Central Presbyterian Church

Massillon, Ohio

"The Lord's Prayer-Doxology"

Text: Matthew 21:1-11

Zechariah 9:9-10


This morning, we’re going to attempt to integrate the closing words of our Lord’s Prayer – the entirety of which we’ve been studying for the past five Sundays – with the events of that first Palm Sunday when Jesus arrived in the city of Jerusalem for what would turn out to be His final and fateful visit. Let’s get under way by reading our lead passage from the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 21 beginning at verse 1.

"The Lord's Prayer-Petitions VI and VII"

Text: Matthew 6:13, James 1:12-16

Matthew 4:1-11

                 In my opinion, the most difficult petition of the Lord’s Prayer inpractice is petition V which we talked about last week: “Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors” Forgiveness in the Biblical sense is very hard, letting go of those offenses committed against us, and releasing the offender from the penalty he or she may well deserve.

"The Lord's Prayer-Petition V"

Text: Matthew 6:12

Matthew 18:21-35


“And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.” This is the fifth petition of our Lord’s Prayer, and the only one of the seven petitions which seems to demand a particular response on our part: God forgives as we forgive. Is then the corollary: God forgives not as we forgive not. Is this what Jesus meant, that if we hold a grudge against others, then God holds a grudge against us?

"The Lord's Prayer-Petition IV"

Text: Matthew 6:11

Matthew 6:25-34

  On this third Sunday in Lent, we continue our study of the Lord’s Prayer. The prayer is divided into two main sections. Petitions (or requests) I, II, and III – which we’ve discussed over the past two weeks – are sometimes referred to as the “you petitions.”

"The Lord's Prayer--Petitions II and III"

Text: Matthew 6:10

Psalm 119:1-7

            This morning, we continue our Lenten sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer. Last week, we talked about the introduction and petition one. As Jesus delivered this model for perfect prayer, he taught us to pray like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

"The Lord's Prayer-Petition 1"

Text: Matthew 6:9

Psalm 33:1-5, 8-9


            In the worship life of the church, and in the devotional lives of individual Christian folk, what are the words we repeat more often than any others?

"The Shining"

Text: Mark 9:1-9

2 Peter 1:12-21


            How many of you remember a film released almost thirty-five years ago called “The Shining?”  It was a psychological and atmospheric spooky movie based on the 1977 Stephen King novel of  the same title, and featured tour-de-force performances by Jack Nicholson and Shelly Duvall.

"People Who Need People"

Text: 2 Timothy 4:9-22

Exodus 17:8-13


             How are you at asking for or accepting help? Some of us are better at it than others. I tend to be one of those persons who would rather deal with a problem myself than trouble anyone else with it. I couldn’t begin to recall all the times when someone has offered me help in one way or another, and my response has been:

"The Unanswered Why"

Text: Lamentations 5:1-22

Revelation 21:1-7

             Why does God allow it? Massacres in public schools. Wars which wipe out populations of innocent people. Weather events which wipe out communities. Diseases which rob life. A few weeks ago, the story came out of Germantown, Maryland where a mother stabbed her four young children, two of them fatally.

"One of A Kind"

Text: Acts 9:36-43

Psalm 139:13-16


             Have you ever heard the name Dan Hurley?  He’s a street performer who’s become quite well-known on the downtown streets of Chicago, Philadelphia, New York, and other American cities.  His attire certainly helps him stand out – his signature yellow fedora hat, silk butterfly bow tie, yellow blazer, and two-tone saddle shoes.