Sunday 27th March: Fourth Sunday in Lent – Mothering Sunday
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This Week’s YouTube broadcast
(live at 11am, at the same time as the radio broadcast, and available here after that, with 15 minutes of hymns to join in with beforehand)
If you haven’t listened to the audio or video services above, and wish to read the lectionary readings before considering these further worship resources for this week follow or this link to biblegateway.com for this week’s Bible readings from:
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As we continue to worship online, we have a pick and mix approach to this sermon slot. You can choose to listen to (1) Susan’s sermon as we have had through lockdown. Today you might also choose to look at (2) the pdf sheet from Roots or (3) the pdf sheet The Vine, or (4) the District Worship at Home resources or (5) watch ‘Politics in the Pulpit’ a resource from JPIT, or read (6) the Connexional reflection; or otherwise to come (7) to the church garden to prayer walk the labyrinth or or if nothing else to stay home (8) and simply take time for yourself and reflect on the readings for the day.
1. If you would like to listen to a sermon for today by Local Preacher Susan Thorne click on the video below.
2. or you might choose to click on the image below to go to the pdf rootsontheweb at home sheet
3. or read the VINE worship at home sheet which MWiB are supporting this year
5. or listen to ‘Politics in the Pulpit’, a resource from JPIT (Joint Public Issues Team) looking at how issues in politics today can be considered in the light of today’s lectionary passages:
6. or read the reflection from the Methodist Connexional Worship Resources for this week below:
Time to Reflect
To me, Mothering Sunday has three aspects to be held in tension. Historically, it was an opportunity to visit the mother church, for people living away from home, to return to visit the mother church, to visit family, to visit mother, maybe even with a Simnel cake in hand. It can be good to return home and reconnect with one’s roots and family. Take a moment to reflect on your roots and family and the visits you have made “home”, both good and bad. Take time to give thanks for good times and take time to seek forgiveness for difficult visits.
Mothering Sunday has since become an opportunity to give thanks for mothers, and to celebrate the caring, the giving, the sacrificial qualities of mothers, mothering, and motherhood. We often think of these in the light of the narratives of Mary and Miriam from our bible passages. Take a moment to read these passages and reflect on their love and care in difficult circumstances, it wasn’t easy to be Moses’ mother or Jesus’ mother. Take time to give thanks for your mother, or the person who mothered you. If you’ve been a mother, take time to give thanks for your child(ren).
As caring people, we are aware that for some Mothering Sunday is not an easy day. There will be those who never knew their mother’s love, have lost their mother in tragic circumstances, or had a difficult relationship with their mother. There will be some who longed to be mothers themselves and were denied that opportunity, have been bereaved or had their children taken away. Take time to think of folk in these situations and offer up a prayer for comfort and healing from their pains and struggles. If this is your situation, pause to remember that you are love and are being prayed for today, and take comfort in God’s love.
Often, we think only of God as Father, but there are also beautiful images of God as Mother in our bibles, and we finish with an image of God as a mother in Hosea 11:3-4. God: “Yet it was I who taught Ephraim to walk, I who took them up in my arms; but they did not know that I healed them. I led them with cords of human kindness, with bands of love. I was to them like those who lift infants to their cheeks. I bent down to them and fed them.” Take a time to sit quietly and ponder on God’s love as our Mother.
Take a time to sit quietly
thought from the Connexional resources during the pandemic this week by Phillip Warrey (Revd)
7. or take a walk to the church garden and pray as you walk around the labyrinth there, silently listening to God as you travel inwards to the cross at the centre and then back outwards again into the world. The garden is looking spring-like. The daffodils are coming through in the cross and look well in the evening sunlight in this picture.
8. and/or sit quietly and reflect on the prayers, readings and thoughts here and listen for what God might be saying to you through them
Youth Team Resources
Hope’s Images for the week
Hope, Millie and Hannah have now left the Youth Team to go to pastures new – see what they are up to by look at the Youth Worship Team page, and see what Connor, Abbie and Niamh are doing as they form this year’s continuing Youth Team. However, Hope has left us behind images for every Sunday of the 3-year lectionary cycle. See her images for this lectionary Sunday below
Niamh’s hymn for this week
StF 120: We gladly celebrate and praise
Rebekah’s image of the week
Rebekah is a member of Sunday@3 and enjoys photography… She is offering her photos to help us reflect each week: