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Mothering Sunday March 30th 2014

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A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving.

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Mothering Sunday is the fourth Sunday of Lent March 30th 2014. Although it’s often called Mothers’ Day it has no connection with the American festival of that name.

Traditionally, it was a day when children, mainly daughters, who had gone to work as domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother and family.

Today it is a day when children give presents, flowers, and home-made cards to their mothers.

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Quote from the book “Little Women” by Louisa M Alcott.

They always looked before turning the corner, for their mother was always at the window, to nod and smile, and wave her hand to them. Somehow it seemed as if they couldn’t have got through the day without that; for whatever their mood might be, the last glimpse of that motherly face was sure to affect them like sunshine.

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History of Mothering Sunday

Most Sundays in the year churchgoers in England worship at their nearest parish or ‘daughter church’.

Centuries ago it was considered important for people to return to their home or ‘mother’ church once a year. So each year in the middle of Lent, everyone would visit their ‘mother’ church – the main church or cathedral of the area.

Inevitably the return to the ‘mother’ church became an occasion for family reunions when children who were working away returned home. (It was quite common in those days for children to leave home for work once they were ten years old.)

And most historians think that it was the return to the ‘Mother’ church which led to the tradition of children, particularly those working as domestic servants, or as apprentices, being given the day off to visit their mother and family.

As they walked along the country lanes, children would pick wild flowers or violets to take to church or give to their mother as a small gift.

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A MOTHER’S MESSAGE FROM HEAVEN

I see you, darling, all the time,

I know everything you do,

Would you believe, my dearest child

I’m even closer now to you.

For I can see inside your mind,

Indeed, inside your heart,

I even know you better now,

Than I did before, sweetheart.

I’ve always loved you – you know that,

But maybe now I love you more,

I love the adult that you’ve become,

Just as I loved the child before.

I know how much you miss me, honey,

Well, I miss you, too,

I miss our talking and our laughing,

And all we used to do.

Whether you are six or sixty,

You’ll always be my precious child,

You’re the baby that I carried,

And the adult that’s helped me smile.

What you need to understand,

Though death has taken me away,

Is that I’ve not left you, darling,

I am still with you today.

Honey, I could never leave you,

God, of course, would not want that,

Physically, we are apart,

But our hearts are still attached.

I love you all the time,

You cannot get away from me,

That’s the way a Mother is,

Right into eternity.

Every day I’m with you

I see you from above,

And I want for you to know

How very much you’re loved.

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The words of this poem are so comforting. They are so true.

A mother never stops loving any of her children or grandchildren in life or in death.

This poem comforts mothers who are suffering from “empty nest” syndrome too!

Margaret Mainwaring.

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Some amusing quotes about Mothers.

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Brilliant answers given by 2nd grade school children to the following questions!!

Why did God make mothers?

  1. She’s the only one who knows where the scotch tape is.

  2. Mostly to clean the house.

  3. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?

  1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.

  2. Magic plus super powers and a lot of stirring.

  3. God made my Mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

What ingredients are mothers made of?

  1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.

  2. They had to get their start from men’s bones. Then they mostly use string, I think.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other Mom?

  1. We’re related.

  2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people’s Moms like me.

What kind of little girl was your Mom?

  1. My Mom has always been my Mom and none of that other stuff.

  2. I don’t know because I wasn’t there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.

  3. They say she used to be nice.

What did Mom need to know about Dad before she married him?

  1. His last name.

  2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer?

  3. Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your Mom marry your Dad?

  1. My Dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my Mom eats a lot.

  2. She got too old to do anything else with him.

  3. My grandma says that Mom didn’t have her thinking cap on.

Who’s the boss at your house?

  1. Mom doesn’t want to be boss, but she has to because Dad’s such a goof ball.

  2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.

  3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What’s the difference between Moms and Dads?

  1. Moms work at work and work at home, and Dads just go to work at work.

  2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.

  3. Dads are taller and stronger, but Moms have all the real power ’cause that’s who you got to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend’s.

  4. Moms have magic; they make you feel better without medicine.

What does your Mom do in her spare time?

  1. Mothers don’t do spare time.

  2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What would it take to make your Mom perfect?

  1. On the inside she’s already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.

  2. Diet. You know her hair. I’d diet, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your Mom, what would it be?

  1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I’d get rid of that.

  2. I’d make my Mom smarter. Then she would know it was my sister who did it and not me.

  3. I would like for her to get rid of those invisible eyes on the back of her head.

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Simnel Cake

Simnel cake made with fuit and spices is often eaten on Mothering Sunday. Taditionally it was made by children and given to their Mothers on Mothering Sunday. Simnel cakes are eaten at Easter too. The cake sometimes comes decorated with 11 marzipan balls, one for each of the disciples. The 12th, Judas, who betrayed Jesus, is not included.

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QUOTES ABOUT MOTHERS

“The hand that rocks the cradle is the hand that rules the world.” W.R. Wallace

“God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers.” Jewish Prover. (Poetic Licence here. God is actually everywhere!)

“No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother’s love.” Edwin Chapin

A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity,it dares all things and

crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path. Agatha Christie

“When I pick up one of my children and cuddle them, all the strain and stress of life temporarily disappears. There is nothing more wonderful than motherhood and no one will ever love you as much as a small child.” Nicola Horlick

“A mother’s love is patient and forgiving when all others are forsaking, and it never fails or falters, even though the heart is breaking.” Helen Steiner Rice

“The strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” Barbara Kingsolver

“A mother holds her children’s hands for a while…their hearts forever.” Unknown

“As a parent you try to maintain a certain amount of control and so you have this tug-of-war … You have to learn when to let go. And that’s not easy.” Aretha Franklin

“Mothers are instinctive philosophers.” Harriet Beecher Stowe

“The biggest lesson we have to give our children is truth.” Goldie Hawn

“Before becoming a mother I had a hundred theories on how to bring up children. Now I have seven children and only one theory: Love them, especially when they least deserve to be loved.” Kate Samperi

“Mother is the one we count on for the things that matter most of all.” Katherine Butler Hathaway

A mother understands what a child does not say. Jewish proverb

“Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers.” Judith Martin

“Children seldom misquote you. They more often repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said.” Mae Maloo

Motherhood is the most important of all the professions — requiring more knowledge than any other department in human affairs.

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavour by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts. Washington Irving

“It is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.” Ann Landers

“There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: One is roots. The other is wings.” Hodding Carter, Jr.

“Love your children with all your hearts, love them enough to discipline them before it is too late…Praise them for important things, even if you have to stretch them a bit. Praise them a lot. They live on it like bread and butter and they need it more than bread and butter.” Lavina Christensen Fuga

“No influence is so powerful as that of the mother.” Sarah Josepha Hale

“Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.” Sophocles

“All the earth, though it were full of kind hearts, is but a desolation and a desert place to a mother when her only child is absent.” Elizabeth Gaskell

A mother’s love liberates. Maya Angelou

“If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” Bette Davis

“A man loves his sweetheart the most, his wife the best, but his mother the longest.” Irish Proverb

“Our children are not going to be just “our children” – they are going to be other people’s husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.” Mary S Calderone

Possibly Controversial Quotes About Mothers!

“All mothers are working mothers.” Author Unknown

“Any mother could perform the jobs of several air traffic controllers with ease.” Lisa Alther

“If at first you don’t succeed, do it the way your mother told you to.” Unknown

“Now, as always, the most automated appliance in a household is the mother.” Beverly Jones

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Author Unknown

“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do well matters very much.” Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

“The outside world doesn’t have a lot to offer. You have to make your own heaven in your own home.” Bette Midler

“Motherhood cannot finally be delegated. Breast-feeding may succumb to the bottle; cuddling, fondling, and paediatric visits may also be done by fathers…but when a child needs a mother to talk to, nobody else but a mother will do.” Erica Jong

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and The Roku box in The UK and The United States. You can also watch programmes on their website http://www.revelationtv.com/ They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely, and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family. They have really helpful programmes to help people grow in their Christian life. Their programmes also help you if you are not sure about your faith and want to understand more. They have live interactive programmes too. These are really good if you are lonely, afraid or worried. We all go through times when we need spiritual help. They also have programmes where you can send your prayer requests.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association www.PeaceWithGod.net

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There is more to pancake day than just pancakes!

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Pancakes are delicious and you can eat them with almost anything! My favoutite way is the traditonal way, with lemon juice and sugar. Pancakes are lovely with fruit, jam or honey. Savoury pancakes with meat or creamy mushroom sauce are really appetising. But Pancake day(also called Shrove Tuesday) has a tradition dating back to the early Christian religion. Shrove Tuesday is the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of the Season of Lent. Shrove in Middle English is shriven, which means confession. In the early days of the Christian religion, Christians went to confession during the season of Lent, only. Shrove Tuesday was a day of celebration with much food and drink because beginning on Ash Wednesday people would fast for forty days as sign of repentance for their sins. In French-speaking nations Shrove Tuesday is called Mardi Gras, which roughly means Tuesday of Fat! In the United Kingdom it is the day we enjoy cooking, tossing and eating pancakes! In some places they have pancake races!  Shrove Tuesday is a day when we have a feast of pancakes. It is because during Lent, many Christians perform fasting or abstinence from sweet things.

We can celebrate Shrove Tuesday by enjoying our pancakes and thanking God for His provision of food for the year since last pancake day! Not everyone is so fortunate. There are many people starving in the world. We live in a fallen world and this is not the way God wants things to be. He created a perfect world in the beginning. One day(no-one knows when it will be), Jesus will return to earth for the second time and God’s Kingdom will be restored.

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This year 2014

Shrove Tuesday is on 4th March

Ash Wednesday is on 5th March. This is the beginning of Lent.

Holy Week is the week beforeEaster, commemorating events in the last days of Jesus’ life on Earth.

Palm Sunday is on 13th April 2014. It is the sixth and last Sunday of Lent and the beginning of Holy Week.  It is the day Jesus arrived in Jerusalem.

Maundy Thursday (Holy Thursday) is on 17th April. This is the day when we remember The Last Supper, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal by Judas.

Good Friday (Holy Friday) is on 18th April 2014. This is when we remember the arrest, trial, crucifixion, death and burial of Jesus Christ.

Holy Saturday is on 19th April 2014. This is the Sabbath on which Jesus rested in the grave.

Easter Sunday is on 20th Aprin 2014. This is when we celebrate the miracle of Jesus rising from the dead.

The word ‘Lent’ appears to have its beginnings in Anglo-Saxon, where the word means to lengthen, indicating that days are getting longer and spring is coming. Lent is thought to last for 40 days, although it is actually 46, as the Sundays are not counted.

‘Lenting’ means sticking to fasting during Lent. The word ‘Carnival’ is derived from a Latin phrase meaning ‘no meat;’, and originally was connected with the three days of feasting and celebration before Ash Wednesday.

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 Ash Wednesday is a day when early Christians would wrap themselves in sack cloth and spend the next forty days in acts of mortification and penance. The left over palms from Palm Sunday, the previous year are burned to ashes. The ashes are blessed in preparation for marking the foreheads of the people as sign of their admission of sin, and the need for repentance. This practice of placing ashes on the forehead of the people began in the Middle Ages and replaced the wearing of sack cloth.

Ash Wednesday, the day after Shrove Tuesday, is when we get Blessed ashes on the forehead as a sign that we love Jesus and are repentant of sins. For forty days after Ash Wednesday, Christians abstain from something or do something extra good. It is in preparation for Easter, and it is also in remembrance of the time when the Lord spent forty days fasting in the desert.

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1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.

3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple.

6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written: “‘He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour.

9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

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The church often uses colours for seasons. The colour for Lent is purple, which means both sorrow (because we do wrong), and royalty.

Some churches decorate their church with grey banners and cloths for the whole season of Lent as a reminder of the grey ashes of Ash Wednesday.

In the Middle Ages many Christians had the Ash Wednesday ashes sprinkled on their heads, and some wore rough sackcloth clothes to show they were sorry for what they had done wrong.

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Maundy Thursday is the day before Good Friday. This is when we remember The Last Supper, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane and the betrayal by Judas.

In the past the King or Queen would wash the feet of poor people on Maundy Thursday to remind them of Jesus washing the feet of his friends, the disciples on the night of the last supper. Nowadays in the United Kingdom Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2 gives out Maundy money, in a symbolic ceremony, in the one of our cathedrals, to a group of pensioners. It is a tradition that the number of pensioners and the amount of coins matches the age of the sovereign.

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Jesus washing disciples feet John 13:1-17  Jesus washes the disciples feet.

1 Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour was come that he should depart out of this world unto the Father, having loved his own which were in the world, he loved them unto the end.

2 And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him;

3 Jesus knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he was come from God, and went to God;

4 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself.

5 After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.

6 Then cometh he to Simon Peter: and Peter saith unto him, Lord, dost thou wash my feet?

7 Jesus answered and said unto him, What I do thou knowest not now; but thou shalt know hereafter.

8 Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me.

9 Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head.

10 Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.

11 For he knew who should betray him; therefore said he, Ye are not all clean.

12 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?

13 Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

14 If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.

15 For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.

16 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.

17 If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.

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How do we wash one another’s feet? We as Christians should be forgiving and compassionate towards others. This is what Jesus requires of us, that we should treat other people as we would wish to be treated.

The Two Great Commandments of Jesus.  Matthew chapter 22 verses 34-40

34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.

35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:

36 “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?”

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’

38 This is the first and greatest commandment.

39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself.’

40 All the Law* and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

(* The Ten Commandments  Exodus chapter 20)

When we fully obey these two commandments of Jesus, we will find that we are in fact, obeying the Ten Commandments.

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My next post about Easter includes the Bible story of The Last Supper, the agony in the Garden of Gethsemane, the betrayal, trial, crucifixion of Jesus and on the third day the empty tomb and Jesus is alive!

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I recommend that you watch The Revelation TV Channel on Sky channel number 581 or Freesat channel 692 and The Roku Box In the USA. You can also watch programmes on their website  http://www.revelationtv.com  They are a Christian channel. They have live, interactive programmes, which are wonderful for people who are lonely,  and many programmes that help people learn about the love of God and how to live the Christian life. The presenters and guests make you feel that you are part of the Church family. They have really helpful programmes to help people grow in their Christian life. Their programmes also help you if you are not sure about your faith and want to understand more. They have live interactive programmes too. These are really good if you are lonely, afraid or worried. We all go through times when we need spiritual help. They also have programmes where you can send your prayer requests.

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association www.PeaceWithGod.net

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