Associate Pastor Randy Weber offered these Prayers of the People on Mother's Day (Sunday, May 14, 2017).
Almighty God, like a mother giving us new birth, we come from you and to you we finally return. We thank you, God, for all the ways you have been like a mother to us on our life’s journey.
We thank you for nurturing us like a mother, with the milk of your love, giving us what we need to grow in spirit. Before we ever thought of turning to you, you brought us close, as a mother does her child.
Thank you, God, for also teaching us with motherly patience, willing to wait for us to walk by faith, when initially we were unwilling to trust in you! Thank you, too, for your constant care, listening to our prayers when we have been hurt, and comforting us when we were in sorrow.
Thank you for your motherly hopes for us, believing in us and all that we can become, and helping us to believe in ourselves. Thank you, too, for your motherly wisdom, not allowing us to stay dependent, but pushing us out of the nest to stretch our wings, and to use the gifts you have provided.
And we thank you also this day for how our own mothers have been like you. We name them in our hearts this morning, and pause now to think of them in times when they practiced patience, kindness and goodness, and were channels for us of your agape love. Bless our mothers, O God, wherever they may be!
Lord, we pray for all mothers here with us this morning and ask for your richest blessing to be upon them today. May this be a day of great joy and happiness in their lives.
And we ask for comfort and peace for all those whose desire to be mothers has not yet come to fruition. May they know the love and support of this community of faith, and the peace of Christ, which passes all understanding.
This we pray in the name of the one who in this Easter season reveals new life, Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who taught his disciples to pray together, saying...
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 debts as we forgive our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.