Mothering Sunday Service: Sunday 27th March 2022

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Sunday 27th March 2022, 11am
Mothering Sunday

Order of Service following 1982 Scottish Liturgy in the Blue Book

Hymn: NEH 237 Morning has broken


The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you. And also with you.

Praise God who loves us. Praise God who cares.

Today is Mothering Sunday, a day when traditionally all went back to their mother church, to the place where they were nurtured, loved and formed into the ways of God. Today of course we often also celebrate Mothers’ day, a day to thank those who have mothered us in all the ways we can be cared for. It is usually a day of celebration, when we draw together with family and loved ones.

So this morning we pray and place before God the life of our world and we light this candle to remind us that the love of God is like a light in our darkness. Blessed be God for ever.

We light a candle for all who are sick, all who are in hospital, all who struggle with pain, fear and sadness, and all who are grieving this day. Blessed be God for ever.

We light a candle for all those who care for others, whether as family or friends, or as doctors, nurses, carers and all the health professionals we are so deeply thankful for. Blessed be God for ever.

And on this Mothering Sunday, we light this candle for all mothers who have loved and laughed and laboured as they cared for their children. Blessed be God for ever.

We light this candle 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.

This morning we come before God and in a moment of quiet bring before God the brokenness of the world and of our lives. So let us call to mind our sin, our failure to value the love of others and our failure to love as Christ loved us.

Silence for reflection

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 us from our sins,
and restore us in his image to the praise and glory of his name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Lord, have mercy               Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy             Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy               Lord, have mercy

Collect of the Day:
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

A reading from the second letter of Paul to the Corinthians, chapter one, verses three to seven.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ. If we are being afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation; if we are being consoled, it is for your consolation, which you experience when you patiently endure the same sufferings that we are also suffering. Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.
This is the Word of the Lord. Thanks be to God

Hymn: Bind us together

Gospel: John 19:25-27
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to Christ our Saviour
Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Cleopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.
Give thanks to the Lord for this his glorious Gospel.
Praise to Christ our Lord

Presentation for Mothering Sunday: Youth Fellowship

Apostle Creed:
Praise God who loves us. Praise God who cares.

Let us declare our faith in God.
I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried: he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, he is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

Let us pray. As children of a loving God who always listens to our cries, let us pray to our Father in heaven. God of love and kindness, 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; God of love, hear our prayer.

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; God of love, hear our prayer.

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. God of love, hear our prayer.

We pray for those who are facing war, conflict and displacements, as well as the challenges of Covid-19, and we place all your precious children into your hands.
Loving God, accept the cries of our hearts as we offer you these prayers; through them transform us and all creation until you are in all and through all. Amen.

The Blessing of flowers
Heavenly Father, your Son Jesus admired the lilies of the field and taught us to imitate them by trusting in your love. Bless these flowers. Accept them as a sweet fragrance, and fill the hearts of those who receive them with your love. We ask this though Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

The Peace:
We meet in Christ’s name. Let us share his peace.
Peace be with you

Hymn: Thine be the glory

The Offertory:
Let us present our offerings to the Lord.
Yours, Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the splendour, and the majesty: for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. All things come from you, and of your own we give you.

Eucharistic Prayer 5:
The Lord be with you.
And also with you.

Lift up your hearts.
We lift them to the Lord.

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
It is right to give God thanks and praise.

Worship and praise belong to you, Father, in every place and at all times.
You made us, all the people of the world, and everything that is.
You give us the daylight. Your Word lights up our minds.
Jesus was born among us to be light in our darkness.

Your spirit lives in us so that we can look at the world with your eyes.
One day we will be with you in heaven, but already we laugh with the saints and angels
and sing their joyful song:
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, you never forget us or turn away from us, even when we fail you.
You sent your Son Jesus who gave his life for us.
He healed those who were sick, cared for those who were poor,
and cried with those who were sad.
He forgave sinners and taught us to forgive.
For all your love we give you thanks in the way that Jesus showed us.
On the night before he died, while he was having supper with his friends,
he took bread and offered you thanks.

He broke the bread, and gave it to them saying:
“Take, eat. This is my Body: it is broken for you.”
After supper, he took the cup, he offered you thanks, and gave it to them saying:
“Drink this, all of you. This is my Blood of the new covenant;
it is poured out for you, and for all, that sins may be forgiven.
Do this in remembrance of me.”
So, as we do what he told us, we open our hearts to him:
We remember how he died and rose again to live now in us.
Together with him we offer you these gifts: in them we give you ourselves.

Send your Holy Spirit on us and on this bread and this wine,
that they may be the Body and Blood of Christ,
and that, sharing your life, we may travel in your company to our journey’s end.
With all your people we give you thanks and praise
through the Son and in the Spirit, now and for ever.  Amen.

Breaking of the Bread:
The living bread is broken for the life of the world.
Lord, unite us in this sign

The Lord’s Prayer:
As our saviour has taught us, so we pray:
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be 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.
Do not bring us to the time of trial but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and for ever.

Communion Song:
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: have mercy on us..
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: grant us peace.

Thanksgiving and sending out:
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is gracious.
And his mercy endures for ever.

The Blessing:
Praise God who loves us. Praise God who cares.

May God, who gave birth to all creations, bless you:
May God, who became incarnate by an earthy 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. Amen

Hymn: Give me joy

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

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