December 2017 Theme – “The Prayer of the Master”
While the outside world is embroiled in the trappings of the holiday season, each week at [insert name of center], we will turn inward to find rich and deep transformative meaning in one of the most well-known and oft-cited prayers in human history – the prayer taught by the man whose birth we celebrate this month. This prayer, known as “The Lord’s Prayer” or “The Our Father,” has gone through many translations and interpretations. Be sure to be with us to receive a full spectrum of the wisdom found in this prayer of the Master, and then be with us on Christmas Eve day and New Years Eve day for two very special services.
December 2017, Talk 1 – “Oh Thou, From Whom the Breath of Life Comes”
“Oh Thou, From Whom the Breath of Life Comes” is the beginning of an early translation of the Prayer of the Master. Today we explore the depth and beauty of this version, and you may find some real surprises in it! And you will most definitely find some deep wisdom for living a rich and full life today.
December 2017, Talk 2 – “O Birther! Father – Mother of the Cosmos”
In this translation of the Master’s Prayer, which begins with “O Birther! Father – Mother of the Cosmos,” we find a road map for being in relationship with others as well as well as more deep, ancient wisdom applicable to our lives today.
December 2017, Talk 3 – “Our Father, Which Art in Heaven”
[MINISTERS’ NOTE : If you were a NTST subscriber in Sept. 2008, this was Talk 4. But because it was so popular at my center and it fit so perfectly with this month’s theme, I used it again. My people loved it and even those who remembered it, loved hearing it again. It requires a male and female voice actor whose voices are heard off stage.]
Today we will look at the most familiar translation of the Master’s Prayer, but we will look at it in a most unfamiliar way. Come be surprised and delighted at what you experience.
December 2017, Talk 4 – The Gift of Christmas, the Gift of You
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: I suggest creating a beautiful notebook from which to read the story. Come out from behind the pulpit, perhaps even have a stool on the stage and invite people into story time. Also, have a form available on which the congregation will record their gift near the end of the talk. ]
Thus far this month, we have explored three different interpretations of Prayer of the Master and have had some deep and rich experiences. This Christmas Eve morning, we will examine how we can live these opening lines in two versions of the Prayer: “May Your light be experienced in my utmost holiness” and “Focus Your light within us - make it useful.”
December 2017, Talk 5 – Our Personal Prayer
[MINISTERS’ NOTE: Have a list in the bulletin/pew pocket/handed out of the Top Ten List referred to below. The contents for the list are in a separate document.]
Today we move away from the Master’s Prayer to delve into our own personal prayer life. If you ever wanted to know the Top Ten List for creating a robust prayer life, today’s the day you will receive it. Come celebrate New Years’ Eve morning with us as we set the tone for a prayer-filled 2018.