God and father of our Lord, Jesus Christ,
you have gathered us as your own family,
happy to act as our father
and to have us call you father,
providing us with all we need
to live and thrive on earth.
This day we thank you for the blessing of fathers,
for all our own fathers have done for us
to rear us to take care of ourselves and our world,
to guide us into the paths of peace and righteousness,
to show us how to be both strong and gentle.
We pray for those men who are fathers
who find themselves unable or unwilling
to fulfill their roles as dad for their children.
We pray for new fathers,
learning to care for and enjoy their little ones,
experienced fathers who are learning
to let go of their children,
and for fathers whose unseen presence
still guides their adult children.
Bless, we ask, the memory of fathers
who have passed into your presence,
guide and sustain those whose fatherly work is not yet done,
and give us all the grace we need to build up
the children of generations who will come after us.