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The Bishop’s Note – 2019 BCP – The Lord’s Prayer

As we continue our journey through the Daily Office of the 2019 Book of Common Prayer, and specifically Morning Prayer, we come to The Prayers. Having read the Word of God and responded to it with our statement of faith – The Apostles’ Creed, we now move on to our calling out to God in prayer.
 
It begins with the Kyrie:

Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

With these words we are reminded that it is an awesome thing to come into the presence of God. Apart from His Grace we deserve punishment, and we bid His mercy upon us as we offer our praises, prayers, and petitions.
 
Trusting in God’s mercy we metaphorically step before the throne of God and offer the prayer that Jesus himself taught the disciples when asked, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” (Luke 11:1)
 
Jesus responded with perhaps the most well-known prayer of all time. This prayer speaks to the soul of the believer and raises us to the throne of God as we simultaneously praise God, acknowledge his sovereignty, and bid his compassion on us, both physically by providing us our “daily bread” and spiritually by asking his forgiveness. Furthermore, Jesus invites us to do this as God’s children calling out “Abba, Father!”
 
The 2019 BCP, like the 1979 BCP, offers us two forms of the Lord’s Prayer, either using the language from the King James Bible or more modern language. Try as I might I’ve not been able to use the modern language with any consistency but that is a matter of personal preference.

 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.
For thine is the kingdom,

  and the power, and the glory,
  for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Father in heaven,
  hallowed be your Name,
  your kingdom come,
  your will be done,
  on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our sins

  as we forgive those
  who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial,

  and deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom, the power,

  and the glory are yours,
  now and for ever. Amen.

I pray you all a very blessed week!
 
Bishop Menees

San Joaquin Anglican
Calendar
September 29
Bishop @ Saint Matthias

October 5
Daughters of the Holy Cross Fall Gathering

October 6
Bishop @ Saint Francis

October 12
Ordination of Steven Braun

October 13
Bishop @ All Saints

October 19-24
Bishop George Bagamuhunda of Diocese of Kigezi visiting Diocese

October 20
Bishop @ St. Luke

October 27
Bishop @ Christ Church Oakhurst

November 8
Diocesan Convention

December 2-4
Diocesan Clergy Retreat






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