February 13, 2023

Praying the Scriptures


Pastor Skyler continues the year-long Perhaps series discussing 'The Lord's Prayer' from Matthew 6:9-13 and the importance of using the scriptures as a basis of prayer.


Digital Liturgy

Prayer (2/12)


Opening Prayer (say aloud if alone, say aloud together in community) 

Most merciful God, 

We confess that we have sinned against you

In thought, word, and deed, 

By what we have done, 

And by what we have left undone, 

We have not loved you with our whole heart;

We have not loved our neighbor as ourselves.

We are truly sorry and we (I) humbly repent.

For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, 

Have mercy on us and forgive us;

That we may delight in your will, 

And walk in your ways, 

To the glory of your name.

Affirmation of Faith (say aloud if alone, say aloud together in community) 

I believe in God the Father Almighty;

Maker of Heaven and Earth;

and in Jesus Christ His only (begotten) Son our Lord;

who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,

born of the Virgin Mary; 

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, dead, and buried;

He descended into hell; 

the third day He rose from the dead; 

He ascended into heaven;

and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; 

from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Ghost; 

the holy *Catholic Church; 

the communion of saints; 

the forgiveness of sins; 

the resurrection of the body; 

and the life everlasting. 


*”Catholic Church” refers to the universal global church that transcends time, space, and culture


Matthew 6:9-13 

“Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name.

Your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil”

Podcast (listen to the sermon here)


1. Give thanks

Spend a few moments in gratitude for the gifts and blessings of the day. In what ways does being aware of God's presence lead to gratitude in your life?  

2. Ask for light

Ask God to enlighten you, showing where he has been at work and present in your day through events, people and places.

3. Examine the day

Review the moments of the day, noticing what has led to consolation and what has led to desolation and my reactions to these events, people and places. Have you experienced the presence of God in any new ways today? 

4. Seek forgiveness

Ask God's forgiveness for the times when you have acted, spoken or thought contrary to his grace and calling for you.

5. Resolve to change

Decide what in your behavior or attitude you will try to improve in the coming week.

Monthly Practices

After learning the biblical basis for a topic through the sermons in Celebration, each village will determine how they want to practice that topic for the following month together. The Digital Liturgy will contain suggestions to help frame our imagination towards a practice for the following month. 


In this link Pastor Skyler gives us a word on how we can imagine praying in the scriptures: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My1wUlF7YJE

Resource List 

Here is a list of suggested books for personal reading and reflection or for DNA Groups to walk though together. 


  • Praying like Monks, Living Like Fools - Tyler Staton 
  • How to hear God, a simple guide for normal people - Pete Greig  
  • Meditations of the Heart - Howard Thurman 
  • Sacred Rhythms - Ruth Hailey Barton 
  • Book of Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals - Shane Claiborne 

If you need assistance in getting any of these books, send an email of your name and address with which book you’re interested in to info@citizensakron.com and we would love to get you a book! 

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