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    06 March 2016 Mothering Sunday

    06 March 2016 Mothering Sunday
    March 3, 2016 Hazel Parsons
    Prayer for week 06mar2016

    Jesus you reminded your friends that
    They were your mother and father,
    Your brother and sister
    Whilst you were on earth:
    They were your family!
    That includes us!

    That is a concept so difficult to grasp,
    Yet helps us to come to terms with this day
    In the church’s year.

    Some of us treasure our mothers,
    Either in person or in memory.
    Some of us have never known the mother who bore us,
    Or have so little to recall.
    Yet others have memories of regret, of grief, of bitterness.
    Motherhood is not exempt from the trials
    The realities of life.

    So those of us who love you
    Are reminded that the church is called
    To be like a family:
    To mother the motherless of any age,
    To nurture and to nourish,
    To listen and to be alongside.

    Mothering is not smothering:
    It  may need to be smoothing and soothing,
    Encouraging and revitalising,
    Even carefully critical,
    Concerned for the life of the child.
    The Life

    We give thanks for all those
    who have been mothers for us,
    Loving Jesus,
    But we want to lift to you those mothers
    Whose lives are so hard,
    So damaged,
    So lacking in hope
    That they need mothering themselves.

    In your mercy,
    Gracious and Life giving God
    Reach out that they may
    Reach towards you
    And find hope.

    Amen                                Hazel Parsons

    Reading: Mark 3:31-35
    SthF. 685. In Christ there is no east or west