One: In a day when so many men are absent, we cherish the love of our fathers.
Many: Thank God for fathers who comfort and encourage.
One: Thank God for fathers who build character and inspire us to greatness.
Many: Thank God for fathers who teach morality and model decency.
One: Thank God for fathers who lovingly convince boys to become men.
Many: Thank God for brave fathers who have the courage to resist being absent.
ALL: Lord, on this Father’s Day, may we encourage more men in our community to pick up the mantle of fatherhood!
Written by Kwasi L. Kena, The Africana Worship Book: Year A, p. 209. © 2006 Discipleship Resources. Used by permission.
Offer up your own prayer. Offer praise and thanksgiving to God. Share your worries and concerns with God. Pray for other people. Pray for people who are sick, lonely, and afraid. Pray for medical professionals, medical researchers, first responders, and community leaders who are working so hard to keep us well. Ask God to help you find creative ways to reach out to people and share God’s love via phone, card, email, or social media, etc.
We give our thanks, Creator God, for the fathers in our lives.
Fatherhood does not come with a manual, and reality teaches us that some fathers excel while others fail.
We ask for Your blessings for them all and forgiveness where it is needed.
This Father's Day we remember the many sacrifices fathers make for their children and families, and the ways--both big and small--they lift children to achieve dreams thought beyond reach.
So too, we remember all those who have helped fill the void when fathers pass early or are absent; grandfathers and uncles, brothers and cousins, teachers, pastors and coaches and the women of our families.
For those who are fathers, we ask for wisdom and humility in the face of the task of parenting. Give them the strength to do well by their children and by You. In Your Holy name.
Let us pray the prayer Jesus taught as we pray to the One Jesus called Father: Our Father, which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, the Power and the Glory, for ever and ever. Amen.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? 47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Pastor Emily Denmark McGee
Part 8 of the Jesus H. Christ Series
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect. So Christian perfection is this kind of radical love that has no thems.
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Holy God, we marvel at your love for all your creation. When Jesus saw the crowds that gathered, he had compassion on them, and his ministry and the church that bears his name must always remember we were born out of compassion. We offer our gifts to continue the work of compassion, but more than this, we offer ourselves, as he also commanded us to “Go!” In his holy name, we pray. Amen. [Matthew 9:35-10:8, (9-23)]
"An almost perfect relationship
with his father
was the earthly root of all his wisdom."
- C.S. Lewis, Phantastes
God be in your head, and in your understanding.
God be in your eyes, and in your looking.
God be in your mouth, and in your speaking.
God be in your heart, and in your thinking.
God be at your end, and at your departing.
(SARUM LITURGY, ENGLAND, 13TH CENT., ALT.)
Further Readings for The Third Sunday after Pentecost: Sunday, June 21, 2020 from The Revised Common Lectionary, Year A
1st Reading: Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm: Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
2nd Reading: Romans 6:1b-11
Gospel: Matthew 10:24-39