As we celebrate Mothering Sunday today, Sunday 14th March, we're thinking about Jesus Christ’s earthly yet heavenly mother, Mary ~ about how even as death approached, Jesus cared for his mother ~ about those who’ve nurtured us ~ and God’s nurturing of us and of all creation. Everyone’s thoughtful contributions make a tapestry of reflection and thanksgiving. What memories do you have of someone’s loving nurture? Or of God’s call to care for widows and orphans? We hope this week's online readings and reflections will honour our Lord and help to awaken our gratitude.
~ Welcome from our Rector, Rev Iaen Skidmore
~ Reading by parish Liturgical Assistant, Elaine Aulton
~ Prayers and meditations are offered by Howard Bishop, Dawn and Steve Parker, Colleen and Mike Hancock, Shirley Watling (assisted by her daughter Katharine), and Lay Reader Peter Shimmin.
~ Jesus Meets his Mother, Michel Quoist, Prayers of Life
~ And you held me, Janet Morley from All Desires Known
~ A prayer for lost children: from A Procession of Prayers
~ Prayer of a Christian couple Inda/Pakistan; from A Procession of Prayers
♫ Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D Major by J S Bach Staatskapelle Dresden.
♫ Salut d’Amour for Cello, Opus 12 by Elgar Gautier Capuçon from album Intuition
♫ Dios Itlazo Nantzine (17th Century Spanish/Aztec Song Honouring La Virgen De Guadalupe) performed by Savae. Global Voices of Praise album.
♫ Lord of the Years by Bishop Timothy Dudley-Smith Huddersfield Choral Society & Joseph Cullen. The Hymns Album
Photos by Gill Poole and Shirley Watling and Gill Poole.
Ballaugh Glen photo of crocuses by Shirley in celebration of her mum’s life.
May this be a blessing to you, to all Christians, and to all whom you love, whether here on earth, or above.
With the Isle of Man back in lockdown, we can’t gather physically for worship and prayer. For Lent we have been sharing a weekly study by Zoom. There will be two more Lent studies: 17th March and 24th March. They take place at 10.15 on Wednesday mornings. Contact the Rector, a church warden, or a lay minister if you would like an invitation to join in.