The tradition of celebrating Father’s Day started in an unlikely way. Born out of sadness and death, the tradition began following a memorial service held for a large group of men who died tragically in a mining accident in West Virginia in 1907. By 1910 Sonora Dodd had already inaugurated Father’s Day. She began Father’s Day in a YMCA in Spokane, Washington as a complement to Mother’s Day, affirming the bond between fathers and sons, and emphasizing the benefit of a paternal influence on society.
Love can also begin in an unlikely way. It, too, can be born out of struggle, out of death and new life. Frederick Buechner is a Presbyterian minister and author. He is also a father who has struggled with the loss of his own father after he committed suicide. The family dealt with this tragedy by never talking about it. Eventually Buechner unearths “his handsome, alcoholic father from oblivion, and begins the labor of healing, the search for self-knowledge that must tunnel through buried emotions of anger and grief.” “Death had ended my father,” he reflects, “but has never ended my relationship with my father.”
When Buechner became a father himself, he felt especially attached to his children. “What I feared most was losing what I loved the way years before I had lost a father I hardly knew well enough to love. So I clung onto my children for dear life because in many ways, too many ways, they were my life.” Through his daughter’s struggles and eventual recovery from anorexia nervosa, Buechner learns to let go of his children. And thus, he finds the peace to meaningfully live within himself, and in relationship with his children, wife, and God.
Buechner concludes: “It has become so commonplace to speak of God as ‘our Father’ that we forget what an extraordinary metaphor it (is)!”
I invite you to resurrect this extraordinary metaphor for Father’s Day 2017, with all of its odd love and graceful complexity – in honor of our dads. Happy Father’s Day!
The Lessons Appointed for Use on the
Sunday closest to June 15
Genesis 18:1-15, (21:1-7)
Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Lessons: Paul Dietrich
Prayers: Cheryl Roddy
Chalice Bearers: Paul Dietrich, Cheryl Roddy
Element Bearers: Jon and Janet George
Ushers: Geoff Rodgers, Charlie Mason
Lessons: Brenda Terrell
Prayers: Jack Holloway
Chalice Bearers: Brenda Terrell, Jack Holloway
Element Bearers: Ron and Anne Lee
Cantor: Phil Harris
Ushers: The Finleys, Ed Virgin
Youth Lector: Sophie Veys
Server: Sophie Veys
Crucifer: Keaton Rogers
Torch Bearers: Henry Veys, Luci Veys
Altar Guild: Group II (A. Picago, B. Callahan, L. Campbell, M. Combs)
Flower Guild: Bunny Clark, Pam Mason
Greeter: Glenn Coldiron
For Our Children & Youth
Sunday, June 18
9:30 AM-12:20 PM Nursery Care
Please note: the nursery will stay open throughout Adult Christian Formation, until the last child is picked up on Sunday.
10 AM Parish Hall Godly Play for PreK4-2nd Grade
Save the Date!
July 10, 12, 13
Meet the Nominees for the 5th Bishop of the Diocese of East TN
Meet the Nominees:
The Rev. Brian Cole, Lexington, KY – Diocese of Lexington
The Rev. Hendree Harrison, Athens, TN – Diocese of East TN
The Rev. Canon Frank Logue, Savannah, GA – Diocese of GA
The Rev. Canon Lance Ousley, Kirkland, WA – Diocese of Olympia
The Rev. Marty Stebbins, Wilson, NC – Diocese of North Carolina