Mother’s Day offers a dilemma for the preacher. “Should I preach a sermon that is explicitly a Mother’s Day sermon?”
If I do, then the Father’s Day sermon must inevitable follow.
It’s not like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day are enshrined by centuries of tradition on the ecclesiastical calendar. The observance does not have its roots in church history, or biblical tradition. It’s a cultural observance, and a relatively novel one at that.
And then there’s the problem of the audience. A Mother’s Day sermon is great for mothers, but what about the women who aren’t mothers? What about women who do not have mothers? Or what about all the men in the congregation? Mother’s Day sermons are treacherous enterprises because someone is bound to feel left out.
On the other hand, we preachers love to preach sermons that are timely and relevant. And on the second Sunday of May, what is more timely than Mother’s Day? This is the day when more telephone calls are placed than any other day of the year. This is the day when every restaurant and hotel in the city are booked from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for brunch. So, if the preacher wants to hit the audience where they’re at, well, on the second Sunday of May they’re “at” Mother’s Day.
AND—it doesn’t matter who you are, male or female, you are somehow involved in this cultural hoopla we call Mother’s Day. So it’s timely, relevant, and I don’t see that there’s a valid objection to taking this Sunday of the year and preaching on a topic that somehow links to what’s on everyone’s mind: Mother.
Homiletics did not do any work on the Mother’s Day theme this year, but go to www.homileticsonline.com and check out:
- 2010: “How She’s Made”
- 2007: “Bag Lady Nightmare”
- 2005: “Wisteria”
- 2003: “Your Family: How It Works”
Have a great day!