Perhaps you have wondered if you actually should preach a Mother’s Day sermon. I dealt with that subject last year here. I even posted my Mother’s Day sermon from last year. But, if you decide to do it (and you’d better hurry) here are a few ideas you might find helpful on that Hallmark Holiday.
- Center it in the Gospel. Never give up your opportunity to preach the Gospel. Ever. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. How did he come here? Through the womb of a willing woman. Go for it. (Again, last year’s post dealt with some of this.)
- Make it biblical. There are dozens of episodes in the bible that can provide good examples (and bad) for modern moms. There is (of course) the super-woman of Proverbs 31, but obvious names like Eunice, Lois, Mary, Elizabeth, Hannah, Eve, and even Paul’s ‘foster mother’ (Romans 16) can inspire a great message too.
- Acknowledge the Mother’s Day ambivalence as you begin preaching. There are non-moms in the room who have deep pain and regret for never having children…or continually trying unsuccessfully. There are moms who have lost their children to death or drugs or family dysfunction. But naming the reality and the pain has a soothing effect on the listeners.
- Celebrate all of our mothers, not just those mothers present. While not all of us are mothers, all of us have mothers. A Mother’s Day sermon might encourage every listener to remember, give thanks for, reconnect with, or celebrate their own mom.
- Stay away from saccharine. Sweet, sappy stories from a sermon illustration websites usually always miss their intended mark. Be real. Talk about your own mom.
- Give your wife a head’s up on the sermon. Assuming you are a married man, ask for her feedback before you leave for church on Sunday to preach it. If you are a woman preaching on this…never mind!
- Pray for the mothers before the end of your sermon. Mother’s Day is always an opportunity to pray for the moms and their role as parent and grandparent. I usually give every mom a rose, by the way.
- If you are not preaching on a this theme for Mother’s Day, at least acknowledge the day and the occasion as your begin your message. May the Lord be with you.
There is almost no other Hallmark Holiday that I feel compelled to preach on besides Mother’s Day. Indeed, out of gratitude for my own mother, and in admiration and thanksgiving for my wife and her role as mother to my children, and out of the amazed joy I have for my grandchildren’s mothers, I usually make it a big moment.
Canon David has over 35 years of local congregational ministry, diocesan and national involvement, leadership, and ministry experience and is the founder of Leaderworks. He was the founding Rector/Pastor, Christ Church, Plano and currently serves as the Strategic Leader and Dean, Diocese of C4SO.