Recognizing Father’s Day

As Father’s Day quickly approaches, I hope the prayers of intercession and children’s sermon provided below will help you in your preparations for worship. This is a wonderful day to celebrate and with careful planning and sensitivity, I believe it can be a rich day of thanksgiving for all!

Prayers of Intercession for Father’s Day

Children’s Sermon for Father’s Day
Purchase fishing bobbers at a local store or online to give one to each man in church.

Bobber Tags for Gift (optional)
To use the tags, simply print out on Avery® 5371 business cards or regular card stock and cut out, then punch a hole and thread fishing line to connect the tag to the bobber. It makes a nice addition to the gift.

Honoring All Mothers: Resources for Worship

As leaders in ministry with children and family, it often falls to us to help plan and visualize worship celebrations for Mother’s Day. I hope the prayers and resources below will help you discern what might work best for your congregation or spark a new and creative idea for you. First, a few thoughts on celebrating Mother’s Day in worship.

Growing up Mother’s Day was a special day to celebrate my mom with a bouquet of dandelions from our field, a cup of her favorite tea, and a new something special handmade at school. When I moved away from home, I expanded my understanding to include the women who mothered me through college, seminary, and early adulthood. Then, I became a mom — now the recipient of dandelion bouquets and handmade masterpieces. Along the way, I was blessed to meet women who became like sisters and loved me enough to “mother” me through tough times. Not to mention the many women I’ve encountered in my ministry who have showed me different ways women mother in the world. Today, Mother’s Day has such a broader and wider meaning in my life than it did when I was a little girl.

This ever growing sense of the greater scope of what it means to be a mother influences how I plan worship on Mother’s Day. I also keep close at heart the need to approach this day with great care and sensitivity. Paul reminds us in First Corinthians that as members of the community of Christ we are to care for one another. On Mother’s Day, this means we must both celebrate the joy and acknowledge the pain of being a woman on this day. It means honoring a woman’s worth is not tied to being a mother. And it means remembering many women long for motherhood but as of yet remain childless. It means recognizing some are grieving the death of their mothers and some mothers grieve the death of their children. As a community formed in the light and love of Christ, to care for one another means we must honor the wide spectrum of mothering.

And to all the moms out there who are planning Mother’s Day for others, thank you for all you do to lead in ministry, I see you and I give thanks for you.

Peace, 

Danyelle

Resources for Mother’s Day Worship: 

  • I’ve written a special children’s sermon to celebrate the gift of love and to acknowledge all church mothers who train up the next generation with love.
    Children’s Sermon

  • These prayers honor female imagery of God found throughout the Bible and lift up prayers of celebration and concern for women on this day.
    Prayers for Worship

  • This powerful testimony leaves no woman left out on Mother’s Day and acknowledges both the joy and pain of mothering.
    Wide Spectrum of Mothering Handout

  • This is a beautiful story of the Biblical creation story retold to break down traditional assumptions that God is male, allowing young girls of all ethnicities to see themselves in the divine. The link takes you to Storypath, a site dedicated to sharing the rich theological resource of children’s books for Christian education; it is part of a project at Union Theological Seminary.
    Children’s Book, When God Was a Little Girl
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Proper 23C

Day: Proper 23C

Lectionary Passage: Psalm 66:1-12

Scripture Focus: Psalm 66:1-2

Object: None

I bet you’ve noticed that in worship we do a lot of singing. Every Sunday we sing songs together. Have you ever wondered why we do that? Well, the answer is pretty simple. Do you want to know? Okay, I’ll tell you. We sing songs in church because the Bible tells us to!

It says that we should shout to the Lord and sing praises to God. So, whenever we get together for worship, we sing songs about God to God. And, you know what? No matter what, we can all sing to God. Even if you’re not the best singer, God made your voice and wants to hear it! So, remember to sing songs to God and sing them loudly!!

Let’s pray: God thank you for giving each of us a special voice to sing praises to you. Help us to sing loudly in church because we are singing to you. Amen.

Lent 5C

Day: Lent 5C

Lectionary Passage: John 12:1-11

Scripture Focus: John 12:3-8

Object: $20 bill

This morning, I’ve got $20 with me and I need your help to pick the best way to spend it. Now, I could use the money to buy a bag of food to give away to people who are hungry. Or, I could use the money to buy a new songbook for others to sing praise to God. Well, let’s take a poll: Raise your hand if you would buy food for the hungry…. now, raise your hand if you would buy a songbook to worship God… it’s a tough one!

In our Bible story today, the same kind of thing happens. There was this woman named Mary who bought a really expensive perfume and she used it to worship God by pouring it over the feet of Jesus. I know that sounds like a strange thing to do, but it was a way for Mary to show her love for Jesus. One of the people who saw her pour the expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet got really angry. He thought Mary was wasting money that could have been used to feed the poor.

You know, Jesus didn’t mind that Mary used her money for worship. But, he also taught us to help the poor, too. Jesus wants us to worship God and help others. So, remember, as Jesus’ friends we need to find ways to use our money to help others and to worship God. Because God cares about full tummies just as much as worship.

Let’s pray: God, help us to always to follow Jesus’ example to worship you and to help others, too. Amen.

Pentecost 11A

Day: Pentecost 11

Lectionary Passage: Psalm 105:1-6 23-26 45c

Scripture Focus: Psalm 105:2

Object: None

I bet you’ve noticed that in worship we do a lot of singing. Every Sunday we sing songs together. Have you ever wondered why we do that? Well, the answer is pretty simple. Do you want to know? Okay, I’ll tell you. We sing songs in church because the Bible tells us to!

It says that we should sing praises to God and tell of all God’s wonderful works. So, whenever we get together for worship, we sing songs about God to God. And, you know what? No matter what, we can all sing to God. Even if you’re not the best singer, God made your voice and wants to hear it! So, remember to sing songs to God and sing them loudly!!

Let’s pray: God thank you for giving each of us a special voice to sing praises to you. Help us to sing loudly in church because we are singing to you. Amen.