Prayers and Reflections for May 10, 2020
[This may begin with the lighting of a Candle]
Call to Worship: [Adapted from Katherine Hawker, www.liturgyoutside.net]
The Spirit of God calls us from many places;
some of us are in busy homes with many people, some of us live alone.
We are a part of the family.
This week has been different for each of us;
some of us have had happy news we want to celebrate,
others of us have faced grief and need to cry.
We are members of God’s family.
In this time of worship, we seek God’s presence in our lives,
Together we become God’s family.
Opening Prayer: [adapted from Rod Sykes, Gathering L/E/P 2005, page 37]
Holy One, you who hold all of time and space within your gaze,
you who know each second of our history,
you are our Creator and God - your dreams are the world’s hope.
Wise Father, Loving Mother, you who hold each of us within your care,
you know the gift within each one,
you are our Redeemer and Guide - your call is our future.
Stir our hearts, O God. Awaken our vision.
Guide us on the path of generosity and hope. Amen.
Music for Singing or Listening:
Voices United # 216 Sing Praise to God, Who Reigns Above
Voices United # 290 Nothing Can Trouble
Voices United # 274 Your Hand, O God, Has Guided
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession:
Gracious God, we give you thanks for the gift of life,
especially for the gift of your son, the Christ, the Word, the Way, the Truth,
who expands our limited understanding with outstretched arms of love.
Holy God, we pray that you would be present with those who are suffering
from storms or floods, from drought, wind, or any of the tides of creation.
Tender God, we ask that you would be comfort to those who are afflicted,
the sick, and those who have died. Embrace them in your hand,
hold them tender, like a mother her child, like a father his infant,
like a friend who cares for another.
Today, we pause to give thanks for the deep love of mothers.
We give thanks for those who’ve been a mother in less traditional ways as well.
From older siblings in a motherless home to single fathers raising children alone,
we are thankful for the love they share, for the way they care,
and for the way they nurture the children of the world.
At the same time, we pause to remember those who struggle
with the role of mother. And for those who want nothing more than to be a mother,
but so far have not found the path that is right for them.
On this day that celebrates mothers, we remember those who cannot
bring themselves to celebrate because their mothers were less than motherly.
They were: judgmental, belittling, violent, abusive, absent.
And we pray for those who long for an embrace from their mother
just one more time.
Loving God, this day as we reflect on and give thanks for mothers
and mother figures in our lives, may we recognize the reflection of you in them,
and then may we each live into that reflection,
not just with those we choose to call family, but with each person we meet. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer:
Words only, Voices United # 921
Sung Version, Voices United # 959 The Lord's Prayer by David Haas
While we extinguish this candle,
we affirm that the light of Christ can never be put out.
May God’s love and grace be with us all.