Dear Parents and Confirmation Students
Here we are at the second chapter of the Topic on The Lord’s Prayer.
The main points of the chapter are outlined below.
In your journal on page 22&23 we find that our topic for this week centres around “Hallowed be your name“. Hallowed, is an old English word meaning extremely special, in other words, ‘holy.’ Isn’t it interesting how important our name is to ourselves, as well as to God. So often at school people make fun of someone’s name in an attempt to annoy or make them angry. Our name is part of our identity, it’s part of who we are.
Another way to talk about hallowed is ‘to honour’ – bringing honour to someone’s name means to support and uphold their worth and value as a person. We often do that during special presentations, like the Australian Honours list, or honouring students at school for their performances. How important do you think it is to honour people? Jesus had a parable about eventually meeting God, where God says: ‘well done good and faithful servant.’
There is another passage in the Bible where Jesus says that those who dishonour him, he will likewise do before God in heaven. Can you remember which of the ten commandments also talks about how important it is to ‘keep God’s name holy?’
Turn over to page 24 and have a look at those Bible passages and talk with your parents about the questions under ‘So what does this mean?’
During the week (Faith 5) there will be further passages from scripture to get us thinking about the meaning of ‘holiness.’ This might be a good time to talk to God and ask Him to help you on how you might express your faith in action. For instance, does worship have anything to do with it? If you think someone is special, do you go out of your way to avoid them, or do you look for more ways to spend time in their company?
Luther once said: ‘Where your heart is, that is where you will find your ‘god.’ The heart and our worship go hand in hand – we spend our time doing stuff and being at the places we think are special. Our faith is expressed in what we end up doing: … will it be to honour God?
Blessings for your week
Pastor Dirk Willner