The Lord’s Prayer

Watch on YouTube/read the Bible story online

Luke 11: 1-13


The version of the Lord’s Prayer we often say in church comes from a book called “The Teaching”, which is nearly as old as the gospels. The version in Matthew 6 (used in some churches) is a bit shorter; the version in Luke 11 is even shorter. You might come across different versions of the prayer in different places today too. Many people use an old-fashioned language version, for example.

For God’s name to be “hallowed” means that it is holy, or special, or honoured. And yet God could be called “Father”, which was a friendly name — possibly a bit unusual in those days, but Jesus wasn’t the only person to use it.

“Daily bread” might mean “bread for tomorrow”. It’s “ours”, which reminds us that the disciples were a community, sharing things. Maybe it reminds us of the daily bread from heaven the people ate as they journeyed out of Egypt (Exodus 16), or communion, or the heavenly banquet we’re all invited to.

Matthew talks about debts, Luke about sins and debts. In the language Jesus spoke they’re the same word. Sharing is helpful: when lots of people had next to nothing, forgiving debts was important to avoid disaster. Relationships with other people were sometimes seen as debts too. If we treat someone badly it’s as if we owe them something; and lots of little things can add up to a big debt.


Icebreaker/quickbuild  Make an object – we will tell you what you have to create and give you five minutes to work on it!
Story/home Make your way into church. We will read the first prayer (laminated sheets) and listen to the story.

Refreshments are served!
/prayer You have 20 minutes or so to build something in response to the story, either on your own, or team up with others.  Some ideas:
·         Make a prayer board where people can write their own prayers
·         Make a place to pray, maybe with lanterns, or somewhere that makes you feel peaceful
·         Grow some wheat to share so everyone can have some bread
·         Make some surprise gifts for other players to discover
If you don’t fancy building you can go back to the home village (/home) and read the story again in the church, or read some of the other stories in the library, or you might want to just explore the world, or work on your house.
WonderWhile you are creating, think about these questions with the adults on your table.
I Wonder: 
·         which part of this story you like the best?
·         what part is the most important?
·         where you are in this story or what part of the story is about you?
·         if there is any part of this story we can leave out and still have all the story we need?
There are many other things that can make us WONDER – what are you thinking about?
Final Prayer/home Back to the church for our final prayer (laminated sheet)
Dance/home We’ll put some music on and let your Minecraft characters dance about using jumping or emotes!
GamesFree play while the adults tidy up!!