Friday, December 16, 2011

What Is Creationism?

A friend recently asked, "What is Creationism?" ... and so I wrote the following email:

Dear Friend,

The following wikipedia article explains quite well, I think, creationism.

In the broadest sense, anyone who believes God created the world is a "creationist" - as such, huge numbers of scientists are creationists, too - people of faith - and see faith and science as partners in life - one God, one world, and truth - material or spiritual - is consistent, not contradictory.

The struggle, especially in America under the influence of fundamentalism, has been Literalist Creationism - which begins with a literal reading of Genesis (the article is really helpful on this point). 

If this were merely a tempest in a teapot, or Christians squabbling with themselves, who would care?

But across the nation, fundamentalists have made a concerted effort, successful in some areas of the country, to take control of local (and state) school boards. Where that effort has failed, many fundamentalists have opted for home-schooling or private schools - their science curricula is rather strange … and so is their history curricula (I've seen and read some of it on line).

At this point, the issue: quality education, the reliability of science (because God created an ordered world that we can accurately see, measure and even understand), the partnership of faith and science, and the accurate and faithful reading of the Bible and its many literary forms - some are quite literal: Jesus dies on Calvary (no metaphor there!) and some are metaphoric (Jesus is the shepherd, the door, bread and water - all metaphors).

Earliest Christians had no trouble reading Genesis as metaphor - searching Genesis for the spiritual meaning. Only in America here, and in the last 150 years, has literal creationism taken hold, and become an educational and political issue (literal creationists tend to be reconstructionists) - that is, to make the United States a theocracy (based upon Old Testament law) - ultimately doing away with the Constitution, which is often called "a godless document," because there is no reference to god in it) - similar to fundamentalist Muslims who want to impose Sharia Law.

It's complicated, for sure, and a lot is at stake.

Anyway, thanks for asking, "What is a creationist?"

Hope the above makes some sense.

Merry Christmas.


Kindness is always in season! And so is truth!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Greatest Evil - from C.S. Lewis

"The greatest evil is not now done in those sordid 'dens of crime' that Dickens loved to paint. It is not done even in concentration camps and labour camps. In those we see its final result. But it is conceived and ordered (moved, seconded, carried, and minuted) in clean, carpeted, warmed, and well-lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut fingernails and smooth-shaven cheeks who do not need to raise their voice. Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern." p.x, The Screwtape Letters by C.S.Lewis, 1959.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Dream Act in CA

The anti-Dream Act effort is mean-spirited and short-sighted, lacking vision, imagination, compassion and is decidedly un-American!

We've always respected initiate and determination; if there's a group of people in this nation right now who are determined to make a better life for their families (the ultimate family-value, btw) and are willing to take the initiative and risk to make it happen, it's the immigrants (and let's face it, if they were white and blue-eyed, it would be a whole lot harder to do this; because they're Hispanic, mostly from Mexico, they make a great target (a fav America target ever since 1848), and the hardliners are so satisfied with their "righteous" take on the matter. For me, it makes me sick to my stomach!

Psalm 146.9 is very important to me, and the Biblical ethic of how the "stranger," the "alien," the "immigrant" is treated: "The LORD : who protects immigrants, who helps orphans and widows, but who makes the way of the wicked twist and turn!"

As for most Americans, I really can't say; but every day, I see waves of fear and anger washing over the American landscape, in near-tsunami proportions. Such emotions reveal what could well be the twilight of the American character, giving birth to the attitudes and desires that fueled the fascism of Europe in the years prior to WW2. Oh well, so it goes.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Victory - What an Odd Word

Just to say a few words ... but what are words?
Strange things, to be sure.
An amalgam of letters, and what are they, but symbols from
Some ancient past.
When folks told stories by campfire.
And in time,
On cave walls, or
Parchment, or 
To become a scroll, a book, a story from the shelf, a
Tall tale of giant sea monsters and
bright stars ... to make children shudder with
Delight ... or shriek with laughter, or
Curl up and go to sleep,
Dreaming of ancient heroes and warriors,
And high waterfalls and wintry mountains,
And ...
Just to say a few words ... but what are words?
In my time, they launch a ship into the sea, and the ship goes off to 
War ... and women and men fight valiantly, for dimly known
Causes ... but for the one at their side. And too many die
For the sake of conquest or victory, and talk about strange word?
What does victory mean?
When standing in a pool of blood?
With death all around?
In the midst of our constant, unyielding, mortality?
Is it immortality that we desire?
In the death of others, we might add more time to our failing candle?
Is it power that delights us?
Our testosterone-driven stories?

Victory! What an odd word!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Where Was Jesus at the Debate?

By my dear friend and colleague, The Rev. Dr. Robert Dahl, Holland, MI

Where were justice, peace, compassion, love, generosity, social responsibility, a willingness to share and care and promote the common welfare in evidence at the Tea Party Republican Debate in Florida, September 12, 2011?  

In a phrase, where was Jesus among all these people, the majority of whom would probably consider themselves Bible believing Christians? 

Who was that short fellow who looked as if he may have been of Middle-Eastern descent standing outside the building surrounded by security guards, the one easily profiled as a terrorist?  Is that why he was outside?  Not allowed in?  What is he saying? Fear not? Nobody inside could or wanted to hear. 

If I heard the derisive catchphrase “Obamacare” once, I heard it countless times. It seemed as if the candidates couldn’t wait to get it out of their mouths.  Tell a lie often enough and the people will believe it, in part because they want to believe it.  Working class, middleclass whites buying the lies of the insurance companies supported by big contributors and lobbyists to the candidates who gladly passed them on to the gullible crowd.  And the carousel merrily went round and round. 

After much health care reform bashing by the candidates, moderator Wolf Blitzer asked the candidates what should happen to a 20 some-year-old citizen who didn't have health insurance who contracts a serious health condition and requires extensive medical treatment?  People in the audience shouted to let him die.  They actually did that. 

"In as much as you have done to one of the least of these, my brethren, you have done it unto me,” said Jesus. 

Hypothetical Tea Party joke: A thirty something Jesus has no health insurance and contracts a serious health problem requiring extensive medical treatment, what would you do?  

Answer: Let him die because we know he can come back to life all fixed up. 

Is it that stupid?  Is it that heartless? Is that about the cruelest?  It was about at that level. 

What I saw that evening as the camera panned across the audience were very few Hispanics and blacks.  What I saw was a whole lot of white people who seemingly only cared about themselves and probably not even the people sitting next to them.  They want it all.  I thought I was watching an old Cecil B. DeMille movie showing the mobs in the seats of the Roman coliseum with thumbs pointed down and blood lust in their eyes. In the arena, the President of the United States knelt before gladiators with swords in their hands. Really, it was that scary.  

Where do these people come from?  Why are they so mad?  What are they afraid of -- losing the myth of their Beaver Cleaver world, not being able to wish upon a star anymore, forfeiting what they think is birth-rightfully theirs to a hoard of foreigners who don’t look like they do, don’t worship at the same places as they do, don’t eat the same food as they do, don’t have the same native tongue as they do?

Panelists called for English to be the national language and the people roared their approval.   

Why don't they care about anyone but themselves, and perhaps more importantly why don't they understand how much all government, local, state and federal provide the vehicle though infrastructure, safety nets, food and drug safety, clean air, clean water, electricity and gas to power their homes, local, state and federal recreation areas, etc. for these people to function on a daily basis and have beautiful country in which to take a vacation in a beautiful park at very little cost?

None of these people could live one day without all the government aid they receive from taxes received for the purpose of helping everyone. And if any of them had any of those things taken away they, would scream bloody murder.   

A young member of the audience stood and asked the panel how much of every dollar earned belongs to the person who earned it.  Shouts could be heard coming from the audience that all of it does.  

A friend of mine, in light of that question, asked how much of what a person earns belongs to the privilege of being a citizen of the United States.  To paraphrase a TV commercial, “Priceless.”

These are extreme individualists who feel cheated and that everyone but them is getting all the goodies.  These are "gimme, gimme, gimme" people.  

I heard shouts of glee for capital punishment.  I saw a "my country right or wrong" mentality, but a hate for the government of their country. 

It just went on and on and on.

I saw a mob mentality, and vengeance and hate.  
I wondered what it would take to move these people to violence. 

They want their cake and they want to eat it, too.  

And the candidates?  They fed the frenzy; they whipped up the crowd; they pandered to the base instincts of those who sat in the seats; they said what they thought their fat cat contributors sitting at home sipping brandy and laughing at the spectacle on the screen would want to hear; they told half truths and pure fabrications and they pulled numbers out of the magician’s top hat; they said things they probably don't believe just to get the vote; they wanted to give the audience what they came for; they wanted to give the audience the cake they claimed.  They were oh, so cynical. 

Only Ron Paul got a pie in the face of boo’s for telling the truth about American militarism and it’s economic costs.  How dare he “tread on us”! 

What didn't they give them?  A reminder that we are all in this together and that we all need to remember that the thread that runs through all religions and all caring societies is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."

Oh, by the way, I didn't see the Buddha or Mohammed or Lao Tzu or Moses, Confucius, Martin Luther King, Jr. or Gandhi, either.  

And I wondered how much of all this summer of our discontent is fueled by the question that nobody wants to consider.  In this Tea Party Express is there an unnamed, unacknowledged but insidious, systemic and endemic racism roaring down the track transporting these whites to rebellion over the fact that a mixed blood person sits in the hallowed walls of the Oval Office, an office previously only occupied by one of them? 

Jimmy Carter named it early on to a cacophony of protests, one such protest even coming from the present occupant of that very office. Are we in a state of denial? 

And finally, why did CNN give all this time to this debacle?  Ratings?  If so, I contributed to it and wasted an evening that I could have used more productively watching Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations."

As the hall emptied following the “debate,” I thought I heard a faint echo of Entry Of The Gladiators by Julius Fucik, used as theme music at every circus, “Ya…da…da..da..ya..da..ya..da..da..da…,” and saw the departing figure of P.T. Barnum, wearing his signature Penguin tails and a cigar in his mouth.  I could hear him laughing as the lights went out and the door shut.

The circus was moving on to the next town.  

Saturday, September 10, 2011

America - the Not-So-Innocent

This is a tough thought for Americans to consider ... from the get-go, America has been driven by a superiority attitude (we're better than England and all those "other countries," and we can do no wrong, even as we're eradicating Native Americans and their buffalo), a sense that we're a godly nation (and anyone who opposes us opposes god), all of which blinds us to the more complex nature of our story, a story like that of any other nation - driven by self-interest and an adolescent desire to be innocent, blaming our ills on others, and hungry for oil.
overheard: Thousands died on September 11, 2001. As a result of the US response, hundreds of thousands have died. Who will stand up for them in the midst of all the patriotic posturing this weekend? - Jason Barr

Monday, June 13, 2011

Learning from Other Faith Traditions

A friend of mine, a rather serious young man, quite devoted to Jesus, has been attending a Buddhist Temple lately, learning and growing in that place.

I wrote to him and said: there's much to learn, and the more we learn, the more we grow into the love and mystery of God. Sooner or later, whatever tradition into which we were born, becomes the primary choice, because God is at work in all of them. But history and cultural background play a big role. Yet to learn from other traditions always helps our faith remain faith rather than ideology.

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There was a time when Christian pulpits proclaimed the absolute rightness of the Christian Faith and the total error of everything and everyone else.

It was possible to do so because Christians lived far away and apart from much of the world, but these days, it's highly likely that our neighbors are Buddhist, Muslim, Jewish or Hindu, and maybe even atheist.

Blanket condemnations no longer work, because the world is now a colleague at work, and the children of the world go to school with our children.

And we have learned far too much about the errors of the Christian Church to ever again suggest that Christianity is pure and good.

So we are learning to take our place in the family of God - a great humility at the heart of renewal.

And that can only be good for the world!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

May 22, 2011 - Pastor's Prayer

Calvary Presbyterian Church, Hawthorne, CA

Great God Almighty,
Creator of the Heavens and the Earth,
You have been our dwelling place throughout the ages.
Before the world was cast by your word, your love for us was already established … your grace already at work …
From everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
Your Word anchors the universe.
Your light shines in deepest space and in the tiniest of creatures.
You number the hairs of our head.
A sparrow falling to the ground catches your attention.
You are at work in all things.
In all things for good.

It is right and good, O God, for us to be here today.
To hear the words of Jesus.
To think and pray.
To sing and celebrate.
To enlarge our understanding.
To know you better.
To love you all the more.

We pray, O God, for our world.
We pray for the leaders of the nations.
For parliaments and legislatures and judges.
We pray for peace.
We pray for your blessing on women and men of good faith.
Those who dare to see a new world, and strive for it.
Those who refuse to believe the gospels of violence and power and nationalism.
And believe, instead, in the Prince of Peace, and walk with him on the pathways of humility, kindness and justice.

We pray for President Obama and his family.
We pray for governor Brown and for mayor Guidi.
We pray for all those who take up the burdens of government.
And we pray for the citizens of America.

Deliver our nation, we pray, from the sins of nationalism and pride.
Deliver us from the sins of greed and wealth.
Deliver us from the sins that divide one against another.
Deliver us from the sins that impoverish many and enrich the few.
Deliver us from the sins that shut minds and harden hearts.

Bless Calvary Presbyterian Church, we pray.
Bless us, that we might be a blessing to our neighborhood, our community, our world.
Bless us, that we might have the light of Christ in our hearts and minds.
Bless us, that we might be the salt of the earth, a joyful witness to your work and your wisdom.
Bless us, we pray, that we might do your will on earth as it is in heaven.

Watch over us, we pray, in the remains of the day.
Breathe into us anew the Holy Spirit.
Use us, we pray.
And send us forth from this place with a fresh sense of hope, because you are at work in all things, in all things for good.
And to you, O God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, all praise, honor and glory.
In the name of our LORD Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven … 

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Southern Religion - Some Unpleasant Observations

Having lived and pastored in W.Va and in Ok, I'm well aware of the "violent pulpit" - the cajoling, the threatening, the hellfire and brimstone, the laws and the punishments.

 It enters into the air folks breath and the water they drink ... along with the lack of unions and good pay, the terrible racism that still plagues so many areas, poor public education, too many private schools, and home-schooling, a love of the military and guns, too many young girls having too many children (no birth control and no abortion), a male sexual ethic out of whack and subservient women, a god-controls-all-things mentality that shrinks human responsibility, a punishing god who's going to kill the enemy and send 'em all packing to hell, forever; and a religion that's all about being saved, baptized and going to heaven, with a god who killed his own son for the sake of something good. Sorry to go on and on, but Southern religion is, for me, mostly a dysfunction.

This note was written into some questions raised about a recent assessment of the most violent states in America - click HERE to read.

Friday, March 11, 2011

The Ideal Husband??? - hee hee ...

    The Ideal Husband to His Wife

      WE'VE lived for forty years, dear wife,
        And walked together side by side,
      And you to-day are just as dear
        As when you were my bride.
      I've tried to make life glad for you,
        One long, sweet honeymoon of joy,
      A dream of marital content,
        Without the least alloy.
      I've smoothed all boulders from our path,
        That we in peace might toil along,
      By always hastening to admit
        That I was right and you were wrong.
      No mad diversity of creed
        Has ever sundered me from thee;
      For I permit you evermore
        To borrow your ideas of me.
      And thus it is, through weal or woe,
        Our love forevermore endures;
      For I permit that you should take
        My views and creeds, and make them yours.
      And thus I let you have my way,
        And thus in peace we toil along,
      For I am willing to admit
        That I am right and you are wrong.
      And when our matrimonial skiff
        Strikes snags in love's meandering stream,
      I lift our shallop from the rocks,
        And float as in a placid dream.
      And well I know our marriage bliss
        While life shall last will never cease;
      For I shall always let thee do,
        In generous love, just what I please.
      Peace comes, and discord flies away,
        Love's bright day follows hatred's night;
      For I am ready to admit
        That you are wrong and I am right.
      Sam Walter Foss

Sam Walter Foss (June 19, 1858 - February 26, 1911) was a librarian and whose works included The House by the Side of the Road and The Coming American.

Do I need to say, the above is a delightful tongue-in-cheek description of the "ideal" husband ... but I suspect some guys might miss the point.

D is shaking her head right now ... she does that a lot with me.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Rottweilers, Love and God

From my friend, Stephanie Schatz – all the dogs noted in her note are Rottweilers …

Stephanie writes:

Thanks for taking the time to explain and reassure me that God has a special place for all his creation. Personally I also believe that God created a special companion animal just for man … sorry kitties.   

Historically there has been no other animal on earth that has worked for man in so many capacities, comforted, showed extraordinary forgiveness, and even forfeited their life for their human. As the saying goes … the only love you can buy is a dog.

The moment this came clearest for me was when I was volunteering with "Mallory," Bryce's predecessor, at Ronald McDonald House. We were there to entertain the healthy siblings of the children being treated at the hospital. 

We were on the patio where Mallory was very engaged in tug of rope against 3 determined little boys. The automatic double doors opened and a quadriplegic girl appeared in what looked like a space age wheelchair that she could operate with one finger.   Mallory dropped the rope and ran to greet her and lick that one hand operating the chair. I was amazed!  

Then she ran back got the rope and took it to the girl and my heart sunk, until Mallory draped the rope over the girl's hand, sat in place with the rope in her mouth moved her head slowly from side to side, added a playful growl and "pretended" to played tug with this little girl on her level.  

I was no longer amazed … I was in awe as I realized that I was witnessing something divine ... something that came from a higher level than dogs supposedly have access to.    

I never taught Mallory this 'behavior' and we we're never in a situation like this before or after. This wasn't a circus trick it was an independent act on her part of love and compassion and we know that those traits are Godly.  

I'm certain Mallory is in a special place and I'm 100% sure that we will be together again one day. It means a lot to know that I am not theologically alone in my views.

And BTW … if Mallory had not passed exactly when she did I would not have Chad, and if Chad had not gotten sick ... I would not have Bryce. Coincidence? I don't think so. Can't wait to see who God has lined up for me next!!  

My thanks to Stephanie for this remarkable story. We’d all do well to pay a little more attention the animals around us. They have hearts, too, and love.

And Stephanie’s right – there is no other species who has befriended humankind as have dogs. Simply because we feed them? No. They know that we need them!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

January 30, 2011 - Prayers of the People

Eternal God, always good, always faithful, always hopeful, always true …
We lift our praises to you.
Grateful for our lives.
Because it’s good to be here.
To be alive in Christ, to know Christ, to serve him to the best of our ability.
To join with him in building a better world.
To let the light shine.
To give peace a chance.
To heal the wounds of the soul.
To challenge the idolatries of religion and its love of temples.
To challenge the ideologies of nationalism and its love of power.
To speak the truth of the gospel.
To walk with Christ.
To take his yoke upon us and learn from him.
Your ways, O God, the ways of the kingdom.

We pray today for our schools.
For our city council.
For our mayor.
And our governor.

We pray for our state.
We pray for our legislators and our judges.

We thank you for our natural resources.
The high Sierras and their stored vistas …
The crashing surf of the Pacific …

We pray for the women and men who farm … who raise and harvest our lettuce and radishes and dates and tomatoes and avocados and oranges and cucumbers and carrots.

We pray, O God, that we will have your eyes …
To see your world as you do.
To look upon one another with grace.
To bestow dignity upon the least of these …
To speak words of hope and encouragement …
To lift up and never put down.
To speak the truth in love, LORD, because, we’ve learned the hard way, a thousand times over, where there is no love, there is no truth either.

Bless us we pray in the remains of the day.
Watch over our loved ones and guide our steps.

Rest your Spirit upon Pastor Cathy Chisholm as she makes her move from Texas to California, to become our pastor. Bless her family and friends, and fill her with your joy.
We are ready, LORD.
We are eager.
We are yours.

In the name of our LORD Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven …

Sunday, January 23, 2011

January 23, 2011 - Prayers of the People

O LORD our God, great are you names: the way, the truth and the life … the shepherd of your people, the creator of the heavens and the earth, the guardian and guide of every soul, the source of life and hope and peace …
And a troubler of our conscience.
A thorn in our flesh.
A goad to our spirit.

And we thank you.
Your love that never leaves us as we are.
Your grace calls forth from us the better self that we can be.
Your word judges us honestly, and we know our sin.
Our foibles and our faults.
Painful as it is, dear God, we face these things with courage born of your unconditional love for us, your tender mercies, and your call to follow Christ, with all that are, and all that we hope to be.

Eternal God, you are forever, dwelling in eternal light.
We are but for a moment or two.
A few brief years, yet we breath your breath – something eternal within us … we are strivers and builders and creators and dreamers and burden-bearers and lovers and friends … we look up at the stars and our souls are strangely moved by the magnitude and mystery of the universe, so vast and deep and impossibly big … we watch the clouds shape-shifting and we catch glimpses of strange creatures and memories of times long ago … we watch the surf crashing at our feet … we walk toward the receding waters, and then quickly step back with the onrush of the next wave … like children we play … the spirit of inquiry and delight … humor and holiness …

We are glad to be here today, dear God.
To worship in the Spirit of Christ.
To love one another.
To learn.
To grow.
To be changed into the likeness of Christ.
To be a light to the world.
And the salt of the earth.

We are glad to be here.
Because this is a place where you find us.
And we find you.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit … with all that you are, you visit us.
With all that you have, you love us.
With all that you give, you restore us and make us new every day, with hope and courage … the hope for a better life, a better world, a better way of doing things … and the courage to try it … to reach out for others, to look out for others … to love and forgive and serve and honor one another … in the great fellowship of faith, the church of Jesus Christ, and a place called Covenant, Covenant on the Corner …

We thank you, O God, for this day.
A time to cast our glance toward the future.
A time to look down the road a bit.
A time to remember your faithfulness in all the years that have been, so that we can face the years ahead, knowing that you stand behind us, ahead of us, above and beneath us … and with your Holy Spirit, you are within us, shaping our souls, like a potter with clay on potter’s wheel – your hands upon us, pushing and trimming and shaping … we resist, as good clay always does … and you persist as a good potter, who sees what the lump could be.

Bless Cathy with us this day.
Bless Covenant on the Corner.

In the name of our LORD Jesus Christ, who taught us to pray, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven …

Sunday, January 9, 2011

January 9, 2011, Prayers of the People

Eternal God, we thank you for the grace to live in the light of Christ.
For the hope that encourages us, because Christ is born within us.

For the days ahead of us, O God,
Guide us we pay.
Shape our values and give us holy purpose for our work and for our leisure.

We pray for the environment, O God.
Your creation … our Garden.
You have given us the world and all of its life-forms, to care for all of it, with our hands and toil, our minds and creativity, and most of all, our love – our love for all creatures, great and small … and our care for the air we all breath, the water we drink, the food we eat …

Today, O God, we pray for prosperity.
Not simply for our own pleasure, or to be number one, or any other such foolish notions, but that we might have more opportunity to be generous in our giving.
Bless our work, O God, and grant to us what’s needed that we might apply ourselves with diligence, creativity and imagination to make our work the best it can be.

Bless those who manage our investments …
Bless the banks and money markets of our land …
That all the tools of recovery might be used to sustain our democracy … to ease the burdens of the poor … to put people back to work … to help those who can’t work …

Bless our CEOs and boards of directors.
May they set their sights on just profits and work-place safety and good benefits.
May the greed of Wall Street be tamed.
The temptations of ostentation be avoided.
May the kindness of the human heart be celebrated.
May good jobs, fair jobs, be their goal.

We pray for our nation … and its President.
We pray for all the new legislators …
We pray for our governor, Jerry Brown …
We pray for all of our politicians … the burdens they bear … burdens of leadership, and the many temptations that come their way …

Especially, we pray Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her family; we pray for the other families who lost loved ones … and we pray for the young man who did the shooting …

Watch over us we pray in the remains of the day.
Keep us in the good cheer of Christ.

Who taught us to pray, saying, Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven.