Today in Canada many people are celebrating Father's Day: remembering and honouring their fathers who have loved, cared for, guided, and raised them up. For many of us, this is a day of deep gratitude, and it is right that we give thanks along with them for those who truly embodied the gift of fatherhood.
For some of us today is less straightforward, and perhaps more of a struggle... perhaps due to difficulties or losses in one's parental relationships, or for those whom the experience of pursuing fatherhood has been one of sorrow and disappointment. Along with them, we do well to acknowledge that family life is often a challenging road, and to listen to and honour their sufferings, which are also known and shared by our loving God.
Whether today is a day of celebration for you, or a day of difficulty, or some mixture of both: may you receive God's blessing today exactly as it is needed. May God surround you and those you love, as well as all those who have loved and supported you, with peace, hope, fellowship, kindness, and understanding.
This weekend many of us are also celebrating the students in our lives who are graduating.
Though many of the celebrations and ceremonies that typically take place this time of year have had to be adjusted or cancelled due to the ongoing state of emergency, we want to acknowledge and show our support for these students as best we may.
Gracious Lord, our heavenly Father, we lift up before you all the students whom we know and love, especially those who are graduating in this uncertain time. Strengthen them with understanding, encourage them with hope, and lead them always to seek and stand firm in the truth. Especially look with kindness upon those young people in need of friendship, guidance, and true community, that they may experience Your familial love through the lives of Your people. We ask this in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You, and with the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
Our service of Morning Prayer, Bulletin, & Sermon this week can be found here:
And our Songs for this week can be found here: