New Patterns for Worship

A Service for Fathers' Day

 

We say together the words printed in bold.

 

Preparation

 

Greeting

Grace, mercy and peace
from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ
be with you
Alland with thy spirit.

 

Praise

 

See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called the children of God.
You are my sons and daughters,
this day I have begotten you.
See what love the Father has given us.
As many as received him,
to them he gave power to become the children of God.
See what love the Father has given us.
Glory to the Father and to the Son
and to the Holy Spirit.
See what love the Father has given us,
that we should be called the children of God.

cf 1 John 3.1

 

The Collect

 

The Ten Commandments

God spoke these words and said: I am the Lord your God
you shall have no other gods but me.
You shall not make for yourself any idol,
whether in the form of anything that is in heaven above,
or that is on the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth.
You shall not bow down to them or worship them.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy.
For six days you shall labour and do all your work.
But the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.
AllLord, have mercy upon us,
and incline our hearts to keep this law.

Honour your father and your mother
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness.
You shall not covet.
AllLord, have mercy upon us,
and write all these your laws in our hearts.

Silence is kept

 

Confession

Let us return to the Lord our God and say to him:

AllFather,
we have sinned against heaven and against you.
We are not worthy to be called your children.
We turn to you again.
Have mercy on us,
bring us back to yourself
as those who once were dead
but now have life through Christ our Lord.  Amen.

cf Luke 15

 

May the God of love
bring us back to himself,
forgive us our sins,
and assure us of his eternal love
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
AllAmen.

 

The Word

 

Psalm

 

Readings

 

At the end the reader may say

This is the word of the Lord.
AllThanks be to God.

 

Response to God's Word

 

Sermon

 

Song(s) or Hymn

 

Affirmation of Faith

 

The Apostles' Creed or an authorized Affirmation of Faith is said.

 

Let us declare our faith in God.

All We believe in God the Father,
from whom every family
in heaven and on earth is named.

We believe in God the Son,
who lives in our hearts through faith,
and fills us with his love.

We believe in God the Holy Spirit,
who strengthens us
with power from on high.

We believe in one God;
Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Amen.

cf Ephesians 3

 

Prayers

 

The Lord's Prayer

 

Jesus taught us to call God our Father,
so in faith and trust we pray:

 

AllOur Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours
now and for ever.
Amen.

 

Prayers of Thanksgiving and Intercession

 

[Let us pray to God, our heavenly Father.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.]

Sovereign Lord,
your Son has revealed you as our heavenly Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.

You have made your Church a spiritual family,
a household of faith.
Through baptism we are reborn as the brothers and
sisters of Christ.
Deepen our unity and fellowship in him.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.

You sent your Son to give his life
as a ransom for the whole human family.
Give justice, peace and racial harmony to the
world he died to save.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.

You gave your Son a share in the life of a
family in Nazareth.
Help us to value our families, to be thankful for them,
and to live sensitively within them.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.

Your Son drew around him a company of friends.
Bring love and joy to all who are alone.
Help us all to find in the brothers and sisters of Christ
a loving family.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.

You are the God of the dead as well as of the living.
In confidence we remember those of the household of
faith who have gone before us.
Bring us with them to the joy of your home in heaven.
Father of all
hear your children's prayer.

 

This or some other prayer of thanksgiving may be used

 

Blessed are you Lord our God,
creator and redeemer of all;
to you be glory and praise for ever.
All[Blessed be God for ever.]

You father us from all eternity giving life to creation
and pouring your love into all you have made.
All[Blessed be God for ever.]

From the beginning we have known you as 'Father',
and all our families have their origin in you.
All[Blessed be God for ever.]

Through the love of earthly fathers you give us a glimpse
of your everlasting love.
Their guidance and wisdom reveal to us the eternal life of heaven.
All[Blessed be God for ever.]

In following their example we become more like you,
growing into the people your heart longs for us to be.
All[Blessed be God for ever.]

May the love of our fathers draw us ever nearer to you
and perfect in us the image of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Blessed be God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
AllBlessed be God for ever.

 

       

     

   

Heavenly Father,
you entrusted your Son Jesus,
the child of Mary,
to the care of Joseph, an earthly father.
Bless all fathers
as they care for their families.
Give them strength and wisdom,
tenderness and patience;
support them in the work they have to do,
protecting those who look to them,
as we look to you for love and salvation,
through Jesus Christ our rock and defender.
AllAmen.

 

Ending

 

Song(s) or Hymn

 

Final Prayer

In darkness and in light,
in trouble and in joy,
help us, heavenly Father,
to trust your love,
to serve your purpose,
and to praise your name;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

Sending Out

The Lord God almighty is our Father:
Allhe loves us and tenderly cares for us.

The Lord Jesus Christ is our Saviour:
Allhe has redeemed us and will defend us to the end.

The Lord, the Holy Spirit is among us:
Allhe will lead us in God's holy way.

To God almighty, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Allbe praise and glory today and for ever. Amen.

Copyright acknowledgment (where not indicated below):

Closing Prayer (General, Morning, Lament) © Joint Liturgical Group 1968

Absolution (General) © Stuart Thomas

Blessing or other Ending (For a Memorial Service) © Trevor Lloyd