Thank you for women, and moms, on Mother’s Day

A congregational prayer


  • Ruth Boehm Faith Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario)


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I have two children by adoption. I am so grateful for birth mothers and foster mothers. I remember years of leading parent-child blessing services on Mother’s Day and how difficult that was for me before I had children. Even now, Mother’s Day is a tough day for children who are adopted. In our congregation we have people who have birth grandchildren, had difficult mothers, or are raising their sister’s children. We have a host of strong and courageous women. This prayer is for all such people.

Author Biography

Ruth Boehm, Faith Mennonite Church (Leamington, Ontario)

Ruth Boehm is a mother of two amazing children through the process of adoption and is married to Barry Bergen. She has been pastor at Faith Mennonite Church in Leamington, Ontario, for eighteen years. Previously, she volunteered with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) in Winnipeg with conflict resolution, was pastor for twelve years at Bethel Mennonite Church in Winnipeg, and spent three years in Nigeria with MCC seconded to Gindiri College of Theology teaching conflict resolution. She is a graduate of Canadian Mennonite Bible College and Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary. During her most recent sabbatical, she worked on a project that brings together images, scriptures, and prayer called Seeing with the Heart. It that can be found on