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NB This study will take a break on Wednesday 8 November, and the series will extend an extra week at the end.

On Wednesday evenings 7-8pm starting 18 Oct for up to 6 sessions, Fr Allen and Chris Harvey will be facilitating a group book study on the Lord's Prayer. There will be two books for discussion:

  • NT Wright, The Lord and His Prayer (2014) More about
  • John Dominic Crossan, The Greatest Prayer: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer (2011) More about

RSVP to Fr Allen about purchasing books and for the Zoom link

Notes & session schedule from Fr. Allen:

For those of you interested in joining "The Lord's Prayer Study" please click on the link below at the prescribed time.  We will attempt to start at 7:00 p.m. and end no later than 8:30 p.m.

For those of you who already have a book/s,  please feel free to skim the introductory chapters now and or pick them up later.  In Crossan these are the Prologue and Chapter One: Pray Then in This Way.  In Wright, simply the Prologue.  They are worth reading so hopefully you'll be able to do so at some point. In Crossan, almost necessarily so.

If you want to join at the last minute you can pick up copies for your Kindle at or  Here are the links to the books on each site.

Amazon  -

Kobo -

You might find this study more meaningful if you don't attempt to add this reading to all your other reading and social media habits; you might find it helpful to "fast" from some of those to make time and psychological "space" to marinate in the reflections, thus giving yourself time to practice the prayer itself.

Here is the schedule, the chapters listed will be covered on the dates noted.  The reading in Crossan will always be longer simply because his book is longer.  Suggested guiding questions are below the schedule.

Oct 18 - Crossan (chap. 2&3); Wright (chap. 1)

Oct 25 - Crossan (chap. 4&5); Wright (chap. 2)

Nov 1st - Crossan (chap. 6); Wright (chap 3)

Nov 8th - Crossan (chap. 7); Wright (chap 4&5)

Nov 15th - Crossan (chap. 8); Wright (chap. 6)

Nov 22nd - Group Discussion on "The Lord's Prayer:" Perspectives & Practices

Icebreaker: We'll go around "the circle" and give each of you a minute or two to share your experience with the Lord's Prayer.  Feel free to pass.

Guiding Questions

  1. What is Crossan/Wright trying to say? What are the author's main points?
  2. What "aha" moments stuck out for you? What questions do you have of the author(s)?
  3. How does this vision of prayer impact our own vision of spirituality? Our prayer practice?