Mothers day history

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The Reverend Craig T. Kocher
Acting Dean of the Chapel and Director of Religious Life
Acts 1:6-14
Ascension Sunday
May 8, 2005
He Ascended Into Heaven
I thought of two sermons that I could preach for you today. This being mother’s
day, the first sermon was to focus on women in the bible and the role that mothers play in
the church. But Mothers’ Day is a secular observance, and not a Christian one. There are
many churches who celebrate Mother’ Day of course. I remember hearing about one
small church thhat would give awards out to the oldest mother, the youngest mother, and
the mother who had raised the most children, and when they got to that award a fight
broke out between two mothers, one claiming she deserved the award because she had
raised five children of her own, but the other claimed that she deserved the award because
she had four of her own and two step-children, and so forth.
Instead of giving out awards or flowers, we simply give thanks for mothers, foor
our biological mothers, and for all those mothers in the faith who go far beyond biology,
who raised us and are raising our children, to love God and participate in the life of the
church.
So, rather than preaching that sermon, I want to

o focus in on this text from Acts.

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