Mothers’ Union Prayer
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.
Prayers for 2021
God bless each step
that we take today,
whether that road
is rough or smooth.
And in God’s strength
step out in faith,
step out in love,
step out in peace,
and bless this world
with God’s presence
in and through our lives
May we be a blessing
to every life we touch,
and the Spirit within,
that life-giving water,
be a gift of refreshment
in love shown and shared
with all who are thirsty
along the road we travel.
© John Birch
Eternal God, the refuge and help
of all your children,
we praise you for all you have given us,
for all you have done for us,
for all that you are to us.
In our weakness, you are strength,
in our darkness, you are light,
in our sorrow, you are comfort and peace.
We cannot number your blessings,
we cannot declare your love:
For all your blessings we bless you.
May we live as in your presence,
and love the things that you love,
and serve you in our daily lives;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
St. Boniface, 675-754
Wave of Prayer
The Wave of Prayer is the one time in the year when all Mothers’ Union members across the world pray for us here in the Diocese of Peterborough. It is a humbling thought.
Due to the situation caused by the Covid19 outbreak, MU deaneries and local branches may need to engage with our annual Wave of Prayer in a variety of ways. Some may be able to meet in church or a church hall as usual, others may opt to gather via Zoom and some members may need to pray in the safety of their own homes. To accommodate a variety of worship arrangements, the service this year has been kept a little simpler.
At present, singing is not allowed in church or confined spaces but CDs could be played and listened to. Music could be played before or at the start of the service and at the end. For those worshipping via Zoom, hymns could be sung with the mute button on except for one singer setting the pitch and tempo.
As we pray for our linked branches across the world and they pray for us, may God hear our prayers and join us in true fellowship – one family reaching out across the nations.
Revd Christine Ostler