Sunday Prayers in Exile for March 22

Sunday Prayers in Exile

Week 1 Sunday March 22, 2020

Mothering Sunday

 

These readings and prayers are designed to be read silently alone. They can equally well be shared aloud. If so, the second person can say the responses in bold.

 

Coming into God’s Presence

I dwell for a moment on the Presence of God around me,

in the light of Spring replacing the darkness of Winter

 

in the new life in gardens and fields

and deep within my being.

 

 

Being Self-Aware

 

How do I find myself today?
Where am I with God? With others?
Do I have something to be grateful for?

Then I give thanks.
 

Is there something I am sorry for?

Then I ask forgiveness.

 

Confession

Lord our God,

in our sin we have avoided your call.

Our love for you is like a morning cloud,

like the dew that goes away early.

Have mercy on us;

deliver us from judgement;

bind up our wounds and revive us;

in Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 

Comfortable Words

God so loved the world, that he gave his

only-begotten Son, to the end that all that believe in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.                 John 3.16

 

Bible 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.

 

Reflection

Today’s reading for Mothering Sunday is chosen to capture something of the love that many of us received from our mothers.

It also captures the richness that we enjoy as part of mother church, living as a community of love and peace sustained by worshipping together.

For many today is a double bereavement, as we remember our mothers and miss the opportunity to gather together.

But it is good to be reminded of the sort of love our world needs and to pray that we may play our part in sharing that love in the challenging days ahead.

 

Collect

 

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 in 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.

 

Intercessions

Take time to let your mind roam across the each of themes suggested for our prayers then offer the response. If praying with someone else you could choose to offer petitions aloud.

 

We pray for all those seeking to manage the Covid -19 outbreak locally.

  • The government and their advisors
  • Our town and parish councils
  • Our schools in their new role
  • All who are volunteering
  • Our surgeries and all who work in the NHS

Lord in your mercy  Hear our prayer

 

We pray for all those affected by the Covid- 19 outbreak world-wide

  • For all nations at various stages of the epidemic
  • For health systems around the world especially where there are few resources
  • For all who are isolating
  • For all who are ill
  • For those needing hospital care
  • For those who have lost loved ones

We offer to God all the other concerns on our hearts today.

 

Collect for Mothering Sunday

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 in 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.

 

The Lord’s Prayer

 

Conclusion

Thank God for the time you have spent together and for any insights and nudges you may have been given, then say

The Lord bless us, and preserve us from all evil,and keep us in eternal life. Amen

Let us bless the Lord.  

Thanks be to God