Summary: Our church and our faith is about people… and God.

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This morning I begin by acknowledging two mothers who were and have been very important shapers and influencers of my life. The first is my Grandmother Kane. Though she has been dead for over 3 decades, her influence, especially concerning her deep and long-lasting faith and deep and legendary prayer life, stays with me to this day. (Overhead 1)

She was born to an immigrant family from Wales in the late 1800’s. Her father, my great-grandfather was a Welsh coal miner who moved to Pennsylvania due to health problems. She raised 5 children, 2 girls and 3 boys all of whom saw military action in World War 2 and Korea. Her constant prayer for her sons on the battlefield I believe deepened her prayer life just like many mothers of today.

The second mother is my own. (Overhead 2) She is a woman of great faith and has been a faithful servant of God in the churches that have been a part of her life. She was born and raised in the hills and “hollers” of Tennessee and has been the only member of her immediately family to attend college in, of all places, the great white north of Minnesota. She is here this morning and I am glad to have her here!

One of things that I think this day should do is to help us reflect on the importance and value of moms and motherhood. Have you ever stop to consider, “Where would the world be without mothers?” One answer is, “there wouldn’t be a world without mothers!”

Have you ever wondered what would could happen if moms went on strike? Dirty clothes would create health hazards as they piled up in the hampers, room corners, and on the backs of chairs in our homes. The EPA would demand immediate action.

Grocery stores would see their profits dramatically drop because moms, their most important customers, would not be buying food! Men and children would line the streets and intersections of our fair city wearing T-shirts or holding up signs that would say, “Will pick up room for food!” or “Will get it in the hamper for a meal!”

ISTEP scores, which are tied to federal funds for our schools, would dramatically drop because children would not be doing the homework necessary to pass the test because mom would not be making them do the homework! Or if they did, it would be lost on the way back to school because backpacks would contain a mumbo-jumbo of stuff that would be disorganized because mom had not gone through them! Field trips would become recipes for disaster! (Can you imagine a trip to a zoo with out moms there to help make sure things went smoothly?)

Future musicians of all skill levels and music types would be far less skilled in their craft because their mothers would not make them practice or keep them at their instruments literally tied to them with string or ribbon. (I know about this one, it happened to me.)

What about the church? Sunday school classes would stop! VBS would suffer! Many musical instruments would sit silent! Those tremendous Monday night meals would feature pizza, pizza, and more pizza! Fundraisers that feature wonderful foods and beautiful crafts would stop!

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