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.
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
You carry me before my first cry
You cradle me in my mother’s womb
You make me me and bless me with life
You carry me into my becoming
You bear me into a wider world
You inspire me and bless me with purpose
You carry me into maturity
You hold me as my flesh falters and fails
You assure me and help me pass on your blessing
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
You Carry Me © 2022 Lisa Ann Moss Degrenia, www.revlisad.com
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.