Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration for Father’s Day

Opening Prayers/Prayers of Adoration for Father's Day

A Litany for Father’s Day

Leader: Heavenly Father, we praise you for giving us a spirit of adoption, through which we can cry “Abba! Father!” This Father’s Day we pray as well for earthly fathers. You made Abraham the father of many nations, and he walked faithfully in that great calling.

People: We thank you for showing your faithfulness to us through the love, protection, and sacrifices of fathers.

Leader: Jairus sought out Jesus, fell at his feet, and begged him to heal his sick daughter.

People: We pray for fathers who are concerned about the health or well-being of their children. Give them strength and endurance, wisdom and hope.

Leader: King David grieved the double loss of his son Absalom, first through his son’s rebellion and again in his death.

People: We pray for fathers who are estranged from their children, and for those who have had to bury their own children. Sustain them with your peace and, where possible, guide them toward reconciliation.

Leader: All the tribes of Israel mourned when their father Jacob died.

People: We pray for those who have recently lost their own fathers, for whom this is a difficult day.

Leader: Jephthah abused his role as father, failing to protect his daughter from violence.

People: We pray for all those who have suffered abuse from their earthly fathers, for whom this is a day of bitterness. Embrace and comfort them today, and remind them of your perfect Fatherhood.

Leader: Joseph obeyed your difficult call and served faithfully as a surrogate father to our Lord Jesus.

People: We thank you and pray for stepfathers, grandpas, uncles, and teachers who have followed Joseph’s example of being a loving surrogate father to children in their lives.

Leader: You are the Father of lights, in whom there is no turning or change. You are the rock of our salvation, and our Father in the highest and truest sense.

All: We praise you for your perfect love and faithfulness, for never leaving or forsaking us. Remind us of our identity as children of God, even as we celebrate your gift of fatherhood today. We pray this in the name of your Son Jesus Christ.

Darren Pollock

You Carry Me

Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from your birth, carried from the womb, even to your old age I am he, even when you turn gray I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save. – Isaiah 46:3-4

Faithful One

You carry me before my first cry

You cradle me in my mother’s womb

You make me me and bless me with life


Faithful One

You carry me into my becoming

You bear me into a wider world

You inspire me and bless me with purpose

Faithful One

You carry me into maturity

You hold me as my flesh falters and fails

You assure me and help me pass on your blessing

Faithful One

You carry me into forever

You draw me to your breast

You save me and bless me with the fullness of you

I am born

I am borne

I am born again

You carry me through

Hallelujah, Amen. 

You Carry Me © 2022 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com

Lord our Lord – How majestic is Your name in all the earth. 

The sun’s light is but a dim flicker  

next to the brightness of Your glory. 

Your care is far more intimate  

than that of a mother sparrow hovering over her next. 

Your faithfulness is even more consistent  

than the rising of the sun and the passing of seasons. 

Your blessings come in showers that refresh and renew us  

more than the spring rains. 

And You meet us wherever we are –  

in a sanctuary, on a lawn,  

walking a beach, working in a desk,  

driving a van full of kids to a ball game,  

and laying our head on the pillow a night. 


For who You are and all You do on our behalf, 

We thank and praise You this morning. 


Thank You for love shown us by dads and moms. 

Thank you for grandparents …for  sisters and brothers …  

for friends, and even for strangers, 

who grace our lives with kindness and care. 

Richard Herman