Sunday 22nd March

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Whitewater Benefice - Mothering Sunday online service

Welcome

Welcome to worshipping with us in these unusual times!

You are welcome to join our community of love and care.
Please enjoy reading the words, listening (and singing along) to the hymns; watch the short videos, and hold one another in prayer.

There are also some children's activities available.

You may like to have a candle ready to light at the start of the service. You may also like to light a candle at 7pm tonight, and put it in your window.

You can request consecrated wafers which are available for everyone who would like them. Please let us know, contact your small group leader, Marion 01256 763211 or the Pastoral Care Phone line: 07793 078 062. These will be available, in envelopes, after 10am and can be delivered locally.

 

 

Opening hymn

Come down, O Love divine.  Link to Come down, O Love Divine on You Tube (opens in a new tab)

Thanksgiving to God

Action - you may like to light a candle in your house.
 
We light this candle to remind us
that the love of God is like a light in our darkness. Thank you God!

We praise you, our God,
for all mothers who have loved and laughed and laboured
as they cared for their children. Thank you God!

We praise you, our God,
for all mothers who have wept in
sorrow and joy for their children. Thank you God!

We praise you, our God, for Jesus,
born of a woman and nurtured in her love,
and for Mary, a reminder of your patient, waiting love. Thank you God!


Penitence & Forgiveness

Let us call to mind the things that separate us
from God and from each other,
our failure to value the love of others
and our failure to love as Christ has loved us.

Your love gives us life from the moment of conception.
We fail to live as your children.
Lord have mercy.

You call us to do good.
We seek our own good.
Christ, have mercy.

You hear us when we cry for help.
We ignore the cries of others.
Lord, have mercy.


Forgiveness

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.

Mothering Sunday Collect

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.

The New Testament Reading

St Paul's letter to the Colossians, chapter 3 verses 12-17

12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.
15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
 

The Gospel Reading

The Gospel according to St Luke, Chapter 2 verses 33-35

33 The child’s father and mother marveled at what was said about him.
34 Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: “This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,
35 so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too.”
 

Mothering Sunday Talk

A written version of this talk can be found here

We declare our faith in God

We believe in God the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
We believe in God the Son, who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.
We believe in God the Holy Spirit, who strengthens us with power from on high.
We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Amen.

 

Prayers for the World

Link to John Rutter music on You Tube (opens in a new tab)

As children of our loving God who always listens to our cries,
let us pray to our Father in heaven.
Loving God, you have given us the right to be called children of God.
Help us to show your love in our homes
that they may be places of love, security and truth.
God of love, hear our prayer.

Loving God, Jesus, your Son, was born into the family of Mary and Joseph;
bless all parents and all who care for children;
strengthen those families living under stress and may your love be known where no human love is found.
God of love, hear our prayer.

Loving God, we thank you for the family of the Church.
We pray that all may find in her their true home;
that the lonely, the marginalized,
the rejected may be welcomed and loved in the name of Jesus.
God of love, hear our prayer.

Loving God, as we see the brokenness of our world
we pray for healing among the nations;
for food where there is hunger;
for freedom where there is oppression;
for joy where there is pain;
that your love may bring peace to all your children.
God of love, hear our prayer.
Amen.


Special Prayers During Our National Crisis

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

For those who are ill

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 safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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.
Amen.

From one who is ill or isolated

O God, help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me
from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are, whatever it costs
For as long as it takes wherever you call us.
Amen


The Lord's Prayer

As God's children, and heirs with Christ we cry in the Spirit, 'Abba', Father.


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.
Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen


The Peace

God is love
and those who live in love live in God,
and God lives in them.
The peace of the Lord be always with you      
and also with you.


The Eucharistic Prayer

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 thanks and praise.

It is always right to give you thanks,
God our Creator, loving and faithful, holy and strong.
You made us and the whole universe, and filled your world with life.

You sent your Son to live among us,
Jesus our Saviour, Mary’s child.
He suffered on the cross;
he died to save us from our sins;
he rose in glory from the dead.
You send your Spirit
to bring new life to the world,
and clothe us with power from on high.

And so we join the angels to
celebrate and say:

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, on the night before he died,
Jesus shared a meal with his friends.
He took the bread, and thanked you.
He broke it, and gave it to them,
saying: Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me.

After the meal, Jesus took the cup of wine.
He thanked you, and gave it to them, saying:
Drink this, all of you.
This is my blood, the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

Jesus Christ has died.
Jesus Christ is risen.
Jesus Christ will come again.

Father, as we bring this bread and wine,  
and remember his death & resurrection,
send your Holy Spirit,
that we who share these gifts
may be fed by Christ’s body and his blood.
Amen, Amen, Amen.

Pour your Spirit on us
that we may love one another,
work for the healing of the earth,
and share the good news of Jesus,
as we wait for his coming in glory.
Amen, Amen, Amen.

For honour and praise belong to you, Father,  
with Jesus your Son,
and the Holy Spirit:
one God, for ever & ever.
Amen, Amen, Amen.


Communion

Consecrated wafers are available for everyone who would like them, please let us know!


Prayer for mothers & those who have nurtured us

Praise God who loves us. Praise God who cares.
For the care of mothers; Thanks be to God.
For their patience when tested; Thanks be to God.
For their love when tired; Thanks be to God.
For their hope when despairing; Thanks be to God.
For their service without limit; thanks be to God.


Thank you God for the love of our mothers:
and for those who have nurtured our lives;
thank you God for their care and concern;
thank you God for the
joys they have shared with us;
thank you God for the pains they have borne for us;
thank you God for all that they give us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Thank you God for
the love of our mothers:
thank you God for their care and concern;
thank you God for the
joys they have shared with us;
thank you God for the pains they have borne for us;
thank you God for all that they give us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 

The Blessing

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.
And the blessing of almighty God,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
be with you and those you love and pray for,
now and for ever.
Amen.

The Dismissal

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

 

Final hymn

And Can It Be. Link to And Can It Be on You Tube (opens in a new tab)

 

Copyright details

Liturgy: from Common Worship
Services and Prayers for the Church of England
Church House Publishing © The Archbishop’s Council 2000
Eucharist Prayer One © 2012 for when children are present
Prayers include
https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-liturgy-and-prayer-resources
Bible readings: from New International Version - UK (NIVUK).
Holy Bible, New International Version® Anglicized, NIV® Copyright © 1979, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission.
Hymns: from You Tube under the You Tube licence -
• Come Down, O love divine - words are from by the 15th C. mystic Bianco da Siena, music is Down Ampney, composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams,
• For the Beauty of the Earth - John Rutter and Cambridge Singers, City of London Sinfonia
• And can it be - Charles Wesley
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