Worship service – March 5, 2023 – “A Fresh Look at the Lord’s Prayer”

Have you ever driven a regular route, and discover you’re at your destination without remembering the drive? When you do something routinely, it’s easy to start doing it without thinking. What about your prayer life – has it become routine? Do you pray the Lord’s Prayer “on automatic,” while thinking about things on your to-do list?  Regardless of the words we say, God is listening to our intent. In today’s service, Pastor Linda does a deep dive into the Lord’s Prayer, examining what we are declaring and what we are requesting of God.

Our services are being held with in-person attendance at 10 a.m. Sunday morning.  Today’s service is provided below in its entirety in video format.  Note that closed captioning is available when “CC” appears in white at the bottom of the video panel. Click the CC to see the text; as it is done with an automated service, there may be errors in transcription.

Our Scripture Reading is Matthew 6:9-13. Just before the passage we are reading today from the gospel of Matthew, Jesus explains to the disciples and others who are listening that he wants to give them a template for appropriate prayer.  The example he gives, which we know as the Lord’s Prayer, includes an invocation (call to God to listen) and six petitions (things asked for). The ending that we currently use was added later by scribes of the early church.

Good Morning Morgan Hill featured an interview by “Katie Cupcake” of Janet, who described how she learned the Lord’s Prayer in her home country of Ghana.  Janet also spoke the prayer in her native dialect.

Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook
Rev. Dr. Linda Holbrook

The message today from Pastor Linda is “A Look at the Lord’s Prayer”

Pastor Linda encouraged us to think about each line of the Lord’s Prayer as we say it, so that it has meaning rather than just being something we say by rote.  In addition, read the prayer from a different Bible translation than you are used to – for example, The Message, or The Voice.

“As we pray continually, even during times when God seems distant and prayer feels fruitless, we immerse ourselves in the benevolence, grace, forgiveness, and love of God.  Our attitudes toward life are modified accordingly.”  – Jimmy Carter

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Credits and copyrights

  • “Come Away With Me” words by Mary Nelson Keithahn, music by John D. Horman.  © 1997 Abingdon Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).  CCLI song #2496559, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “We Are Singing” words and music trad. South African. Public domain.  CCLI song #5699391, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Seek Ye First” words and music by Karen Lafferty.  ©1972 CCCM Music (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.); Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (Admin. by Brentwood-Benson Music Publishing, Inc.).   CCLI song #1352, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “The Lord’s Prayer” words from Matthew 6:9-13, adapt. by J. Jefferson Cleveland and Verolga Nix; music West Indian folk tune, arr. by Carlton R. Young. Words © 1981 Abingdon Press (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.); Music © 1989 The United Methodist Publishing House (Admin by Music Services, Inc.) CCLI song #3382356, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “Covenant Prayer”  words by John Wesley, music by Jay D. Locklear and Adam Seate.  Music © 2008 Jay D. Locklear and Adam Seate.. 
  • “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” words and music by Peter Scholtes.  © Music: 1966 F.E.L. Publications. Assigned 1991 The Lorenz Corporation (Admin. by Music Services, Inc.).   CCLI song #26997, CCLI License #2718708.
  • “May You Run and Not Be Weary” words and music by Paul Murakami and Handt Hanson.  © 1991 Changing Church Forum, Inc.. CCLI song #807099, CCLI License #2718708.
  • All other text on this page © The United Methodist Church of Morgan Hill.

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