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  • Jesus Has a Father Too

    by Robert Allred
    I heard a story this week about a young boy crying on the way home after the Christening of his baby brother. The father asked three times what was wrong. Finally the boy replied, “The Pastor said he wanted us to be brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.”
  • A Firm But Compassionate Father

    by Phil Bloom
    Today I would like to tell you about a father who had an unruly son. The boy constantly broke the family rules. The father told his son that if he disobeyed one more time, he would send him to the attic, with only bread and water to eat.
  • The Blessing of Fathers

    by Roddy Chestnut
  • Father's Day

    by Keren Dibbens-Wyatt
  • Who Needs Fathers These Days?

    by Ernest Munachi Ezeogu, CSSP
  • The Leader of the Band

    by Dan Fogelberg
    my life has been a poor attempt to imitate the man, I'm just a living legacy to the leader of the band...And papa I don't think I've said I love you near enough" - don't forget to read some of the comments below the lyrics
  • Who Do You Say I Am?

    by Jerry Fuller, OMI
    ("In his men's seminar, David Simmons, a former cornerback for the Dallas Cowboys, tells about his childhood home. His father, a military man, was extremely demanding, rarely saying a kind word, always pushing Dave with harsh criticism to do better. Dave's father had decided that he would never permit his son to feel any satisfaction from his accomplishments..." and other illustrations)
  • Fatherhood (or "The Tool Man")

    by Sil Galvan
    If I had my child to raise all over again, I'd build self-esteem first and the house later. I'd finger-paint more, and point the finger less. I would do less correcting and more connecting. I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less and know to care more. I'd take more hikes and fly more kites. I'd stop playing serious and seriously play. I would run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I'd do more hugging and less tugging. I'd see the oak tree in the acorn more often. I would be firm less often and affirm much more. I'd model less about the love of power and more about the power of love.
  • I Love You, Son

    by Sil Galvan
    I have many memories of my father and of growing up with him in our apartment next to the elevated train tracks. But there is one which sticks in my mind more than any of the others. For 20 years, we listened to the roar of the train as it passed by our windows. Late at night, he would wait alone on the tracks for the train that took him to his job at a factory, where he worked the midnight shift. On this particular night early during World War II, I waited with him in the dark to say good-bye. His face was grim. His youngest son had been drafted. I would be sworn in at six the next morning while he stood at his paper-cutting machine in the factory. My father had talked about his anger. He didn't want them to take his child, only 19 years old, who had never had a drink or smoked a cigarette, to fight a war in Europe.
  • Will You Be Missed?

    by Sil Galvan
    A nature reserve in Africa imported a group of elephants to repopulate an area where they had been poached to extinction. There were some cows and calves as well as a few young bulls. The naturalists had moved the young bulls because full-grown male elephants are difficult and dangerous to transport. Soon, however, the refuge was in trouble: the young male elephants were acting crazy, attacking smaller animals, harassing larger ones, even to the point of sneaking up on rhinos and tipping them over. At a loss as to how to respond, the reserve went to the expense of capturing and importing several older males. Soon, the adolescents were under control: the adults joined the bachelor herd and began teaching the young males how to act like elephants. No more delinquency, no more violence, now the elephant population is growing and the culture is stable. All young need a strong, capable and caring father figure.
  • Let Father Sit Down

    by Terrance Klein
    ("John Boyne's novel, A History of Loneliness is a story of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. Father Yates isn't guilty of the crime, but his priesthood pays a heavy price for it. Respect evaporates; he is later maligned and maltreated by law officials when he sincerely, if ineptly, tries to help a lost child. We call a priest, 'father', a term of respect, offered to one who gives life itself, whether biological or spiritual, but now the title flounders a bit on the tongue...")
  • Seeds Scatter

    by Terrance Klein
    ("Twin sons were born prematurely to Buzz and Debra in August of 1983. Here's how the author of Friday Night Lights, Buzz Bissinger records first sight of his son Zach: 'Doctors and nurses surrounded him in a tight circle. He was a bloody quiver in their hands, born thirteen and half weeks too soon and weighing one pound and eleven ounces..." This one is a must-read!!!)
  • How NOT to Be the Father of the Year

    by David Leininger
    ("One of my colleagues has written, 'My ex-husband is remarried and he and his new wife have a young child. I have only met this child once and I didn't like him. A small, innocent child and I resented him. Why? I have a son with the same father. My son will get less attention, less money, less inheritance, less love because this other kid now gets some...")
  • The Friend at Midnight

    by Alyce McKenzie
    If you came and stood on my front step and rang the doorbell, you might not notice the little tiny glass circle just above it. You might not realize that it's a door camera. Whenever someone rings the doorbell, the phone rings three times.
  • In the Living Years

    by Mike Rutherford and B. A. Robertson
    "The Living Years" was co-written by Rutherford and B. A. Robertson, both of whom had recently lost their fathers. The song combined features of both writers' relationships with their fathers; it dealt with Rutherford's strained relationship with his late father and the birth of Robertson's son three months after his father's death.
  • Blessed Are the Focused

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    This is a tough time to be a parent because of all the competing claims on our time, energy, and money. The typical parent, mother or father, could be responding to all of the following claims simultaneously: The Parent Teacher Organization needs a new treasurer, and you are nominated. One of the church leaders begs you to sign on for another year as a Sunday School teacher.
  • Father's Day 2016

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    I once saw an advertisement in a particular magazine for Father's Day. It was an acrostic on the word Father. It read... "F" is for your favorite occupation. (A man is pictured asleep in a chair) "A" is for the anniversaries your blew (mother is shown waiting in vain for father to come home for their anniversary dinner) "T" is for talk and your sparkling conversation (dad is depicted as reading a newspaper while the children and wife are talking to him) "H" is for the helpful things that you do (dad is shown poking a ladder through a window) "E" is for each time you were forgetful (this shows father leaving the pregnant mother standing at the front of the house while he dashes off to the hospital) "R" is for the recitals that you attended (father is shown as being literally drug to his child's piano recital) The ad concluded by saying: He may not be a perfect father but he does deserve a perfect gift. Give him an arrow shirt for Father's Day.
  • The Role of the Father

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
  • Sowing Good Seed

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    Garrison Keillor, on his "Writer's Almanac" on National Public Radio said that Father's Day goes back "to a Sunday morning in May of 1909, when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was sitting in church in Spokane, Washington, listening to a Mother's Day sermon. She thought of her father who had raised her and her siblings after her mother died in childbirth, and she thought that fathers should get recognition, too. So she asked the minister of the church if he would deliver a sermon honoring fathers on her father's birthday, which was coming up in June, and the minister did. And the tradition of Father's Day caught on, though rather slowly. Mother's Day became an official holiday in 1914; Father's Day, not until 1972. Mother's Day is still the busiest day of the year for florists, restaurants and long distance phone companies. Father's Day is the day on which the most collect phone calls are made...
  • A Word for Christian Fathers

    Sermon Starter by Leonard Sweet
    You are familiar with the great Russian writer Leo Tolstoy. Tolstoy's marriage was a saga of bitterness. His wife carped and complained and clung to her grudges until he could not bear the sight of her. When they had been married almost a half a century, sometimes she would implore him to read to her the exquisite, poignant love passages that he had written about her in his diary forty-eight years previously, when they were both madly in love with each other. As he read of the happy days that were now gone forever, they both wept bitterly...
  • Illustrations, Quotes and Lectionary Reflections (Fatherhood)

    by Various Authors
    lots of good stuff here!!!
  • Dads Making a Difference

    by Garth Wehrfritz-Hanson
    ("Garrison Keillor, on his Writer's Almanac on National Public Radio reminds us that Father's Day goes back "to a Sunday morning in May of 1909, when a woman named Sonora Smart Dodd was sitting in church in Spokane, Washington, listening to a Mother's Day sermon...")
  • Faith, Hope and Love for Father's Day

    by Carl Wilton
    At the age of 89, Dr. Mac had been very ill, in intensive care. He would not live much longer. He was home, briefly, and David took some time off to go stay with his parents and help out. Later, he wrote this recollection: One afternoon I sat with him in his study, winter sun streaming in across shoulders and brow that were more precious to me than I could count. I reached out a hand and touched him on his arm, needing to connect with him past the fear and loss that had rested on our doorstep and still roamed just out of sight. He turned to me, put his hand on mine, and smiled as slow tears ran down my cheeks. He looked out the window, out beyond the cedar moving there in the chill wind. “I haven’t had many friends in my life.” His statement startled me. I didn’t know where he was going or what he was trying to say…
  • The Sellout

    by Carlos Wilton
  • Getting It, Together

    by Billy D. Strayhorn
    ("In Southern Africa, The Bebemba tribe has a fascinating ritual for combating feelings of rejection. Each person in the tribe who acts irresponsibly or unjustly is taken alone to the center of the village. Everyone in the village stops work and gathers in a large circle around the accused...")
  • The Power and Presence of Christ

    by Richard Fairchild
    ("The story is told of a man called Yates who, during the depression, owned a sheep ranch in Texas. He did not have enough money to continue paying on the mortgage - in fact he was forced like many others to live on government subsidies. Each day as he tended his sheep he worried about how he was going to pay his bills...")

Other Resources

Father's Day Illustrations

  • A Man Named "Spot"

    by Robert C. Hopper
    This morning I want to tell you about a kid named "Spot". Yes, I know, usually only dogs are named Spot, but in the little cotton mill village where he grew up almost everyone had a nickname. Since this kid was freckled faced, his name was "Spot," which wasn't so bad when his friends were "Skinny", "Crip," "Nub," "Shorty" and others. "Spot" was almost born a loser. His father died when he was three and then his mother died so that by age twelve he was an orphan.
  • Stories About Father

    from Men's Stuff
  • How Much Do You Make in an Hour?

    from Mountainwings
    A boy asked his father, "How much do you make in a hour? The father got mad and answered roughly, "Don't bother me." He was tired and irritable after a tough day at work, but the boy insisted. "Please, how much do you make?" The father said in a bad tone of voice, "$8.00 dollars for now." Then his son asked, "Father can you loan me four dollars?"
  • Illustrations for Father's Day

    from Various Sources

Worship Resources

Children's Resources