“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…”
This series takes 5 weeks to focus on the Lord’s Prayer. Worship each week hones in on a part of the prayer and draws us into examination and implementation of it in a relational way.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”
— Matthew 6:9
Abba is the name for God that Jesus used in teaching the disciples to pray.This intimate term – referring to God as family – was radical in Jesus’ day.This first Sunday of the series on the Lord’s Prayer focuses on how addressing God in prayer is a way of defining our relationship and models for us relationship with others.
On Earth as It Is in Heaven
“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
— Matthew 6:10
Jesus’ ministry offered tangible, visible signs of right relationship and pointed us toward God’s will for “a little heaven on earth.”We focus on this Sunday in the series on what it means to pray “thy Kin-dom come”… on how our work bringing right relationship in the world can be a prayer of action everyday.
Give Us This Day
“Give us this day our daily bread.”
— Matthew 6:11
Jesus offers us assurance that asking God to act in the world is not a waste of breath.An important part of prayer is petitioning the Holy One, naming needs.We are called to become mindful of the needs of the world and our own need to remember the Source of All Gifts.
As We Forgive
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
— Matthew 6:12
Forgiveness is our focus this Sunday.God is ready to forgive just as we have been made to forgive each other.What holds us back? Right relationship involves getting honest with God and with each other.
“And do not bring us to the time of trial, but deliver us from the evil one.”
— Matthew 6:13
Jesus draws on ancient Judeo liturgical tradition from the Psalms of lament… “deliver us.”Just as his ancient Hebrew ancestors did before him, he calls on God to come, to stand with, to offer strength in time of trouble.The Christian tradition has closed this prayer with assurance that God’s reign is at hand:“For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever.”