Each week we close our prayers of the people with the prayer that Jesus taught the disciples. This prayer gives insight into what Jesus thought was important about prayer, and it provided a way for the disciples to repeat and affirm these things. As a church, we continue to say this prayer so often because in some ways it lets us reach back to the time of Jesus’ ministry and connect with the words that Jesus felt were so important to share and it gives us a connection with all the disciples who have been repeating these words for the last two thousand years.Often we think of prayer as a way to ask God for something in our lives. We ask God for someone to be healed from an illness, we ask for blessings, or we ask for insight during a time of decision making. This week’s passage seems to encourage that image of prayer. After Jesus teaches the prayer to the disciples the first thing he does is tell a story about persistently asking a friendly neighbor for food in the middle of the night. This week we’ll explore what Jesus had in mind in the “asks” that are present in this prayer, and how that might inform our sense of justice and our purpose in the world.
Looking forward to being with you in prayer on Sunday. Blessings and peace,
Prelude: “Halad” Maquiso
Meditation: “Be Thou My Vision” arr. Carter
Postlude: “Sacred Stone” LeVines
Children in Church: Summertime!
Although there is no Sunday school in the summertime, children are welcome in worship every Sunday. As an incentive to all children a calendar and stickers can be found on the bench in the Parish Hall. Add a sticker for every Sunday you come to worship this summer. A special prize will be given for any student who collects over 4 Stickers. Let’s see how many can get this special prize.