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            The Parish Church of St. Mary,

           Penwortham


Sunday 26th March

MOTHERING SUNDAY

8.15am Holy Communion

A short service, with traditional language.


10.15   Family Communion


                                                                                      





















                                                                                                                                    

                                                 




THE COLLECT


God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
  Amen



The Readings:


First Reading:

Exodus 2.1-10 or

1 Samuel 1.20-end


Psalm:

Psalm 34.11-20 or 127.1-4


Second Reading:

2 Corinthians 1.3-7 or

Colossians 3.12-17


The Gospel Reading:

Luke 2.33-35  or

John 19. 25b-27





Prayer after Communion


Loving God,
as a mother feeds her children at the breast you feed us in this sacrament with the food and drink of eternal life:
help us who have tasted your goodness to grow in grace within the household of faith;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

   Amen