Dear <<First Name>>
I hope you found the last few days’ worth of reflections on Vocation interesting – and helpful for you to consider the various vocations you already have and, maybe, to reflect on how God might be calling you to serve next.
Our next series, covering the next three weeks, looks at the Lord’s Prayer and has been written by the Rev’d Michael Hopkins, minister of the Spire Church in Farnham – a URC & Methodist ecumenical partnership – and Elstead URC in Surrey. Michael also serves as the Clerk to General Assembly. He writes:
Many, perhaps most, Christians say the Lord’s Prayer fairly frequently. We may pray the Lord’s Prayer in a variety of forms, but we generally recognise most of them, even if it is not always our most familiar form. Perhaps all of us say it with deep and sincere meaning on every occasion, but I wonder if there might be someone who has allowed the words to come out of their mouth without full and deep attention on every single occasion?
I read a book by the theologian Stanley Hauerwas, which inspired these short reflections. I also found inspiration for the prayers in a volume edited by the late Donald Hilton. I am grateful to these writers, and I hope that you will be too.
It is my hope that this series of Daily Devotions might encourage some readers to think a little more deeply about this very special prayer.
with every good wish
Coordinator, Daily Devotions from the URC Project