May 16, 2011

Fathers' Day Prayer



We thank you for fathers near
Fathers with strong arms
And fathers with feeble knees
Present at table and at bathtub and at bedtime for prayers.
Thank you, God, for fathers near.

We thank you, O God, for fathers far away
Fathers who ache for their families
Fathers absent because of war,
Or disease,
Or despair,
Fathers who are present and absent at the same time.
Thank you, God, for fathers far away.

We thank you, O God, for caring communities
Where mothers fill in for fathers
And fathers fill in for mothers
And grandparents put on the apron and the towel.
Where aunts and uncles, and those who are absolutely no kin at all
Make our communities a home
Fit for habitation.
Amen.

— written by Safijah Fosua.  Used by permission.
Posted on the United Methodist Church’s General Board of Discipleship website.

The General Board of Discipleship has a variety of other resources for Fathers’ Day worship.  See also:

A 21st Century Africana Worship Resource written by the Rev. Marilyn E. Thornton. 

Prayer for Men for Father’s Day written by Rev. Nathan Decker.

Prayer of Confession for Father’s Day written by Rev. Nathan Decker.

Litany of Peace for Father’s Day written by Rev. Jane Sommers.


For more creative worship ideas for Fathers’ Day on this blog, click on Fathers’ Day resources in the list of “Labels” on the right side of the page.