Read The Lord’s Prayer together
This year, Lent begins on February 22 and runs through April 8.
In order to help us dive deeply into Scripture, we will be reading the book The Lord’s Prayer by Adam Hamilton. We have purchased a copy of the book for every household at our church, so that everyone can participate in this opportunity to grow in faith. If you are reading this, we’d be happy to get you a copy so you can study along with us.
Beginning on Sunday, February 26 we will hold an in-person book study and conversation for any who are interested. This study group will meet directly following worship.
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Guided Book Study Videos
Each week Pastor Brian will offer a video to go along with the designated reading.
An Invitation to Lent: What it is and Why it Matters
Tuesday, February 21, 2023
This week’s Tuesday Thoughts video explores the season of Lent – what it is, why it matters, and how it has the power to reshape our lives. Lent is an invitation to slow down and pay attention to God – so that we can be ready to experience the story of Christ’s death and resurrection when we get to Holy Week and Easter.
What Prayer Does and What the Lord’s Prayer Is – Book Study
“The Lords Prayer,” by Adam Hamilton – Introduction
Week 1: Introduction
This week is the first week of studying “The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught.” This week, we are talking about why prayer matters, what prayer does, and why the Lord’s prayer is so important for Christian faith. We are covering the Introduction to the book. If you’d like to study along with us, let us know, and we will happily give you a copy of the book!
God’s Reputation of Love
Adam Hamilton’s “The Lord’s Prayer”
Chapter 1 – “Our Father Who Art In Heaven”
Week 2: Chapter 1
This week’s study video continues our study of Adam Hamilton’s book “The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught.” This week we are looking at chapter 1, which focuses on the first line of the prayer: “Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.” We talk about what it means for God to be the parent of all people, what it means to call God our father/mother/parent, “where heaven is,” and what it means for us to ask God to use us to spread God’s reputation for goodness and love.
Whose Will Be Done? – “The Lord’s Prayer,” by Adam Hamilton,
Chapter 2 – “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done” – March 9
Week 3: Chapter 2
This week’s Bible Study video continues our study of Adam Hamilton’s “The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught.” This week we are looking at Chapter 2, “Whose Will Be Done?” This chapter focuses on the phrase, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” In this chapter we look at what it means to put God’s will above our own, what God’s Kingdom is (now and in the future), and what it means to worship God rather than false idols.
Give Us Our Daily Bread – “The Lord’s Prayer,” by Adam Hamilton
Chapter 3 – “Give us this day our daily bread” – March 16
Week 4: Chapter 3
This week’s Bible Study video continues our study of Adam Hamilton’s “The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught.” This week we are looking at Chapter 3, “Our Daily Bread.” This chapter focuses on the phrase, “Give us this day our daily bread.” In this chapter we look what it means to pray his prayer if you are actually hungry, the difference between spiritual and material poverty, how we are called to join God in the work of answering this prayer (making sure everyone has food to eat), and what it means to pray to receive Jesus, who is the Bread of Life.
Forgiving as We Are Forgiven – “The Lord’s Prayer,” by Adam Hamilton
Chapter 4, “Forgive us our trespasses…” March 23
Week 5: Chapter 4
This week’s video Bible study continues our series looking at Adam Hamilton’s book “The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught.” This week we are looking at chapter 4: “Forgive… As We Forgive.” This week we are talking about the importance of forgiveness for sustaining relationships and how hard it can be to forgive others.
Daily Lenten Devotional
During Lent, we along with churches across Virginia, participate in a daily devotional. This year’s theme is “Picturing God.”
To receive the devotional each morning via text send “lent23” to (571) 487-8557.
To receive it via email each day, please email email@example.com to get on the list.
What is Lent?
Here’s a great, simple, explanation of Lent from the United Methodist Church:
Lent is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Ash Wednesday and ends on Holy Saturday. Lent comes from the Anglo Saxon word lencten, which means “spring.” The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan and preparing to begin his ministry.
Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter. It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism. Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or to volunteer and give of themselves for others.
Sundays in Lent are not counted in the forty days because each Sunday represents a “mini-Easter” and the reverent spirit of Lent is tempered with joyful anticipation of the Resurrection.
This year, Lent begins on February 22 and runs through April 8.
Suggestions for Practicing a Holy Lent
Lent is a time to ask forgiveness for our sins, think about how we can live more faithfully, and try out new practices. It has traditionally been a time of fasting (“giving something up”) but is also a very appropriate time to “try something new.” So, below we have offered some suggestions of things you might try to help you experience Lent more fully. Don’t try all of them (that would be overwhelming) – just pick a few that work for you and your family, or come up with your own practice. This should be challenging (we need to be challenged if we want to grow) but not so challenging that you quit after a few days.
Participate in the Haymarket Church online devotional. Text “Lent” to 571-487-8557 to sign up to receive it.
Participate in our churchwide study of “The Lord’s Prayer: The Meaning and Power of the Prayer Jesus Taught.” Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request your free copy of the book.
- In a time of war, violence, and anxiety, spend 10 or 15 minutes each day praying for peace. If you don’t know what to pray, simply repeat “Lord, bring us your peace.” Repeat it slowly. Perhaps make it a breath prayer – say “Lord” as you breathe in and “bring us your peace” as you breathe out.
Commit to reading two chapters from the Gospels each day. If you start with Matthew 1 at the beginning of Lent, you should finish John by sometime during Holy Week.
- Many LGBTQIA+ folks feel under attack recently, and LGBTQIA+ teenagers have a significantly higher risk of suicide than the rest of the teenage population. In the spirit of the God who loves and welcomes all of us (no matter who we are!), and in the interest of promoting a culture of life in which all children and teenagers get to grow up safely and well-loved, make a donation to The Trevor Project, and an organization that works to provide support, love, and suicide-prevention services for LGBTQIA+ young people. You can donate here.
Commit to spending 10 minutes each morning and 10 minutes each evening in prayer. If you already do that, try to pray for 10 minutes in prayer at lunch as well.
Write a letter to someone who lives far away. Tell that person about your life and about how much you care for him or her.
Share a meal with someone who is lonely.
Give up going out to eat at (or ordering takeout from) restaurants. Figure how much money you save and give it away to an organization that fights against hunger.
Do something really nice for someone who frustrates you.
Read Scripture for an extra ten minutes each day.
For most of history (and in much of the world today), meat was a rare delicacy/treat. Give up eating meat during Lent and learn about how most other people in the world have lived.
Don’t use any paper towels or napkins – instead, use only cloth products. Then, take some time to wonder about how much trash we produce each day.
Visit someone in prison, a nursing home, or the hospital weekly.
Offer help to someone who is struggling to pay his or her bills.
Cook a meal for a family who is overwhelmed and deliver it to their home.
Each week, take someone who is on a tight budget out for lunch. Have a good conversation and then pay for the meal (tip well!).
Write one thank you note each day to someone who has made your life better. Take time to think about unnoticed people (servers at restaurants, workers at grocery stores, people who make the things we use) and try to include them too.
Pray for your enemies each day. Include (among others) violent groups around the world, criminals in this country, people with whom you disagree politically, and folks in your family and daily life who you just don’t like very much.
At the end of each day, spend a few minutes reflecting on what happened during the day. List the times when you felt close to God, the times when you felt far from God, the times when you were faithful to God, the times when you were tempted to sin, and the times when you actually sinned. Then confess your sin to God and thank God for sustaining you.
Try tithing – giving 10% of your income to church – from now until Easter. See what happens.
Make a list of 5 people in your life who might need to experience more of God’s light and love. Pray for them each day and ask God to show you how to share God’s love with them.
Spend 10 minutes each day reading the news and praying over it – read the articles with an eye towards praying for the people involved, and ask God to show you how you can make a difference.
Take a true Sabbath each week – no work emails, no working from home, simply resting and caring for yourself.
Have at least one real conversation with someone who is really different from you (in terms of income, race, political beliefs, religious beliefs, etc.) each week. Take time to learn about that person. Then, pray for that person all week.
Ash Wednesday Worship
Ash Wednesday is coming soon! We will have two opportunities to worship on Ash Wednesday (February 22) this year.
We will have an online service that will stream live on Facebook and YouTube at 5:30 PM. (It will be available all day via our website.) Those who wish to participate in the virtual service and want ashes to use at home may pick those up after worship on Sunday February 12 or 19. (Or contact email@example.com for alternate options.)
We will host an in-person service at our Ministry Center (Above Town Hall) at 7:00 PM. This will be a simple service of Scripture, song, message, and imposition of ashes.
Please note that our Ministry Center space is upstairs and there is no elevator in the building at this time.
Ash Wednesday Worship
You are invited to seek God and begin the holy season of Lent by participating in our online Ash Wednesday worship service.
This service was prepared for our virtual congregation and was prerecorded. Press the Play button to begin the service.