Join us for virtual worship during this six-week series, and deepen your understanding of this ancient prayer, and how it is still relevant to our lives right now.
The disciples asked Jesus a lot of questions, and he didn’t always answer them directly. But this time, when they asked, “Teach us to pray,” he gave them a prayer that many Christians still pray daily. Jesus must have appreciated that question!
Sometimes we feel like we don’t know how to pray, either. During this summertime sermon series, Rev. Cari will lead us through the prayer of Jesus, line by line. We will sing six translations and paraphrases of the prayer during the six weeks of worship on this theme, as well as continuing weekly to pray the Lord’s Prayer in spoken word and with actions at the conclusion of the Prayers of the People later in the worship service.
In her sermon preparation, she will consult two books on the Lord’s Prayer: “The Greatest Prayer” by New Testament and Jesus scholar John Dominic Crossan, and “Lord, Teach Us: The Lord’s Prayer and the Christian Life” by Yale Divinity School theologians William H. Willimon and Stanley Hauerwas. Throughout, she will wrestle with the ancient prayer and the world that Jesus spoke it into, as well as our contemporary world and our life as Christians now. As Willimon and Hauerwas say, “Like most wonderful things in our lives, God being with us creates an oddness — indeed we become odd as we respond to Jesus because, in the world’s eyes, Jesus is odd. Don’t pray this prayer if you don’t want to be odd.”
This prayer reflects the ancient world-view that God is the “householder” or “home-economist” of the entire universe… and that things are going much better in God’s heavenly realm than they are here on earth. So the petitions of the prayer both position humans in relation to God’s authority and grace, and put words of intercession in our mouths that encourage our right relationship with one another, so that things “on earth” might more closely resemble the conditions “in heaven.”
If you would like to join us “live” on Zoom (rather than watching the recording of the Zoom worship later) please email our office administrator to request access.
June 21, 2020
Rev. Cari will be preaching on the following texts from Scripture: Romans 8:18-27 and Matthew 6:5-15 and we will sing the words of the Lord’s Prayer Paraphrase from the New Zealand prayer book (by Jim Cotter).
June 28, 2020
“Our father in heaven, hallowed be your name”
Rev. Cari will be preaching on Leviticus 19:1-16 and 33-34 and we will be singing the Ecumenical version of the Lord’s Prayer set to a Caribbean tune with the repeated refrain, “Hallowed be your name.”
July 5, 2020
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”
Rev. Cari will preach on Daniel 7:9-14 and Luke 17:20-21, and our Lord’s Prayer paraphrase is by William Wallace: “Most compassionate life-giver.”
July 12, 2020
“Give us today, our daily bread”
Rev. Cari will preach on Isaiah 25:6-10 and Mark 6:30-44 and we will sing “Life-giver, lover of us all,” a paraphrase by Laurie Y.J. Aleona. We will also celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion during this worship service.
July 19, 2020
“Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors who sin against us”
Rev. Cari will preach on Leviticus 25:1-17, 23-28 and Matthew 18:23-35. Our paraphrase, “O Breathing Light,” is by Louise Mangan, based on first century translations of the Aramaic (Jesus’ original spoken language, though not the original language of the New Testament).
July 26, 2020
“Save us from the time of trial and deliver us from evil”
Rev. Cari will preach on Matthew 4:1-11 and Matthew 26:36-41, and our paraphrase, “God, Who Cares for Us,” is by Monica Furlong and published in the St. Hilda Community.