A special service of Morning Worship for Mothering Sunday

Welcome to this week’s special filmed Windmill United Benefice online service of Morning Worship for Mothering Sunday, on 14 March, led by the Revd Nicholas Calver, from the churchyards of Burstow, Horne and Outwood, with his talk recorded in a garden in Outwood. The music was all recorded at previous services in the benefice.

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The hymn ‘For the beauty of the earth’ is sung
For the beauty of the earth,
For the beauty of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around us lies:
Lord of all, to thee we raise
This our sacrifice of praise.

For the beauty of each hour
Of the day and of the night,
Hill and vale, and tree and flow’r,
Sun and moon, and stars of light:
Lord of all, to you we raise . . .

For the joy of human love,
Brother, sister, parent, child,
Friends on earth, and friends above;
pleasures pure and undefiled:
Lord of all, to you we raise . . .

For each perfect gift of thine,
To our race so freely giv’n;
graces human and divine,
flow’rs of earth and buds of heav’n:
Lord of all, to you we raise . . .

For thy church, which evermore
Lifteth holy hands above,
Off’ring up on ev’ry shore
her pure sacrifice of love:
Lord of all, to you we raise . . .

This is the day that the Lord has made.

Let us rejoice and be glad in it.

The service is introduced from the churchyard of St Bartholomew, Burstow.

Let us call to mind and confess our sins.

Almighty God, our heavenly Father,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour
in thought and word and deed,
through negligence, through weakness,
through our own deliberate fault.
We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and grant that we may serve you in newness of life
to the glory of your name. Amen.

Almighty God,
have mercy upon us,
pardon and deliver us from all our sins,
confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,
and keep us in life eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

‘Be still and know that I am God’ is sung
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.
Be still and know that I am God.

I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.
I am the Lord that healeth thee.

In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.
In thee, O Lord, I put my trust.

A Collect for Mothering Sunday:
Let us pray:

God our Father,
Your son Jesus Christ lived in a family in Nazareth.
Grant that we may so learn to love and to live together
That we may rejoice as your one family on earth.
Through Jesus Christ, our Lord, 

A reading from Colossians 3: 12-17
by John Hatherill, 1st Burstow Scouts

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John.
Glory to you, O Lord.

The Gospel reading from John 19: 25-27
by Samantha Steggles, Beaver Leader, 1st Burstow Scouts

This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.

A talk is given
Revd Nicholas Calver
from a garden in Outwood

The Creed
from the churchyard of St John the Baptist, Outwood

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.


Let us pray for the Church and for the world and for all people according to their needs.

The Intercessions
led by Cat Bradshaw

The responses to the intercessions are:

Lord in your mercy
Hear our prayer


Merciful Father,
accept these prayers
for the sake of your Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ. 

The Peace
You may be thinking of those physically present with you when you say the words of the peace or thinking of others who are present in spirit

God is love and those who live in love, live in God and God lives in them.
The peace of the Lord be always with you. 

And also with you.

The anthem is ‘Go peaceful in gentleness’
(Words and music by Paul Field, b1954; arranged for the Benefice choir by Roger Hind)
Sung by the choir of St Mary the Virgin, Horne on 29 September 2019

Go peaceful, in gentleness
through the violence of these days.
Give freely.
Show tenderness in all your ways.

Through darkness, in troubled times
let holiness be your aim.
Seek wisdom.
Let faithfulness burn like a flame.

God speed you! God lead you,
and keep you wrapped around His heart!
May you be known by love.

Be righteous.
Speak truthfully in a world of greed and lies.
Show kindness.
See everyone through heaven’s eyes.

God hold you, enfold you,
and keep you wrapped around His heart.
May you be known by love.

Closing prayers and blessing
from the churchyard of St Mary the Virgin, Horne

Let us pray with confidence as our Saviour has taught us:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come; thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.


God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bring together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord.

God of love, fill our hearts with your compassion and mercy. Throughout our Lenten journey inspire us to come to know you better and to reach out in love to others.

May the love of the Father fill our hearts, May the love of the Lord Jesus fill our homes, And may the grace of the Holy Spirit bind us together in love.  Amen.

The hymn ‘Now thank we all our God’ is sung

Now thank we all our God,
With hearts and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mother’s arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God
Through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts
and blessèd peace to cheer us;
And keep us in his grace,
And guide us when perplexed,
And free us from all ills
In this world and the next.

All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given,
The Son and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven,
The one eternal God,
Whom earth and heav’n adore;
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

Organist: Peter Nye

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England (2000), material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops’ Council 2000.