We are gradually finding our way to be together again, while respecting the needs of the whole community.
Evening Prayer Week of June 14-20, 2021 Father’s Day, 4th after Pentecost
Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage,
and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice.
Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to
become a worthy father.
Let us praise those fathers who, by their own account, were not always there for their
children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support.
As well, let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by words and actions of
Let us praise those fathers who, despite marital discord, have remained in their
Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support
has nurtured a thriving life.
Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of
fatherhood and earned their step children’s love and respect.
Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death, and continue to hold the
child in their heart.
Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.
Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in
And let us praise those fathers who have died, but live on in our memory and whose
love continues to nurture us.
God, our Father, bless these men, that they may find strength as fathers. Let the
example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters,
may honor them always with a spirit of profound respect.