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Last week we recalled the first moon landing recognizing that Jesus is the Cosmic Christ, holding all things together. We also visited with Jesus and his friends Mary and Martha at their home in Bethany. This week, we join the disciples who were just listening in on Jesus praying. What was Jesus praying about that the disciples immediately wanted it, too? So much so that they asked Jesus to teach them to pray like he did to get it.
We refer to that prayer Jesus shared with the disciples as The Lord’s Prayer. Is it the Lord’s Prayer? Maybe it should have been called the People’s Prayer? Whatever its title, it has become familiar to many of us. But our repetition of the prayer may obscure Jesus’ real point to the lesson and hide the disciples’ true request. What made the Prayer unique was how Jesus referred to God. No rabbi in Jesus’ time or since, would begin any prayer using a term of endearment like daddy! Jesus shocked his listeners who could not even imagine that a personal relationship with the Creator was possible. But wait, there’s more.
So what was Jesus praying for that the disciples urgently wanted it, too? Discover an important clue to that question in our Gospel reading and message from Luke 11:1-13. What do you really want? Do you know? Whatever it is, how can you be certain you are wanting the right thing because your persistence is not futile with Jesus. Ask. Seek. Knock. You will receive it! Now that is shocking.
Barbara Cain will sing Sweet Hour of Prayer. This hymn stresses prayers for the world, and the people. All possible prayers we have every day is squeezed into one hymn that exaggerating it was entitled sweet hour of prayer. The romanticized language adds a tone that stresses withdrawal from the mundane world and focusing on God alone.
Following the message, we will sing a hymn of prayer written by Scottish poet and protester against slavery, James Montgomery (d. 1854). Lord, Teach Us How to Pray Aright is based on Luke 11. It reminds us of the need for prayer in tune with the Holy Spirit and to express our thanks for Jesus Christ, our Savior.
Our sending music is Spirit of God Descend upon My Heart. In this very personal and well-known hymn, the singer calls to mind various places in Scripture concerning Christian love and the Holy Spirit. As we sing, we ask God to move within us so that we may live a life of whole-hearted devotion to Him, bathed in His presence and motivated by His love. We recall the “first and greatest commandment” to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” (Matthew 22:37, 38 NIV).
“…That you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18).
Whatever your religious affiliation, or none at all, we all hear Jesus say, “Come to me all who are overburdened, and find rest for your soul!” Everyone is welcomed at Cold Spring Church. Yes, everyone!
Enjoy sitting with others from greater Cape May as we worship together. We simplified our service and made it even easier to participate, with our Worship Guide and lyric videos displayed on a large screen.
Physical distancing and masks are NOT required!
You have found a place to encounter God and people who care about you – just as you are, right where you are, anytime. Subscribe to our weekly Connections email newsletter. Sign up here!
Energize your life and discover the amazing love of Jesus! This week is the perfect time to join us in person for worship. Enjoy live music and solo, lyric videos, and a message of hope from God’s word.
We are excited to welcome to worship in our historic Red Brick Church on Sundays at 10:30 AM.