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All Gracious Spirit,
Who loves us like a mother,
Whose realm is blooming among us now.
We pray that your compassion guide us in every action.
Give us what we need for each day,
and help us to be satisfied with the miracle of that alone.
Forgiver, whose embrace brings us to wholeness without our asking,
May we reconcile ourselves to one another in humility.
And may we cancel the crushing debts that imprison our neighbours
So that communities of joy and health may flourish.
May we neither profit from nor ignore evil.
But ever work to thwart it with non-violence
As we co-create the realm of peace in this world.
Now and each day.
Holy One whose name we honour and praise,
When we laugh, you laugh with us.
When we weep, your tears wash over the earth.
You know the joys and sorrows of our hearts,
Our efforts for change and our resistance to it.
We seek a time when Your ways become our ways,
A time when our hopes for reconciliation,
Peace and justice become reality.
Spirit of Life, today we ask for enough:
That the food we have may be enough,
That the money and possessions we have may be enough,
That our achievements and successes may be enough.
That we may be enough.
Lead us from the temptations of wanting more
To the contentment of having and being enough.
Even as you sow the seeds of discontent
That move us to change systems
That give some too much and others too little.
Help us to forgive others and ourselves
When we disappoint, neglect, or harm.
For your grace is enough for all of us.
By your creativity, the universe was born,
And in your love, we are sustained. Amen.
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Cairn Christian Church, Lafayette, Colorado USA, incorporates in their Sunday worship different versions and interpretations of The Lord’s Prayer. These come from a variety of sources including the church members. This prayer, written by one of the congregation’s ministers, was shared in worship in October, 2015.
Earth-maker, Pain Bearer, Life-Giver,
Source of all that is and that shall be.
Father and Mother of us all,
Loving God, in whom is heaven:
The hallowing of your name echo through the universe!
The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!
Your heavenly will be done by all created beings!
Your commonwealth of peace and freedom sustain our hope and come on earth.
With the bread we need for today, feed us.
In the hurts we absorb from one another, forgive us.
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trials too great to endure, spare us.
From the grip of all that is evil, free us.
For your reign in the glory of the power that is love, now and forever. Amen.
From The Prayer Book of The Anglican Church of New Zealand
Orchard Ridge describes itself as “spiritually alive, joyfully inclusive, committed to justice.”
One version uses multiple voices:
Prayed with alternating sides…
Side 1: Side 2:
Our Father Our Mother
Who art in heaven Who are in all the earth
Hallowed be they name Holy is your truth
Thy kingdom come May your wisdom come
Thy will be done, on earth Your circle be one uniting as it is in heaven and earth
Give us this day our daily bread Give us today a nurturing spirit
And forgive us our trespasses Heal through us as we forgive those who trespass against us
Lead us not into temptation Lead us into Fullness of life
But deliver us from evil And liberate all that is good
For thine is the Kingdom, the Wisdom, the power and the glory
Presence and the Goodness are Yours
All: Now and forever Amen.
(used at Dominican Sisters Retreat, March 1993, Great Bend, Kansas)
My family and I have experimented with the Lord’s Prayer.
By removing gender-orientation and limiting phrases and inserting words that ring with meaning and truth for today, this prayer has remained a pillar of my faith practice.
In the 1980’s saying nightly prayers with my children, we replaced “Our Father” with “Almighty God.” Today, in preparation for my hoped-for grandchildren, I might rather use “Eternal One” or “Creator God.”
Or perhaps we’ll hold a discussion with all the theologians in the house, young and old, to decide to whom or what we shall direct this familiar prayer when praying in unison. — Ana Gobledale, UK
The website of Pilgrim Uniting Church in the City, in Adelaide, Australia, includes several interpretations of the Lord’s Prayer including this version by Steve Garnaas-Holmes.
Our Mother, our Father, Source of our being,
whose presence is heaven,
all Creation sings of you, “Holy!”
May your Realm unfold among us,
your desire be fulfilled,
this world blossoming out of your delight.
Give us the breath of life, one breath at a time.
Accept our brokenness;
give us acceptance of others who are broken.
Lead us beyond our desires
and save us from the grip of evil.
For the world is within you;
all power is from you,
and all glory is about you,
in eternity, which is in the present moment.
by Steve Garnaas-Holmes, Unfolding Light