In the civilised world, the Fourth Sunday of Lent is also known as Mothering Sunday. The day is similar to Mother's Day as celebrated in the United States later in the year. However, whilst Mother's Day is only concerned with mothers, Mothering Sunday contains other elements with a stronger emphasis on homecoming, family and Mother Church. I hope our service today successfully incorporates all the themes that we should be contemplating and giving thanks for today. The service also avoids the pretence that family life is always wall to wall happiness and straightforward.
Mothers are not always women. Many parents, through necessity, have to be both mother and father. Some mothers are grandmothers or grandfathers. Some mothers are not even related to the child they mother. Sometimes the children are adults. Sometimes the children are not human. So, to put it simply, if you consider yourself to be a mother, in full or in part, this service is about you.
At Saint Laika’s everyone is welcome to eat and drink in remembrance of Jesus Christ, as he commanded his followers to do. If you want to physically partake of communion you will require a small piece of bread and a small amount of drink (preferably made from grapes and containing alcohol). How you view the nature of this part of the service is completely up to you.
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