I'm a regular Christian, never a JW. I'd like to comment on the source of those blank stares. It's an "of course" look. As I worship the Son I also worship the Father. I freely pray to either, and in my worship services we have many songs of praise to our heavenly Father, including the divine name "Jehovah". My JW husband accuses me of not properly understanding my final destination, of following the trinity, and not believing in the paradise earth. But he rarely hears me when I tell him he has been misinformed about my beliefs.
There are many bible examples where Jesus our Lord is worshipped and prayers are said in his name. But I don't pray in exclusion of the Father.