God Loves You

 In Pastor's Blog

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.”
– John 3:16-17

Celebrating Father’s Day is an incredible gift.  I am thankful that my children and I can honor Jamey and our grandpas in the absence of my own father, Robin.  It helps to remember that regardless of our earthly father’s circumstances, we all enjoy the blessings of a heavenly Father who loves and provides, protects and cares for us.  When Nicodemus visited Jesus, he learned about this love of God, our Heavenly Father.  Because of God’s great love for the whole world, Jesus was sent; not to condemn, but to redeem.  This is the good news of the gospel.  Thanks be to God!

As you join us in worship this week, we have a wonderful event planned.  The Father’s Day All Wheels Show at Kennewick First Pres features vintage cars, trucks, motorcycles, garden tractors, and special interest cars in our parking lot from 9:30am – 11:30am.

Just as each one of these vehicles are unique and special in their own particularities, so are each and every one of us loved and cherished by God.  Just as we are, God loves and embraces us.  With our gifts and our limitations, God works in and through us.  Because of God’s incredible love for the world, he sent his son to show and live out the depth of that overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God. May you experience God’s love and presence today.

Lord, we give thanks for fathers all around the world. Bless these men for their hard work, their caring, for their generosity and their loyalty to their families.  We pray especially for fathers who are struggling to care for their children because of the global pandemic and ensuing economic crisis. Fathers who have been laid off, who are looking for work, who are in despair about keeping a secure roof over their families, in this country and in countries around the world.  We pray, too, for fathers who cannot care for their families because they are ill, with no health care, no health insurance; We pray for the millions of fathers who are incarcerated, who are immigrants, refugees or displaced persons, who have experienced violence and are wounded, in body and soul.  You who give life and give it abundantly, Son of our heavenly Father, be with all fathers this day, and grant them your grace and your healing so they may live out their vocation as fathers with dignity, strength, and peace. Amen

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