A Time to Pray: Prayer
Our Sunday service on March 15 will be “broadcast” from Pastor Catherine’s farm. It will include many of the components of our usual Sunday services, including scripture, prayer and a sermon.
If you’ve grown up in a church setting, it’s easy to take prayer for granted. It’s assumed we know what and how to pray. But often we don’t. It’s not just a matter of some in the scripture story testing Jesus; this scripture often echoes our own wondering about what or how we should pray. We take this Sunday to explore the words in the most commonly memorized Christian prayer… knowing that even in this most common prayer our differences and anxieties are revealed! (I mean, who hasn’t had a moment of debts/sins/trespasses anxiety!)
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread;[a]
12 And forgive us our debts,
As we also have forgiven our debtors;
13 And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.[b]
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; 15 but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Here’s an invitation from Catherine for this service:
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Anytime after 11 am, you can view the service on YouTube.