Ages ago I wrote two hymns for Mothering Sunday – if you’re sick of the same old hymns every year and want to try something different, you’re welcome to help yourself to these.
All our blessings
Tune: All things bright and beautiful
All our blessings, all our joys
With thankful hearts we sing,
Lord of life and Lord of love,
Accept the praise we bring.
For parents and for children,
For husbands, wives, and friends,
For those whose care enfolds us
With love that never ends.
For fellowship and friendship
We both receive and give,
For those who’ve shared our journey
And taught us how to live.
For all who’ve shared our sorrow,
Walked with us in our pain,
Who’ve held our hand through darkness
And showed us light again.
In sacrifice and service
Your love is clearly shown,
Your outstretched arms embrace us
to bring us safely home.
For those who give us life and breath
Tune: O Waly Waly
For those who gave us life and breath,
For love that’s stronger far than death,
Today we bring our thankful hearts,
For all a mothering love imparts.
For kindness, patience, warmth and care,
For each embrace, each smile, each tear,
Each word of peace, each healing touch,
These simple gifts which mean so much.
We look to you, our mothering Lord,
Who shows love’s cost, and love’s reward,
Your passion fiercer than the grave,
Nailed to the world you came to save.
So teach your people how to live,
How to endure, how to forgive,
Teach us to trust, to sacrifice,
To share the love that has no price.
7 thoughts on “Hymns for Mothering Sunday”
Hi, I think our semi-formal choir might like to sing one of these. How would you like your authorship acknowledged?
However you like! In my experience if there’s no name at the bottom of the hymn sheet people just ask you anyway, so you can head them off at the pass by simply saying “Words (c) Ally Barrett, used by permission” – if you want to include my website address that’s also great. But whatever works locally is fine. Really glad you liked the hymn – and feel free to use any of them (there are a load more on the hymns page of this site (under the ‘writing’ drop down menu).
Love the hymns, Ally. I will keep hold of these and use another year. Many thanks, Hilary.
My pleasure – glad you liked them.
What beautiful and thoughtful hymns. Thank you!!
Blessings to you, Rev’d Barrett, for these beautiful hymns. Peace and light from Boston in the States.
Thank you! And every blessing to you.