Liturgy for Mothering Sunday All Age Mass

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Introit Hymn

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Let us build a house where love can dwell and all can safely live,
a place where saints and children tell how hearts learn to forgive.
Built of hopes and dreams and visions, rock of faith and vault of grace;
here the love of Christ shall end divisions:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where prophets speak, and words are strong and true,
where all God’s children dare to seek to dream God’s reign anew.
Here the cross shall stand as witness and as symbol of God’s grace;
here as one we claim the faith of Jesus:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

Let us build a house where all are named, their songs and visions heard
and loved and treasured, taught and claimed as words within the Word.
Built of tears and cries and laughter, prayers of faith and songs of grace,
let this house proclaim from floor to rafter:
All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place.

In the name of the +Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen

The Lord be with you
And also with you.

My dear friends in Christ, welcome, for we come together as the people of God this Mothering Sunday as people of all ages. We gather to hear God’s holy word and to receive his holy sacraments.

Each Mothering Sunday, we remind ourselves of three important sources of care and love: firstly, Our Blessed Lady, whose devotion and care of Our Lord is an inspiration and model to us all; secondly Holy Mother Church, which provides us all with shelter and welcome when we are in needs and reflects our joy and celebration when we are in the good times, and lastly, those who care for us and love us within our families.

One of the natures of God is as our Heavenly Father, but elsewhere in scripture, God is also described as a Mother, who succours his beloved children on his lap (Isaiah 66:12-13) and as a Mother Hen, protecting his chicks under her wing (Matthew 23:27).

But we recognise that sometimes we do not always do what is right by God, and so we come to say sorry to God, seeking his forgiveness.

Penitential Rite (Saying Sorry to God)

Just like lost sheep we have gone astray
Done bad things and run away
So we come to say sorry
Make things better as you see
Loving Jesus make anew
Our lives so we can be like you.

Absolution

May God who loved the world so much
that he sent his Son to be our Saviour
+forgive us our sins
and make us holy to serve him in the world,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands
You’re forgiven and you know, so you really ought to show it,
You’re forgiven and you know it, so clap your hands

Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet
Jesus loves you and you know it, so you really ought to show it
Jesus loves you and you know it, so stamp your feet

If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
If you believe that God forgives you, say “We do” “We do”
When you say that you are sorry, you no longer have to worry
God takes away your sin, so say “Amen”. Amen!

Collect (Said)

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.
Amen

Reading: Colossians 3:12-17

The Reading comes from one of the Letters of Saint Paul

Dear Friends,
Don’t forget that God wants to get to know you,
because he loves you.
But you must help each other
to know how much God loves you ‘
by singing his songs. And remember!
When you sing these songs, say ‘thank you’ to God
for he is your Father in heaven

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Gradual Hymn

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My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices
My God forever he will be,
bless his holy name.

He looks upon me his servant,
Looks on me in my lowliness.
He works marvels for me,
hence forth all ages call me blessed,
call me blessed.

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices
My God forever he will be,
bless his holy name.

He scatters the proud hearted,
cast the mighty from their thrones.
His mighty arm before me,
in strength he raises the lowly,
raises the lowly.

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices
My God forever he will be,
bless his holy name.

He fills the starving with plenty,
but empty sends the rich away.
From age to age his mercy,
the mercy promised us forever,
promised forever.

My soul glorifies the Lord,
my spirit rejoices
My God forever he will be,
bless his holy name.

Gospel: John 19:25-27

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Hear the Gospel of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to John
Glory to you, O Lord

When Jesus was on the cross, his mother stood beside him, and her sister was there as well, and Mary of Magdala.

Jesus looked at his mother,
and he looked at John, his best friend,
who was standing beside her,
and he said,

‘Mother, John will take care of you
as if he was your own son.’
Then he said to John, ‘I know she will be like a mother to you.’

And when Jesus had died, John took Mary home to stay with him.

This is the Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you, O Christ

Homily / Craft

Creed

(to the tune of Frere Jacques)

God our Father, God our Mother
We believe, we believe
who created all things, who created all things
Earth and sea, stars and me.

Christ our Saviour, Christ our Saviour
We believe, we believe
Lived and died and risen, lived and died and risen
You and me, set us free.

Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit
We believe, we believe
Moving here among us, moving here among us
God right here, near as near.

Three in one, three in one
One in three, one in three
God revealing all things, God revealing all things
Dancing free, trinity.

Intercessions

As children of a loving God who always listens to our cries,
let us pray to our Father in heaven.

God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, you have given us the right to be called children of God. Help us to show your love in our homes that they may be places of love, security and truth.

God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, Jesus, your Son, was born into the family of Mary and Joseph; bless all parents and all who care for children; strengthen those families living under stress and may your love be known where no human love is found.

God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, we thank you for the family of the Church. We pray that all may find in her their true home; that the lonely, the marginalized, the rejected may be welcomed and loved in the name of Jesus.

God of love,
hear our prayer.

Loving God, as we see the brokenness of our world we pray for healing among the nations; for food where there is hunger; for freedom where there is oppression; for joy where there is pain; that your love may bring peace to all your children.

God of love,
hear our prayer.

Uniting all our prayers with Angels, Saints, Prophets and the whole company of heaven, we offer them in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord
Amen

Peace

Through the prophet Isaiah, God says,
‘As a mother comforts her child, so I will comfort you.’
The peace of the Lord be always with you.
and also with you.

Let us offer one another that sign of peace

Offertory Hymn

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We place upon your table a gleaming cloth of white
the weaving of our stories, the fabric of our lives;
the dreams of those before us, the ancient hopeful cries
the promise of our future: our needing and our nurture
lie here before our eyes.

We come to your feast, we come to your feast:
the young and the old, the frightened, the bold,
the greatest and the least.
We come to your feast, we come to your feast
with the fruits of our lands and the work of our hands,
we come to your feast.

We place upon your table a humble loaf of bread:
the gift of field and hillside, the grain by which we’re fed;
we come to taste the presence of him on whom we feed,
to strengthen and connect us, to challenge and correct us,
to love in word and deed.

We place upon your table a simple cup of wine:
the fruit of human labour, the gift of sun and vine;
We come to taste the presence of him we claim as Lord,
His dying and His living, His leading and His giving,
His love in cup outpoured.

We gather round your table, we pause within our quest,
we stand beside our neighbours, we name the stranger “guest”.
The feast is spread before us, you bid us come and dine:
in blessing we’ll uncover, in sharing we’ll discover
your substance and your sign.

Offertory Prayer

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made, it will become for us, the bread of life.
Blessed be God forever!

Blessed are you, Lord God of all creation, through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands, it will become our spiritual drink.
Blessed be God forever!

Pray, my dear friends, that this our sacrifice may be acceptable to God, the Almighty Father.
May the Lord accept the sacrifice at your hands, for the praise and glory of his name, for our good and the good of all his church.

Lord God, we bring you these gifts of your
creation, so you may transform them, as you transform us by your love.
Amen

Eucharistic Prayer (Kum By Yah)

The Lord is here right now
His spirit with us

Lift up your hearts to him
We lift them up

It’s the right thing to do
Yes, Jesus
Oh yes, we come in prayer

Thank you, God our Father.
You made us to live for you and for each other.
We can see and speak to one another,
and become friends,
and share our joys and sorrows.

And so, Father, we gladly thank you with every one who believes in you; with the saints and the angels, we rejoice and praise you, saying:

Holy, Holy Lord, O Holy God
Our prayers are joined
By all the Saints
Blessed is the one
Who comes in peace
Blessed is the Prince of Peace

Yes, Lord, you are holy;
you are kind to us and to all people, for this we thank you.

We thank you above all for your Son, Jesus Christ.
You sent him into this world
because people had turned away from you
and no longer loved each other.

He opened our eyes and our hearts
to understand that we are brothers and sisters
and that you are Father of us all.
He now brings us together to one table and asks us to do what he did.

Father, we ask you to bless these gifts of bread and wine and make them holy. Change them for us into the body + and blood of Jesus Christ, your Son.

On the night before he died for us,
he had supper for the last time with his disciples.
He took bread and gave you thanks.
He broke the bread and gave it to his friends, saying:

Take and eat; this is my body, given for you.
Do this to remember me

In the same way he took a cup of wine.
He gave you thanks
and handed the cup to his disciples, saying:

Take this, all of you, and drink from it:
this is the cup of my blood,
the new promise of God’s unfailing love.
Do this to remember me.

God our Father,
we remember with joy that Jesus died to save us.
In this holy sacrifice,
which he gave as a gift to his Church,
we remember his death and resurrection.

Father in heaven,
accept us together with your beloved Son.
He willingly died for us,
but you raised him to life again.

We thank you and say:
Glory to God in the highest!

Jesus now lives with you in glory, but he is also here on earth, among us.

We thank you and say:
Glory to God in the highest

One day he will come in glory
and in his kingdom
there will be no more suffering,
no more tears, no more sadness.

We thank you and say:
Glory to God in the highest

Father in heaven, you have called us
to receive the body and blood of Christ at this
Table and to be filled with the joy of the Holy Spirit.
Through this sacred meal give us strength to please you more and more.

Lord, our God, remember all those who care for us,
and those who look to us for care.
Help all who follow Jesus to work for peace and to bring happiness to others.
Bring us all at last together with
Mary, the Mother of God, St Edward, St Anne, St Cecilia and all the saints,
to live with you and to be one with Christ in heaven.

Through him, with him, in him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, all glory and honour is yours, Almighty Father, for ever and ever.

Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
Let it be so,
Amen, Amen
We say this now,
Amen, O yes, Amen!

As our Saviour taught us, so we pray

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.

We break this bread to share in the body of Christ.
Though we are many, we are one body,
because we all share in one bread.

Agnus Dei

Lamb of God, Lamb of God
You take away, the sin of the world
Have mercy on us, Lamb of God
Don’t let us stray away from the flock
You take away the sin of the world
So grant us peace

Come and eat, come and drink
You’re welcome here, come quite near
Share in his body and blood with us
It tastes like wine and bread but just
Know that inside it’s not quite thus
Share the food of God.

Invitation

This is the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, blessed are those who are called to his supper
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Communion Music

Post Communion Prayer

Loving God, as a mother feeds her children at the breast, you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life: help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Notices

Prayer for Mothers and Distribution of Flowers

Praise God who loves us.
Praise God who cares.

Children may lead the following responsory

For the care of mothers and all those who have cared for us,
living & gathered to God;
Thanks be to God.

For their patience when tested;
Thanks be to God.

For their love when tired;
Thanks be to God.

For their hope when despairing;
Thanks be to God.

For their service without limit;
Thanks be to God.

At the end of the distribution of flowers we all say this prayer.

Thank you God for the love of our mothers:
thank you God for their care and concern;
thank you God for the joys they have shared with us;
thank you God for the pains they have borne for us;
thank you God for all that they give us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Blessing

The Lord be with you
And also with you

Bow your heads and pray for God’s Blessing

May the Lord now +bless you
And keep you all safe
Send you out from here
In a state of grace
Take what we have learned
About Jesus our King
And do what he has taught us
To make the world a better thing.

Go, the Mass has ended
But our service has begun
We heard it straight from Jesus
What it means to live as one
With him now up in heaven
Looking from above
Blessing us in all our work
Let’s go and share his love.

The Mass is ended, go in the peace of Christ
Thanks be to God

Recessional Hymn

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord!
Unnumbered blessings give my spirit voice;
tender to me the promise of his word;
in God my Saviour shall my heart rejoice.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his Name!
Make known his might, the deeds his arm has done;
his mercy sure, from age to age to same;
his holy Name–the Lord, the Mighty One.

Tell out, my soul, the greatness of his might!
Powers and dominions lay their glory by.
Proud hearts and stubborn wills are put to flight,
the hungry fed, the humble lifted high.

Tell out, my soul, the glories of his word!
Firm is his promise, and his mercy sure.
Tell out, my soul, the greatness of the Lord
to children’s children and for evermore!

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