Week Four
Monday Evening

Greeting and Doxology


Your maternal love surrounds us. Your sure and tender care protects us always.

I waited and waited for God.
At long last God bent down
to hear
my complaint,
and pulled me from the grave
of the swamp,
and gave me a steady stride
on rock-
solid ground.
God taught me a new song,
hymn of praise.
Seeing all this,
many will be moved
to trust
in the Lord.
Happy are they who
trust in God,
not seduced by idols
nor won o
ver by lies.

You do so many wonders.
You show your care for us,
Lord my God:
You are be
yond compare.
Were I to
name them all,
no one
could keep track.

You did not seek offerings
ask for sacrifices;
but you drilled ears
me to hear.

“Yes,” I said, “I will come
to live by your
written word.”
I want to do what
pleases you;
your teaching is
in my heart.

I cele
brate your justice
before all
the assembly;
I do not hold
back the story.
Lord, you know
this is true.

I did not hide in my heart
acts of rescue;
I boldly declare to all
your truth and care, your
faithful love.

Your maternal love
rounds me, Lord.
Your sure and tender care
tects me always.

Countless e
vils surround me,
more than the hairs on my head;
My sins overwhelm me,
so many I can hardly see,
My courage fails me.

Please, Lord, rescue me;
Lord, help me.
Stop my killers, shame them,
wipe out my
bitter enemies.
Let those who jeer at me,
bad for you!”
be reward
ed with shame.

But let all who seek you
and count
on your strength
Sing and dance and cheer
“Glory to God!”

Though I am weak and poor
cares for me.
My help, my savior,
God, act now!

READING Isaiah 49: 14-16a

Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child, or show no compassion for the child in her womb?
Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.
See I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands.


May our hearts overflow with love for one another as we rejoice in your love for us.

I acclaim the greatness of the Lord,
I delight in God my savior,
who regarded my humble state.
Truly from this day on
all ages will call me blest.

For God, wonderful in power,
has used that strength for me.
Holy the name of the Lord!
Whose mercy embraces the faithful,
one generation to the next.

The might arm of God
scatters the proud in their conceit,
pulls tyrants from their thrones,
and raises up the humble.
The Lord fills the starving
and lets the rich go hungry.

God rescues lowly Israel,
recalling the promise of mercy,
the promise made to our ancestors,
to Abraham's heirs for ever.


Grateful for your creative love, O God, we pray for those who bear life. Confident of your care for them, we pray
Protect them in your love

For women who bring forth their children in uncertainty—for refugees and for the homeless, we pray:
For women who are dismayed to find themselves pregnant, we pray:
For women who lack the resources to care for their children, we pray:
For women whose children have disappeared, we pray:
For women who watch their children suffer and die, we pray:
For women who generously embrace the experience of motherhood, we pray:



Your maternal love surrounds us, O God, nurturing and sustaining our lives. Inspired by your gentle care, may we offer our support and encouragement to those whom you have called to nurture new life. Give them strength and courage, patience and joy, as they tend these most vulnerable members of Christ’s body. We offer this prayer through the intercession of Mary who bore your Son Jesus to our world. Amen.

May God’s blessing be upon us. Amen
May God’s light lead us in the way of Righteousness. Amen.
May our lives be patterned on Christ Jesus. Amen.