Mothering Sunday

The LENT CROSS

Now that I, your LORD and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. 4 John 13:14

O Saviour of the world, who by thy cross and passion hast redeemed us, save us and help us we humbly beseech thee, O Lord.

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NEW TESTAMENT:  2 Corinthians 1.3–7

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, 4 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. 5 For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ.

6 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.

7 Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.

 

GOSPEL READING:  John 19.25b–27

25 Standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ 27 Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’

And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

ADDRESS

Oh dear, our Mothering Sunday service is cancelled! It is always such fun; we had planned to make posies, as well as decorate cup cakes.

And many family get togethers have had to be cancelled too. My commiserations if yours is one of them. There are going to be so many parties when things get back to normal!

Just one minor inconvenience in the scale of things. So many lives are being disrupted in so many ways. Paul has some interesting and encouraging things to say about afflictions. How very pertinent to our current situation!

Our hope for you is unshaken; for we know that as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our consolation.”

Jesus understands that a Mother needs a son, which she is losing, right now. Also his friend needs a mother, right now. And Jesus sees these needs, and satisfies them, whilst dying in agony on a cross! How much more will he see our need right now! Of course we are the hands and feet of Jesus now. So we must look out for what people need, and meet that need!

Amen

 

PRAYERS:

Dear Lord,

In this time of worry and uncertainty, we ask for your love and protection on all of our church family and the wider community. For those with special needs please extend your special protection.

Give guidance to our leaders at this time and help them make the right decisions for our good, and let us remember that there are those whose position is far worse. Help us to be fair and generous in all our daily actions.

This Sunday is Mothering Sunday, on which traditionally we all visit our mothers and give thanks for their life and wisdom. Many of them will have seen conditions far worse than we have to-day, so for those of us that can, listen to what they have to say.

In these conditions, we must not lose our sense of humour, it is that which keeps us on a level footing.

So, Dear Lord, please give us the patience, willingness and fortitude to weather this new storm that is developing around us.

Lord hear our prayers.            Amen.

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Prayers for the week:

Please pray for Jess, as she prepares to become our Vicar

The street where you live

Icknield way

Monklands

Monks Close

Mullway

Hallmead

Eldefield

Bursland

Wilbury Hills Road

Hill Crest Park

Special topics

The elderly, housebound, sick

The Hospice, local hospitals and health care services

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Thought for the week:

For the Mothering of mothers

And the Mothering of fathers,

For the Mothering of others.

We give you thanks.

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FOOD BANK

St. Thomas’ continues to be a collection point for goods donated to Food Bank. Demand is likely to rise at this time. Thank you for your continued support. PLease leave goods in the supermarket, in the designated trolley, or bring to church at one of the “Church Open” time slots.

  • Pasta Sauce
  • Juice (Longlife)
  • Sponge Puddings
  • Tinned Fish (Tuna preferred)

Planned giving

Please keep up your planned giving. If by envelope please bring to church at one of the “Church Open” time slots.

The church and Wilbury Hall hires have ceased, so that income stream is gone! If you could spare a bit more, that would be great!