Mothering Sunday falls at the midway point of Lent. The StF+ lectionary resource provides two sets of readings and suggested hymns for the day, including a set tailored specifically for Mothering Sunday.
Hymns that heal
For those who experience loss: alternative hymns for Mothering Sunday highlights three particular hymns that help us respond to the needs and feelings of those for whom this can be a difficult day.
Take a look, also, at Gillian Collins’ hymn “Woman stooping, bent and burdened”. Drawing upon biblical stories, Gillian highlights particular physical, emotional and social challenges faced by many women and responds with a recurring affirmation: “Sister, you are God’s delight”.
Worship and study resources
Week 4 of the 2012 and 2013 Lent Courses produced by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland both focus on Mothering Sunday. You may also wish to draw on resources for All We Can’s 2015 Inspirational Women Appeal.
Finally, the Mothers’ Union has also produced a wide-ranging selection of collects, prayers and litanies for use on Mothering Sunday.