Pastor Meg Jackson Clark
Our Father who art in heaven…Hearing that phrase, most of us can launch right in to the rest of the prayer. In a group of folks from differing backgrounds and traditions, it is the one prayer that most people will know. It is one of the first prayers we learn as Christians, said so often that one can get through it without ever thinking about what it actually means.Here at First Presbyterian, we have turned our attention to prayer this fall, and to the Lord’s Prayer in particular.This prayer that the early church dubbed the Lord’s Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13 and in Luke 11:1-4.
“Teach us to pray,” the disciples asked Jesus, and in response he taught them this prayer. Centuries later, we are still praying it. Sometimes the meaning gets lost in translation through time and culture. What does it mean to say that God’s name is hallowed? Why do we ask for our debts to be forgiven? And why do some people say trespasses, and still others say sins? That request asking God to not lead us into temptation clearly has not been answered for the vast majority of us. And how is it that God is delivering us from evil when we can see evil all around us? And what about that “For thine is the kingdom” part; it’s not even in the Bible! Where did it come from?
If you have puzzled over this prayer, I invite you to join us for worship this month, as we ask Jesus to once again teach us to pray.
Meg Jackson Clark is our Pastor. She came to the Greensboro congregation in September, 2018. Most recently, Meg served as Pastor of Dallas-Dodd Presbyterian Church in LaGrange, GA, while also working in the Coweta County Public Library System. Prior to her time there, she was Associate Pastor at Newnan Presbyterian Church for 13 years. Meg began her ministry in Atlanta as Chaplain at Piedmont Hospital.
Meg received her education at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania and Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.
Meg is married to Steven Brown, her partner in life and ministry. Together they have three adult children - Andy Clark of Newnan, GA, Zack Brown and Stephanie Brown, both of South Carolina. They also have a granddaughter, Rowan Brown.
Meg and Steve have a life-long love of various types of music, and enjoy attending concerts, and adding their voices to the choir. Occasionally, Meg’s violin makes an appearance at worship. Meg leads a Book Club at the Greene County Library which focuses on inspirational books. Steven works at Reynolds, Lake Oconee, as well as contributing his talents at church.