God has place this wonderful creation in our hands. As U2 sings, "It's a beautiful day, don't let it slip away." We have this one life to live on this beautiful planet so enjoy these reflections on God, faith, life, and music. "After the flood all of the colors came out. It's a beautiful day."

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Speaking the Prayer of Your Heart

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 debts, as we forgive out debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
When I began seminary at McCormick in Chicago I would attend the chapel service on Wednesday, I would have this weird experience of the Lord’s Prayer. At first the practice really annoyed me. They would invite us to say the Lord’s Prayer in the language of our birth. So there you are worshiping and the person next to you is saying sins, trespasses, debts so you would have to pause at that point. But it went farther. There were people saying the Lord’s Prayer in an African Language, Korean, Spanish, Hindi, etc. There were so many languages spoken and the first few times I experienced this it felt awkward and messy. I was easily distracted and couldn’t decide what do I wanted to say debts and debtors. I would wonder where the people speaking another language were. So I was distracted the whole time and didn’t know what the moment was supposed to be.

하늘에 계신 우리 아버지

아버지의 이름이 거룩히 빛나시며

아버지의 나라가 오시며

아버지의 뜻이 하늘에서와 같이 땅에서도 이루어지소서.

오늘 저희에게 일용할 양식을 주시고

저희에게 잘못한 이를 저희가 용서하오니

저희 죄를 용서하시고

저희를 유혹에 빠지지 않게 하시고

악에서 구하소서.

(주님께 나라와 권능과 영광이 영원히 있나이다.)


One of things I had to learn while becoming a pastor was to accept and learn to celebrate the diversity and messiness of living in community with people who are very different from me. So during that time were exposed to and expected to learn how to live with diversity. We attended this seminar for a couple of days on diversity. During which they intentionally placed us in groups where we would be with people from different classes, races, and nationalities. Eric Law a Chinese American Episcopal priest was invited to teach us how to interact with and respect these cultural differences. He helped us learn to be quiet if we tended to jump in with an answer, how to hear what someone else was trying to say and really listened to them. During this workshop he shared with us the Pentecost story of the spirit coming down and the disciples speaking of Jesus in different languages and argued that this is a story about listening. That this was a miracle of the ear because those different cultures could for the first time hear each other. I learned a lot during that week that Eric Law was with us. I learned to appreciate the messiness and disorder of the Lord’s Prayer because for me it became the act that represented the coming of the Holy Spirit into every worship service. When each person spoke this prayer from their heart in the language of their heart I could see the Pentecost spirit moving through us opening pathways of welcome. I learned to appreciate the pause I had to leave so that others could say their words and we could finish together.

Padre nuestro que estás en los cielos, Santificado sea Tu Nombre. Venga Tu reino. Hágase Tu voluntad así en la tierra como en el cielo. Danos hoy nuestro pan de cada día. Perdona nuestras ofensas, así como también nosotros perdonamos a los que nos ofenden. No nos dejes caer en la tentación y líbranos del mal. Tuyos son el reino, el poder y la gloria por los siglos de los siglos. Amen.

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