F is for Father

This April on Sue’s Trifles the theme is the names of God.  There may be more than one name for some of the letters.  There may be others I have omitted.  I hope that by going through the alphabet together we may learn more about the nature of God who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Letter F
Father is the name Jesus taught his disciples to use in prayer to God.  Jesus himself used the name, Abba, which is the way young children would address their father(s).

When his closest friends (disciples, a word meaning those who were learning from Him) asked him to teach them to pray he spoke the words of the prayer, which all his followers still use.  Those, who have been adopted into the kingdom of God, are his children.  John 1:10-13

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our trespasses, As we forgive them that trespass against us.  And lead us not into temptation; But deliver us from evil: for thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory, For ever and ever. Amen.

Friend of sinners is a name of Jesus.  Jesus was unpopular with the Jewish religious leaders, because He ate with outcasts and those who did not live according to the Jewish law.  He replied that those who are well do not require a doctor.

Fountain of all goodness is an expression used in a prayer for the (British) royal family.  It follows “Almighty God”, a name beginning with A.  Fountain is used in the King James (Authorised) Version as a word for source.  The prayer may be found in the Book of Common Prayer and is used in the services of Morning and Evening Prayer.

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