As in heaven… Reading the Lord’s Prayer with a view to constructing a sermon

Elsabé Kloppers


The Lord’s Prayer is an important ecumenical symbol. It is the
main prayer of the Christian Church and is prayed collectively in almost every
worship service in churches over the world. In this, the first of three articles, the
prayer is discussed with a view to eventually construct a sermon in which poetic
material, hymns and songs are incorporated to form not only a part of the liturgy,
but an integral part of the sermon itself. In this article the origin and setting,
as well as the address and the you-petitions of the prayer are examined. In a second
article the we-petitions and the doxology are explored and in a third all these
aspects come into play for a concept sermon, incorporating hymnic and poetic
material from ecumenical resources.


Our Father; The Lord’s Prayer; Hallowed be your name; Kingdom come; Will be done; Ecumenical symbol

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