Selecting choral music for a day like Father’s Day or even Mother’s Day for that matter, can be fairly easy for some, but for others it requires being attentive to the work of God in the lives of those who are a part of our parish. It’s a day that some consider sacred because of the importance of family and for others, for whatever the reason, it’s a day they choose not to remember. No doubt it can be a frustrating day for clergy and for those who lead worship because for some, because it’s Father’s Day, it might be the only day they might attend one of our worship services.
Father’s Day Choral Selections
When you select a choral piece whether it’s a traditional or contemporary choral selection, knowing the stories of those who help lead in worship are just as important as those stories in our pews. It helps us understand the larger story of the gospel that God is love and that the love of God the father is a gift offered to everyone through Jesus Christ. 1 John 3:1 writes, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” Look at the word lavished. Another word for lavish is exuberant meaning extremely joyful.
As you select the music for this day of worship, keep in mind the good news of the gospel that God has joyfully poured upon our lives the gift of God’s love. Isn’t this something we’d want everyone who regularly worships with us or visits us with us for the first time to leave knowing that no matter what day it is, that the God of the universe, with no-strings attached, joyfully loves us and sees us as children of God? Here are three choral selections for Father’s day that you might find useful as you and your team lead others into worship:
1. Abba Father
2. In my Father’s hands
3. Hear the prayers of your children