Why We Do What We Do

Why do some churches have a drama presentation and we don’t? How come we don’t have announcements in the middle of the service? Why does the pastor lead the service and not a “worship leader”? Why do we confess our faith and pray the Lord’s Prayer? Why do we confess our sins? Why do we have a call to worship followed by an invocation? Why does the pastor lift his hands at the end of the service and pronounce a benediction? Why do we sing Psalms? Why does the pastor pay such close attention to the text of the Bible when he is preaching? Why do the elders offer such detailed and thought out prayers, rather that spontaneous prayers that are shorter? Why do we take and offering instead of … Read More »

The Lord’s Prayer

Honestly, I feel a little weird defending the practice of reciting the Lord’s Prayer in our services.  No one seems to mind when an elder prays one of Paul’s prayers or when we recite the Psalms, but when the Lord’s Prayer comes out, the Catholic meters start going wild.  This was driven home to me recently when I heard a message wherein the preacher mocked churches that pray the Lord’s Prayer.  Hopefully, this will not only explain why we do what we do, but also encourage you and infuse your prayer life with freshness.

Rather, he said, “When you pray, say, ‘Father, hallowed by your name…’” (Luke 11:2-4).

Jesus instructed us to use the Lord’s Prayer as a model for our own prayers.  On one occasion, the disciples asked Jesus, “Lord, teach us to pray” (Lk. 11:1).  He neither give them the … Read More »