Jul 4, 2013

Meditation on the Lord's Prayer

Here’s a brief meditation on the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 11: 2-4).  It was written for use at Easter, but could be revised for other occasions. It comes from the Uniting Church SA website.

The Lord’s Prayer Meditation
(inspired by Matthew 6: 9-13, Luke 11: 2-4)

Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be your name
On the cross, while he was dying,
Jesus called out to his Father in Heaven.
We too can call out to Him any time:
when we are feeling pain or feeling joy.
That’s something to rejoice about!

Your kingdom come.
When he was dying on the cross,
he told one of the thieves being punished with him:
Today you will be with me in paradise.
He gives us the same promise that his kingdom comes to us
and we come into his kingdom.
That’s something to rejoice about!

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
God wants us all to live with him forever.
Jesus death and resurrection was the way he chose to have that happen.
We now can choose to believe it and to obey him here on earth.
That’s something to rejoice about!

Give us today our daily bread.
God gives us everything we need.
That includes family and friends to love us.
That’s something to rejoice about!

Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.
Peter tells us: that all who believe in Jesus —
his love and power; his death and life —
have their sins forgiven through his name.
That’s something to rejoice about!

Do not bring us to the test, but deliver us from evil.
Our pains are a sign of the evil in our lives and our world.
Jesus, through his death and life has delivered us from all evil.
That’s something to rejoice about!

For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever.
And that’s something to be joyful about at Easter time and always!
Amen.

~ from Love is… An Intergenerational Worship Resource for Easter.  Prepared by the Uniting Church SA, and posted on their website.  http://mrn.sa.uca.org.au/   To see the entire publication (pdf) click here.