The Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer

While Pastor Jenson is on vacation, Deacon Poe is filling in and delivered Martin Luther’s thoughts on The Lord’s Prayer.

As we learn, prayer is a sacred act that we are called to do in the Second Commandment. God desires our prayers! In Psalm 50, we are told to “call upon me in the day of trouble” and later in Matthew 6 and Luke 11, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray.

Prayer is a blessing. It’s an opportunity to take our cares, concerns, thanks and praise directly to God and He hears us! Whether we are are on our knees in private or jointly confessing our sins in church, He hears and answers every prayer. Think of it! Our Lord, the creator of the universe, wants us to pray and ask for our needs.

Given all this, it seems like we should find prayer to be the most natural, effortless thing we can do. But our flesh is ever with us, making even this into some kind of chore. Hopefully today’s lesson will help us to value prayer as the blessing that it is.

Here is Luke’s record of The Lord’s Prayer found in chapter 11:

Now Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.” And he said to them, “When you pray, say:

“Father, hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
Give us each day our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins,
    for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And lead us not into temptation.”

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Announcements

Vacation: Pastor Jenson will be taking the remainder of his vacation time from Sunday, September 26th – Sunday, October 6th. Bible Study will be recessed on those two dates. In case of need, please contact Deacon Poe.

LWML Fall Rally: Will be held on Saturday, October 9th at Epiphany Lutheran Church in Kenmore. Registration is $4 and opens at 9:30 a.m. The In-Gathering donation are items for the Everett Gospel Mission — warm hats, gloves, scarves and socks for men, women and children. Contact Margaret if you would like more details.

Volunteers Needed: We need a few individuals who would like to be responsible for setting up & tearing down the coffee station. A few ladies from the church have cleaned out the kitchen cupboards and bought fresh items. Now we need a few folks who can take on set-up and tear-down. Please speak to Margaret if you are interested in helping.

Bible Study: ON HIATUS and will resume October 10th. You are invited to join us! We have two classes every week. The first one meets Sunday mornings at 9:30 am in person and is topical. The second meets Wednesday nights at 7 pm via Zoom and is covering the Book of Colossians. If you would like to attend the Zoom class, please let Pastor know and he will add you to invite.

Donations: Although we are slowly emerging from the pandemic, the expenses remain constant. If you wish to make a donation please mail them to the St. James post office box as that is a secure location.

Prayer requests. Bring your prayer requests to Pastor Jenson, Deacon Poe, or Loyd Harris (bulletin typist). They will printed in the bulletin and prayed in the Sunday service. The deadline is Tuesday for mailing on Wednesday. Remember if you are bringing a prayer request on behalf of another person their permission must be obtained.

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