Mothering Sunday

Church News | Monday, 27 March 2017 |

By Joan

I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

At the 10.30 service this morning we, once again, celebrated Mothering Sunday. Always a wonderful day for the majority of families. But we are always reminded that Mothering Sunday can be very difficult to cope with especially for mothers who have lost a child, miscarried or for those who never had the joy of having a child at all.

However, the church was packed to celebrate the day with flowers, puppets and wonderful hymns. The children that attended played a major role in the service, by reading the prayers and by helping Revd Carolyn during her talk. Carolyn asked if they had ever upset their mothers and when they had what as a rule did their mother do. The first child said that her mother would have said ‘don’t do it again!’ but with a little prompting they all agreed that if they said ‘sorry’ their mum would have forgiven them and perhaps given them a hug. Just like Jesus does when we do something we shouldn’t, providing we are truly sorry we can trust in him that we will be forgiven. The children helped collect the offering and after the flowers had been blessed they were called up first up to the altar to collect some flowers for their mothers. After all the flowers had been collected the remaining bunches were handed around to all the ladies in the congregation to enjoy.

At evening prayer, Philip talked about one of the most powerful readings in the bible. A reading from the book of Isaiah: 43 entitled ‘The Redeemer of Israel’

But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine.

Philip reminded us that there were lots of readings in the Old Testament that points the way forward to Jesus, the Son of God, who would die for our sins, but of all the readings these most powerful words stood out in his mind. So fitting, I thought, for Mothering Sunday, as it is usually our mothers who give us our name when we are baptised, the name we respond to all our lives. God knows us all by name and we are assured through the words of the Bible that we should never fear for the Lord has redeemed us, He has called us by name and we are His!

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