Fathers Day

Fathers Day for me is a hard day to preach because there are no propers for Father’s day and it is not on the liturgical calendar but it needs to be mentioned at least.  I have always felt guilty preaching on Father’s Day because most earthly Father’s will never match up to God the Father and Luther’s explanation of the Introduction to the Lord’s Prayer.

Our Father who art in heaven.

What does this mean? With these words God tenderly invites us to believe that He is our true Father and that we are His true children, so that with all boldness and confidence we may ask Him as dear children ask their dear father.

Boldness and confidence are great words and I hope Fathers can raise their children in such a way that they can come to them in boldness and confidence even with their sins and troubles.

On Father’s Day I try to keep it simple – Honor your Father.  I recently talked to a Pastor friend of mine whose Father, also a Pastor had been ill.  I asked him how his dad was and he said, ” He is 84 and has served until December as a full time pastor. He last preached on Good Friday this year, but has simply become much weaker.  This year, he celebrates 47 years in ministry, has 12 children and 15  grandchildren.  He has been the man who shaped me in the Christian faith for which I am ever grateful for a Christian father such as him.”

There is a sermon in there somewhere.