Mother’s Day is a big day for many churches and the mother’s day sermon is really important. And while the day can be a great celebration, it can also be a painful time for many people. Here are a few helpful lessons for Mother’s Day and preaching a Mother’s Day message.
1. Don’t say “I’d like all the mothers to stand.” Affirming mothers is great, but asking them to stand can be painful for someone. Really painful. Chances are, there is someone in the congregation who is trying to get pregnant or just lost a baby. For that person, sitting down in a room full of other standing moms is horrifying.
2. Don’t say “If you’re the youngest/oldest mother here, please stand.” This might seem like a creative idea, but it’s a more focused version of what I mentioned above. Plus, it’s really not all that creative. For a great perspective from a woman on this, read Amy Young’s post.
3. Most pastors are not moms, so it’s a good idea to send your sermon to moms and get feedback before you preach it. Getting feedback ahead of time is better than getting an evaluation after the fact. You don’t have to call a meeting or have a big creative team…just email your message notes to three or four moms and ask for their honest opinion.
On a side note, Father’s Day is a month away. In my observation, churches really try to honor, cherish and affirm mothers with the mother’s day sermon only to yell at Fathers with the father’s day sermon a month later. Maybe dads need some encouragement too.