One of my biggest passions as a pastor is helping conduct and lead worship. I don’t mean the music – I stopped playing bass a long time ago. I mean helping frame the experience whereby the hearts of the people are united in seeking God’s holy presence and God miraculously shows up to receive our praise.
The worship service is, in my humble opinion, the most sublime part of any congregation’s existence.
One of the things I don’t get to very often is write portions of our worship service. I got such an opportunity this summer at Family Camp, and I have had numerous requests for the material. I put it together into a PowerPoint and figured since I was sharing it for a few I’d put it here.
This is a litany I created using the Lord’s Prayer and additional Scripture. So often the Lord’s Prayer (Matt 6:9-13) is recited by rote and rushed through, but I wanted us to pause and give a little more thought to what we were saying in each line. To help aid in this I added verses that speak to each line/point of the prayer, attempting to use verses from wider passages that spoke to those ideas (not proof-texting). It’s set so that the leader gives lines from the Lord’s Prayer and the congregation affirms those with the verses, then it ends in a crescendo of praise with all the voices praising together. I hope you enjoy and can even use with your congregation sometime. (Full text will be below if you want to simply use it as a handout/prayer sheet, pics of slides will follow, and finally there will be a link to download the PowerPoint at the very end.)
Go with GOD,
1. The background picture is from a Google Images search using the “Labeled for noncommercial reuse” option so the congregation can use it. Feel free to shift it around or choose your own.
2. All Scriptures use the NLT which I prefer for congregational readability and understanding, even while the dynamic equivalence of this translation is backed by solid scholarship.
3. The Lord’s Prayer is based on the Matt 6 verses in the NLT with some acknowledgement of conventional use being tinged by tradition – if reciting the prayer straight through I try to use a more traditional version because most of the people will just roll right through without paying attention to the screen. I didn’t want this experience to be jarring but rather a fitting adoration of God.
4. I also kept off the Protestant tradition of “For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.” In ancient tradition this was reserved for later at the conclusion of what we would understand as the Pastoral Prayer (Lords->Pastoral-> “For thine…”). In the camp setting this Litany was used in it was immediately followed by a pastoral prayer which intentionally ended with the “For thine…” benediction.
LORD’S PRAYER LITANY
Leader: Our Father, who is in Heaven…
People: Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God! (Rev 19:1)
Leader: Hallowed be Your Name.
People: O Lord, glorious in holiness, awesome in splendor, performing great wonders (Ex 15:11)
Leader: Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.
People: Praise the Lord, everything he has created, everything in all his kingdom. (Ps 103:22)
Leader: Give us this day our daily bread…
People: God has no needs. He Himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need. (Acts 17:25)
Leader: Forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who have sinned against us.
People: Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full. (Luke 6:37-38)
Leader: Don’t allow us to be tempted, and deliver us from evil.
People: God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12)
ALL: “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you.
ALL: For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”
Lord_s Prayer Litany