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Slow Down, I Can’t Keep Up!


This morning at church when the minister was finished with the Trinity Sunday children’s story he said he had one more thing he wanted to share.  He told us that one of our little boys in the congregation had let him know, through his mother I believe, that we say The Lord’s Prayer too fast when we repeat it in worship.  He said he can’t keep up.  As the minister said, “Out of the mouths of babes!”

Not only may we be repeating the Lord’s Prayer too quickly, but I think we try to do most everything too quickly.  Several times lately I’ve been at the microwave at work or a checkout waiting for my card to process a charge and noticed how slowly it seemed to be going.  Two minutes in the microwave seems like such a long time now, and it is even worse if whatever we are heating isn’t done when the two minutes are up and we have to, gasp, put it back in for thirty more seconds.

I was at a meeting the other day as an observer and saw this same sort of scenario.  The goal of the meeting seemed to be to figure out the fastest way of getting the business done.  This led, for the most part, to motions being passed without discussion and the delightful result of being able to finish all the business before lunch by tacking on an extra fifteen minutes to the morning session.  This done everyone went their separate ways rather than gathering for a shared picnic lunch as had been attended.  Everyone seemed so pleased to be finished that the idea of fellowship over a meal was cast aside.

What else are we doing this way?  When we listen to our children do we seem to be in a rush for them to finish so that we can do something more important?  Do we ask people how they are but then walk away so quickly that they don’t even get to answer?  Really, what is the big race for?

The children’s story usually concludes with a prayer with the minister saying short phrases for the children to repeat.  Today, however, he led us in The Lord’s Prayer, which had already been done in its usual spot in the service, at a slower pace.  It was slow enough that there was time to reflect after each phrase on the meaning or ramifications of what we had just said.  What a great message.  Let’s relax    our    speed   this   coming   week   and   reflect   more   on    the   meaning   of   that   which   we   say   and   do.

A Song: The Lord’s Prayer


Lord’s Prayer for Charles

The Lord’s Prayer

Song dedicated to Charles Deogratias

 

Our Father, mighty God, king of heaven and glory

My father, awesome God, sitting right here beside me.

 

You rule over all the world with justice, love and forgiveness.

May we all sing of your greatness and speak your name with wonder.

 

Lord I pray for your great kingdom here on earth as in heaven.

Help me, Lord, not to question your plan and purposes for me.

 

Lord send me, from your bounty, food for me and my family.

Not all we wish but what we need and keep our eye from tomorrow.

 

Please forgive that I have sinned and hurt the people around me,

When through your help I forgive the ones who’ve hurt me and love them.

 

For tomorrow, please protect me, from giving in to temptation.

Shield me from the evil one who works to separate me from you.

 

For your kingdom and your power and glory are forever,

Not just my life, nor the past, bur for time beyond all, Amen.

I wrote this version of The Lord’s Prayer in 2004 after an inspiring series of sermons on the prayer by my good friend The Rev. Charles Deogratias who is a chaplain with the Canadian Forces ordained by the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

The Prayers


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name.
Thy Kingdom come,
thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors. *
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,

the power and the glory,

for ever.

Amen.

The Jesus Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ

Have mercy on me.

23rd Psalm

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green  pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

* this line has various versions and many churches use the words, “forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us” and the more modern version uses, “forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us.”