2017 MU Cluster Sermon

Sermon given at the Mother’s Union Cluster Festival service, 20th June 2017

By Rev Trudy Hobson

May I speak in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18)

Our new Testament reading today really does seem to be the bed rock of the Mothers Union. I have spent some time exploring the website, and have heard many different people tell me about what they and the Mothers Union is doing in our world today, and it is so heartening that is focused on God. This is very clear in the vision statement: “Our vision is of a world where God’s love is shown through loving, respectful and flourishing relationships”. The Mother’s Union mission is to “show our Christian faith by the transformation of communities worldwide.

I also read that there are “more than four million members of Mother’s Union today in 83 countries around the world”.

let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth” (1 John 3:18)

So, there are 4 million members, that’s 4 million people who are actively praying and working for the transformation of our world, so that it will know God’s Love. that is 4 million people sharing the good news of Christ. And one of the aims and objectives of the Mother’s Union is “To maintain a worldwide fellowship of Christians united in prayer, worship and service”

Just take that in for a moment.

That’s huge!! 4 million people all praying for God’s Kingdom to be realised here on earth.

With prayer as a foundation, much good work has grown and flourished. Here are just a few examples from the lincoln diocese:

  • Opportunities for holidays for those in particular need through our AFIA
  • Runs the play area, and helps with day conferences in Lincoln Prison, and has opened a Branch in Morton Hall Women’s Prison
  • Supporting Women’s refuges in the Diocese
  • Provides a Monthly Wave of Prayer – for your daily devotions
  • knitting clothing for premature babies,
  • running drop-in centres and lunch clubs,
  • sending baptism anniversary cards, and making toy bags for toddlers in church.
  • provide an ongoing supply of knitted teddies to Lincolnshire Ambulance service, for them to give to children they transport.

And not only all that and more, but they also ask if there are local needs that are not being met, if there is more that the Mothers Union can do to help others.

This really is something to celebrate. The Mothers Union is practically enacting our Christian faith. The Mothers Union is loving with actions and truth. This is doing Just as Jesus commanded in our gospel today, to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked and visit the imprisoned. And by doing all these and more for those in need in our world, we are doing it for Christ, for he said, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40)

The Mothers Union does amazing work locally and world-wide, but don’t let us sit back and rest on our laurels, on the things that we have done. Let us give thanks and continue to love with actions and in truth, let us pray continually for transformation of communities through witnessing God’s love in us, through being Christ for others.

Let us keep Mary Sumner’s prayer always close to our heart;

All this day, O Lord, let me touch as many lives as possible for thee; and every life I touch, do thou by thy spirit quicken, whether through the word I speak, the prayer I breathe, or the life I live. Amen