Father’s Day — Fathering Sunday

What words do we use for describing fathers?

Who they are and who they have been?

Our relationships with them — the easy ones, the complicated ones, the painful ones?

 

 

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Father & Son, New Zealand
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Come to God who gathers us in.
  We come to God who nurtures us like a father.

Come to God whose arms are open and waiting.
We come to God who welcomes and forgives us.
Come to God who journeys with us.
  We come to God who sees us as we really are and loves us anyway.
Come, praise our loving nurturing God!

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God of everlasting love and patience,
as you called the prodigal to return to the family home,

so you call us to return to you.
Thank you for claiming us like a father,
embracing us as your own children,
for loving us with your infinite love.
Help us experience your paternal embrace
and hear your call afresh.
With your Word, move us forward in confidence
ever closer to the path you have set before us.
Empower us to respond to your call
by giving you our hearts and lives.  Amen


Shared with parents and carers at a church-sponsored child care centre.

If you made it on time to drop off, you are blessed.
If you made it to drop off before pick up, you are blessed.
If you made it with bits of weet-bix in your hair, you are blessed.
If you made it with your child dressed, you are blessed.
If you made it with your child undressing, you are blessed.
If you made it with only one shoe on, you are blessed.
If you made it after being woken by a screaming child, you are blessed.
If you made it after not sleeping, you are blessed.
If you made it with your eyes half open, you are blessed.
If you made it and have just realised you left the lunchbox at home, you are blessed.
If you made it but your child is about to scream, you are blessed.
If you made it and your child is running away from you in delight, you are blessed.
If you made it and you can’t wait to get out of here, you are blessed.
If you made it and you can’t wait to come back for pick up, you are blessed.
If you made it and you are now going back home to sleep, you are blessed.
If you made it and you are now going to enjoy your time, you are blessed.

May you know you are blessed no matter how you woke up this morning,

no matter how your child arrived at care,

no matter how you look or what you are wearing.

You are loved, you are cherished and you are important.

May the rest of your day be filled with moments of love, hope and laughter.

And maybe sleep.

Picture1Mother Father God, creator and sustainer, we thank you for nurturing us like a mother. We praise you that your care and protection surround us like a father. On this Fathering Sunday, we remember all the people who have nurtured us, especially the important men in our lives, those who have seen, not just with their eyes, but with their heart. Hear our prayer for fathers around the world.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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We remember fathers, whose families are torn apart by jealousy, fighting and misunderstandings.
We remember fathers who are older, but who still bear the responsibility of raising children and grandchildren. And we remember fathers who mean well, but make mistakes.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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We remember fathers who are unable to support their children, and are forced into unimaginable decisions, who have to sell a child into marriage or human trafficking in order to feed his other children.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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We remember men who, because of various circumstances, are unable to become fathers. We remember fathers who have adopted children and fathers who given up their rights as fathers.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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We remember fathers who rejoice in the achievements of their children. Who joyfully watch a new generation take hold. We remember fathers who are single parents, who through personal sacrifice and perseverance provide a loving home for their children.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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We remember fathers who helplessly watch their children suffer and die from malnutrition because of famine, drought, flood or war. We pray for the fathers where recent disasters have occurred and those taking their children in hope onto the high seas. We remember fathers whose children are sick or disabled and who will try anything to cure or help them.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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We pray for fathers and their children around the world caught in the terrors of violence and living in fear — in Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan. We weep with the fathers of those who inflict violence on others..
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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Nurturing God, thank you for those who have nurtured us. Open our eyes to the plight of so many fathers and mothers around the world for whom life is difficult. Help us share your love and mercy with them.
Mother Father God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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In the silence of this moment, hear the prayers of our hearts. [pause]
God, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

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Merciful God, honour our prayers, spoken and unspoken, humbly lifted to you in faith. Amen.

IMG_1152Go forth, as God’s beloved children.
God’s love surrounds us like a father’s love.
Go in the knowledge of God’s comfort and protection.
God’s strength empowers us to be the best we can be.
Go in God’s grace,
We go to share the love of God with all we meet!

One focus for Father’s Day / Fathering Sunday can be the story of the merciful father, more commonly known as the Prodigal Son.

This drama involvies the entire congregation.

Click here for the full script.