Current Sermon Series: Lord, Teach us to Pray
8:30 AM - Traditional; A traditional United Methodist worship service with organ music and both new and traditional hymns.
9:45 AM - Contemporary; Our "informal" worship service with our praise band, "Raising Praise", and mostly contemporary Christian Music.
9:45 AM - Youth Worship; Our youth service, called "Gallery" meets in the AG building just west of the Sanctuary. Our youth (grades 6th-12th) are led in music by the youth praise band, a message geared to teens and share in Holy Communion weekly.
11:00 AM - Traditional; A traditional United Methodist worship service with organ music, our adult Chancel Choir, and both new and traditional hymns.
Church reformer & Lutheran Church founder, Martin Luther, believed that every follower of Christ needed to know, understand, & pray the Lord’s Prayer. This Sunday, and for the next five Sundays, we will bring the Lord’s Prayer into sharp focus as we look at what this prayer teaches us about prayer & praying. The Gospel of Luke tells us that after observing Jesus pray, one of his disciples asked, “Lord, teach us to pray....” If you’ve ever had questions about prayer, or felt at a loss on how to pray, you are in good company.
Our desired outcome is not just to be better informed. Rather, as we explore Jesus’ answer, we hope that our prayers & praying would be transformed. Are you willing? Do you have the courage needed to allow your praying to be different, to be changed? First, you and I must change… true prayer always changes the one praying.
To that end, along with scripture readings & reflection, each week we’ll have a daily spiritual exercise adapted from the ancient spiritual practice of the “Examen”, and based on the portion of the Lord’s Prayer we explored on Sunday.* Each day of the week, when you rise, or before going to bed, the Examen invites each you to look back on the preceding 24 hours. Thank God for walking with you. Note the particular moments you may have been aware of God’s presence. Then ask:
- How did I welcome God and honor God’s holiness? – July 4-9
- Where did I sense my life in harmony with God’s will? Where did I struggle to align my will with God’s will? – July 11-16
- How did God provide for me? How did I feed or provide nourishment to others? – July 18-23
Where and how did I sense God’s grace to forgive me? – July 25-30
Where did I show God’s grace and offer forgiveness? Where do I need to offer it to others? – August 1-6
- What temptations did I face? Did I turn to God for help? How did God help me? – August 8-13
Now, join the journey! Here are the Sunday message titles and portion of the Lord’s Prayer for that week:
- July 3 “Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Here We Begin” (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:1-4)
Holy Communion, Receiving New Members (11:00), West Point Alumni Glee Club (11:00)
“Our father in heaven; hallowed be your name”
July 10 “Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Captain of my Soul”
“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”
July 17 “Lord, Teach Us to Pray – A Life-line Each Day”; Baptism and New Members (9:45)
“Give us today our daily bread”
July 24 “Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Foundation for Friendship”; Baptism and New Members (9:45)
“Forgive us our debts/trespasses”
July 31 “Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Two-Way Street”; Hawaiian/Colorful Shirt Sunday
“as we also have forgiven our debtors/those who trespass against us”
August 7 “Lord, Teach Us to Pray – Help From On High”; Holy Communion
“and lead us not into temptation/time of trial, but deliver us from the evil one”
If you miss a Sunday, find the recording & Trail Guide at our website, Worshop> Sermons/Worship Programs
See you Sunday! – Pastor Jim
(* The “Daily Examen” and scripture readings each week are adapted from The Lord’s Prayer, by Mary Lou Redding)