Opening Prayer

Here we are Lord, we have come –we have come in body, mind and spirit, to worship you this day, even if we are worshipping in a different way from our usual Sunday.
We have come, needy, hopeful, tired, joyful, broken and optimistic. However we have come, we have come to meet with you. We have come, Come Lord Jesus. Amen.

 

Bible Reading: Exodus 2. 1-10

“Now a man of the tribe of Levi married a Levite woman, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him.” (vs 1-4)

 

Reflection

This is a wonderful story, through which we can see the great courage and wisdom of a mother, Jochebed, and God’s plan in there. And also, we are to see her great faith in God. Unless she had believed God would save him, she wouldn’t have put him in the basket and let him go into the crocodile invested Nile River. And then, we see a wonderful reversal happening, that this boy, Moses is to be saved and adopted by an Egyptian princess, and therefore to live his first 40 years under the royal protection.

Jochebed didn’t understand God’s plan, but she trusted God with her son. And, its reward was enormous, and unbelievable. By her faithful determination, we see, not only Moses was saved, but also she was paid to care for him until he was weaned. It’s a double blessing, if you like. If she was not brave enough, or faithful enough to let him go, Moses couldn’t have survived the baby massacre ordered by the Pharaoh.

It’s a great story of a brave mum. But, we often see mum’s great deal of love and sacrifice from the ordinary mothers, and our own mothers. In their every day lives, they do everything for their children. So, I just want you to think of your mother, what she has done for you, and still does for you. If she is no longer with you, just think of what she did for you. And, think of this question ‘What is a mother?’ In my definition, she is the one who does all things you don’t like doing or can’t be bothered doing. She is the one who does things for you that no one else would do.

But, more importantly, mother is the one who loves you, and loves you more than she loves herself. Amen.

 

Thanksgiving Prayer

Loving God, father and mother of us all, hear us as we give thanks for mothers, and for mothering, on this special day.
We remember before you with deep gratitude our own mothers.
We also give thanks for all in our immediate family and in our wide circle of friends and relatives, both women and men, who shared in our nurturing and growth. We thank you that we can offer a motherly care like yours to others: loving them unconditionally, meeting their physical and emotional needs. Loving God, we thank you that in Jesus you have come close to us like a mother. Amen.

 

Prayers of Intercession and Blessing

In these uncertain times, dear Lord, we pray for peace. We hold before you all those who are putting others before themselves.
We pray for those who are worried about their financial situation, not knowing how they will cope in the
coming weeks. We pray for the people and situations close to our heart…
We pray for those who feel more isolated by not being able to attend and act of worship today.
We hold before you the governments and leaders of the world, those making many difficult decisions… So in these uncertain times may we reach out to support each other, our families, our friends, our neighbours.
May we speak using words of grace and comfort. May we reflect your love for all of creation.
And may we be a reassurance and a blessing to all we speak to this week. And may the blessing of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit be with you this day and forever more. Amen