July Worship ~ The Prayer of Jesus
“Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name…” Matthew 6:9 We are familiar with the Lord’s Prayer and pray it frequently, but do we pay attention to what we are praying? Each week during the five weeks of July, we will focus on a particular part of the prayer, and examine how it calls us into relation with God and with each other.
Please remember that if you are not able to be in worship on a particular Sunday, the sermon for that day will be posted on our church website at the beginning of the week.
July 2: Abba, Father.
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. How we
address God in prayer is a way of defining our
relationship with God and models for us relationship with others.
July 9: On Earth, as it is in Heaven.
We focus on what it means to pray, “Thy Kingdom come” and how our work bringing right relationship in the world can be a daily prayer of action.
July 16: Give Us This Day
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 God and naming our needs. We are called to become mindful of the needs of the world and our need to remember that God is the Source of all gifts.
July 23: As We Forgive
God is ready to forgive us, just as we have been made to forgive each other. What holds us back? Right relation-ship involves getting honest with God and with each other.
July 30: Deliver Us
Jesus calls on God to come, to stand with, to offer strength in time of trouble.