Prayers & Worship Resources

Prayer and worship is central to all that we do as Mothers’ Union members. We produce many prayers, services and worship resources throughout the year. Our practical support for families and communities is motivated by our faith and sustained by our prayers. Members pray for each other everyday through the Wave of Prayer and each year an annual theme is decided, which focuses members' prayers and actions on particular aspects of Mothers' Union's work and faith. 

As a young woman our founder Mary Sumner took a special interest in women and their families. When she started meeting with mothers of her parish in 1876 Mary wrote the first Mothers' Union prayer. Her words are still an inspiration for us today.

The Mary Sumner Prayer

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.

The current prayer, like the original, focuses on the real concerns and needs of women throughout the world. As you use it, both in your personal worship and as part of your collective prayer times, apply it to your own local situation as well as to the wider work of Mothers’ Union worldwide.

The Mothers’ Union Prayer

Loving Lord,We thank you for your love so freely given to us all.We pray for families around the world.Bless the work of the Mothers' Unionas we seek to share your lovethrough the encouragement, strengthening and support of marriage and family life.Empowered by your Spirit, may we be united in prayer and worship,and in love and service reach out as your hands across the world.In Jesus' name.Amen