Friday Focus: What Mom’s want from Church on Mother’s day.-D.M.Escalante
2 On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Woman,a]”>[a] why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”[i]
This weekend is going to be the best yet for our church. It is Mother’s Day. And while I know at the church we came from in Washington state is preparing a great program. I know our new church home is making plans to make this weekend count. can you imagine how many moms are planning to attend church? Do you know what is also exciting? That many mom’s will be inviting their children, grandchildren, or (dare I say it) children-in-law. Which is this week’s focus.
FACT: For many churches, churches find that the two occasions where the church attendance is high, or many new visitors is during Easter or Mother’s Day. I want to share with you the power of this special day can have on many a mom’s precious baby. So, what is an average church mom begging the church, either silently or publicly to do for her family.
- Touch and Agree in Prayer. If you are not praying for mom’s unsaved babies or loved ones by now? Church, you are behind the curve. Mom is trusting her church to mention to the Good Lord about the hearts of her babies. she wants her children saved and full of the joy of the lord. If mom doesn’t feel your praying how can she feel that the church is for her needs?
- She pulled the MOM card! She used her “don’t get me a gift? Come to church with me”. she was able to use an option to end-all-escape options to have her family show up to your church. She is counting on you to be welcoming to her family. Now I am not saying that the church must drop their convictions to be “seeker friendly” yet I am begging the church not be overly rigid thus, making new visitors feel uncomfortable or worse inferior. In short? Do your best to make them feel comfortable mentioning to them so they know that your church and its body of believers are there to share this life with them. Willing to pray with them. Or if needed help them along with resources.
KNOW THIS. This responsibility does not rest on the Pastor alone. It is the whole church congregation. From the parking attendants to the hosts/ushers to the worship team. even the coffee servers and book table workers. Seriously, by the time the preacher has opened his mouth. The church has already preached a raw message. This can be a reason why our staff should know and adopt the vision of the church and present that intent in every form of their service.
Think about it? if friends judge the quality of restaurants by how clean their bathroom is; how often do you think your church is being graded. Mom is counting on you.
- Arrange the meeting. This is crucial. Mom has done all she knows to do, to gather her family within earshot of the good news. It would be a shame to miss the gospel and the opportunity to know who Jesus is because there is no altar call or moment to repent and accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Mom’s are amazing, so I have been told. I lost connection with my mother during my teen years. It softens my heart to see Teresa with our boy. It’s truly amazing to me. I have seen my beautiful bride evolve into a treasured mother, not only for our son but also to our amazing God-kids. She is awesome (shameless shout-out).
In the end its is not about what I believe what Mom’s are expecting from the church on Mother’s Day. It is not even about mothers on their day, either. It is about sharing what Jesus has done so that we will be forever loved.
What does your mom want for mother’s day? Share them in the comments below. Praying for you always.
So, church family I leave you with words from Mary, the mother of Jesus as she eloquently put it. “what ever he tells you to do, do it” -John 2:5 NIV
5 His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”[ii]