God, you are the God of all of the moments of our lives—our celebrations and our mournings. Today we come to you with both. We thank you this day for mothers; for the gift of our lives made possible in the fullness of time through their labor, pain, and joy.
For everyone who modeled for us the love of a mother, in strength, compassion, tenderness, fierce love, forgiveness, hospitality, nurture, and courage. May we celebrate love,
Hear our prayers for all those people who feel pain in the celebration of Mother’s Day this weekend.
For those whose mothers have died and for those whose relationships with their mothers is difficult, bring peace.
For those who seek to be mothers, and for those women who do not want to be defined as mothers, bring comfort.
For those mothers who mourn the loss of their children, bring the peace that only you can offer, Lord. Because our words are inadequate in such situations, may they not also be hurtful.
God, we give you thanks for adopting us all, for welcoming us into your family.
We are comforted by the knowledge that you are a birth parent, who relinquished your son, Jesus, into the adopting family of Mary and Joseph.
We are comforted by knowing that you are an adopting parent, and that it is by adoption that we become children of your kingdom, as brothers and sisters in Christ.
Help us to see your face in the face of our brothers and sisters.
Help us to treat each other as family, to extend your love to all of your children.
Hear the words of our hearts, the cries of our souls, and the hope of our faith.
In the name of your son, Jesus the Christ, we pray.