4rd Sunday of Lent – March 27th 2022

Welcome

Opening Prayer

On this Mothering Sunday,
we open our hearts before you, faithful God,
bringing those we love, and those we struggle to love,
those we have lost, and those we are afraid of losing.
We bring our tears and our joy,
our disappointments and our hopes.
We bring all that we carry and all that we long to lay down –
in Jesus’ name.
Amen.


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Worship

Confession

Heavenly Father, parent of us all,
we know we don’t always treat each other
as you want us to.
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.

There are times when we insist on getting our own way
despite what others feel.
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.

Sometimes we increase the tension
when we ought to seek peace,
or say things which hurt one another.
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.

God has loved us,
sending his Son Jesus to show us the true meaning of forgiveness
Lord God, forgive us;
and help us to be more loving.
Amen.
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Absolution

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Collect

God of love,
passionate and strong,
tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us
all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen

Word

Taste and see that the Lord is good;
    blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.
Fear the Lord, you his holy people,
    for those who fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,
    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.
11 Come, my children, listen to me;
    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 Whoever of you loves life
    and desires to see many good days,
13 keep your tongue from evil
    and your lips from telling lies.
14 Turn from evil and do good;
    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,
    and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16 but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
    to blot out their name from the earth.

17 The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
    he delivers them from all their troubles.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
    and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19 The righteous person may have many troubles,
    but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20 he protects all his bones,
    not one of them will be broken.

21 Evil will slay the wicked;
    the foes of the righteous will be condemned.
22 The Lord will rescue his servants;
    no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned.

Psalm
34:8-22

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

John
19:25-27

Reflection

Witness

Affirmation of Faith

Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

A Litany for Biblical Mothers (PPT)

Loving Lord,
we remember that Eve became the mother of our humanity:
teach us the wisdom that all life is precious in your sight.

we remember Sarah, Hannah and Elizabeth, in their yearning for a child:
comfort and strengthen all who know the pain of infertility.

We remember Hagar, condemned to the harshness of exile:
sustain those who struggle to feed their sons and daughters.

We remember Rebecca, a bride from a far off land:
strengthen women who must bring up their families among strangers.

We remember those who lost children in the exile:
comfort all mothers whose children have disappeared.

We remember Jochebed, mother of Moses and Miriam:
give ingenuity to women who seek protection for their children.

We remember Naomi and Ruth, bound together by a love greater than blood:
show us how bitter disappointment can become the sweetness of hope.

We remember Mary, daughter of Israel, and mother of Jesus:
share with us your secrets that she pondered deep within her heart.
Amen.

Adapted from New Start Worship Resources for the Millenium, Book 2.

Blessing and Dismissal

Christ give you grace to grow in holiness,
to deny yourselves, take up your cross, and follow him;
and the blessing of God Almighty,
Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer
be with you all, now and for ever.
Amen.

Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.
In the name of Christ. Amen

Community

The community of S17 has drawn together during these unusual times in a very special way. This is reflected in the great work of the S17 COVID-19 Community Support group.

The group aims to support those in the community who may be in need and to provide a support network to the S17 community at this time.

“If there are needy people in our community let’s ensure we help them out with things like bringing shopping to their door.”

The Wardens of All Saints Totley have been producing regular newsletters with helpful links, thoughts and resources. The latest of these is here.

We have also started to add resources for the younger members of our church, to add to this virtual service. They can be found here, and here.

Reminder

If you have any feedback on this service or any other ideas, suggestions or contributions, for future services please do send these to comments@allsaintstotley.church