submitted by Andy James, First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone, Queens, New York
Some churches have many celebrations for Mothers Day; others almost completely ignore it. I’ve found it important and helpful to include a focus on “mothers” of all sorts in the Prayers of the People. Here’s what I have used several times before.
on this day set aside in our nation to praise mothers and motherhood,
help us to give thanks to you for our mothers
and for those who have been like mothers to us.
Rejoice with us for all those, male and female, older and younger,
who have shown us your tender grace, mercy, and love.
Support all who have entered into the joyous calling of motherhood,
especially those who raise children alone or in the face of great trial.
Do not let us forget about those who might feel left out on this day:
those who do not know their mothers,
those whose mothers are far away or have died,
those mothers whose children are far away or have died,
those who do not or cannot know the joy of children and motherhood.
Help all your people to know the gift of a mother’s love
in and through whatever manifestation you offer it,
and continue to show us your love through all who are mothers to us.
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