Just preach the Lord's Prayer?
There is a running joke among preachers that if the lessons seem too tough to tackle, you can always â€śpreach the collectâ€ť or, in the absolute worst case scenario, â€śpreach the Lordâ€™s Prayer.â€ť Iâ€™ve preached the collect a time or two, but never have I been so bold as to preach the Lordâ€™s Prayer. Imagine my surprise, then, when I opened the Lectionary Page and saw,
Jesus was praying in a certain place, and after he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples." He said to them, "When you pray, say: 'Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.â€™â€ť
What does one preach when the lesson is the Lordâ€™s Prayer?
Back in seminary, St. Jamesâ€™ Potomac did a five-week Lenten Study on the Lordâ€™s Prayer. Whole books have been written on the topic. Iâ€™m certain the â€śtrespassesâ€ť vs. â€śdebtsâ€ť vs. â€śsinsâ€ť debate has caused more than one schism. So, it's Monday and I'm wondering, will you be preaching the Lordâ€™s Prayer this week? Iâ€™m tempted.
But Iâ€™m just as tempted not to.
Originally posted at Draughting Theology