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Reflections, Images, and Videos from Our Father’s Day (June 19) Services

June 20, 2016

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The first 3 videos embedded below were played before our 10 a.m. Service on June 19, to help prepare us for worship.


Embedded below is an edited version of the Children’s Talk at our 10 a.m. Service on June 19:  

Let’s begin by watching videos of dads doing some great things.

Those were pretty cool! But let’s now watch some videos of dads doing things that aren’t so great!

As a dad, I love my daughter. There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for her. But, like all human dads I’m imperfect. Jesus told us that God is our Heavenly Father. This means that at our very best, we dads give us a glimpse of how God loves us. We’re God’s children. There’s nothing God wouldn’t do for us. But God’s love for is so much beyond even the best we human dads can give. God’s love for us has no limits, and no end. Today, on Father’s Day, let’s give thanks for our earthly fathers, and their love. And let’s give thanks for God our Heavenly Father, and God’s perfect love for us.


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Embedded immediately below is the video we watched to begin the Homily at both the 8:30 and 10 a.m. Services.

The homily concluded with the following words (slightly adapted):

In Galatians 3:26 it says, “In Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.” We are in Christ. We have a new identity. “You are my beloved child” – the words that were spoken to Jesus – are spoken to us!

Paul continues, “As many of you as were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” (Galatians 3:27). Using Baptismal imagery, Paul says we took off our old nature’s worn-out rags, when we were Baptized into Christ, and we put on his white robes, entering his life.

This means that we now see people as Jesus sees them; we treat people as Jesus treats them.

“There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus” (Galatians 3:28).

There are no walls between us. All are saved by grace, all loved by our Heavenly Father with a love that has no bounds, a love shown in its fullness on the Cross. Our Heavenly Father has a sacrificial love for us all.

The first photo in this posting is of a vigil in Orlando. It reminds us of the life-and-death implications of this.

As our Primate says, our response to the hate-filled violence in Orlando is to weep together, and more than ever to commit ourselves to work together “for the protection and honouring of the dignity, equality, rights, and freedom for all. … Nothing less will do if we are to bear a faithful witness to the Gospel of Christ.”

I invite us to watch the video embedded below in prayerful reflection, opening our hearts to receive and to share God’s love, as fathers and mothers, brothers and sisters, and sons and daughters in God’s great human family. 

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