Saturday, September 28, 2019

PRAYING WITH JESUS

(A work in progress, more to follow):

Our Father

God is like a parent |
Mother and/or Father |
Who cares for the children |
Not a gender |
Beyond all that is male and female |
Yet, still relational |
Desiring the be present and at work in the life of the children |
The children being each and every person |
No one is excluded |
All means all |

Who is in heaven

God transcends this world of time and space |
While at the same time God is in, with, and at work in our world |
Heaven is the outcome of God's doing |
And, while it is a telos of our life, it does not reduce the importance of our life here and now |

Hallowed is your Name

God's Name is sacred |
God is not defined by the names we employ to talk about, or to talk to, God |
Nonetheless, every name that is used has a holy intention of reverence |
יְהֹוָהElohim, Elyon, Adonai, El Shaddai, Kyrios, Abba, Immanuel, Jesus, Christ, Holy Spirit |



Your kingdom come

The realm of God is not of anything that is other than a wholeness and wellness is total, complete justice and peace.

Your will be done



On earth as it is in heaven



Give us this day our daily bread



And forgive us our trespasses



As we forgive those who trespass against us



Lead us not into temptation



But deliver us from evil



For your's is the Kin-Dom, the power, and the glory, forever.




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God In Creation 

Let us pray for our own needs and for the needs of others, 
following the pattern which Jesus gave when he taught us to pray:
Our Father.

Through our love of the countryside, 
through our care for commuters and farmers, 
through our care for animals and wildlife, 
through our respect for property and tools: 
hallowed be your name. 

On our farms and in our homes, 
in our colleges and schools, 
where machinery is made, 
and where policy is planned: 
your kingdom come. 

By our seeking your guidance, 
by our keeping your commandments, 
by our living true to our consciences: 
your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.

For the millions who live in poverty and hunger, 
for our own needs, 
and the requirements of our neighbours, 
by cooperation, sympathy and generosity: 
give us today our daily bread. 

Because we have broken your commandments, 
doing what we ought not to do 
and failing as good stewards of your creation: 
forgive us our sins. 

If any have injured us by injustice, double dealing or exploitation: 
as we forgive those who sin against us. 

When prosperity lulls us to false security, 
or hard times prompt us to despair, 
When success makes us boastful, 
or failure makes us bitter: 
lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

In the assurance of faith, 
in the confidence of hope, 
in the will to serve, 
help us to love Christ as Lord, 
and our neighbour as ourselves:
for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and for ever. Amen. 

(from A service of the Word for Creationtide, the Church of England)