Hallowed be your name
Matthew 6 : 9b
We are each given at a name at birth, and that names becomes a large part of who we are. It is how we are identified. Some people have names which are family names which go back for generations, and bring with them lots of stories and histories about the other people who have had the same name. People hear stories from their parents about why a certain name was chosen for them, and what that name represents.
God is known by many names, and each name has a different meaning and shows a different way to relate with God. God’s name is a name that when people hear it or use it, we want people to know who this name represents, and the stories that come with that name. When people hear that name, we are invited to remember the glory of God. May we think of the majesty, attributes, words, and works of this amazing God.
When we hear the God’s name or say God’s name, we bring with this what God has done and continues to do for all of creation.
Prayer: Holy God, we give you thanks that you have given us a name, as your beloved. You have called us and claimed us as yours. Thank you that you know us each by our names. May we remember and share about you and what you have done and continue to do in this world which you have created and claimed. Help us to truly honour your name, and recall the amazing things you have done for so many who have come before us. Amen.
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today 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 the evil one.’
Action: See if you can find out anything about the importance of your name, any stories or meanings that are associated with your name. Also, look at some of the different attributes and stories of God, and pick one attribute to learn more about.