Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Adult Education Topical Study: Sundays, beginning May 2, at 9:30 a.m.

Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s “Digital Mosaic,” illustrated by Mark Bender. All rights reserved by Shadyside Presbyterian Church.
Artwork: Detail of Shadyside Presbyterian Church’s “Digital Mosaic,” illustrated by Mark Bender. All rights reserved by Shadyside Presbyterian Church.
The Lord’s Prayer is among the greatest treasures of faith.

Written by John C. Purdy and published by the Kerygma Program, Lord, Teach Us to Pray explores the key phrases of the Lord’s Prayer as they lead us to greater spirituality and growth.

  • Keeping Our Distance: How close can we come to a holy God?
  • Crossing to the Future: What is the Kingdom and what is the Kingdom yet to come?
  • Willing Obedience: How can we glorify God in our daily lives?
  • Feeding Ourselves: What place does self-sufficiency have in Christian life?
  • Writing It Off: What does the reality of our forgiveness say to our treatment of others?
  • Crying for Help: How does a Christian respond to the enormity of evil in the world?

From May 2 through June 6, you are invited to join the Adult Christian Education Team’s online topical study on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. Our study will be coordinated by Elder Peggy Heely, with a different leader facilitating each week’s discussion. Come learn and grow in faith along with us!

Note: This study will meet virtually via Zoom videoconferencing until further notice due to the COVID-19 countermeasures. Access links are typically delivered to participants by email on Sunday mornings. To register and for access to online materials for this week’s session, please contact Kaysie Strickland through the church office.

About the Author

John C. Purdy is a graduate of the College of Wooster (B.A.) and Princeton Theological Seminary (M.Div.). He also spent a year of study in Basel, Switzerland. Following seminary, Mr. Purdy was a pastor in Wisconsin for twelve years. For the following twenty-six years, he was Curriculum Editor for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). He passed away in 2007 at the age of 81.

Mr. Purdy is the author of Parables at Work (Westminster Press, 1985); Returning God’s Call: The Challenge of Christian Living (Westminster Press, 1989); and God with a Human Face (Westminster/John Knox, 1993). In addition to Lord, Teach Us to Pray, he also is the author of another Kerygma study: Blessed Are You: The Beatitudes of Jesus in Scripture and in Life.