A Lord?s Prayer Meditation
Whom do you know who is seeking the Lord? Can you assist in their search?
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.
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.
A Prayer CommercialCommercials on TV and other advertisements try to get us to buy certain products or think in a certain way. Think of ways that might convince people to pray more often. Then draw a square TV screen on a separate piece of paper. Draw a TV commercial about prayer on the screen. (Hint: Quotes from Jesus and other Scriptures might help. Can you think of something inviting like, "Have you spoken to your Father about that?")
Design a poster encouraging people to pray. The Jesuits of Ireland have a prayer site on the Internet called Sacred Space, where you are guided through meditative prayer while you sit at your computer. Also on the Web site are posters that can be downloaded. These posters encourage people to pray using the Jesuit Web site. You might like to look at the posters and then design a prayer poster of your own. Make a display for your parish. Click on the Web site at www.sacredspace.ie. Keep moving through the prayer. At the end, a page will state other choices. Click on "Download and print our posters."
Gifts from GodIn the gospel, Luke tells us that God gives us good gifts because we are his children.
Prepare a gift box to be unwrapped by the children. In the box, put a paper with the words "Holy Spirit." Then wrap the box one time more than there are children in the class. Have the children sit in a circle on the floor. Pass the box around, having each child tell one of his favorite gifts that they have received. Then have the child unwrap one layer of the gift. When all the children have had a turn to do this, there should be one layer of wrapping left. Have the teacher unwrap the final layer and open the box. Remove the paper with the words "Holy Spirit" on it and show it to the children. Explain that God gives us the gift of the Holy Spirit to guide us and help us when we ask him.
The Our FatherIn the gospel reading, the disciples ask Jesus to teach them how to pray. Jesus teaches them the Our Father.
Write the Our Father on sentence strips, putting one line on each strip. Then gather the children around the prayer table. Discuss with the children each sentence of the prayer as you show them the sentence strip with that sentence written on it. Then have the children join hands and pray the Our Father together. Provide each child with a card with the Our Father written on it. Encourage them to take these home and gather their families together and pray this prayer.