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14th March 2021

posted 11 Mar 2021, 05:45 by Church Office   [ updated 12 Mar 2021, 04:48 ]
Mothering Sunday 
Parish Eucharist

This Sunday is Mothering Sunday. The day when the church celebrates and reflects our calling as mothers of the faith. The vocation to mothering is something we all share in, made, as we are, in the image of God who is mother and father to us all.

Our reading from Samuel sees Hannah, Samuel’s mother, give him to God and to Eli, trusting that they will be mother to him and raise him to be a mother to his people. Eli has failed dismally as father of his own children and yet, through him, God mothers Samuel in truth and love. The cost of mothering is great for Eli whose own sons are destroyed. So too Mary in the reading from John’s gospel counts the cost of giving up her own son in order that she too may be a mother of the faith community.

Readings

1 Samuel 1:20-28

In due time Hannah conceived and born a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”

The man Elkanah and all his household went up to offer to the Lord the yearly sacrifice, and to pay his vow. But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “As soon as the child is weaned, I will bring him, that he may appear in the presence of the Lord, and remain there forever; I will offer him as a nazirite for all time.” Her husband Elkanah said to her, “Do what seems best to you, wait until you have weaned him; only—may the Lord establish his word.” So the woman remained and nursed her son, until she weaned him. When she had weaned him, she took him up with her, along with a three-year-old bull, an ephah of flour, and a skin of wine. She brought him to the house of the Lord at Shiloh; and the child was young. Then they slaughtered the bull, and they brought the child to Eli. And she said, “Oh, my lord! As you live, my lord, I am the woman who was standing here in your presence, praying to the Lord. For this child I prayed; and the Lord has granted me the petition that I made to him. Therefore I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he lives, he is given to the Lord.”

She left him there for the Lord.

Gospel Reading: John 3:14-21

And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in him may have eternal life.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.

“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Those who believe in him are not condemned; but those who do not believe are condemned already, because they have not believed in the name of the only Son of God. And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. For all who do evil hate the light and do not come to the light, so that their deeds may not be exposed. But those who do what is true come to the light, so that it may be clearly seen that their deeds have been done in God.”

Collect
God of love,
passionate and strong,
tender and careful:
watch over us and hold us
all the days of our life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. 
Amen.
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