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posted 25 Mar 2017, 07:24 by Dean Fostekew
Tomorrow being the fourth Sunday in Lent is Mothering Sunday. Although, nowadays, it is the day we associate with thanking those who have been a mother to us the festival originally began as a thanksgiving for 'Holy Mother Church'. At the service tomorrow at 10am everyone present at the Good Shepherd will be given flowers as a symbol of Christian love between all members of the church. Flowers will also be taken to the two nursing homes in the afternoon when the Rector conducts their monthly evensong services. 

Mothering Sunday is a joyful celebration for many but please remember those for whom tomorrow is a painful day.

God our Father,
we ask you to bless all who live alone,
those who have lost their partner,
those who have never married,
those whose families are grown up and away from home
and those who have outlived other members of their families
and many of their friends:
Be with them to assure them of your love
and of their value to you every moment of their lives,
and enable them to rejoice in the fellowship of your Church
on earth and in heaven;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

(from the Mothers' Union)