God, you are often called Father in our Scriptures. Open our minds and hearts as we consider what it means to be a dad or father. Amen.

What do you call your father: dad, daddy, pop, papa? What comes to mind when you hear the word “father”?

Tomorrow we celebrate Father’s Day. My dad lives in Florida and it’s been three years since we’ve been together, but he’s become a whiz at texting and we communicate frequently. I’m grateful that we’ve found a way to stay connected even though we’ve lived more than 1,000 miles apart for 33 years.

What do you think when we pray “Our Father who art in heaven”?  

Here are some thoughts to reflect on this Father’s Day weekend.

  • How do your experiences, good or bad, with your father have an impact on your relationship with God?
  • How might your relationship with your own father shape your relationship with Father God.
  • How might our thoughts about God as Father shape our expectations of earthly fathers?
  • How comfortable are you using the name Father when praying to God?
  • Why do you think Father is such a commonly used name and image for God?

Not matter what our relationship is with our earthly father, we can know that God our Heavenly Father loves us, wants only the best for us and is near to us. 

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow as we join together for worship and in the Father’s Day Pancake Breakfast. Worship at 9 or 10:30, pancakes from 8:30 – noon.

Grace and peace,

Adapted from http://vibrantfaithathome.org/item/what-s-a-dad-to-do

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