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Mother’s Day


Here are a variety of worship resources suitable for use on Mother’s Day.


Deuteronomy 32:10-11
Psalm 139
Proverbs 31:10-30
Isaiah 49:14-15
Ephesians 6:1-3


Prayers of the People: Mother’s Day

Holy One, we gather in your presence to give you thanks and to celebrate the gift of your love; a love that supports, nurtures and challenges us in ways that strengthen and transform us. We offer you praise and thanksgiving for your unfailing presence in our lives and all of the blessings that you so generously offer us.

Today, as we celebrate Mother's Day, we give thanks for mothers the world over. We give thanks for all those who have nurtured and care for us, remembering especially, birth mothers, adoptive mothers, surrogate mothers, aunts, grandmothers, teachers, neighbors and all women who have shared their faith with us.

We pray, compassionate God, for those mothers who have been hurt, disillusioned, or disappointed in their role as mother. We pray for those who have been denied a longed-for chance at motherhood, and for those whose years of mothering have been cut short by the loss of a child.

We lift up before you, O God, the members of our human family around the world—for those who are afflicted or suffering at this time—for those who need healing, for those who require bread or shelter, for those who live in violent homes and communities, for those who are grieving, and for those whose needs are known to you alone.

We remember (specific petitions may be mentioned here)

Holy Mother and Father of us all, touch us with your healing peace and gentle e embrace that we may walk in your ways bringing dignity, justice and peace to all corners of your world. All of this we pray in the strong name of Jesus.


~ from the World in Prayer website.

Prayer (based on Psalm 139)

You have looked deep into my heart, LORD,
and you know all about me.
You know when I am resting or when I am working,
and from heaven you discover my thoughts.
You notice everything I do and everywhere I go.
Before I even speak a word, you know what I will say,
and with your powerful arm you protect me
from every side.

I can't understand all of this!
Such wonderful knowledge is far above me.

You are the one who put me together
inside my mother's body,
and I praise you because of the wonderful way
you created me.

Everything you do is marvelous!
Of this I have no doubt.

Nothing about me is hidden from you!
You watched as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

Even before I was born,
you had written in your book everything I would do.

Your thoughts are far beyond my understanding,
much more than I could ever imagine.
I try to count your thoughts,
but they outnumber the grains of sand on the beach.

Look deep into my heart, God,
and find out everything I am thinking.
Don't let me follow evil ways,
but lead me in the way that time has proven true.

~ Christine Longhurst, based on verses from Psalm 139

A Prayer of Thanksgiving for Mothering Sunday

For the mothering of mothers
and the mothering of fathers
for the mothering of others:
Mother God,
we give you thanks.

For those who act as midwife to our hopes,
for those who nurse us through our pain,
for those who nurture, strengthen and guide us:
Mother God,
we give you thanks.

For those who gently push us from the nest,
for those who welcome us home,
for those who become our family,
for the motherhood of the Church:
Mother God,
we give you thanks.

~ from a collection of Mothering Sunday Prayers produced by Mother’s Union.

Prayer of Confession (following the reading of Proverbs 31:10-30)

Lord, many of us read these words from Your Holy Word
And are inspired, encouraged, and grateful.
But some of us are tempted to doubt
That Your grace could ever produce
these kinds of virtues in our lives.

Some of us are tempted by resentment and unforgiveness
Because of those who have let us down.
Some of us are tempted to condemn ourselves for past failings,
and all of us remember times when we have fallen short.

Forgive us for doubt, resentment,
unforgiving hearts, self-condemning attitudes.
Remind us of your forgiveness, always available in Jesus Christ.

In Spite of our failures and sin,
We trust in Your power to transform our lives.
Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, Lord Jesus,
So that our lives may bring Joy to Your world
And Praise to Your Name.

~ Copyright © 2007 Rick Lindholtz. Posted on the tracks.

Spoken Resources

Mother’s Day Call to Worship

And Jesus said, "Come!"
To all mothers and all children: he said, "Come!"
to the motherless and the childless: he said, "Come!"
to all who long to be mothered: he said, "Come!
Come unto me all ye who labour and are heavy-laden,
and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble of heart
and you will find rest for your souls."

~ Carol Penner, posted on Leading in Worship.

Mothering Sunday Benediction

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


~ from A Service for Mothering Sunday from the Church of England website.


Contemporary Hymn: Praise to God, the World’s Creator

Praise to God, the world’s creator,
source of life and growth and breath,
cradling in her arms her children,
holding them from birth to death.
In our bodies, in our living,
strength and truth of all we do,
God is present, working with us,
making us creators too.

Praise to God our saving Wisdom,
meeting us with love and grace,
helping us to grow in wholeness,
giving freedom, room, and space.
In our hurting, in our risking,
in the thoughts we dare not name,
God is present, growing with us,
healing us from sin and shame.

Praise to God, the Spirit in us,
prompting hidden depths of prayer,
firing us to long for justice,
reaching out with tender care.
In our searching, in our loving,
in our struggles to be free,
God is present, living in us,
pointing us to what shall be.

~ Jan Berry, posted on the blog of Rex A.E. Hunt.

Tune suggestions:
NETTLETON (“Come thou fount of ev’ry blessing”)
HOLY MANNA (“Brethren we have met to worship”)
HYFRYDOL (“Jesus, what a friend for sinners”)

Contemporary Hymn: God, We Praise You for the Women

Sarah laughed to hear the promise--
God would bless her with a son;
Sarah laughed and Sarah doubted
till she saw what God had done.

God, we praise you for the women
who have taught us to be strong,
who have held us, who have raised us
with a prayer and with a song.

Pharaoh's daughter, like a mother,
lifted Moses from a pool,
brought him safely to the palace
where a slave would go to school.

Mary watched the killing madness
as her son died on the cross;
she who knew the joy of childbirth
now was torn by bitter loss.

As her life drew on toward evening,
after she had raised her own,
Lois held her baby grandson,
told him of God's love made known.

~ written by Daniel Charles Damon. Posted on Hope Publishing Company’s Online Hymnody website.

Tune suggestions:
ALL THE WAY (“All the way my Saviour leads me”)
BEACH SPRING (“Come ye sinner, poor and needy”)
CHANNELS ONLY (“How I praise You, precious Saviour”)
HARRIS (“Who can cheer the heart like Jesus?”)
HOLY MANNA (“Brethren we have met to worship”)
NETTLETON (“Come thou fount of ev’ry blessing”)

Contemporary Hymn: God of the Women

God of the women who answered your call,
Trusting your promises, giving their all,
Women like Sarah and Hannah and Ruth —
Give us their courage to live in your truth.

God of the women who walked Jesus' Way,
Giving their resources, learning to pray,
Mary, Joanna, Susanna, and more —
May we give freely as they did before.

God of the women long put to the test,
Left out of stories, forgotten, oppressed,
Quietly asking: "Who smiled at my birth?" —
In Jesus' dying you show us our worth.

God of the women who ran from the tomb,
Prayed with the others in that upper room,
Then felt your Spirit on Pentecost Day —
May we so gladly proclaim you today.

O God of Phoebe and ministers all,
May we be joyful in answering your call.
Give us the strength of your Spirit so near
That we may share in your ministry here.

~ text copyright © 1998 by Carolyn Winfrey Gillette. All rights reserved.

Tune suggestion:
SLANE (“Be thou my vision”)




This worship resource was created/compiled by Christine Longhurst. You are welcome to use it free of charge, and where appropriate, please note the source. If you are printing any of the resources for distribution, please print the source as well. The content of the worship resource does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which oversees the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. For more worship resources by Christine Longhurst, see http://www.re-worship.blogspot.ca or http://www.faithmatters.ca.

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