We begin in the name of the Father …
In St. Paul's letter to the Romans (8:12-27) he says, "When we shout, "Abba! Father!" it is that … Spirit bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God."
It is a special thing to call another person by their first name – it means we are close to them.
I wonder if our Prime Minister would hear my concerns if we were on a first-name basis? Would my teacher really know I respected him or her, no matter what they heard?
Following Jesus, Saint Paul invites into a very close relationship with God. We are part of God's family praying to Abba, which is to call God daddy, because we are the children of our Father God or Caregiver and Creator.
I wonder how seeing God as Daddy, might make our lives different than talking about an unapproachable God out there in heaven somewhere.
Our earthly experiences of fathers may not always be perfect, but God's love is never failing. So, we pray in love that we come closer to God, one another and ourselves this Lenten season – in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Listen … In the name of the Father and the Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.
We begin …
"The Lord is kind and merciful" says Psalm 145. And he is to all people. We too are called to be kind and merciful in all we do. We need to forgive others and ourselves and not judge one another.
God's law of Love is a different kind of thing than the "legal" world of judges and lawyers around us.
God makes a loving covenant with us. In a covenant each partner has a responsibility to the other. God will care for us and we are to follow God the best we can. A covenant relationship, unlike a "business" contract relationship, allows for the partners to grow and evolve and make forgivable mistakes in the widest experiences of love and forgiveness possible.
Let us pray together a thoughtfully adapted Lord's Prayer – a prayer of love. Repeat each line after me.
Our Father, who art in heaven, (repeat)
hallowed be thy name; (repeat)
thy kingdom come; (repeat)
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (repeat)
Give us this day our daily bread; (repeat)
and forgive us our trespasses (repeat)
as we forgive those who trespass against us; (repeat)
Lord, do not let us fall into temptation, (repeat)
but deliver us from evil. (repeat)
For the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours now and forever. (repeat)
We close our prayer in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.