Good morning and Happy Father’s Day. It is a real treat for me to share this morning’s message with you. As some of you already know, I have a passion for family ministry, so being asked to speak on a day like Father’s Day is like asking a land-locked fish if they’d like to be placed back in the water.
Now, I recognize that days like Father’s Day can arouse a myriad of emotions. For some there are proud emotions of being a father; for others, fond memories of your father; and, for others maybe some mixed emotions or even outright negative emotions. So, my prayer is that wherever you are at this morning, that God would use today’s message to speak to you in a way that will be helpful.
Today’s message may relate more directly to father’s, but will give everyone an opportunity to respond and use what God has so richly provided in His Word.
This morning I’d like to do something a little different. The first half of “the message” will actually be a Q&A with some of our church members, which will lead into the second half of our time together where I will share some thoughts related to John 17: 6 – 19.
So, at this time, I’d like to ask four members to join me up front. The Q&A time will, I’m hoping, not only give you a fairly intimate view into a part of these people’s lives, but should allow for an opportunity to hear something that you may relate to.