Prayers for Mothering Sunday

Theology Blog:  Prayers for Mothering Sunday

Offered at the 10.30am Eucharist, Sunday 30 March 2014

Sisters and brothers in Christ, let us come to the Lord in hope, let us pray to the Lord in faith, let us hold to the Lord throughout our lives.

Gracious God, as a mother loves her child, so you love us.  For that great truth we praise you.

Let us give thanks today for women.  For Eve our first mother – we thank you for having the courage to be curious, to lose your innocence and become the first to understand the complexities of life.

For Sarah, Hannah and Elizabeth – we thank you for sharing your stories of patience and endurance, through long years of waiting and not knowing.  May women everywhere who long for motherhood draw strength and comfort from you, in times of pain and heartache.

For Hagar – we thank you for your resolve and perseverance in exile.  May all mothers who are forced to flee in circumstances of war, famine and domestic violence, or who are forgotten, be given hope in you.

For Rachel – you carried the burden of grief and wept for your children.  Hold the hands of all those mothers who weep for their children – for children who have gone missing, who have died or are lost to them in other ways.  We ask for your blessing for the needs of all mothers.

For Mary – the new Eve, whose ‘yes’ to God changed our world forever.  Thank you for your faithful love and tender care of God’s most precious Son.  May we never forget that in your giving, is our greatest receiving – of the gift of life, wrapped in a manger and in a tomb.  May we know the true cost of relationship by holding our faith in Christ deep within our hearts as you once held him deep within your womb.  Mary, you remind us that whoever believes in your Son, will never be thirsty.

Loving Father, to those of us who have been granted the gift of being mothers and grandmothers, let us not forget those for whom Mothering Sunday is a difficult day, rather than a celebration.  We pray for those who may long for, or have longed for children, who are denied this experience.  May they find fulfilment through knowing your love.  We pray too for those who have never known their mother or whose mothers have died.  We remember all mothers who share in Mary’s suffering of witnessing their child’s death.  We pray for those who struggle with the way their children have chosen to live their lives.  We pray for those who have a difficult relationship with their mother.

Heavenly Father, bless them with your love.  May they have the comfort of knowing that your love for them is constant, your understanding perfect, your compassion never-ending.  Loving God, we give you thanks for all who care for us, who encourage us and help us grow.

Living Lord, we pray for the needs of your whole world.  We remember especially the families and passengers of the lost Malaysian aeroplane.  We pray for those nations torn by conflict, violence and poverty and thirsting for knowledge of your love.  May those who suffer know of your presence.

Heavenly Father we bring before you all those in this community who have asked for our prayers and who carry heavy burdens.

We remember too those whose anniversaries fall at this time and those who have died unknown to us but known and loved by you.  Grant us, with all who have known you in their hearts, a share in your eternal kingdom.

Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.  Amen.