Category Archives: Mother’s Day

Your Mom Prays for You

for Sunday, May 12, 2013
7th Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day
Year C
lectionary focus: John 17:20-26

(note: If you used my Lenten Series on Prayer, this would be a good time to remind the children that prayer is something we always do, it is a continuous part of how we connect with God and with each other.)

IMG_5126Good Morning!
Today is Mother’s Day. Today we celebrate our moms and thank them for all they do for us. I was talking to your moms and I asked them to share with me what they do for all of you. Your moms do a lot! Your moms go to work; they do chores; they go to the grocery store; they keep track of what is going on and where things are; they plan things; they clean up things; they study; they learn; they teach. Moms do a lot of different things. But one thing that all the moms told me, one thing that each one does every day…every single day, your mom prays for you. Yes, you! Your mom prays every day that no matter what happens–good, sad, or scary–that God will be with you and keep you strong and feeling loved. Your moms do lots of things, but each one of them said she lifts up her children in prayer each day.

In our Bible story today, Jesus prays for his friends. When we listen to His words we hear that He is praying not just for those around Him then, but for everyone–all the people then, since then, now, and in the future. Jesus prays that God’s children will be united as one family and that God’s children will know that they are loved by God. Jesus knows that being family with those around us…at home and church and school…will help us feel God’s love during the good, the sad, and the scary.

Moms are following Jesus’ example when they pray for their children. And we can complete the circle and pray for our moms, too. We can lift up our moms in prayer asking God to be with them, keeping them strong and feeling loved. Today we celebrate Mom and let her know she is special to us. But just as every day she prays for you, you can pray for her every day.

Will you pray with me? (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for my mom.
Be with her
and keep her strong.
Let her know
that You love her
and that I do, too.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.
Happy Mother’s Day!

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To Be Invited

May 13, 2012
6th Sunday of Easter
Mother’s Day
lectionary focus: Acts 10:44-48
note: Who knew there was such history to Mother’s Day?

Good morning.
Alleluia!
In our Bible stories today, we hear about the early church, about the disciples going forth into the world to teach about Jesus and to share God’s love. In the Book of Acts, after Peter has baptized a group of people, the story says then they invited him to stay for several days.

I started thinking about this word invited. To invite is to ask someone to join you, to welcome someone into your group. In this story, the people were so thankful to Peter that they wanted him to feel welcome and special; they wanted to show God’s love back to Peter so they invited him to stay.

And in our lives, we, too, make invitations. Some are simple invitations…we just ask or make a phone call; some are fancy invitations that we write and put in the mail. We invite people to come play at our house, or to have dinner with us, or to come to our birthday party. I can remember my mother helping me with the invitations to my first spend-the-night party; she helped me to write everything perfectly and then she helped me to make sure each of my guests felt welcome and special.

Here in our church, we, too, invite people. We scoot over, inviting others to sit with us; we invite people to pray with us, to share the Peace of Christ; to come to the table; to join our church family. And when we invite others, we make them feel welcome and special and show God’s love to them.

Mother's Day 1991 complete with mother/daughter dresses!

But what about today? Today is Mother’s Day. All around the world, children are inviting their mom to have a special day with flowers, cards, a fancy meal, playing games. Moms are great; they do so much for us; we are so thankful for them. Let each of us show God’s love and our love for our mom: invite her to your Mother’s Day Celebration and make her feel welcome and special.

Now I invite you to pray with me. (This is an echo prayer: the leader says a line and the children repeat it back.)

Dear Lord,
Thank You
for inviting us
to be Your children.
Thank You
for my mom.
Help me show Your love
and invite my mom
so she feels
welcome and special.
Amen

We are not Christians alone.
My mission is to share, inspire, and encourage.