The Lord’s Prayer: A Worship Series for the Season of Easter

During the Season of Easter, NMO-UMC will be focusing on The Lord’s Prayer.  We will explore each of its rich lines and their meaning in the Bible, what we ask of God and what we ask of ourselves through its words, and how to use it as a pattern for our own prayer life.   A copy of The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning & Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught, the latest book from author and pastor Adam Hamilton, will be available for each family.  Our adult Sunday school class will be working through this book at 9:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall followed by our worship experience focusing on a different petition of The Lord’s Prayer each week at 11:00 a.m.  Copies of the accompanying book, The Most Important Prayer for All, will be available for children to help them to learn about this vital prayer.  This Sunday school and worship series will begin April 24.

4/24 Second Sunday of Easter

The words Jesus gives us in Matthew 6 form the best known and most often prayed prayer in the world.  Yet, despite our familiarity with this prayer, and the frequency with which we may pray it, we often fail to grasp its meaning.  We know it, but often don’t know it. Our message, Our Father…, will draw from Matthew 6:5-15. Joining us for our worship celebration will be the Blacksburg Brass Ensemble.

5/1 Third Sunday of Easter

The very reason we must pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,” is because God’s will is often not done on earth as it is in heaven.  We pray this precisely because God’s sovereignty does not mean that everything that occurs happens because God wills it.  We have to pray it for God’s kingdom to come and work for God’s will to be done. Our message, Whose Will Be Done?, will come from Genesis 45:1-15. Our worship will also include the sharing of Holy Communion.

5/8 Fourth Sunday of Easter

Most of us pray the Lord’s Prayer as one who has food in the cupboard.  However, there are many in our nation and world who pray the prayer for whom the petition— “give us this day our daily bread”—is quite literally a request for God to help them have enough to eat. Our message, Our Daily Bread, will come from John 6:22-35.

5/15 Fifth Sunday of Easter

The essence of forgiveness is choosing to let go or release the right of retribution, anger, or bitterness.  It is letting go of the right to hold the offense over another’s head.  It does not however, excuse the action of the one who wronged us nor say that it didn’t matter. Our message, Forgive as We Forgive, will come from Matthew 18:21-33.

5/22 Sixth Sunday of Easter

Temptation is a universal part of the human condition.  The question is not whether we will be tempted, but how we will respond when temptation comes. Our message, And Lead Us, Not into Temptation, will come from James 1:12-15.

5/29 Seventh Sunday of Easter

When we pray “Thine,” not mine, we commit to use the power and influence we have for God’s good purposes. Our Easter worship series will conclude with For Thine Is the Kingdom, Power, & Glory (Revelation 7:9-12). We will also be commemorating the Ascension of Our Lord.

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