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
Hymns by Fred Kaan and Alan Gaunt (both writing out of the United Reformed Church traditions) speak sensitively about the different facets of motherhood. In particular, Alan Gaunt (We gladly celebrate and praise, StF 120) is alive to the stories of Jesus’ mother and to the Biblical ideas of “God’s own mother-love” as well as to “mothers, who with broken hearts, are face with grief and loss”.
Our feature For those who experience loss: alternative hymns for Mothering Sunday highlights three other 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.