In honor of the upcoming 500th anniversary of the Reformation in October 2017, we are using Martin Luther’s Small Catechism as our guide for weekly worship. Since we began this grand adventure last September we have covered the Ten Commandments, the first two articles of the Apostle’s Creed (the parts of the Creed that talk about God and Jesus), and the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. Today we begin another leg of this journey; we begin looking at the prayer Jesus taught.
If there’s one prayer people know, it’s the Lord’s Prayer. As Pastor Brad put it,
“The Lord’s Prayer is the first prayer we teach our children and is often the last prayer people whisper as they pass from this life. Countless times I’ve quietly prayed the Lord’s Prayer holding the hand of someone who hasn’t communicated in hours, only to have the person suddenly take a breath and mouth the words along with me in a voice barely audible. I’ve officiated at enough memorial services at funeral homes (where there are no bulletins), but when the gathered have heard me say, ‘We pray together the prayer our Lord taught us,’ the chorus of ‘Our Father, who art in heaven…’ fills the parlor.”
This prayer is so familiar most of us can say it without thinking. Yet, over these next few weeks may we join the disciples in asking “Lord, teach us to pray.” Even though we know what Jesus will say, we ask God to open us anew to the words and the meaning of this timeless prayer.