hallowed be thy name,
I like the gender inclusiveness, but struggle with the “hallowed” and “thy”. Hallowed be thy name. The only time I use those words is when holding hands with our community on Sunday mornings and sometimes as a prayer before I fall asleep. Maybe it is these uncommon words that keep it holy and scared.
This phrase reminds me of my catechism class with Mrs. Peterson. I remember her kitty-cat glasses and her firm writing on a green chalkboard – which still exists today! She was a caring person - I liked her.
I just re-read Luther’s words on this first petition of the Lord’s Prayer, and can’t say I am as comforted by those words today as I felt back in 1960s. Not to worry, I am not leaving my Lutheran tradition.
However, I do find comfort in the word - Name. God’s name. I am sure there are many thousands of theological pages written on this phrase, but for me God’s name is a way to connect with you. I feel better when I call you by name, and I feel better when you call me by my name.
Name, also reminds me of the recent Sunday forum where we had a conversation about our name, our community name – Mission of the Atonement. As we continue the conversation and focus on what our mission and vision is, consider these questions.
How do we worship? How do we proclaim the gospel?
How do we connect with each other?
How do connect--or not-- with our name, Mission of the Atonement?
How do we serve? How do we respond to the ultimate Easter love?