March Pastor’s Reflection (2017)

The Weaving Grows…

How many times have you prayed the Lord’s Prayer? I am going to make a wild guess for myself and say I have prayed it at least 2,000 times and I wonder if it is much more. I suspect many of you have prayed it anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 times on a weekly bases and as much as 20,000 times if you pray it daily. Does it still hold meaning for you?

One of the things I always find meaningful is hearing the other voices with whom I am praying. Sometimes that voice is a young child or someone in the midst of their last days of life on earth or one who is simply going through a difficult time. The voices who are praying carry meaning for me which I appreciate as I can become careless and simply let the very familiar words roll off my tongue with little thought as to their meaning for my life of faith.

We have an opportunity this Lenten Season to reflect more deeply on the meaning of the Lord’s Prayer. You will see from our worship schedule that each week we will have a phrase from the prayer be our focus. We will use different translations and versions of the Lord’s Prayer throughout Lent as well as experience it through music.

There is also a Lenten Class being offered based on the book, The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of The Lord’s Prayer by John Dominic Crossan. This book will be informative and challenging as one review says, “Provides a satisfying blend of history, scholarship and theology, in researching the moral responsibilities that come with leading a Godly life.” In Crossan’s own words, he approaches the prayer as a “revolutionary manifesto and a hymn of hope. It is revolutionary because it presumes and proclaims the radical vision of justice that is the care of Israel’s biblical tradition. It is a hymn, because it presumes and produces poetic techniques that are the core of Israel’s biblical poetry.” I am looking forward to the rich dialogue we will have studying this book.

There are several opportunities to be part of a class:

  • Tuesdays at 1:30 pm at Clear Lake UMC beginning Feb. 24.
  • Tuesdays at 6:30 pm at Pastor Wendy’s home – 902 Mimosa St S beginning March 7.
  • Thursdays at 12:30 pm at Morningside UMC beginning March 2 as part of our Lunch, Bible and News Class.
  • Thursdays at 3:30 pm at Englewood UMC beginning March 2.

I will be leading the study at my home and at Morningside UMC. Books are $12 each and are on order – please sign up for a book on the bulletin board.  It is also available on Kindle.  I can find an extra copy for you as needed.

Blessings, Pastor Wendy