Sunday Service 22 March 2020

Mothering SUnday

Churchyard in Spring

The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ has been used historically to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. The form of prayer attached, through the link below, offers Christians an opportunity to give thanks for their communion with him, particularly at times when they would ordinarily be present at the Eucharist. It may be used with the readings, intercessions and sermon below, which can be read (using your own Bible for the readings) or listened to, whichever you prefer.

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Collect for Mothering Sunday

Merciful Lord,
absolve your people from their offences,
that through your bountiful goodness
we may all be delivered from the chains of those sins
which by our frailty we have committed;
grant this, heavenly Father,
for Jesus Christ's sake, our blessed Lord and Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

Click here to hear it read by Fay Wilson-Rudd 

The Old Testament lesson for today is from the book of Exodus, Chapter 2, verses 1-10

Male Hebrew babies had to be drowned in the Nile, so Moses’ mother acted shrewdly to save his life. In due course, he in turn was God’s agent to save his people from slavery. It is a picture of Jesus’ role for us all. Salvation hangs by a (golden) thread, does it not?

Click here to hear it read by Brian Golding

The Psalm for today is Psalm 34, verses 11-20

Click here to hear it read by Brian Golding 

The New Testament lesson is from St Paul's 2nd letter to the Corinthians chapter 1, vv 3-7

Here we see Paul’s true pastoral spirit as he writes to a Christian community that causes him much trouble.

Click here to hear it read by Pauline Wade

The Gospel reading for today is from Luke chapter 2 verses 33-35

Like the mother of Moses, Mary has a crisis ahead. Jesus will be a man at risk as well as the giver of life and freedom

Click to hear it read by the Rev'd Annita Denny

The intercessions are led by Martyn Daldorph

Click here to hear him read them

The Sermon is given by the Rev'd David Fayle:

Today is Mothering Sunday when we give thanks for our own mother, our Mother Church (the Cathedral) and Mary, the Mother of God.

Today we honour mothers: their achievement in giving us the foundation of discipline, trust and love.  However, when pregnant every expectant mother carries the future, every child is a new and exciting creation of God’s.  As we look at our own lives and achievements let us be like Mary and Joseph at the birth of Jesus, the expectant ones.

On this Mothering Sunday we need to mother ourselves and ask gently “What do I hope for?  What is still undone? In what ways can I bring the new into being? What am I expecting?

If we ask this, we, both women and men, are choosing to ask God to be alive with the energy of the Holy Spirit to give birth to God’s love.

The heart of today is not just for fond .. or painful .. memories, it is for the good news of our life.  Today is a day of thankfulness, gratitude and opportunities to be generous with an open heart.

I love in Kenneth Graham’s Wind in the Willows Ratty’s description of Toad ….. “It is never the wrong time to call on Toad.  Early or late he’s always the same fellow.  Always good tempered, always glad to see you, always sorry when you go.”  Amen

Click here to hear it read by the Rev'd David Fayle

Click here to hear the Organ Voluntary played by Bob Millington