As we continue our worship series about the Lord’s Prayer, I’m reminded of what one of my favorite preachers once wrote in a book about prayer: citing several funny stories.

Sometimes what the children heard as they were learning the prayer, wasn’t what their parents intended to teach. A three-year-old recited the prayer in this way: “Our Father, who does art in heaven, Harold is his name.” A four-year-old prayed: “And forgive us our trash baskets as we forgive those who put trash in our baskets.” Another child prayed, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us some E-mail.”

I suspect that many of us fail to understand the meaning and power of what we are praying in the Lord’s Prayer.

In fact, as we shared earlier this week, our worship services have returned to their digital format, fully online, as we try to make it through this new explosion of COVID in our state and community. Soon, this pandemic will be in our rear-view mirror, but in the interim, join our livestream on Facebook as our church gathers in all kinds of ways, even online. Here’s a prayer to get us to Sunday:

Your church gathers, Lord,

in Colorado and Mozambique,

in Russia and to the ends of the earth.

Your church gathers, Lord,

in city and country, in suburbs and slums,
in person and online,

in sanctuaries and buildings,

under trees, in living rooms, and by streams of water.

Your people gather to praise you, Lord,

in English and in Portuguese,

with organ and guitar and drum,

with voices of young and old,

with song and with silence,

with dance and with prayer.

Your people praise you, Lord,

for hope in the midst of despair,

for strength in times of weakness,

for justice in situations of oppression,

for courage in the face of fear,

for life and health in the midst of disease and death.

We are the people who call you Lord.

Let everything that breathes, praise you Lord!

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