Good morning everyone,
 
Wishing you all a happy Mothering Sunday.

Today we give thanks for all mothers and all carers, all who have a mothering and nurturing role. We give thanks for all mothers and indeed grandmothers and great-grandmothers. 

We give thanks for the work of the Mother’s Union. Pray for a blessing on our local branch. It would be appropriate to use Mary Sumner’s personal prayer to begin:

 All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen.

In my sermon today I explore the idea of both Mary and Jesus being meek. The word meek comes from the same root as the word gentle. And meekness is not weakness, quite the opposite. Meekness is about having great strength and courage… and perseverance. 

Tom
Virtual Service 14 March