Written by Leah Schade (Used with permission)
As God’s beloved people, let us pray for the church, the whole human family, and God’s good Creation.
We pray for women who are pregnant; those who are waiting with joyful expectation, and those who are filled with uncertainty and fear; we pray for women whose pregnancies are high-risk, and whose lives are in danger in the birthing process. Hear us, Mothering God.
We pray for women and men who long to be parents, but who struggle with infertility. Join their cries with those of Sarah and Abraham, Hannah and Elkanah, Elizabeth and Zecharias, that your will may be done in their lives. Hear us, God of Life.
We pray for women who are mothers, either by birth, by adoption, or through foster care. We pray that they may be supported in their mothering task by the men and other women in their lives; that their children may be provided with sufficient food, shelter and healthcare. Hear us, Mothering Jesus.
We pray for women who have lost children, either in utero, through sickness, through war and violence, or through tragic accident. Comfort them, Holy Spirit with your everlasting presence and assure them of new life. Hear us, Mothering Christ.
We pray for women who are incarcerated; women who have been abusive; women who have been hurtful and neglectful. Hear us, Mothering Spirit.
We pray for women who give of themselves not just through childbearing, but with their intellect, their skills, their gifts, and their physical abilities. Bless all women, that they may receive equal compensation for their work, may be protected from abuse and harassment, and may be valued as unique individuals. Hear us, Holy God.
We pray for those who are transitioning, those who are seeking to understand who God has created them to be in their bodies, minds and spirits. May they be protected from danger during their time of vulnerability, and guided by those who love and support them. Hear us, Holy God.
We pray for women who strive to protect and advocate for those most vulnerable – children, the poor, God’s Creation, the disenfranchised, other women, and those men and women whose voices go unheard. Hear us, Holy Jesus.
We pray for those for whom this is a day of mourning and sadness. For those who have lost mothers and other important women in their lives, that they may be comforted with the peace that passes all understanding. Hear us, Comforting Spirit.
We give thanks for women who have been our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, daughters, life-partners, and friends. We give thanks for men who have mothered us with their own caring, affection, nurturing, and friendship. We lift to you now the names of those who have mirrored your mothering spirit, Holy God.
Give them your grace and bless them in their lives. Hear us, Mothering God.
For who else does the church pray today? . . . For all those we name, and for those who have no one to name them, Hear us, O God.
Holy God, we lift our prayers to you through the Holy Spirit in hope, entrusting all for whom we pray to your great goodness and mercy, made known to us in Jesus Christ, our Savior.