Doxey & St Paul’s Morning Worship - Mothering Sunday 14th March 2021


In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit



Praise God who loves us.

Praise God who cares.


Hymn: Lord of All Hopefulness (sung by Anne Winnington)

Lighting of a candle

We light this candle to remind us that the love of God is like a light in our darkness.

 Blessed be God for ever.

We praise you, our God, for Jesus, born of a woman and nurtured in her love, and for

Mary, a reminder of your patient, waiting love.

 Blessed be God for ever.


Let us call to mind our sin, our failure to value the love of others and our failure to love as

Christ has loved us.


Your love gives us life.

We fail to live as your children.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


You call us to do good.

We seek our own good.

Christ, have mercy.

Christ have mercy.


You hear us when we cry for help.

We ignore the cries of others.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.


May the Father of all mercies

cleanse us from our sins,

and restore us in his image

to the praise and glory of his name,

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


Collect for Mothering Sunday


Merciful God

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 lives
that in joy and sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever


First reading: Exodus 2: 1-10

Now a man from the house of Levi went and married a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son; and when she saw that he was a fine baby, she hid him for three months. When she could hide him no longer she got a papyrus basket for him, and plastered it with bitumen and pitch; she put the child in it and placed it among the reeds on the bank of the river.  His sister stood at a distance, to see what would happen to him.

The daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her attendants walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her maid to bring it. When she opened it, she saw the child. He was crying, and she took pity on him. ‘This must be one of the Hebrews’ children,’ she said.  Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, ‘Shall I go and get you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?’ Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Yes.’ So the girl went and called the child’s mother.  Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, ‘Take this child and nurse it for me, and I will give you your wages.’ So the woman took the child and nursed it. When the child grew up, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and she took him as her son. She named him Moses, ‘because’, she said, ‘I drew him out of the water.’

This is the word of the Lord
Thanks be to God

Hymn: Child of God (by Anne Winnington & Chris Whitney Cooper)


Gospel: John 19: 25-27


Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ according to John

Glory to you O Lord

Meanwhile, standing near the cross of Jesus were his mother, and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing beside her, he said to his mother, ‘Woman, here is your son.’ Then he said to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home.

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


Sermon: Revd Ian


Hymn: With Mary let My Soul Rejoice (our Virtual Choir)


The Creed


Let us declare our faith in God.

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.



Intercessions: led by Jacqueline Perkins


The Lord’s Prayer


As God’s children we pray:

  Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as in heaven.

Give us today our daily bread.

Forgive us our sins

as we forgive those who sin against us.

Lead us not into temptation

but deliver us from evil.

For the kingdom, the power,

and the glory are yours

now and for ever. Amen.


Hymn: Tell Out My Soul (our Virtual Choir)


A Song of St Anselm

Gather your little ones to you, O God,
as a hen gathers her brood to protect them.

1 Jesus, like a mother you gather your people to you; 
you are gentle with us as a mother with her children.

2 Often you weep over our sins and our pride, 
tenderly you draw us from hatred and judgement.

3 You comfort us in sorrow and bind up our wounds, 
in sickness you nurse us, and with pure milk you feed us.

4 Jesus, by your dying we are born to new life; 
by your anguish and labour we come forth in joy.

5 Despair turns to hope through your sweet goodness; 
through your gentleness we find comfort in fear.

6 Your warmth gives life to the dead, 
your touch makes sinners righteous.

7 Lord Jesus, in your mercy heal us; 
in your love and tenderness remake us.

8 In your compassion bring grace and forgiveness, 
for the beauty of heaven may your love prepare us.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now
and shall be for ever.  Amen. 

Gather your little ones to you, O God,
as a hen gathers her brood to protect them.



May God, who gave birth to all creation, bless us:

may God, who became incarnate by an earthly mother, bless us:

may God, who broods as a mother over her children, bless us.

May almighty God bless us, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,

now and for ever.



Go in peace to love and serve the Lord.

In the name of Christ. Amen.