Father’s Day Worship Setlist

Joshua Swanson

First, let’s honor all the fathers who not only excel in their roles as dads but also embody the principles of 1 Thessalonians 2:11-12:

“For you know that we dealt with each of you as a father deals with his own children, encouraging, comforting and urging you to live lives worthy of God, who calls you into his kingdom and glory.”

To my Dad, Gary Swanson, you have lived out Paul’s words, consistently encouraging and urging me to lead a life worthy of God. I cannot thank you enough for that, Dad.

Honoring Our Heavenly Father and Earthly Fathers

Father’s Day presents a unique opportunity to honor not only the earthly fathers in your congregations but also to reflect on the character of our Heavenly Father. Crafting a worship setlist that encapsulates these themes can significantly enhance the worship experience. Here, I present a thoughtfully curated setlist for a Father’s Day worship service, along with reflections on each song and relevant lyrics. Each selection is chosen to celebrate God’s paternal love and the important role of fathers.

1. “Good Good Father” by Chris Tomlin

This song has become a staple in contemporary worship, capturing the essence of God’s perfect fatherhood. The lyrics “You’re a Good, Good Father, it’s who You are, and I’m loved by You” emphasize the identity of God as our loving Father.

2. “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” by Stuart Townend

A modern hymn, this song reflects on the immense sacrifice and love of God. The poignant line, “How deep the Father’s love for us, how vast beyond all measure,” invites worshippers to meditate on the depth of God’s love.

3. “The Blessing” by Kari Jobe, Cody Carnes, and Elevation Worship

This song is a powerful declaration of God’s blessing over His people. With lyrics such as “The Lord bless you and keep you, make His face shine upon you,” it is a fitting prayer for fathers and their families.

4. “Father’s House” by Cory Asbury

A song that speaks of the welcoming and healing nature of God’s presence, “Father’s House” includes lines like “Check your shame at the door, it ain’t welcome anymore,” offering a message of redemption and belonging.

5. “Goodness of God” by Bethel Music and Jenn Johnson

Celebrating God’s faithfulness, this song’s chorus, “All my life You have been faithful, all my life You have been so, so good,” is a heartfelt testimony that resonates with the protective and guiding role of fathers.

6. “Abba (Father)” by Jonathan David Helser

“Abba, I belong to You” is the simple yet profound refrain of this song, capturing the intimacy of our relationship with God as our Abba, Father.

7. “Faith of Our Fathers” (Traditional Hymn)

This hymn honors the legacy of faith handed down through generations. The line “Faith of our fathers, living still, in spite of dungeon, fire, and sword” reflects the enduring nature of faith, a testament to the influence of godly fathers.

8. “Everlasting God” by Brenton Brown and Ken Riley

This song celebrates God’s eternal strength and provision. “Strength will rise as we wait upon the Lord” is a call to trust in God’s unending power and support, akin to the steadfastness we see in fathers.

Incorporating these songs into your Father’s Day service can create a rich and moving worship experience, celebrating both our earthly fathers and our Heavenly Father. As you plan your setlist, consider weaving in scripture readings, testimonies, and prayers that highlight the themes of love, guidance, and faithfulness.

One more thought on this Father’s Day, thank you to our Heavenly Father for always taking us back.

Luke 15:20

“So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.”

May your worship service be filled with the presence and blessing of our Heavenly Father.

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