June 25, 2017
Matthew 10:24-39
Romans 6:1b-11
Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17


Mother's Day

from the book
Holidays Are Holy Days
Sermons For Special Sundays

Alex A. Gondola, Jr..

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We may come to church on Mother's Day with certain expectations. For many of us, Mother's Day is a day for Hallmark Greeting cards, Helen Steiner Rice poetry, Norman Rockwell-esque family gatherings, chocolates, corsages, and watching I Remember Momma. It's a day for another double helping of Chicken Soup for the Soul. Of all the Sundays in a year, Mother's Day is probably the day we most expect a "warm fuzzy" for a sermon.

So, why is the topic this morning "Anger": dark, slashing "Anger"? Seems out of place on Mother's Day, doesn't it? Or, does it? Mothers' Day is also known as "The Festival of the Christian Home." I grew up in a Christian home. I'm a husband and the father of a teenager in a Christian home. It has been my experience that anger is sometimes expressed in Christian homes!

Sometimes that anger may be cloaked in humor, as in the late Erma Bombeck's books, like Motherhood: The Second ...

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