Saint Barnabas Church


Mothering Sunday Parade Service
19 March 2023 at 10:30am

Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included in this service, is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000.

Mary and Jesus

A copy of a painting made by Filippo Lippi in about 1460
of Mary and Jesus attended by angels.

Please join in saying the words in bold text.

You will be invited during the second song to give money for the repair of the roof.

Procession and reception of colours

We stand and sing our first song as the colours are brought into church.



The Lord be with you
and also with you.

Facing up to our faults

Jesus told us,

"You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbour as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."

Yet everyone fails.

Let us confess to our Father in Heaven, and try to do better,
and he will forgive us.

Your love gives us life from the moment of conception.
We fail to live as your children.
Lord have mercy. Lord have mercy.

You call us to do good.
We seek our own good.
Christ, have mercy. Christ have mercy.

You hear us when we cry for help.
We ignore the cries of others.
Lord, have mercy. Lord have mercy.

May the Father of all mercies cleanse us from our sins,
and restore us in his image
to the praise and glory of his name,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Hymn 73: Brother, sister, let me serve you

We stand to sing no. 73 “Brother, sister, let me serve you”.
During the hymn you will be invited to give money for the repair of the roof.

Here is a link to the song on an external website

Bible Reading

We sit to hear the Bible reading, which is from Colossians 3:12–17 (NIV)

12Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.

15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. 17And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

This is the word of the Lord.
Thanks be to God.

The talk

We remain seated for the talk.


Let us declare our faith in God.

We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith, and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us with power from on high.

We believe in one God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Prayers for the Church, the world, our neighbours and ourselves.

Each prayer ends with:

Lord in your mercy,
Hear our prayer.

And finally we say together the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
   as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
   but deliver us from evil.

For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.

Hymn 137

during which flowers for those who look after us are given out

The Notices

We share news of events in the parish.

National Anthem

We pray for the King by singing the National Anthem, verses 1 and 3.

God save our gracious King!
Long live our noble King!
God save the King!
Send him victorious,
Happy and glorious,
Long to reign over us:
God save the King!

Thy choicest gifts in store,
On him be pleased to pour;
Long may he reign:
May he defend our laws,
And ever give us cause,
To sing with heart and voice,
God save the King!


Christ the Son of God, born of Mary,
fill you with his grace to trust his promises and obey his will;
and the blessing of God almighty,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.

Closing hymn and Departure of the Colours

Hymn 313 "Lord of all hopefulness"

Thank you for worshipping with us today.
We hope you will worship with us again soon.