Mothers’ Union Prayer

Loving Lord
We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.

We pray for families around the world.

Bless the work of the Mothers’ Union as we seek to share your love through the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.

Empowered by your spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship, and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.

In Jesus’ name.



Mary Sumner Prayer

All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live.



Diocesan Prayer Leaflet

As the night watch looks for the morning,
so do we watch for you O Lord.
Lord, I know I have my faults and my many
failings causing you to grieve. I pray that
your spirit will enter into my heart and
through my heart the whole of me.
May I be a light that guides, loves and helps
others to find your forgiveness and peace.
God of welcome take our
mustard seed of faith;
Nourish it with the Holy Spirit,
that confidence will grow within us
to speak your words of invitation.
May our vision flourish. Amen.


Sunday, the first day of the week
God has created a new day
Silver and green and gold
Live that the sunset may find us
Worthy His gifts to hold.
Loving Lord, we thank you for the
wonderful world which You have created
and for giving us another chance to shine,
today. Help us to reflect Your glory and
enable others to see You through the work
of our hands, the words of our lips and the
thoughts of our hearts.
All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many
lives as possible for Thee; and every life I
touch do Thou by Thy spirit quicken,
whether through the word I speak, the
prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen


Lord, help us to follow you
in the way of the Cross.
May my hands this day grasp your cross,
Lord and in doing so show your compassion
and care as I touch others. Give my hands
tenderness as I wipe away the tears of
those in despair and the healing power
when I touch those less fortunate.
Take me Lord and do what you will with
me, only give me your grace and your love
for that is enough for me.


You have given us a new Commandment,
to love one another.
Let my head not be swayed in this world of
seemingly self-interest and avarice but
help me to understand that it is only by
following your commandment to love one
another, Lord, that we will find our self in
the fulfilment of your life.
All our problems
we send to the Cross of Christ
All our difficulties,
we send to the Cross of Christ
All our hopes,
we set on the risen Christ


This is the day that the Lord has made,
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The Lord Jesus says to you:
I, I am here with you every day.
Take my hand and walk with me.
You will never be lost,
because I am the way.
In Me, you find the truth and the life.
Embrace life with me
and you will have peace, My peace.
Dear Lord, as this day begins help me to
feel your strength in my body that I may
carry out the work that I do this day however
arduous, difficult or wearisome. Give
me the added strength to help others in
their tasks.


One more step along the world I go
As I walk along help me to keep to your
narrow path, Lord.
May my feet guide others along the road
and not lead them astray.
Help me to climb the hills and mountains
that I meet and be with me when my
feet lead me to the deep valleys of
Father hear the prayer we offer
Not for ease that prayer shall be,
But for strength that we may ever
Live our lives courageously.


I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills.
From whence cometh my help?
Be in my eyes Lord. Let my eyes see not
only the desolation of this world but also
the beauty. Help me to see those who are
in need of loving care, their fear and
hopelessness. Help them to see in my eyes
your love and peace.
May my smile and laughter show your love,
Lord. The happiness of knowing you and a
gift for all who receive it. May the smile
and laughter help to brighten up the day
for those whose life seems a never-ending
Gentle God, breathe love within us
Breathe love between us,
From one moment to the next
You hold us in the palm of Your hand.



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January 2020 

We pray for our Diocesan President, Jill Cannings, and for all the Vice Presidents, Trustees, our MU Chaplain, Anne Davis, and all those who have MU positions of responsibility within the diocese.  We also pray for all Deanery and Branch leaders.

May your blessings be many, your failures be few,

as you embrace the future with hope born anew.

May you live day by day with nothing to fear,

God bless you and keep you throughout the New Year.

Happy New Year!


February 2020

We pray for all members in the branches of Ketton, Oakham w Braunston and Uppingham branches in the Rutland Deanery

Loving Lord, we ask for your blessing and guidance for all who are newly married, that they may lead happy and faithful lives together. We thank you for those who have been married for many years, through the joys and challenges of life, yet have remained committed to each other.  We pray for those whose marriages are difficult or broken.  Be with them Lord, as they struggle to find a resolution to their problems. Amen.


March 2020

We pray for all members in the branches of Astwell, Brackley, Chenderit and Farthinghoe with Thenford in the Brackley Deanery.

Heavenly Father we thank you for today.  We pray for all mothers around the world, especially those who find it hard to raise their children.  We also remember those women who are struggling with infertility issues.  We place them before your throne and pray that before Mothering Sunday next year, they will be looking forward to becoming a parent. Amen.


April 2020

We pray for all members in the branches of Pitsford, Ridgeway, Uplands, Welford and Yelvertoft in the Brixworth Deanery.

Risen Lord, your power over death gives new life and hope to all people. We pray that the Mothers’ Union in this diocese continues to be active in love and service. Help us to offer friendship, encouragement and care to those who find life difficult, especially those for whom the future looks uncertain. Give us confidence to challenge injustices and prejudices and to share the love of Christ with those whom we live and work.  Amen


May 2020

We pray for all members in the branches of Finedon, Higham Ferrers, Irchester and Irthlingborough in the Higham Deanery.

Lord, we lift before you the elderly, the frail, the housebound and all those who care for them.  May they find joy in times spent together and memories shared.  Help them to remember they were once the carers of family and friends themselves.  We pray they will know how much they are loved and valued.  Amen.


June 2020

We pray for all members in the Daventry Team and for those in the Harpole and Weedon branches in the Daventry Deanery.

Heavenly Father, as we enjoy the summer months, we thank you for all that is beautiful in creation.  Forgive us where, through selfishness or thoughtlessness, we have misused the earth’s resources.  Help us in the future to do all we can to care for the environment and to become better stewards of your world.  Amen.


Thank you to the members of Abington Church (Northampton) Mothers’ Union who have written these prayers.