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Father’s Day


Here are some prayers and resources for worship on Father’s Day.


Psalm 68:4-6
Psalm 103
Matthew 6:9-13
Romans 8:15-17
1 John 3:1-3


Prayer for Father’s Day

Loving God,
we come together on this Father’s Day,
reminded not just of our earthly fathers but of you.
You tell us that all who believe in you
shall be called your children,
and you invite us to address you simply as “Our Father.”
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

We praise you that, despite all our weakness and disobedience,
you view us not as subjects,
or as servants,
but as children.
And we rejoice that you want us to see you
not as some deity remote in splendour,
nor as a jealous God demanding our homage,
but as a father, watching over us
with infinite care and tenderness.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Loving Father,
teach us not simply to say “Our Father,”
but to mean it –
to recognize that you love us as deeply,
as dependably,
and as devotedly as any human father,
and infinitely more besides.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Teach us that we matter to you,
that you are concerned for our welfare,
that you delight to bless us,
that we need only to ask and you are there.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Teach us that it is because you care so much
that you instruct us,
discipline us,
and correct us.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Teach us that however far we stray from you,
however much we may reject your love
or ignore your guidance,
still you go on reaching out,
longing to draw us close once more.
For the wonder of your love,
we praise you.

Loving God,
You are “Our Father” and we praise you.
Teach us to be your children,
in the name of Christ.


~ written by Nick Fawcett, and posted on the Mother’s Union website. http://www.themothersunion.org/

Father’s Day Litany

Blessed are you Lord our God, creator and redeemer of all;

You father us from all eternity giving life to creation and pouring your love into all you have made.

From the beginning we have known you as “Father”, and all our families have their origin in you. Through the love of earthly fathers you give us a glimpse of your everlasting love.

We give thanks for those fathers who strive to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. And we pray for those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become good fathers.

We thank You for those fathers who by their own account were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support.

We also give thanks for those fathers who, despite divorce, have remained in their children's lives and for those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has offered healing.

We thank you for those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earn their step-children's love and respect.

And we ask your special blessing on those fathers who have lost a child to death, and who continue to hold those children in their hearts.

We also give thanks for those men who have no children, but cherish the next generation as if they were their own. We pray for those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides

We ask your blessings on those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And we continue to pray for those fathers who have died, but live on in our memories and whose love continues to nurture us.

May the love of our earthly fathers draw us ever nearer to you and perfect in us the image of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.


~ posted on the St. John’s Episcopal Church website. http://stjohnssilsbee.com/doc/Fathers_Day_Litany.pdf

Father’s Day Prayer

God our Father,
in your wisdom and love you made all things.
Bless these men,
that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers.
Let the example of their faith and love shine forth.
Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always
with a spirit of profound respect.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.


~ written by Scott McKnight, and posted on the Jesus Creed website. http://www.patheos.com/blogs/jesuscreed/

Father’s Day Prayer

Father God thank you for your perfect fathering –
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
shepherded and nurtured; disciplined and challenged
so I can flourish in your purpose and plan for me
and bear my Father’s image more fully still.

Father God, thank you for your perfect example.
I praise you because you show all fathers how to love;
to shepherd and nurture; discipline and challenge
so their sons and daughters can flourish in this world as you have planned,
and carry your presence to all they meet.

Father God, bless all fathers today –
with wisdom, with patience, with courage –
and above all with love for their children.

Father God, bless all children today –
with openness to correction, with eagerness to learn –
and above all with love for their fathers.

Father God bless all who are fatherless today –
surround them with godly men to teach, affirm and guide –
and above all to love with the love of a father – in your strength.


~ from the sanctuary website. http://www.thesanctuarycentre.org/

Spoken Resources

Father’s Day Call to Worship

(based on Psalm 68:4-5, 19)
Come, sing praises to God!
Rejoice in his presence!
For he is our God:
a Father to the fatherless,
and the defender of all who need protection;
the One in whom the lonely find a home,
and the prisoner finds release.
Bless the Lord,
the God of our salvation,
who sustains and strengthens us,
day after day!
Let’s worship God together!

~ Christine Longhurst

Opening Litany

See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called the children of God.
You are my sons and daughters,
this day I have begotten you.
See what love the Father has given us.
As many as received him,
to them he gave power to become the children of God.
See what love the Father has given us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called the children of God.

~ from A Service for Fathers’ Day, in New Patterns for Worship, posted on the Church of England website. http://www.churchofengland.org/

Benediction for Father’s Day 5

As you go from here, remember this:
Because of the work of the Holy Spirit within us,
we are sons and daughters of God.
We have been adopted into his family;
God is truly our Father.
And if we are God’s children,
we are His heirs, and fellow heirs with Christ.

So go in peace and confidence,
knowing that the love of God, our Father,
the grace of Jesus Christ,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
goes with us.

~ Christine Longhurst


Traditional Hymn: Children of the Heavenly Father

Worship Together #567

Children of the heav’nly Father
Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in Heaven
Such a refuge e’er was given.

God His own doth tend and nourish;
In His holy courts they flourish;
From all evil pow’rs He spares them;
In His mighty arms He bears them.

Neither life nor death shall ever
From the Lord His children sever;
For to them His grace revealing,
He turns sorrows into healing.

God has given, He has taken,
But His children ne’er forsaken;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.

~ Caroline V. Sandell Berg; translated by Ernst W. Olson, alt.  Text translation Copyright © Board of Publication, Lutheran Church in America.

Contemporary Hymn: I Am a Child of God

I am a child of God, the One who made and keeps me.
By God’s free gift of love, God’s child I always will be.
Forever I belong, I know that this is true;
and with my mind and heart, I trust and love God, too.

God’s image is in us, the people of creation.
No matter where we live, we share a close relation.
God’s covenant is sure, eternal word for all
who follow in God’s way and answer to God’s call.

God never turns from us, not even in our sinning.
God loves and waits for us to claim a new beginning.
By opening our hearts, we then prepare the way
for God’s love to come in and guide us ev’ry day.

I thank God for that love and all the world around me,
the seen and unseen things and promised things that will be.
Through worship, trust, and prayer, may I reflect God’s will.
Let love be seen in me as I God’s word fulfill.

~ Mary Jackson Cathey. Words copyright © 2005 Hope Publishing Company. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Tune suggestion:
NUN DANKET ALLE GOTT (“Now thank we all our God”)

Contemporary Song: Children of God

Praise to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
Our God and our King to Him we will sing
In His great mercy He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of God

Great is the love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Oh children of God
By the blood of His Son we have been redeemed
And we can be called children of God
Children of God
(Children of God children of God)

The mystery is revealed to the universe
The Father above has proven His love
Now we are free from the judgment that we deserve
So we are called the children of God

We are the saints
We are the children
We've been redeemed
We've been forgiven
We are the sons and daughters of our God

~ David Carr, Mac Powell, Mark Lee, Tai Anderson. Copyright © 2010 Songs from the Quarry (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing. CCLI Song #5856024. If you use this song in worship, be sure to report it on your CCLI license.

Listen to it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ZeWl1XfNOw









Additional Resources

Scriptural Litany for Father’s Day


This worship resource was created/compiled by Christine Longhurst. You are welcome to use it free of charge, and where appropriate, please note the source. If you are printing any of the resources for distribution, please print the source as well. The content of the worship resource does not necessarily represent the views of the Canadian Conference of Mennonite Brethren Churches, which oversees the Centre for Mennonite Brethren Studies. For more worship resources by Christine Longhurst, see http://www.re-worship.blogspot.ca or http://www.faithmatters.ca.

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