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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 22, 2019

Why Pray?

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Lord, Teach Us To Pray: A Series on the Lord's Prayer (Ordinary Time / Fall 2019) Topic: Prayer Passage: Luke 11:1–11:13

May 26, 2019

It’s None of Your Business

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Eastertide 2019 Passage: John 21:15–21:23, Acts 1:6–1:8

May 19, 2019

Getting Out of the Way

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Eastertide 2019 Topic: Holy Spirit Passage: Acts 11:1–11:18

May 12, 2019

The Lamb Will Be Their Shepherd

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Eastertide 2019 Passage: Revelation 7:9–7:17

May 5, 2019

Walking in Love

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Eastertide 2019 Topic: Love Passage: 2 John :1–:6

May 5, 2019

Our World Belongs to God

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Ordinary Time - Spring and Summer 2019 Topic: Creeds and Confessions Passage: Psalm 24:1–24:10

April 28, 2019

A Blessing

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Eastertide 2019 Topic: Blessing Passage: 2 Corinthians 9:6–9:15

April 21, 2019

I Have Seen the Lord!

Pastor: John Medendorp Topic: Resurrection Passage: John 20:1–20:31

April 14, 2019

Broken Bodies

Pastor: John Medendorp Series: Judges Passage: Judges 19:1–21:25

April 14, 2019

Worship and Prayer

Pastor: Carel Geleynse Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Psalm 118:1–118:29

April 7, 2019

Listening to Jesus

Pastor: Amanda Bakale Series: Journey with Jesus (Lent 2019) Passage: Luke 10:38–10:42

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