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Online Service for Mothering Sunday

Join us this Sunday for a service of hymns, readings, prayers and a short reflection. Service sheet is below. This service will be live-streamed on the St Edward Facebook page at 9.15am and then added here later in the day. The service sheet is below.

Service of the Word for Mothering Sunday

The Greeting

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Grace, mercy and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ be with you and also with you.

Collect for Purity

Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn: Come Down, O Love Divine

Come down, O Love divine,

seek thou this soul of mine,

and visit it with thine own ardour glowing;

O Comforter, draw near,

within my heart appear,

and kindle it, thy holy flame bestowing.

O let it freely burn,

till earthly passions turn

to dust and ashes in its heat consuming;

and let thy glorious light

shine ever on my sight,

and clothe me round, the while my path illuming.

And so the yearning strong,

with which the soul will long,

shall far outpass the power of human telling;

for none can guess its grace,

till he become the place

wherein the Holy Spirit makes his dwelling.

Prayers of penitence

Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you; you are gentle with us as a mother with her children. Let us confess to God our sin, our failure to value the love of others, and our failure to love as Christ has loved us.

Lord of reconciliation, heal our wounds in darkest times

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

In the midst of fear and violence make our lives a prayer of peace

Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

Healer of the broken hearted, guide us to heavenly shores

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.


The God of love bring you back to himself, forgive you your sins, and assure you of his eternal love in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


God of compassion,

whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth,

and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:

strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow

we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal;

through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,

who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.


Old Testament Reading: Exodus 2.1-10.

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river. His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said. Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother. Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’

Psalm: 34.11-20.

Come, O children, listen to me;

I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Which of you desires life,

and covets many days to enjoy good?

Keep your tongue from evil,

and your lips from speaking deceit.

Depart from evil, and do good;

seek peace, and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,

and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against evildoers,

to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.

When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,

and rescues them from all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the broken-hearted,

and saves the crushed in spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

but the Lord rescues them from them all.

He keeps all their bones;

not one of them will be broken.

Epistle Reading: Colossians 3.12-17

As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience. Bear with one another and, if anyone has a complaint against another, forgive each other; just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in the one body. And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; teach and admonish one another in all wisdom; and with gratitude in your hearts sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God. And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Gospel Reading: John 19.25b-27

And that is what the soldiers did.

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, 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.

This is the word of the Lord. Thanks be to God.


Hymn: Now Thank We All Our God

Now thank we all our God

with hearts and hands and voices,

who wondrous things has done,

in whom his world rejoices;

who from our mothers' arms

has blessed us on our way

with countless gifts of love,

and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God

through all our life be near us,

with ever joyful hearts

and blessed peace to cheer us,

to keep us in his grace,

and guide us when perplexed,

and free us from all ills

of this world in the next.

All praise and thanks to God

the Father now be given,

the Son and him who reigns

With them in highest heaven,

the one eternal God,

whom heaven and earth adore;

for thus it was, is now,

and shall be evermore.

The Apostle’s Creed

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.



Response: Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

The Lord’s Prayer

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour taught us,

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.


Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,

to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;

and the blessing of God almighty, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,

be among you and remain with you always.


Hymn: Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go

Forth in thy name, O Lord, I go,

my daily labour to pursue,

Thee only thee, resolved to know

in all I think or speak or do.

The task thy wisdom hath assigned

O let me cheerfully fulfil;

in all my work thy presence find,

and prove thy good and perfect will.

Thee may I set at my right hand,

whose eyes my inmost substance see,

and labour on at thy command

and offer all my works to thee.

Give me to bear thy easy yoke,

in every moment watch and pray,

and still to things eternal look

and hasten to thy glorious day.

For thee delightfully employ

whate’er thy bounteous grace hath given,

and run my course with even joy,

and closely walk with thee to heaven.


Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.

Common Worship copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2002 and published by Church House Publishing.

Hymns from Hymns Ancient & Modern hymns & songs for refreshing worship. Come Down, O Love Divine - Bianco Da Siena (d.1434) Trans. R F Littledale (1833-1890); Now thank We All Our God- M.Rinkart (1586-1649), Transl. C Winkworth (1827-1878); Forth in Thy name, O Lord, I go - C Wesley (1707-1788)

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