Father's Day

Call to Worship for Father’s Day

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 […]

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The Paternal Embrace, a prayer of thanksgiving

Luke 15 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 […]

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Father’s Day Prayer — UK

The painful events of the world break through our desire to be joyful and feel peaceful. As Christians when part of God’s people are suffering, we suffer with them. We open our ears to their cries, our hearts to their hurt and our lives to God’s call. Today our prayer will focus on intercessions for […]

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Litany for Fathers — Janice Hill, USA

To be read responsively by a leader and group, or divided into two groups of voices (e.g. left & right) Fathers come in many different forms, and today we celebrate them all! Thank God for fathers! Everyone here is either a son or a daughter. Thank God for our fathers! For those men who have […]

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Litany for Fathers — adapted by Janice Hill, USA

This litany has been written or adapted by Janice Hill (not sure). If adapted, the source is unknown.  If you recognise this litany, please help us identify the original author.  Thank you. Leader: Fathers come in many different forms, and today we celebrate them all! All: Thank God for fathers! Leader: Everyone here is either […]

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Blessing for parents — Lauren Mallaby, Australia

Written to be shared with parents and carers at a church-sponsored child care centre. Easily adapted for Mothering Sunday, Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. 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 […]

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Prayer of Intercession for Father’s Day

Mother 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 […]

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Thanksgiving Hymn — George Stuart, Australia

Tune: Rivaulx  Click here to download the score and lyrics from George’s book, Singing a New Song, volume 1  These lyrics work well on Mother’s Day.  With the simple substitution of ‘father’ for ‘mother’ in the last verse, it fits in well on Father’s Day. For all the blessings in our life, For peace and calm amidst […]

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Father’s Day Prayer of Mourning (Luke 15)

While written in response to a specific event, these prayers are easily altered to be applicable today and might be used on Father’s Day, inserting current events and concerns. This prayers was originally written in memory and honour of Jo Cox, Member of Parliament, UK, murdered at her surgery, and her surviving husband, Brenden.  Jo was […]

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