Let’s face it, guys. Father’s Day is the Rodney Dangerfield of holidays. It’s the,“I get-no-respect” little brother to Mother’s Day. Interestingly, the American version of Father’s Day was first proposed in 1909 by a grateful daughter, Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father, a Civil War veteran, singlehandedly raised six children after his wife died in childbirth. But the observance was mocked for years and written off as a promotional gimmick cooked up by the greeting card and men’s clothing businesses. It wasn’t formalized until 1966, when Lyndon Johnson proclaimed the third Sunday of June as Father’s Day. Richard Nixon signed the law six years later making it an official holiday.
Father’s Day will probably never achieve the popularity or social significance of Mother’s Day but as church we can celebrate the men who are called to be the Spiritual leaders of their homes.
Here are some things you can do next year on Father’s Day.
*Sing songs like “You’re a Good Good Father” and “How Deep the Fathers Love for Us”
*Show a Father’s Day Skit Guy Video www.skitguys.com
*Contact local retailers to donate products/services for a Dad’s Day gift basket that men can register to win. The prize could include items like movie passes, a mug, grill accessories, a massage or sporting goods store gift certificates.
*Bring in a lazy-boy recliner place a T.V. tray next to it topped with a carafe of coffee and a box of Krispee Kreme donuts. Set the recliner chair up near the rear of the Worship Center. Have the “Dad of the Day” drawing near the start of the service, so the winner gets to sit with his family in style without being the object of everyone’s attention throughout the service.
* Preach a message on a Father’s importance to the Spiritual development in a family. Or consider delivering a message on reconciliation because so many daughters and sons have forgiveness issues regarding their distant, or perfectionist or even abusive fathers.
Make your next Father’s Day services one that shows respect to our Heavenly and earthly Fathers.