Lord, Teach Us to Pray: Luke 11:1-4

Gathering Prayer: (Do this prayer repeat-after-me style)
Dear Jesus, we thank you for time to feed our faith as a family, and time to learn how to pray like you.  Help our time together to be holy time.  In your name we pray, Amen.

Bible Story:  Luke 11:1-4
Read the story “The Lord’s Prayer” from a children’s Bible, your family Bible, or you can read the version that I told to my family below:

One day, Jesus was off praying by himself.  When he returned to his friends, they asked him to teach them how to pray, and he said,
“Our Father
who art in heaven
hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come
thy will be done
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
Lead us not into temptation
but deliver us from evil
for thine is the kingdom
and the power
and the glory
forever and ever.  Amen.

Discuss as a family:
In the ELCA Lutheran tradition, this prayer is the bedrock of everything that we do.  When we gather for worship, we pray this prayer.  When we gather for Bible Study, we pray this prayer.  When we gather for committee meetings, we pray this prayer.  It follows us everywhere!  Because we know it so well, it might actually be hard to teach it to our children.  We know it by heart, and maybe haven’t even thougth about the words for a long time.  I offer some definitions for you, below, as an aid to helping your kids really understand what they are praying.  We will be reinforcing this prayer in our song and our craft this week, so don’t worry about getting all of the details perfectly down during your discussion time.

art:  is, dwells, lives
hallowed:  holy, sacred, clean
thy, thine:  your (referring to God)
trespasses: sins, things we did wrong, ways that we hurt God or others by “trespassing” into their territory
glory:  high regard, someone we look up to

**optional:  based on your discussion, come up with your own version of the Lord’s Prayer that has words that everyone in your family understands!

Song:  The Lord’s Prayer Song with Motions
Here is a version that I learned at camp and added motions to in order to help my family learn to pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Enjoy!

Activity:  Lord’s Prayer Mobile
One of my most re-pinned Pinterest pins is the Greatest Commandment Mobile.  I thought I could adapt the idea to the Lord’s Prayer.  First, I found an awesome poster on Pinterest:

printable-lords-prayer-for-kids-room

http://www.housemixblog.com/2015/11/24/the-lords-prayer-poster-for-kids/

I took that idea, changed the words to the prayer we pray in our churches, and then made it so it could be cut out in two ways.  I recommend printing these files on cardstock, as they last longer.

If you want to cut out just squares, use this version:

Lord’s Prayer Square Mobile

If you want to cut around each illustration, use this version:

Lord’s Prayer Shape Mobile

If you just want to color a poster for your room, use this version:

Lord’s Prayer Coloring Poster

Once the pieces are cut out and colored, use a hole punch to punch a hole in the top and bottom of each piece, and string them together with string, yarn, or lanyard.  Here is a pic of our finished products:

Lord's Prayer Mobile

Thanks for your commitment to faithfully feed your family’s faith!  I hope that this time was holy time for you.

Closing Prayer: Pray the Lord’s Prayer together as a family.  It can be sung, repeat-after-me, in unison, or your own new version.  As I always say in worship, Lord, remember us in your kingdom, and teach us to pray…