Summary: A sermon for Father’s Day.

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Jeremiah 29:11-13

“Turn the Page” by: Rev. Ken Sauer, Pastor, Grace UMC, Soddy Daisy, TN

I am told that when I was just a “wee little boy” maybe around Mary Ellen’s age I made a big decision.

I crossed my arms and took my stand, “I’ve made up my mind. I’m not going to Sunday school anymore! Daddy doesn’t go; why should I?”

My poor dad.

He worked all week long, and then came home every night and weekend to three rambunctious little kids.

He didn’t get much of a break.

So Sunday mornings, during the Sunday school hour, my dad would stay home and take a little time for himself.

I’m sure he treasured those few moments.

But when I said, “Why should I have to go to Sunday school; dad doesn’t go…”

My father made a sacrifice; he gave up his few moments of peace and started going to Sunday school with the rest of the family.

He had plans for his kids.

He wanted us to grow up knowing God.

He wanted us to learn about the love of Jesus.

He wanted us to become all we could be!

So, dad made a sacrifice!

God has made a great sacrifice for us as well.

As the blood dripped from the wounds on the Cross…

…as Jesus cried out: “Father forgive them for they do not know what they are doing”…

The ultimate sacrifice had been made…

…made for you…

…made for me…

…and made for all the world!!!

“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Who could ask for anything more?

Those plans include you and those plans include me!

Those plans include Grace United Methodist Church…

…a small band of the faithful which began meeting here at 9833 Hixson Pike in a place called Soddy Daisy, Tennessee 20 years ago.

There was no building yet built on this former cow pasture.

The only thing here was the trailer that still sits behind the church—the one that is now used as a movie theatre and computer lab.

But God had and still has great plans for this Church!

Several pastors have come and gone.

Several hundred people have come and gone over the years…

…but the plans remain…

…the future is bright and the hope is alive!!!

My dad is a great man who made many, many sacrifices for his kids…

…just as you fathers, who are here today have made and continue to make.

But, oh, all us fathers are still just human.

We make all kinds of mistakes.

Many of the mistakes we make are not on purpose.

Some we make are because we are lost and broken people…often too selfish…

In Matthew Chapter 7 Jesus instructs, “Which of you, if his [child] asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him?”

We love our children, do we not?

I know I would do anything for mine!

I would jump off a cliff to save Mary Ellen’s life…

…I would rather give up my life than she have to give up her’s…

Just think, we—mere mortals…

…mere broken, selfish people…

…love our children this much…

…and yet our heavenly Father loves us even more!!!

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