I have some personal issues with the celebration of Mother's Day in churches. It is a greeting card holiday, not a religious one. More important than that, however, is the heartache of the folks in our pews who feel left out of the "aren't Mother's wonderful?" celebration. Not all mothers bring back fond memories, and not all women can become mothers. My policy is that I will not preach on the topic of mothers, but I will add mothers and women into the pastoral prayers. Some of the prayer below is inspired by a post by St. Casserole.
Loving God, this is the day that you have made and we gather now to give thanks and come together as your people. My prayer this morning is that by your grace, the Holy Spirit will dance in our worship, inspiring and igniting a freshness in our lives of faith.
Across denominations and across pews, we are all connected by the One who called himself the Vine. We are the branches, called to bear the fruit of your love for us. Help us to hear this familiar scripture story in a new way this morning. Place your word upon our hearts and lead us out to live your story wherever we are.
God, bless our friends who will travel to Atlanta this week for learning and fellowship. Grant them traveling mercies and plenty of joy and laughter.
God, we thank you for mothers...for those who would like to be mothers but cannot... for those who have lost children through death or circumstances... for the women in our lives who are like mothers to us... and for a better world for girls to grow up to be mothers if they so choose.
Bless all who gather this day for worship and praise, for we ask it in Jesus' name. Amen.