Jun 12, 2016

Father's Day Benedictions


Here are a number of scripturally-based benedictions for use on Fathers’ Day.  I’ve based them on a variety of scripture texts. Feel free to adapt them to suit your local context.

Benediction for Father’s Day 1
(based on Psalm 103)

As you go from here, remember this:
God’s love is from everlasting to everlasting,
from generation to generation.
Just as a father has compassion on his children
so God has compassion on those fear him,
who listen to his voice,
and who do his will.
Go out in the knowledge
that the everlasting love of God goes with you.
Amen.


Benediction for Father's Day 2
(based on Jeremiah 31)

Listen to what the Lord says:
“I have loved you with an everlasting love,
and still I maintain my unfailing love toward you.
I will lead you beside quiet streams,
and down smooth, uncluttered paths so that you do not stumble.
For I have become a Father to you,
and you are my firstborn child.”

Go from here in confidence,
knowing that the love of God the Father,
the grace of Jesus Christ,
and the presence of the Holy Spirit,
goes with you.
Amen.


Benediction for Father's Day 3
(based on Luke 12, The Voice)

Do not worry about anything in life—
what you’ll eat, or what you’ll wear.
Look at the birds of the air,
or the flowers in the field.
If God takes such good care of such transient things,
how much more can you depend on God to care for you?
For you have a Father who loves you,
a Father who knows all your needs.
So don’t be afraid.
Instead, live lives of love and generosity,
storing up your treasure in heaven
instead of here on earth.


Benediction for Father’s Day 4
(based on Luke 12)

Do not be afraid.  Stop worrying.
For your Father in heaven knows what you need,
and he delights in giving you the kingdom.
Instead, actively pursue his kingdom,
and all the things you truly need
will come to you as well.
So go out from here,
confident in the knowledge that God goes with you.


Benediction for Father’s Day 5
(based on Romans 8:15-16)

As you go from here, remember this:
Because of the work of the Holy Spirit within us,
we are sons and daughters of God.
We have been adopted into his family;
God is truly our Father.
And if we are God’s children,
we are His heirs, and fellow heirs with Christ.

So go in peace and confidence,
knowing that the love of God, our Father,
the grace of Jesus Christ,
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
goes with us.


Benediction for Father’s Day 6
(2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TNIV)

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father,
who loved us and by his grace
gave us eternal encouragement and good hope,
encourage your hearts and strengthen you
in every good deed and word.


Benediction for Father’s Day 7
(based on 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

Brothers and sisters, stand firm.
Hold on to the traditions that you have been taught.
And may Jesus Christ himself,
and God, our Father,
who loved us
and in his grace gave us such unfailing encouragement
and so sure a hope,
may he continue to encourage and strengthen you
in every good deed and word.
Amen.


Benediction for Father's Day 8
(based on Ephesians 1:18-19)

May God, our glorious Father,
open the eyes of your heart,
so that you might see
the hope to which he is calling you,
the richness of the inheritance he has prepared for you,
and the power that is at work among you.
Go in the grace of God!