The Lord is Risen! Alleluia!
Today people all over our country are celebrating Mother's Day: remembering and honouring the mothers who have loved, cared for, guided, and raised them up. For many of us, this is a day of thankfulness and joy, and we do well to give thanks along with them for those who truly embodied the gift of motherhood.
For some of us today is much more complicated, and indeed painful... perhaps due to difficulties or losses in our parental relationships, especially these past few years, as many families have been separated due to the pandemic. We remember too, and grieve with those who's experience of the pursuit of motherhood has been one of sorrow and disappointment. Along with them, we do well to acknowledge that family life is often a challenging road, as well as to listen to and honour their sufferings, which are also known and shared by our loving God, as well as many others.
Whether today is a day of joy for you, or a day of pain, or some mixture of both: may you receive God's blessing today exactly as it is needed. May God surround you and those you love, as well as all those who have loved and nurtured you, with peace, hope, fellowship, kindness, and understanding.
Our service of Morning Prayer, Bulletin, and Sermon this week can be found here:
And our Songs for this week can be found here: