July 24th, 2016

Links of Interest/Bibliography:

The Text This Week
Honest Prayer, Part 1
Spong on Prayer (Belief.net)
Did Jesus Teach Us to Pray the Lord’s Prayer? 
Rex Hunt Liturgies
Prayer of the Cosmic Christ (available on iTunes and Cd Baby)

Yeah, I was a little Spong heavy this week, but I like what the guy has to say.

I didn’t have a sermon this week, instead there was a three person panel interview.  I’ve included my responses (as best as I can remember them).

Worship Outline:
Hymn                     Open My Eyes                                      VU 371

Words of Welcome and Announcements
Centering & Lighting the Christ Candle & Love Candle

Hymn                     Dance With The Spirit                         MV 156
 Call to Worship
One: Come, join me in prayer.
All: We’ve come to worship.
One: Our worship is prayer.
All:  Our singing is prayer.
One: Our reflection is prayer.
All: Our listening is prayer.
One: Our acceptance is prayer.
All:  Our action is prayer.
One: Our lives are prayers, both asked and answered.  Come, join the prayer.

Opening Prayer
Source of unending Love,
May this be a time where words and actions come together to form a prayer more beautiful and powerful than we can possibly imagine. Amen.

Hymn                       Seek Ye First                         VU  356
A Handful of Prayer
Readings: Luke 11: 1-13
Prayer of the Cosmic Christ                                               rEvolve
Prayer Stories

Minute for Mission

Offering Invitation
There are many ways to pray.  One way is how you choose to spend your money.  I invite you to prayerfully consider your offering to St. Luke’s and the prayers that your offering can answer.

Offering

Offertory               It’s A Song of Praise                                            MV 30

Offering Prayer
May these gifts, those given through PAR and all of our time and talents become the answer to many prayers. Amen.

Prayer Music:                       And When You Call for Me                MV 96

Prayers of the People & Prayer of Jesus
During the Prayer of Jesus, you are invited to use the translation and language of your choice.  A variety of translations and expressions of the Prayer of Jesus (also known as The Lord’s Prayer) can be found in Voices United pages 921-927.

Commissioning and Benediction

Musical Blessing                  May We but Wait                                MV 175

Interview Questions with my responses:

1. What is your first memory of praying? (who taught you to pray?)
I don’t remember when I learned how to pray, but my baby book says that I had both “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Now I Lay Me” memorized at three years old.
2. How has your prayer life changed over the years?  (who has influenced your prayer life?)
Spong, the speaker in the video earlier, has probably influenced my prayer life most.  I was introduced to him in theology school.  The idea of prayer being a transformation and something concrete, felt better to me than simply paying lip-service and doing nothing to change the problem.  Yoga also changed my prayer life.  Facing my ego each time I step onto my mat is like a prayer of confession for me.
3. Who do you pray to and why? (Who is paying attention to your prayers?)
I don’t believe that God is like Santa, I don’t pray to God.  I pray to a deep sense of compassion in people.  I pray to myself, and I pray to you.  My ultimate goal when I pray isn’t necessarily that our prayers be answered, but that we become the answers to someone else’s prayer.
4.  If you could define “prayer” what would your definition be? (What is the difference between praying and hoping?)
Prayer is the opportunity for transformation.
Prayer is the opportunity to reflect on the self and discover a hidden call.
Prayer is the opportunity to hear the concerns of others and the opportunity to offer miracles.
5. What is your preferred way to pray? (how do you make time to pray?)
Since I don’t believe that God hears and answers each of my prayers, my preferred way to pray is through deep conversation, compassionate action and yoga.
6. Could you pray with us?
I led a few Sun Breaths.

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