Apr 30, 2016

Mother's Day Call to Worship Litany

Here’s a litany for Mother’s Day from the Barnabas in Churches website.

They suggest that you “Select some individuals or groups (adults and children) from your congregation to read the sentences and verses given below during the service. After each reading, the congregational response is: ‘Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.’”

Call to Worship Litany for Mother’s Day

Today, we are giving thanks to God for the gift of mothers
and the mother-like nurture that many people show to others in their lives.

Isaiah wrote that God is a mother to us,
comforting and carrying us in her arms: 

“As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you....” (Isa. 66:13)

Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.

Isaiah also wrote that God would never forget us.
He knows each of us, like a mother knows her own children: 

“Can a mother forget the baby at her breast
and have no compassion on the child she has borne?
Though she may forget, I will not forget you!” (Isa. 49:15)

Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.

David wrote that in God's presence,
he was quiet and at peace,
trusting his mother God like a child safe in loving arms: 

But I have stilled and quietened my soul;
like a weaned child with its mother,
like a weaned child is my soul within me.” (Ps. 131:2)

Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.

Jesus spoke of himself as a mother,
longing to wrap his arms around us,
like a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings: 

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem...
how often I have longed to gather your children together,
as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings,
but you were not willing.” (Matt. 23:37)

Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.

Paul writes about his missionary ministry
and likens his work to that of a nurse who looks after those in her care:

“…but we were gentle among you,
like a mother caring for her little children.” (1 Thess. 2:7)

Loving Lord, thank you for your tender care.