Prayers For Pastors and Congregations–Father’s Day Sunday, June 2018
A Prayer for Pastors: O Lord, on this Father’s Day weekend as a child of God, swirling around my head and in my heart are all my feelings about my earthly father and his influence on my life. All sons and daughters want to feel the love of their father. Because of the humanity of each of us, on certain days that love is or was deep, and on other days that love is or was challenging. As I speak words of love this weekend to my congregation, may I boldly proclaim the love of You, our heavenly Father, as endless, unfailing, and eternal. May my congregation experience anew this day You as the Father who is always compassionate beyond reasonable understanding. In the name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
A Prayer for Congregations: O Lord, on this Father’s Day weekend may I recall with great joy the most wonderful experiences and memories I have of times with my earthly father. May I seek to understand what it is like to love a parent when you do not necessarily like everything they do, just as they do not like everything I do. Still, love abounds. May this give me a glimpse into what it is like for You to love me and for me to love you. In the same way I always want every day with my earthly father to be a day of obvious love, may our eternal relationship with you, oh Father, be one of unbounded love that grows deeper every day. In the name of Jesus, I pray, Amen.