A Father’s Day Prayer
Dear Father in heaven, from whom all fatherhood derives its name (Ephesians 3:15), we thank you for faithful men of God who have modeled your love as they lovingly cared for their families. You promised that you bless families for a thousand generations as an undeserved gift to those who love you (Exodus 20:6). We marvel at the Christian fathers of many generations ago, who were faithful to you, for whose sake we experience your blessings today. We pray for every father that they might love you with all their heart and soul and mind, and in this way, not only bless their children and grandchildren, but their descendants for generations to come.
Father, we also pray for those whose fathers did not model your forgiving, patient love, and for those who are estranged from their fathers, and for those whose fathers have died. Where Father’s Day brings sorrow, pain or sadness, place your healing hand upon hearts and lives.
We pray for fathers as they seek to break the bad habits of the past that threaten not only to separate them from you but to bring harm to their children and generations to come. Pour out your Holy Spirit upon them that they might experience your forgiving love in Christ and be changed by that love.
All this we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, for whose sake we, sinful human beings, are privileged to become your dear children and we can call you “our Father in heaven.” Amen.
Grace Wins Every Time
Bring your cameras to church for a photo op! St. Paul’s member Dan Manesis will be bringing one of his race cars and park it under the canopy to announce the upcoming message series, a study of Romans where we learn that “Grace Wins Every Time.” Take a picture and post it to social media to invite your friends to experience the exhilaration of God’s grace. By the way, if you want to see Dan racing, click here. He is in the yellow car on the left.
We continue our message series this week United, which is a study of the miracle of God’s church. This week we will be studying John 16:12-15.