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  Prayers of the People/Intercession on Mother’s Day

Sermon Quotes on Mother's Day

A Mother’s Day Prayer of Intercession

Thanks, Lord for the gifts of life, of love and of care

that come from You,

wrapped in our moms and step-moms,

in our grand-moms, great-grandmoms …

daughters, sisters, and aunts.

We’re grateful for the good gifts they’ve given us …

The lessons taught and learned.

The hugs shared and tears shed with us.

The late nights and early mornings given in love.

The faithful life shown and the gospel-told.

Thank You Jesus for these special women in our lives.

Why are we so blessed while others are alone –

who’ve lost a mother’s love to diseases like AIDS,

to divorce, to distance or death?

Comfort those whose table will have an empty chair

where a mom sat last Mother’s Day.

For all our loved ones who are ill –

by your grace, we pray for healing.

For all who mourn –

by your grace, we pray for comfort.

For marriages, once good and strong but now disintegrating –

by your grace, we pray for understanding,

reconciliation and restoration.

For alienated kids –

by your grace, enable them to come home.

For our world, so full of hatred and war –

by your grace, we pray for peace and hope.

For your church—often to much like the world—

by your grace, we pray for you to set us free,

to make us more like you and less like the world,

to make us a pure light, that shines in the dark world

likes stars on a clear, dark night.

And for our preacher today—

by your grace, we pray for his/her thoughts to be your thoughts,

his/her words, your words by the anointing of Your spirit.

And that we might hear, understand and live your words to us.

Jesus—this we pray in Your name,

Praying together as you taught us to, saying (The Lord’s Prayer)

Richard Herman


Father-God, our burden bearer; Jesus, God the Son and lover of our souls; Spirit of God–giver of life and power: Thank You! Thank You for those we love and those who love us. Thank You for mothers and fathers; for grandparents and siblings; for families and friends; and brothers and sisters in Jesus. 

Thank You for protection in moments of danger and Your leading in moments of decision. All good gifts come from Your hand–and we thank you! We are grateful, too, for Your invitation and promise to cast our cares on You because You care for us. 

So we place our burdens in Your arms–arms that are strong, arms that are good, arms that are loving. We pray for those for whom today is a mixed blessing: for those who miss their moms–separated by distance or death … and for those who miss their children. 

Comfort and encourage them. Give joy and gratitude in remembering; along with courage and peace through Your constant presence. For those who have wanted children–but not able to have them: hold their tender hearts in Your hand today. Reveal Your love in unique and wonderful ways. And where possible, in Your will, work a miracle of your grace. 

For those whose families have not been a source of joy but of hurt, of contention or painful separation: restore & redeem relationships, but not to the way they were–make them better than they were: stronger, more gracious and open, more centered in Your honest love, and built on the rock-strong truth of Your gospel. 

We ask You to comfort those whose grief is fresh this week–comforting by your presence and by the good news of life that overcomes death by Your death and gives us hope by Your resurrection. We ask You to heal those who are ill or injured, recuperating or in rehab–strengthen them in body and soul with Your peace, hope, and power. 

For our nation–we pray for Your leading and direction, and for our willingness to walk in Your ways rather than run on our own. Guide our leaders in righteous and just ways–making them godly, courageous, wise and just according to Your truth. We are wrong–correct us; where we are right, confirm us. 

For our world–we pray for peace to replace war, compassion to replace bitterness, justice to replace oppression, truth to overcome lies and for all to honor You one day soon. For this church–grant us gifts of hospitality, grace and confidence in the Gospel, which we can share with our community. Make us light, salt and leaven–giving hope in dark times, flavor and life at all times–to Your glory and the good of our neighbors. All this, and more, we pray in the name that is above every name–the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN

Richard Herman


Thank You, Lord, for the gifts of life, of love and of care that come from You, wrapped in our moms and step-moms, in our grand-moms, great-grandmas, daughters, sisters, and aunts. 

We’re grateful for the good gifts they’ve given us …The lessons taught and learned. The hugs shared and tears shed with us. The late nights and early mornings given in love. The faithful life shown and the gospel-told. Thank You Jesus for these special women in our lives.

Why are we so blessed while others are alone–who’ve lost a mother’s love to diseases like AIDS, to divorce, to distance or death? Comfort those whose table will have an empty chair where a mom sat last Mother’s Day; and those who still feel a loss after many years.

For all our loved ones who are ill-by Your grace, we pray for healing and wholeness to ….

For all who mourn–by Your grace, we pray for comfort; whether the grief is fresh or lingering.

For marriages, once good and strong but now disintegrating–by Your grace, we pray for understanding, reconciliation and restoration.

For alienated kids–by Your grace, enable them to come home.

For our world, so full of hatred and war–by Your grace, we pray for peace and hope.

For your church—often too much like the world—by Your grace, we pray for You to set us free, to make us more like you and less like the world, to make us a pure light that shines in the dark world like stars on a clear, dark night.

We pray this all, in Your name. AMEN

Richard Herman