Mother’s Day Service


HYMN-#504, “The Old Rugged Cross”

The Old Rugged Cross – Anne Murray – with lyrics

1 On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross,

the emblem of suffering and shame;

and I love that old cross where the dearest and best

for a world of lost sinners was slain.


So I’ll cherish the old rugged cross,

till my trophies at last I lay down;

I will cling to the old rugged cross,

and exchange it some day for a crown.

2 O that old rugged cross, so despised by the world,

has a wondrous attraction for me;

for the dear Lamb of God left his glory above

to bear it to dark Calvary. [Refrain]

3 In that old rugged cross, stained with blood so divine,

a wondrous beauty I see,

for ’twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died,

to pardon and sanctify me. [Refrain]

4 To that old rugged cross I will ever be true,

its shame and reproach gladly bear;

then he’ll call me some day to my home far away,

where his glory forever I’ll share. [Refrain]

LITANY OF RESPONSE (Call to Worship)

Mothers’ Day Liturgy

Lord, on this day set aside to honor and remember mothers, we give You thanks for our mothers. We are grateful that You chose to give us life through them, and that they received the gift of life from Your hands, and gave it to us. Thank You for the sacrifices they made in carrying us and giving us birth.


We thank you for the women who raised us, who were our mothers in childhood. Whether birth mom, adopted mom, older sister, aunt, grandmother, stepmother or someone else, we thank You for those women who held us and fed us, who cared for us and kissed away our pain. We pray that our lives may reflect the love they showed us, and that they would be pleased to be called our moms.


We pray for older moms whose children are grown. 

Grant them joy and satisfaction for a job well done.


We pray for new moms experiencing changes they could not predict. 

Grant them rest and peace as they trust You for the future.


We pray for pregnant women who will soon be moms. 

Grant them patience and good counsel in the coming months. 


We pray for moms who face the demands of single parenthood. 

Grant them strength and wisdom.


We pray for moms who enjoy financial abundance. 

Grant them time to share with their families.


We pray for moms who are raising their children in poverty. 

Grant them relief and justice.


We pray for step-moms. 

Grant them patience and understanding and love.


We pray for moms who are separated from their children. 

Grant them faith and hope.


We pray for moms in marriages that are in crisis. 

Grant them support and insight.


We pray for moms who have lost children. 

Grant them comfort in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.


We pray for mothers who aborted their children. 

Grant them healing and peace.


We pray for moms who gave up their children for adoption. 

Grant them peace and confidence as they trust in Your providence.


We pray for adoptive mothers. 

Grant them joy and gratitude for the gift You have provided.


We pray for girls and women who think about being moms. 

Grant them wisdom and discernment.


We pray for all women who have assumed the mother’s role in a child’s life.

Grant them joy and the appreciation of others.


We pray for those people present who are grieving the loss 

of their mother in the past year.

Grant them comfort and hope in Christ’s resurrection.


HYMN #133- “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”

Leaning On the Everlasting Arms


1 What a fellowship, what a joy divine,

leaning on the everlasting arms;

what a blessedness, what a peace is mine,

leaning on the everlasting arms.



Leaning, leaning,

safe and secure from all alarms;

leaning, leaning,

leaning on the everlasting arms.


2 O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,

leaning on the everlasting arms;

O how bright the path grows from day to day,

leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]


3 What have I to dread, what have I to fear,

leaning on the everlasting arms?

I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,

leaning on the everlasting arms. [Refrain]

OPENING PRAYER:Leader-The Lord be with you

                                   People-And also with you

(All mothers, women, and girls are invited to receive a blessing through prayer.)

Prayer:  Lord, we thank you for the gift of motherhood. We thank you for the many examples of faithful mothers in scripture, like Sarah, Hannah, Elizabeth, and Lois. Hear now the first names of other women who have inspired us by their motherly examples. . . We are mindful this day of all these women, and especially Mary the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ, who had the courage in faith to say “yes” to your calling. May these women gathered here today emulate these examples of faith. And may they model for all the rest of us what it means to be your disciple. Bless them on this special day; in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.


OFFERTORY: Praise God from whom all blessing flow. Praise Him, all creatures here below: Praise Him above, ye heavenly host; Praise Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen

PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE:Leader-Lord in Your Holy Mercies

                                                 People-Hear our prayers


Hymn #310 “He Lives”

He Lives! (I Serve A Risen Saviour)


  1. I serve a risen Savior

 He’s in the world today.

I know that He is living,

 Whatever men may say.

I see His hand of mercy;

 I hear His voice of cheer;

And just the time I need Him

 He’s always near.


Refrain: He lives, He lives, Christ Jesus lives today!

He walks with me and talks with me along life’s narrow way.

He lives, He lives, salvation to impart!

You ask me how I know He lives?

   He lives within my heart.


  1. In all the world around me

 I see His loving care,

And though my heart grows weary,

 I never will despair;

I know that He is leading,

 Through all the stormy blast;

The day of His appearing

 Will come at last. (Refrain)


  1. Rejoice, rejoice, O Christian,

 Lift up your voice and sing

Eternal hallelujahs

 To Jesus Christ the King!

The Hope of all who seek Him,

 The Help of all who find,

None other is so loving,

 So good and kind. (Refrain)



Genesis 17: 15-16

15 God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 I will bless her, and moreover I will give you a son by her. I will bless her, and she shall give rise to nations; kings of peoples shall come from her.”

Exodus 1: 15-20

 The king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you act as midwives to the Hebrew women, and see them on the birthstool, if it is a boy, kill him; but if it is a girl, she shall live.” 17 But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, but they let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and said to them, “Why have you done this, and allowed the boys to live?” 19 The midwives said to Pharaoh, “Because the Hebrew women are not like the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife comes to them.” 20 So God dealt well with the midwives; and the people multiplied and became very strong.

Exodus 2:1-4

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 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.

1 Samuel 1:9-11,20

After they had eaten and drunk at Shiloh, Hannah rose and presented herself before the Lord.[a] Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord, and wept bitterly. 11 She made this vow: “O Lord of hosts, if only you will look on the misery of your servant, and remember me, and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a male child, then I will set him before you as a nazirite[b] until the day of his death. He shall drink neither wine nor intoxicants,[c] and no razor shall touch his head.”

20 In due time Hannah conceived and bore a son. She named him Samuel, for she said, “I have asked him of the Lord.”

John 4:7, 9-10

A Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.”

9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask a drink of me, a woman of Samaria?” (Jews do not share things in common with Samaritans.)[a] 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.”

Matthew 28:1-10

After the sabbath, as the first day of the week was dawning, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary went to see the tomb. And suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord, descending from heaven, came and rolled back the stone and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him the guards shook and became like dead men. But the angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; I know that you are looking for Jesus who was crucified. He is not here; for he has been raised, as he said. Come, see the place where he[a] lay. Then go quickly and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from the dead,[b] and indeed he is going ahead of you to Galilee; there you will see him.’ This is my message for you.” So they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy, and ran to tell his disciples. Suddenly Jesus met them and said, “Greetings!” And they came to him, took hold of his feet, and worshiped him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and tell my brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see me.”

SERMON: “She Was There, Always!”

Blessing of worship, Benediction-Dismissal