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Resources for the 4th Sunday after Pentecost
St. Thomas Day - St. Thomas, the Doubter
with Father's Day Resources

Texts & Discussions:

1Sam 15:34-16:13 or
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 20 or
Psalm 92:1-4, 12-15
2Cor 5:6-10; 14-17
Mark 4:26-34


DPS Father's Day Resources:

Father's Day anecdotes, humor and more

The Silent Treatment, Is. 6:1-8,  Jn 3:1-7
Happy Father's Day, Mt. 10:24-39

Children's Message:
Huggy" Father's Day

a children's sermon for Father's Day



Father's Day Prayer:
by Jessica Steinmetz

God, bless all the fathers in the world. Guide them to be good role models and loving to all their children. Help them to be a father like You are. Give them grace and patience to handle situations in a loving way. Amen.





Father's Day Sermons:


Children's Messages

Sermon Excerpt


Believing is Seeing
Mark 4:26-34
by Rev. Frank Schaefer

Those of you who donít know what a mustard seed looks like, it is one of the tiniest seeds youíll ever see. In fact, you can hardly see it with your naked eye. And yet, it grows into a big tree; actually, itís technically a shrub, but it looks like a tree, itís as large as a tree. And many birds will be able to make their nest in itís canopy.

Many preachers through the ages have focused on this amazing contrast, of tiny beginnings that can lead to big results. And in that sense, the mustard seed is a perfect simile to the kingdom of God. Sometimes we see very small beginnings that yield amazing results.

As Madeleine Boucher says, ďMost likely the meaning of the similitude lies in the contrast between the smallness of the mustard seed and the greatness of the full-grown shrub, so large that the birds can find shelter in it. . . . This similitude, then, is clearly about the contrast between the small beginnings and the final greatness of Godís work.Ē...

If you have just a little faith, you can move mountains. That tiny little faith can move mountains, it can actually move mountains. Well, I donít know about actual mountains, by I definitely believe that our faith can move metaphorical mountains. Your faith can move mountains in your life, in your community. How encouraging is that?

There is a saying in the world ďseeing is believingĒ and a lot of people live by that mantra. People are saying: unless you can show me, Iím not going to believe it.

The truth is that today you often have to believe first before you can see .... Subscribers: click here for the full manuscript


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