The Transfiguration of Jesus and prayer were our themes at In2mission this week. We shared the story of Jesus going up the mountain to talk to God and what happened next in church.
Once over in church House we learnt that prayer is a golden gift from God….
We heard that Jesus knew all about prayer…that he prayed early in the morning…he prayed late into the night…he prayed for this friends…and for those who would have counted themselves his enemies…And we remembered the story when he prayed for little children…how he laid his hands upon them and he blessed them…
One day, when Jesus was praying, his friends came up to him and said, ‘Lord, teach us to pray’, so we opened the box and shared the Lord’s Prayer together.
Our heavenly Father is better than the best father we could ever imagine. He cares for us so much that he wants you to call him ‘Daddy’. He loves us even more than a mother hen loves her chicks…OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN…
When we pray we need to remember that our heavenly Father is very holy. He is all that is good… all that is light…HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME…
Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he has spread his love to every corner of the world… north… south… east… west…YOUR KINGDOM COME…YOUR WILL BE DONE…ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
Our heavenly Father loves us so much that he wants us to have every good thing we need…he loves us to ask him… he loves us to share our lives with him.
Our daily bread is not just the toast we have for breakfast… or the ham sandwiches we have for lunch. It is everything we need…our friends…our families…our homes…clothes to keep us warm…food and love to nourish us…GIVE US TODAY OUR DAILY BREAD.
Now God knows that we don’t always get things right…and he has given us the ten best ways to help us live and to help us to know when we get things wrong…and He wants us to love as we are loved…FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US.
God knows that there are things that make us stumble and fall… there are grey areas when we are not sure whether we are doing right or wrong…LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL…Our Heavenly Father will never, ever turn his back on us… he will never, ever let us go…
YOURS IS THE KINGDOM…THE POWER…AND THE GLORY…FOREVER AND EVER…AMEN.
The Older Ones talked a little bit more about prayer with Karen and used our prayer rocks to help them as they learnt about different types of prayer. They finished with a time of prayer and lit some candles.
The Little Ones coloured their own copy of the Lord’s Prayer to take home.
Not everyone wanted to colour, so with a bit of help from James, one Little One retold the prayer all to himself.
In2mission is our Sunday club to which all children aged 3 and over are very welcome. We meet next on 23rd March during the 10.30am Celebrate! service.
(With thanks to ‘The Lord’s Prayer Unplugged’ by Lucy Moore)