Father’s Day Message: “An Unusual Father
Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
June 20th, 2021
Welcome and Call to worship
- “To God be the Glory”
- “This is my Father's World”
Prayers of Adoration and Confession and the Lord’s Prayer
Fathers Gone but not Forgotten - 2010 - 2021 Tribute.
Hymn: “How Deep the Father's Love”
The Scripture: Luke 15:11-32
Sermon: “AN UNUSUAL FATHER”
Hymn: “Father I Have Sinned - The Prodigal Son Song”
Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession
Hymn: “Father, Lord of all Creation”
- “Behold What Manner of Love”
An Unusual Father
Happy Father’s Day….
A Father said: “Father’s Day is that one time of the year when I get complete obedience from every member of my family. I tell them not to spend a lot of money on me, and they don’t.
Today we’re thinking about fathers.
For some, father is someone to look up to, to be proud of.
Others they may not have known their father or may not have had much to do with him.
Some others, their fathers are no longer alive, and they miss their father.
This morning we have a well-known Gospel story known as the Prodigal Son.
The younger son asks his father to: " give me the share of the property that will belong to me?"
It’s as if the son is saying to his father, I wish if you were dead.
The son had everything he needed. His Father kept him safe and provided him with everything. But he goes into a distant country, where there are no boundaries, nothing to hold him back from a wild lifestyle.
The father, out of his great love for his son, gives him what he asks for.
In this parable, Jesus wants to tell us something about God. Sometimes God in his wisdom and love let us do what we choose to do and let us live with the consequences.
Consequences are great learning tools. They can help us learn faster than we would if we were protected from them.
The father stands in contrast to everything we would expect from men in our world, the son may have rejected his father, but the father has never stopped loving him.
Can you feel that love coming through this story?
We are the ones who have turned away from the love and protection of the father. We’re the ones who prefer to make our own decisions rather than doing what the father tells us to. We’re the ones who make foolish choices and live to regret them, so often.
Yes, we can all identify to some degree with the younger son in this parable, but what about God the Father? Would you like to become like this father? To forgive those who have hurt you and give them a second chance?
Jesus asks us to be just like the father in the parable, to love the way he loved, even to the point of laying down our lives for others. He promises us the Holy Spirit, to help us to love like He does.
May we all be that kind of unusual father to all those around us. Amen.
The Session of St. Paul’s Winchester has decided at their Session meeting of May 20 to keep the church building closed for worship during June and July. The decision is made for the safety of the congregation and all of our families and friends. Joint Worship Services with St. Paul’s, Kemptville and Knox, Mountain will be available online every Sunday morning during the church closure at: https://www.youtube.com/c/StPaulsPresbyterianChurchKemptville
The Synod of Quebec and Eastern Ontario of the Presbyterian Church in Canada will be holding a virtual conference about “Climate Change: what can I do?” in October 14 to 16th, 2021. The guest speaker is Dr. Norman Wirzba, of Duke University.
The event is open to the public. The Synod will donate all registration fees to PWS&D's environmental and climate change programs - a double bonus for us as we can learn more about our environmental stewardship while the Synod donates to PWS&D. for more details and registration, please visit: CLIMATE CHANGE - WHAT CAN I DO? Registration, Thu, 14 Oct 2021 at 7:00 PM | Eventbrite
To watch the Synod Conference promotional video please go to: Norman Wirzba on Climate Change on Vimeo