The Lord’s Prayer

  • The Banality of Temptation

    We often think of temptation as something obvious that we know we aught to resist, but more often, we don’t even notice temptation at all because it’s very boring and comes disguised as good reasons why we can’t, or shouldn’t, love our neighbors.

  • Forgiveness Implies power

    Sometimes people in positions of power demand that people they have hurt and abused “forgive” them even though they haven’t done anything to attempt to make it right, or even stopped engaging in the harm they’ve caused. Is it right to forgive them? Is it even possible?

  • What is Bread and Who is Us?

    When we pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” what are we asking for, exactly? It is not just bread; it is everything we need for our lives. And who is “us”? The whole human family. That being the case, can we become part of the answer to our own prayers?

  • What God Wants

    When we pray “Thy Will Be Done,” what are we asking for? Will God’s will be done no matter what? How does God’s will relate to evil? How can we do God’s will in our lives? Our version of the Lord’s Prayer this morning is from The Message.

  • God’s Good Road

    With all that’s wrong in the world, Jesus appears saying God’s kingdom is near and teaches us to pray “Thy Kingdom Come.” God’s Kingdom, defined loosely (but never explicitly defined by Jesus) is God’s alternative re-imagining of the way the world works. Ada María Isasi-Díaz borrowed the term “kin-dom” from a friend who was a…

  • God’s a Little More Holy Than That

    In this second message on the Lord’s Prayer, we discuss “Hallowed be thy name.” Holiness is often imagined as something scary, perhaps God killing people for not being appropriately respectful, or sending tornadoes because the Wrong People are being included, but if our understanding of God is to be (rightly) rooted in the person of…

  • To Whom Do You Talk, When You Pray?

    In this first sermon in a series on the Lord’s Prayer, we consider what it means to call God “our Father” or “our Mother” through our own experiences of having an earthly father or mother, or, for some of us, our own experiences of being a parent. Note: In the story David tells of the…