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Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Series on the Lord's Prayer (Ordinary Time / Fall 2019)

The season of Ordinary Time is the longest season of the church year, spanning all the way from Pentecost to Advent. At Community CRC, we usually structure Ordinary Time in two parts, the summer and the fall. In the fall, we do a series based on the Heidelberg Catechism.


This year, our focus is on prayer, and where better to turn than the Lord’s Prayer? In the gospels, Jesus’ disciples ask him many questions, and most of the questions they ask are the wrong questions, so Jesus doesn’t really answer them. But when the disciples ask: “Lord, teach us to pray,” Jesus jumps right in.


The Lord’s Prayer has been repeated by Christians since the days of Jesus’ ministry. And from the beginning, Christian pastors and theologians recognized that the Lord’s Prayer isn’t just one prayer among many. Rather, the Lord’s Prayer is the heart of Christian prayer. It teaches us how to pray, the Lord’s Prayer draws us near to God, and the Lord’s Prayer reveals the heart of Jesus to us in a unique and intimate way.


One of the biggest themes that the Lord’s Prayer itself emphasizes is the theme of dependence on God. This is one of the most counter-cultural teachings of scripture in our society. In Western society, we tend to emphasize independence, personal choice, individualism, and self-expression as the highest values in our lives. That’s just the way our culture forms and shapes us. (Which is ironic, eh? Do you remember making a “personal choice” to make “personal choice” the highest value in your life? Just goes to show the formative soul-shaping power of culture!). But scripture constantly reminds us that there is no such thing as independence, no such thing as truly free personal choice. We are always dependent on others. We are always formed and shaped by forces that are bigger than we are. It’s just a question of whether that “greater force” that forms and shapes us is God or someone or something else!


The Heidelberg Catechism concludes its teaching with questions and answers on prayer. It is the second part of the “Gratitude” section, framing prayer as “the most important part of the thankfulness God requires of us.” Prayer is the most important way that we say “thank you” to God for everything God has done for us in Christ!


September 28, 2014

4. Circles Are Better Than Rows

Pastor: Series: Characteristics of the Church Topic: Sharing Passage: Acts 2:42–2:47

September 21, 2014

3. Holy Kissing?

Pastor: Series: Characteristics of the Church Topic: Fellowship Passage: 1 Thessalonians 5:12–5:28

September 14, 2014

2. Devoted To The Breaking of Bread

Pastor: Series: Characteristics of the Church Topic: Lord's Supper Passage: 1 Corinthians 11:17–11:34

September 7, 2014

The Mission of God's People - PM

Pastor: Series: Evening Services, Fall 2014 Topic: Missions Passage: 2 Corinthians 5:11–6:2

September 7, 2014

1. Devoted to The Apostles' Teaching

Pastor: Series: Characteristics of the Church Topic: Teaching Passage: 1 Timothy 4:1–4:16

August 31, 2014

Work

Pastor: Series: Summer Sermons Topic: Work Passage: Colossians 3:22–4:1

August 17, 2014

Jesus - Our Only Saviour

Pastor: Series: Summer Sermons Topic: Lord's Supper Passage: Matthew 1:18–1:25

August 10, 2014

God Is King - PM

Pastor: Series: Summer Sermons Topic: Revelation Passage: Revelation 4:1–4:11

August 10, 2014

What's Wrong with You, Sea?

Pastor: Series: Summer Sermons Topic: Psalm Passage: Psalm 114:1–114:8

August 3, 2014

The Climate of God's Care

Pastor: Series: Summer Sermons Passage: Psalm 121:1–121:8

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