This Sunday in worship, we’ll be talking about corporate prayer—or how we pray together. We’re going to take a closer look at the Lord’s Prayer. This is a prayer that unites Christians across denominations and across the arc of history. This is a prayer that has been translated into countless languages and has been memorized by countless Christians.
In preparation for worship, I invite you to meditate upon this litany written by Katherine Hawker. You can find this and other liturgies by Katherine online.
Here are some ideas to aid you in your meditation:
· Read the litany aloud (even if you are alone).
· Read the litany silently.
· Spend 2 minutes in silence reflecting on the meaning of this prayer.
· Talk with a friend, neighbor or family member about what this prayer means to you.
· Write your own interpretation of each line.
· Draw a picture that represents the feeling you get when you say this prayer.
Enjoy the process and I’ll see you in worship!
Lord’s Prayer Litany
Written by Katherine Hawker
Based on Luke 11:2-4 and Matthew 6:9-13
Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Mystery beyond our knowing, close to us as our breathing, in humble awe we pray.
Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
We pray for your vision of justice and mercy to be made real in our world even now.
Give us today our daily bread.
We pray for your vision of enough; enough sustenance, enough warmth, enough healing for all of your children.
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
We pray for the grace to let go of that which is death dealing as we embrace your vision for life, that we might follow you safely through the obstacle course.
For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours. Now and for ever.
Giving thanks for presence that defies definition in this life and beyond.