Worship Companion – June 19 2022

Happy Father’s Day!
 
Robins care for their nest
We’re celebrating fatherhood here at UTMC this week. God made the world with parenting examples all over creation. In fact, I bet you don’t have to walk far form your home right now to find examples. Some of the best occur in the bird world. Have you ever had a robin nest on your property? Both the mothers and the fathers help build and protect the nest, as well as feed the young. I’ve had the pleasure of sitting next to my own family of robins beside my backyard deck this spring. The proud mom and dad (if its the same ones) are on their second clutch of eggs. The first ones hatched and were off on their own several weeks ago and now a second clutch just hatched last week. 
 
There is something special when we observe behaviour in the animal world that we can identify with. Partnership between parents, mutual sacrifice and a common goal of raising healthy, successful young.
 
Yet not all human families experience this same level of partnership in parenting. We long for it and we know in our hearts it is what should be happening, but sometimes it doesn’t. Humans are held to an entirely different standard than animals by God. He has ordered us into families, where fathers and mothers are to stay together for life, sacrificing, working, and sharing for the sake of each other and their children. This doesn’t always happen, but even as we celebrate and/or lament on Father’s Day, let today also be a reminder of God’s good plan, and God’s grace even when things go awry. 
 
Anchor Texts:
 
Questions to Ponder:
 
1. Why do you think Paul used the metaphor of being a father to the people in Corinth? Why wasn’t it enough for them to have “guides” or “teachers”?
 
2. Why is it so hard in our culture to “admonish” or “warn” anyone about anything? How can we avoid some of the pitfalls of coming across as arrogant or know-it-alls?
 
3. As a parent, how can we avoid making our children ashamed? As a spiritual parent, how can we avoid shaming people that we want to minister to? Especially those who may not know Jesus?
 
4. In some Christian traditions and cultures, pastors/elders/teachers are refereed to as “father” – why don’t we do this in our tradition? Evaluate the reasons, are they good or bad?
 
5. Who is someone you look up to in the faith, someone you know personally, who is worthy of imitation – do you imitate them consciously/unconsciously? Why or why not?
 
6. Who do you imitate? Think about phrases you say, hobbies you have, beliefs you have – who passed them on to you? Are they from people who are good influences?
 
 
The Theme in Song:
We have talked about Paul being a spiritual father to other believers, but we have “one father” as Jesus makes clear in Matthew 23:9. While there is a great lesson here about context and how Jesus can say this and Paul can freely say that he is a “father,” that’s not the point right now. We need to remember that the ultimate father is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ as scripture tells us. When we follow Jesus we are called “brothers and sisters” of Jesus and therefore we can call upon the creator God of the universe, saying “Abba! Father”!
 

 
 
The Theme for Kids:
 
Dad’s can’t do a lot, let this video explain way!
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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