Pray Like Jesus

When we pray the Lord’s Prayer, we are reminded that we are part of the family of God. “Our” Father. We are reminded that God is good and provides, forgives, guides and protects. The prayer is a mystery, too.

"The Lord's Prayer is Christianity's greatest prayer. It is also Christianity's strangest prayer. It is prayed by all Christians, but it never mentions Christ. It is prayed in all churches, but it never mentions church. It is prayed on all Sundays, but it never mentions Sunday. It is called the 'Lord's Prayer,' but it never mentions 'Lord.'" ~ John Dominic Crossan

The prayer is Jesus’ response to the disciples when they asked “teach us to pray.” It’s great to use Jesus’ words when we pray it – but it’s also a starting point for our own prayers. Here are two examples to get you started.

Text message version of the Lord’s Prayer:
dad@hvn,ur spshl.we want wot u want&urth2b like hvn.giv us food&4giv r sins lyk we 4giv uvaz.don’t test us!save us!bcos we kno ur boss,ur tuf&ur cool 4 ev!ok?

Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,
From each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days —
Come swiftly Mother, Father, come.
For yours is the power and the glory and the mercy:
Forever your name is All in One.

— Parker J. Palmer
in Peace Prayers edited by Carrie Leadingham, Joann E. Moschella, and Hilary M. Vartanian

We’ll be looking for you tomorrow at 9:00 or 10:30 am that we might worship and thank God, our Father. And, at 11:30 am for the Annual Gathering & Celebration to celebrate what God did in 2014 and to dream about what God will do in 2015.

Grace and peace,

3 comments (Add your own)

1. dj wrote:
great insight vikki. thank you dj

Sat, February 21, 2015 @ 3:32 PM

2. dj wrote:
great insight vikki. thank you dj

Sat, February 21, 2015 @ 3:33 PM

3. dj wrote:
great insight vikki. thank you dj

Sat, February 21, 2015 @ 3:34 PM

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