Sanctity of Human Life Sunday

ORIGINS: On January 13, 1984, President Ronald Reagan issued a proclamation designating January 22 as the first National Sanctity of Human Life Day. (January 22, 1973, was the day the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion-on-demand in all 50 states.) Churches around the United States use the day to celebrate God's gift of life, commemorate the many lives lost to abortion, and commit themselves to protecting human life at every stage.

UPCOMING DATE: Churches continue to recognize the third Sunday in January as Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. In 2017, the date will be January 15.

Materials for your church

Life Matters Worldwide creates materials that churches can use to defend the biblical claim that all human life is sacred. Order through our store. (Click on the 'Church Items' category.)

  • Why do we say human life is sacred? Full-color bulletin inserts at low cost. Preview content; click image to order. (Inserts are undated and may be used at any time.  

  • Slideshow DVD of high definition video presentations about the sanctity of human life at all stages, including a new one to coordinate with this year's bulletin insert. (Watch at right.)

  • Fearfully & Wonderfully Made pastor's handbook, containing sermon outlines, worship service ideas, pro-life resources and activities for the entire church family, overview of life issues, and more; in a 3-ring binder. ($25; plus free update each year.)

  • Why Does Life Matter? Why Does HUMAN Life Matter? brochure. Science tells us amazing facts about biology, but can't tell us where life comes from. It can even tell us wonderful things about the human body, but it can't tell us why we're here or what makes us so special. We rely on God's word to tell us about the sanctity of human life.

  • Annual Pastor's Handbook update with new sermons -- including one by President Tom Lothamer -- and 1 new Bible study/SS lesson for teens-adults (David & the Sanctity of Human Life).

  • Life Matters copy-ready inserts/flyers. Sign up to receive email notices when new PDF files are available for download in April, July, and October. With the annual 4-color Sanctity of Human Life Sunday insert in January, you'll have a pro-life emphasis every quarter. View and download past editions.
2017 Slideshow

The Image of God from Life Matters Worldwide on Vimeo.

For HD versions, order the Slideshow DVD from our store (free with shipping).

Pastor's Handbook