3 thoughts on “The Lord’s Prayer – share what works

  1. We taught our 4 year old the Lord’s Prayer and now we say it every night at bedtime and it is his way of connecting to the worship service. When the Lord’s Prayer comes up at church, he is ready to say it with everyone else.

  2. Now this may sound really bad, especially with our goal to actively engage the parents in “teaching” the faith in order to pass it on: I can’t recall a specific activity, per se, that we had done at home to teach our oldest three kids [ages 18, 16, and 11] the Lord’s Prayer. My sense is that K, the 18-y-o memorized and talked about it while in Lutheran School in Florida, but that for the others it was mainly something we modeled through worship together as a family [‘though, I am not sitting with them, b/c I’m up front].

    The point in the worship service when the congregation says the Lord’s Prayer certainly is what I call a “check-in” point. If the kids [or adults?] have had their minds wandering or have lost their focus, it serves to bring us all back together. [Shared experience is definitely a plus.] And as parents, we can gently tap our kids to bring to their awareness that we’re all saying this together–you, too. You don’t have to be all grown up to join in. This is the part we all know and that we all get to say.

    I think that can serve as a springboard, then, to talk about what the prayer means “as you go.” ~ kg

  3. For our family devotions over the course of a few weeks, we read The Lord’s Prayer Book illustrated by Richard Jesse Watson and also used Luther’s small catechism to learn about the Lord’s Prayer. How we did this: I read the words on one of the pages, but did not show the illustrations. We then illustrated that phrase in our own book and shared it with the family. Sometimes we’d write a definition on the back in case someone didn’t know what the pictures were. Ahead of time I typed up the words and printed out them on a 1/2 sheet of paper. After we finished all the illustrations we designed a cover and stapled them each together to make our own books. After we were done, we reread The Lord’s Prayer book and looked at the illustrations. I must say that the process didn’t always go smoothly. Some nights we’d illustrate and talk and be done, other nights someone would claim they couldn’t think of something to draw which led to tears and made others aggravated to have to listen to it. Sometimes I wanted to give up, but we didn’t. When we were done, it was great to see how everyone really was excited to read each other’s books.

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