May 16, 2011

Fathers' Day Litany

Litany for Fathers’ Day

One:     Our relationships with our fathers are complicated.

All:       For some of us, our father's love is like God's love—
            too deep, too long, too wide, too strong to measure.

One:    Some of our dads are here; some were never here.

All:       For some of us, God's love fills in the empty spaces
            our fathers left behind.

One:    All of us are shaped
            by the relationship or lack of relationship with our fathers.

All:       On this day when we remember
            what it means to have a father or be a father,
            we recognize the importance of fathers in our communities.
            We pledge as a congregation to love and nurture
            the fathers among us
            so that they will manifest the love of God in all that they do. Amen.

~ written by The Rev. Dr. LaGretta Bjorn, pastor of the United Methodist Church of Spring Valley in New York. Posted on the Discipleship Ministries website of the United Methodist Church.