Dear Heavenly Father,
You are the definition of true fatherhood: strong, kind, Holy, loving, provident.
You know us, your creatures, better than we know ourselves.
You love us, even when we love your gifts more than your beautiful heart. Even when we honour ourselves more than hallow your name.
You provide not just for our daily needs, but for our salvation:
this new intimate relationship we now know with you. For that we thank & glorify you.
Today we thank you also for our earthly fathers and father-figures.
For the good you have shown us through them.
Remembering also those for whom today brings sadness and grief.
Help every father and father-figure among us at St Lukes to truly imitate you.
In the name of Jesus Christ, your true Son, our elder brother.