June 19, 2022

brown wooden sign painted with the definition of the word "Father" in white - Photo by Jon Tyson on Unsplash

Matthew 6:9 NLT (New Living Translation)

...Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.

Pastor's Commentary

Today is Father’s Day. It was first celebrated at the Young Men Christian Association (YMCA) on June 19th, 1910, in Spokane, Washington. It was originated by the daughter of a father who raised her and her five siblings as a single parent. After hearing her pastor preach a sermon honoring a faithful mother on Mother’s Day, she went to him to express her disappointment in not having a day to honor men like her father. The rest is history.

Father's Day is a special day honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds, as well as the influence of fathers in society. The word father carries responsibilities of caring, guiding, and protecting. All of these virtues are motivated by the emotion of love. And since the Bible tells us that God is love (1 John 4:8), He should be our example of fatherhood.

When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, the model He gave started with the words “Our Father,” Jesus spoke in Aramaic. It was the common language of the people, unlike the classic Greek used by officials in high positions. It denoted a personal relationship. It implies loving authority.

So, Join us this morning at 10 AM as we celebrate and honor all fathers – those who are with us and those who are gone on. But let’s not forget to glorify our Heavenly Father. Unlike human emotions, His Divine love provides supernatural guidance, protection, and caring.