Our Father Who Is in Heaven

Our Father Who Is in Heaven


Matthew 6:1-14

Chris Breslin



I heard him call you his beloved son

And saw his Spirit lighten like a dove,

I thought his words must be for you alone,

Knowing myself unworthy of his love.

You pray in close communion with your Father,

So close you say the two of you are one,

I feel myself to be receding further,

Fallen away and outcast and alone.


And so I come and ask you how to pray,

Seeking a distant supplicant’s petition,

Only to find you give your words away,

As though I stood with you in your position,

As though your Father were my Father too,

As though I found his ‘welcome home’ in you.

“Our Father” by Malcolm Guite


“Prayer and poetry are the closest of kin. In poetry we say it; in prayer we become what we say.” –Eugene Peterson


“To clasp the hands in prayer is the beginning of an uprising against the disorder of the world.” –Karl Barth


“[The Lord’s Prayer is] a brief summary of the whole gospel.” –Tertullian


“Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.” –Elvis Costello?


“A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?” –Stephen Colbert


“The battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton” –Duke of Wellington



John 9:1-12

Luke 15:11-32

Galatians 3:25-29

Mark 14:36

Luke 23:34

Luke 23:46




This Sunday’s Songs

Precious Lord, Take My Hand by Dorsey

All Ye Refugees by McCracken

Glory Be to God the Father by Bonar/Mundell

God With Us by Ingram/Jordan

Your Love O Lord (Ps 36) by Avery/Carr/Powell

How Deep the Father’s Love for Us by Townend

Our Heavenly Father by Montgomery/Benedict


Further Reading on the Lord’s Prayer

Prayer by Karl Barth

Lord’s Prayer by Leonardo Boff

Matthew (The Christbook) by F. Dale Bruner

Becoming the Answers to Our Prayers by Shane Claiborne & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove

Lord’s Prayer: A Missional Reading by Nijay Gupta (at Missio Alliance)

Our Father by Alexander Schmemann

The Lord’s Prayer: Confessing the New Covenant by J. Warren Smith

On the Lord’s Prayer by Tertullian, Cyprian, & Origen

Our Heavenly Father by Helmut Thielicke

The Divine Conspiracy by Dallas Willard

Lord, Teach Us by Stanley Hauerwas & Will Willimon

The Lord & His Prayer by N.T. Wright


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