Lord's Prayer Project
After reading the interview
by Ms. Meggen Watts in the February issue
on how she uses the Lord's Prayer in her work
with the State Department, I realized it is simply
too easy to repeat the words but not really understand
what they mean. I want my Sunday school children
to know the power and meaning within our most
important prayer-the Lord's Prayer. I want them
to understand that this simple prayer is the answer
to every problem they may ever encounter. I want
them to see how they could use the Lord's Prayer
in their daily lives and how this one prayer could
change the world.
What better way than to turn this into a bulletin
board project! Creating a bulletin board demands
deeper thought and action than simply answering
a question in class, and the Lord's Prayer deserves
this attention. There are many different forms
this could take. For instance, take each line
of the Lord's Prayer and create a whole board
around this one thought. You could devote the
board to one line a month, or one line a week.
This could be a joint Sunday school project with
everyone working together, or you could assign
each class its own line for its own board. The
possibilities are endless, but here are a few
ideas to get you going:
- What does this mean to me? Have the children
write down, in their own words, what the Lord's
Prayer means to them. Write down specific ways
they can incorporate this into their daily life.
These can be written on colored poster board
and cut into different shapes. The younger children
can draw pictures to illustrate an idea.
- How have other Bibles and Bible commentaries
recorded and interpreted the Lord's Prayer?
Look and compare several different Bibles, i.e.,
The King James, The New Testament Modern English,
The Message. Take your favorite versions and
post them on the board.
- Interview different people in the church and
community to see how they use the Lord's Prayer
in their life. It would be interesting to have
a variety of people from different walks of
life and from different Christian churches in
the community. You could take a picture of the
person and post his/her quote or experiences
next to the picture.
- Turn the Lord's Prayer into a healing message.
Research how turning to the Lord's Prayer has
healed people. You will be amazed at how many
people in your own church or community can give
you healings. Record these healings and post
them on the board with related pictures.
- Show a correlation between the Lord's Prayer
and healing in the Bible. Give an example of
a healing and how it relates to the Lord's Prayer.
For example, the feeding of the multitudes by
Jesus would apply to "Give us this day
our daily bread." Have the younger classes
draw pictures of these healings.
- Heal world problems. Take a community or
world problem and show how this prayer could
apply. Take an article from the paper to illustrate
the problem, and then give examples of how this
has been healed in the Bible, in your church
and your community. Again, you will be amazed
at how many people have used "Give us this
day our daily bread" to solve their own
need for supply.
- Challenge your church and Sunday school class
to use the Lord's Prayer for peace. How does
the Lord's Prayer protect us? Use the board
to record and share the experience, including
comments and results.
- Create a comment corner. Provide a space where
people can write down their own comments, and
inspiration. Have a supply of blank index cards
that they can write on and stick on the board.
Remember that our goal is to have the children
have a deeper understanding of the Lord's Prayer
and the bulletin board might be just the vehicle!
Sally S. Johnston