Making Meaning: The Lord’s Prayer

On Sunday, we began a study of the Lord’s prayer with the 3-5th and 6-7th grades. This week’s 5 minute faith activity includes a collection of activities to help people of all ages learn and understand the Lord’s Prayer.

Read:

The Lord’s Prayer is found in the Gospels of Matthew (6:9-13) and Luke (11:2-4).

Discuss:

What do you notice about these two versions of the Lord’s Prayer? How do they compare to the prayer you hear in church? What words would you like to know more about? (On Sunday, youth looked up “thy,” “temptation,” and “trespasses.” They also made the connection between daily bread and the bread served during Communion!)

Practice:

Visit this link for a collection of printables and crafts, organized by line, for learning the Lord’s Prayer – check out the “names of God dominos.” Who knew God had so many names? Create a Lord’s Prayer tracing cross like the ones we have on the worship activities shelf at church using these directions. Or, include a different, printable Lord’s Prayer station near your dinner table each week.

Pray:

Try reading a few different versions of the Lord’s Prayer found on the internet. Progressive Christianity has several, including one that begins: “Good caring presence within us, around us, and above us; Hold us in a sense of mystery and wonder.” 

Speaking of wonder, I will be preaching this Sunday, April 15th, on the topic of wondering and questioning, using Luke and the movie A Wrinkle in Time. I’ll be sharing that as a kid I felt I had to choose between faith and science. This classic book helped me to hold space for both. In the movie, the parents give Meg an origami heart, explaining that love isn’t gone, it gets “enfolded.” I believe this heart to be a flexahexagon. If you like mathy-crafty stuff, check out this video. Maybe I’ll figure out how to make one for Sunday.

Grace and Peace,

Christine Hides

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