Dr. L. Edward Phillips composed this anthem for Father's Day at the request of the choir director at his wife's church, where the choir was small and the resources for Father's Day few. Parts are mostly unison with some division to three part and a two-part canonic treatment at the close.A Prayer for Fathers »
We thank you for fathers near
Fathers with strong arms . . .
We thank you, O God, for fathers far away
Fathers who ache for their families . . .
All of us are shaped by the relationship or lack of relationship with our fathers.Call to Worship and Opening Prayer for Father’s Day »
Our Father who art in heaven,
bless the fathers who are on earth;
Those who work hard every day
to light a path and show the way;
Those who forget and don't perceive
the devastation when they leave.
Loving God, we lift this day our gratitude for the loving men
who have brought us the precious heart of your Father Love.
We give thanks to you this day . . .
In a day when so many men are absent, we cherish the love of our fathers.
Thank God for fathers who comfort and encourage.
O Lord Our Heavenly Father:
You, who adopt orphan children and care for the widows;
You stand at the door staring at the horizon,
desiring that your prodigal children come home.
Our Father in Heaven,
Hear us on Earth who struggle to imitate your love.
It would not be a long visit. Dad was in the hospital. The cancer had come back, and the outlook was bleak. "I know you're busy Richard, the holidays and all," Mom had said, "But I think Dad would like to see you." She didn't have to finish the sentence. She never did anyway. I knew. I was on the next plane.The Best Shave Ever: A Father’s Day Remembrance »