In New Zealand and Australia, Father’s Day is the first Sunday of September.
You can find another Father’s Day prayer for all kinds of fathers here.

We pray for hearts and minds as Father’s Day approaches:

For those whose hearts and minds will find joy and celebration this weekend
we pray.

Hear us, O God. 

For those who grieve for a much-loved Dad;
For those who grieve for the father they wished they had but didn’t get;
For those separated from their fathers by wars,
by imprisonment,
by geographical distance,
by broken relationship.

Hear us, O God. 

We pray for those whose hearts and minds carry wounds
from their experience of fathers.

Hear us, O God.

We pray for those who long to be fathers,
but for whom fertility,
or relationships,
or economics,
has made that difficult.

Hear us, O God. 

God, you are the one whom Jesus called Abba;
You long to gather us under your wings as a mother hen gathers her chicks;
You call us beloved children.
Bless our rejoicing,
hold our lamenting,
and draw us into the Love
that heals and redeems.

Jemma Allen is a priest in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia.  She works as a counsellor and spiritual director in private practice, and is a PhD student at the University of Auckland in the counselling department. She serves on the RevGals Board.

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