This Week at Chester Presbyterian Church - Peace and Joy to You!
In celebration of all the women who have offered to be mothers, mentors, guides, leaders, encouragers, role models in our lives, this devotion is adapted from the Great Prayer of Thanksgiving offered during the 2017 Presbyterian Women’s Spring Gathering:
It is right, and a good and joyful thing always and everywhere to give thanks to you, Almighty God, creator of heaven and earth. Your presence is made known to all, most assuredly through generations of faithful women. At the beginning of the covenant, there was Sarah, Mother of nations. As the covenant moved down through the years, Rebekah nurtured the line you intended. As mothers through the ages, Rachel wept for children while Shiphrah and Puah, midwives of Egypt, outwitted mighty Pharaoh while Miriam sang the oldest hymn of praise to you we know.
Rahab Ruth, and Esther left legacies of vision and risk, Hannah rose and you listened. Listening still, Elizabeth and Mary offered magnificent life songs of devotion to raise faithful servants, even a Messiah.
Martha and Mary were devoted servants, while a Samaritan woman at the well opened the door for all. Lydia and Chloe led and nurtured young faith communities. A poor widow gave her all, and mighty Pilate’s wife dared to dream of a better way. For these mighty acts of your daughters of creation, we praise your name, O God.
Holy are you, and blessed is Jesus Christ your Son. Nurtured by Mary, you anointed him to bring good news to the poor and to proclaim release to the captives. Engaging the Syrophonecian woman, and the woman with a hemorrhage, Jesus confronted the demons of oppression. Women rejoiced as they joined his disciples doing great work in his name. At his death on the cross women stood witness when others fled. They returned to be the first to witness the risen Christ. Jesus sent them to go and tell. Down through the ages the word has passed from them to us, even today. Send your Holy Spirit upon us in recognition of the witness of sainted women who have gone before sharing the word of Mary’s son, our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.