When I was a child, I was intrigued by the word “hallowed”, in the Lord’s Prayer. It sounded like “Halloween” to me, and so it always felt a little spooky. I still feel that way, at least a little bit. I worked in the library while I was at Columbia Seminary. Late at night, when the space was almost empty, I would shelve books in the far recesses of the building that smelled of old leather and pages with magical words. It was a place set apart— quiet, sacred. “Hallowed” has that sense to me—so holy, almost have to whisper . . . so holy, it makes your breath stop.
As we explore this the petition “Hallowed be thy name,” in the Lord’s Prayer, we encounter Moses. He has been summoned to the burning bush, to ground so holy, he must take off his shoes. Join us this week as we explore how we might celebrate God’s holiness and approach God with deep reverence, as we pray.
In preparation, I invite you to reflect with this sung version of the Lord’s Prayer, Hallowed, by Jennifer Knapp. It was one of my favorites, from those seminary days of tiptoeing through the library late at night.
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-15
Sermon: “Hallowed be Thy Name”
I look forward to our time together.