spirit, who gives life to the people of God and makes Christ known in the world?

We believe and trust in him.


This is the faith of the Church.

This is our faith.

We believe and trust in one God,

Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.


Prayers of Intercession (prayers for others)



Christ is our peace….
The peace of the Lord be always with you.

And also with you.


Let us offer one another a sign of peace.

All may exchange a sign of peace


Hymn 251       All things bright and beautiful (omit vv. 4 & 5)


The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name,

thy kingdom come, thy will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those

who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory,

for ever and ever. Amen.


Flowers are given.   

Hymn 548                   One more step along the world I go




Material from Common Worship is copyright © The Archbishops' Council of the Church of England

This service has been prepared by St Mellitus College, working with Mothers' Union



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