June 21, 2020
Scripture Call to Worship for Father’s Day
Grace and peace to you from God our Father,
who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing
that comes from heaven: (Eph 1)
who knew you and chose you before the world began;
(I Pet 1, Eph 1)
who loves you so much that he calls you his own children;
(I Jn 3)
who has brought you from darkness into light
and filled you with his glorious power; (Col 1)
who has prepared an inheritance for you
that will never spoil or fade; (I Pet 1)
who encourages and strengthens you
in every good deed and word; (2 Thess 2)
who comforts you in your troubles so that you can comfort others. (2 Cor 1)
This is our God,the ultimate source of all things,
and the One for whom we live. (I Cor 8)
Let’s worship God together!
~ compiled by Christine Longhurst, re:Worship
Grant to us, O Lord,
to know that which is worth knowing,
to love that which is worth loving,
to praise that which pleases you most,
to esteem that which is most precious unto you,
and to dislike whatsoever is evil in your eyes.
Grant us true judgment to distinguish things that differ
and above all to search out and do
what is well pleasing to you,
through Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
From The Worship Sourcebook
A Prayer for Fathers
Heavenly Father, Today we ask You to bless our earthly fathers for the many times they reflected the love, strength, generosity, wisdom and mercy that You exemplify in Your relationship with us, Your children.
We honor our fathers for putting our needs above their own convenience and comfort; for teaching us to show courage and determination in the face of adversity; for challenging us to move beyond self-limiting boundaries; for modeling the qualities that would turn us into responsible, principled, caring adults.
Not all our fathers lived up to these ideals. Give them the grace to acknowledge and learn from their mistakes. Give us the grace to extend to them the same forgiveness that you offer us all. Help us to resist the urge to stay stuck in past bitterness, instead, moving forward with humility and peace of heart.
We ask your blessing on those men who served as father figures in our lives when our biological fathers weren’t able to do so. May the love and selflessness they showed us be returned to them in all their relationships, and help them to know that their influence has changed us for the better.
Give new and future fathers the guidance they need
to raise happy and holy children, grounded in a love for God and other people – and remind these fathers that treating their wives with dignity, compassion and respect is one of the greatest gifts they can give their children.
We pray that our fathers who have passed into the next life have been welcomed into Your loving embrace, and that our family will one be day be reunited in your heavenly kingdom. We ask Your generous blessings today and every day.
~ written by Tony Rossi and posted on JesuitResource.org.
On Spiritual Guidance
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