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Happy Mothers Day!

 

Often on Mother’s Day at church we love to sing this fun song which talks about ‘Mum’s in a flap’ but which reminds all of us young and old that the Lord is in control, he’s watching his children, he cares. The song is called ‘Remember the Lord.’

PRAYERS

Some prayers for children

Dear God, thank you for our Mums.

Thank you for the love, care and sacrifices they make for us. 

Help my Mum to trust and follow Jesus 

so I can follow her example. Amen.

(Psalm 113:5-9) 

 

Dear Father, you are perfect in every way.

Thank you that you sent your perfect Son Jesus

to take away my sin. 

Help me to be more like him. Amen.

(1 Samuel 2:2)

 

Father God, 

thank you that you are good all the time.

Thank you for the good news that Jesus saves me

and makes me part of your family. Amen

(Psalm 107:1)

 

A prayer for hearing God’s word read and taught

 

Heavenly Father, 

give us faith to receive your word

understanding to know what it means,

and the will to put it into practice. 

Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

BIBLE READING

Psalm 143

 

A psalm of David.

1  Hear my prayer, O Lord; 

    give ear to my pleas for mercy! 

    In your faithfulness answer me, in your righteousness! 

2  Enter not into judgment with your servant, 

    for no one living is righteous before you. 

3  For the enemy has pursued my soul; 

    he has crushed my life to the ground; 

    he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. 

4  Therefore my spirit faints within me;  

    my heart within me is appalled. 

5  I remember the days of old; 

    I meditate on all that you have done; 

    I ponder the work of your hands. 

6  I stretch out my hands to you; 

    my soul thirsts for you like a parched land. Selah 

7  Answer me quickly, O Lord! 

    My spirit fails! 

Hide not your face from me, 

    lest I be like those who go down to the pit. 

8  Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, 

    for in you I trust. 

Make me know the way I should go, 

    for to you I lift up my soul. 

9  Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! 

    I have fled to you for refuge. 

10  Teach me to do your will, 

    for you are my God! 

Let your good Spirit lead me 

    on level ground! 

11  For your name’s sake, O Lord, preserve my life! 

    In your righteousness bring my soul out of trouble! 

12  And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, 

    and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, 

    for I am your servant.

SONG

Jesus is indeed God’s Servant – he came not to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many!

TALK

Reflection/Discussion Questions:

1. What do you find liberating about this psalm?

 

2. How does this psalm encourage you to respond differently to suffering?

 

3. Do you find anything about this psalm shocking?

 

4. How do you struggle to pray the psalms? What steps could you take to improve your psalm prayer life?

 

Pray together:

 

Think about the suffering you have in your life. Feeling distant from God, sickness, depression, people, sin, the devil’s accusations, or something else. What is your “enemy”? Share your enemy and pray the psalm in turn with the people with you. If you don’t feel comfortable enough to share a particular suffering pray privately about it later.

 

Setting goals:

 

Let’s read through the psalms together! Read a psalm when you wake up and a psalm before you sleep each day! Putting the Bible next to your bed gets you one step closer.

SONGS

Enjoy listening to this beautiful song based on Psalm 143.

CLOSING PRAYER

Eternal God, Shepherd of your people,

teach us to number our days 

that we may gain a heart of wisdom.

In our human frailty 

we look to you as frightened children look to their mother,

for you alone can comfort and sustain us. 

Hear our cries to you loving Father,

and lead us all through the darkest valley

into the new morning of the resurrection

of which your Son Jesus Christ is the firstfruits,

of the many resurrections to come.

In his name we pray. Amen 

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