For some charismatic Christians, the mere mention of “liturgy” could make them feel faint in the head and want to sit down with a glass of water. Liturgy. The anti-thesis of spirit-led worship and freedom. Liturgy. Dusty. Dry. Old fashioned. Dead.
The Bishop of Sheffield, Steven Croft, has lashed out (or as much as English Bishops do lash out) in response to cinemas banning a simple video of people reciting the Lord’s prayer. The ban was put in place so that audiences “would not be offended” by the prayer when shown before Star Wars, or something. Continue reading
Protect us from evil.
This line is translated a few ways
NIV: Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.
GNT: Do not bring us to hard testing, but keep us safe from the Evil One
CEV: Keep us from being tempted and protect us from evil
I’ve put several translations here so you get a feel of what Jesus was saying in his mother-tongue. Continue reading
Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us.
Forgive us when we screw up. When we hurt ourselves and those around us, by accident, on purpose. Just like when we forgive those who screw up and hurt us, by accident, on purpose. Continue reading
Our daily bread
I’ve always prayed this prayer in a straight through manner to get to this line. This is the good bit. It’s the Father Christmas line. Give us the good stuff, today, now. Continue reading
Your will be done
So, thanks for coming back for more. In the last post I tried to figure out what the first couple of lines of the Lord’s Prayer mean to me. I tried to get my head around the idea of being able to call a Holy God, Father. The next couple of lines that I want to think about now are about God’s Kingdom being on earth in the same way as it is in heaven. Continue reading
For Christ followers the world over, the “Lord’s Prayer” is probably the most important prayer and one that is also known off by heart by many of those who don’t follow Christ. Continue reading