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Lead Us Not Into Temptation - Matthew 6:7-13

A four-year-old girl was learning to say the Lord’s Prayer.  She was reciting it all by herself without any help from her mother.  She was doing real well and you could hear her voice growing stronger and louder with each passing phrase.  Finally, she came to the end of the prayer and said, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us some e-mail.  Amen.” We are gathered together to offer worship and praise to a God that is intimately closed and concerned with us as we pray, “Our Father.” “Who art in heaven” reminds us that this God that we are intimate with cannot be defined or limited by any of our experiences, for He is creator of them all, and because of that there is nothing in all of Creation that can come between us and God.  We remember to honor God with our lips and our all of our actions, so that His Name may remain holy before all people when we say, “hallowed be Thy Name.”  “Thy Kingdom come, Thy Will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven,” finds us asking God to transfo…

The Lord's Prayer: Forgive Us As We Forgive - Matthew 6:7-13

“Our Father” calls us to be a community gathered together in worship of our God who is intimately connected with us. We are reminded that though God is our Father, he is our creator and is far above and more powerful than anything we may experience on this earth as we pray, “who art in heaven.”  “Hallowed be thy name” reminds us to bring honor to God’s name by reflecting His holiness, not only in our speech but also in everything we do, in how we live, in how we treat His Creation, in how we treat all of those He has given life to and His life for.  We pray that this world, including our very lives, will be changed and conformed to God’s Kingdom and Will as we say, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” – that we might be those through whom God reveals His Kingdom, Here and Now.  In asking that God, “give us this day our daily bread,” we ask God, not to grant our wishes, but to provide our basic needs and realize that those needs may be different from what w…

The Lord's Prayer - Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread - Luke 11:1-4

We are called into a community to worship a God that is intimate with us as we pray “Our Father.”  As were remember that God, our Father is the one “who art in heaven,” we remember that He is far above any limitations of this world and our experiences in it, therefore we have nothing to fear in this world.  When we pray that “hallowed be His name,” we are reminded that we are not only to honor God each and every day with out speech and how we use His name, but we are to bring honor to His name through each and everyone of our actions each day, in how we treat His Creation and how we treat everyone we encounter—those that He too created, those that Jesus offered His very life to save.  And as we pray, “Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done, on Earth as it is in Heaven,” we are asking that God’s will, not our own, be done, right here and right now, that we might see the revelation of God’s Kingdom, God’s love, God’s justice, God’s mercy, God’s forgiveness, right here and right …

The Lord's Prayer: Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done - Matthew 6:7-13

There once was a rich man who was near death. He was very grieved because he had worked so hard for his money and he wanted to be able to take it with him to heaven. So he began to pray that he might be able to take some of his wealth with him. An angel hears his plea and appears to him. "Sorry, but you can't take your wealth with you." The man implores the angel to speak to God to see if He might bend the rules. The man continues to pray that his wealth could follow him. The angel reappears and informs the man that God has decided to allow him to take one suitcase with him. Overjoyed, the man gathers his largest suitcase and fills it with pure gold bars and places it beside his bed. Soon afterward the man dies and shows up at the Gates of Heaven to greet St. Peter. St. Peter seeing the suitcase says, "Hold on, you can't bring that in here!" But, the man explains to St. Peter that he has permission and asks him to verify his story with the Lord. Sure enough, S…