Preview for Service of Word and Sacrament, January 17, 2021
Liturgical Color: Green
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Tiburon, California
This weekly study guide seeks to help us prepare for the upcoming Sunday service and teaching.
Please Note –
We will stream worship on our Facebook page (Westminster Pres-Tiburon) on Sunday at 10:00. We will have a video of worship available on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCI7AuMKsXWJTserXPjBjPDw) at 12:00pm
Call to Worship
One: Our God in heaven, hallowed is your name
Many: Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
One: Give us today our daily bread.
Many: Forgive us as we are forgiving of others’ debts.
One: Spare us from the time of trial,
Many: and rescue us from the one who would pull us off the path.
Gracious God, in Jesus you have shown us how to be. You have revealed the world for which we should both yearn and work. Yet, so often, we reduce our faith to being simply another tool of our own affirmation or a means of transferring all responsibility to you. Help us to reclaim the part of prayer that calls us to a better way of being. May we recognize the role we have to play in your kingdom coming. Let us join in praying our faith into action. Amen.
Sermon Focus & Title Depends On Us Robert McClellan
Deepening Our Understanding of Familiar Passages 2
Christians recite The Lord’s Prayer virtually every time they worship. Are we fully aware of what we’re praying? If we’re not careful, our prayer is reduced to transferring to God our hopes, worries, and cares. All of that can be helpful, but it’s not all prayer is. In fact, when Jesus instructs his disciples in how to pray, his words say as much to those doing the praying as the one to whom they are praying. The Lord’s Prayer is a statement of commitment to yearn for a certain way to take up residence on the earth. It is a pledge to be a certain way, forgiving and just. Thus, when we pray The Lord’s Prayer each week we are really saying who we are going to be as much as we are telling God who to be.
9 ‘Pray then in this way:
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
10 Your kingdom come.
Your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not bring us to the time of trial,
but rescue us from the evil one.
Come! Live in the Light! No. 749
Together We Serve No. 767
Quotes, Questions & Prompts for Reflection, Discussion, and Prayer
“It's not an easy prayer. It's not a prayer that pretends and it's also a prayer that requires our lives change. It requires that we become different sorts of people...”
- Rowan Williams
1. What do you think is the main point of The Lord’s Prayer?
2. What do you think Christianity says about forgiveness?
3. Why do we say The Lord’s Prayer in worship every week?
4. How does The Lord’s Prayer differ from your own prayers? How is it similar?
5. What does God’s kingdom look like?