Worship was led by the Revd. Robert Beard who preached on the origins of Mothering Sunday , its distinction with Mothers’ Day, and the concept of a nurturing church. Mothering Sunday falls on the Fourth Sunday in Lent, a period of preparation and nurturing. The Early Church developed that Sunday into a celebration in honour of the Mother of Jesus who provided nurture to pious christians. We to-day are nurtured by Christ and have a reponsibility to nurture in return.
All the women in the congregation were given a spray of daffodils in recognition of their caring and nurturing role.
Rejoice and Sing 378 Awake, my soul
Rejoice and Sing 677 The God of love my Shepherd is
Rejoice and Sing 349 I heard the voice of Jesus say
Rejoice and Sing 601 Christ is the world’s true light
First book of Samuel chapter 16 verses 1 – 13
Ephesians chapter 5 verses 8 – 14
John chapter 9 verses 1 – 41