2018 STUDY COURSE ON THE LORDS PRAYER

2018 STUDY COURSE ON THE LORDS PRAYER

The Welland Fosse Benefice.

Outline material for the Sunday sermons and discussion material for the

Monday House Group at Barrowden Rectory, 7.30 pm to 9.00pm. Please bring a bible with you to the house groups.  All are welcome.

“…in the prayer there is contained an epitome of the whole Gospel.” (Tertullian, 200AD)

Module 1: Sunday 20th and Monday 21st May

“Our Father, which art in heaven; hallowed be thy name.”  (Mt.6.9; Lk.11.2)

Whose father are we praying to?  What are the global implications of this prayer?  Who would you like to exclude?

Where is heaven today?  Have you experienced it?  And what about hell?  Is that a reality to you – or a nothingness as The Pope has recently implied?

How do we hallow the name of God in our daily lives? Can we make more room for God?

Module 2: Sunday 27th and Monday 28th May

                “Thy Kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as in heaven.” (Mt.6.10; Lk.11.2)

How passionate can we be about the coming of the Kingdom?  How do we develop that kingdom in our own lives and in the lives of others? How real is the kingdom to you now?  And what hopes do you have for the future kingdom?  How do we live with that tension?

Module 3: Sunday 3rd June and Monday 4th June

                “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Mt.6.11; Lk. 11.3)

After 3 petitions where God’s greatness is proclaimed, this seems a very basic request.

Who is ‘us’?  For whom and for what are we praying this petition? Why do both gospel writers repeat themselves, stressing ‘daily’ twice? How do we participate in the provision of bread and how do we share our daily bread with others?

Module 4: Sunday 10 June and Monday 11 June.

                “And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted

to us;” (Lk. 11.4)

What is sin and how do we identify it? What value can we place upon that feeling of goodness when we have forgiven others?  Is our forgiveness dependent upon our willingness to forgive?

Module 5: Sunday 17 and Monday 18 June.

                “And led us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” (Mt.6.13)

Is temptation always seen as negative?  Has Pope Francis got it right that God would not tempt us into wrong-doing?  Who or what is ‘evil’?

 

 

 

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