The Lord’s Prayer – How Should We Say It?

by Christine Sine

Last night I attended a meeting at which the organizer used this beautiful rendition of the Lord’s prayer from the New Zealand Prayer book.

Eternal Spirit

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 echoes through

the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples

of the earth!

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, spare us.

From the grip of all that is evil, free us.

For you reign in the glory of the power that is love,

now and forever.

Amen.

That send me hunting for other versions of the Lord’s prayer on the web intending to upload some of them here.   Not surprisingly the work has already been done for me.  There are many collections of alternative translations of the Lord’s prayer available, many of them well worth reading and meditating on.

Here is one of the best collections I found.

Another of my favourites is by Mark Berry of Way Out West. Mark is a very creative liturgist. Many of his liturgies are available through Proost in the UK.

MARK BERRY – EMERGING CHURCH MOVEMENT

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere! Release a space to plant your Presence here. Imagine your possibilities now. Embody your desire in every light and form. Grow through us this moment’s bread and wisdom. Untie the knots of failure binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others’ faults. Help us not forget our Source, Yet free us from not being in the Present. From you arises every Vision, Power and Song from gathering to gathering. Amen – May our future actions grow from here!

Aboriginal Lord’s Prayer

Here is another beautiful one to add to the collection:

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Jamie Arpin-Ricci July 20, 2010 - 4:17 pm

Great resources! Thanks. Here is a version we (Little Flowers Community) shaped together while studying the Sermon on the Mount:

Lord God in whom we are united as one Body, one family, sister & brother,

May Your name be made holy by Your Word & by our witness as Your people.

May Your Kingdom begin to be established here and now,

May Your will be our first & most immediate priority, just as it is to the angels above.

Provide for us the essentials for life together and obedience to You.

Let the gift of Your undeserved grace for us overflow from us onto those who have wronged us.

Lead us on Your path, away from the empty promises & hidden snares of temptation,

Rescue us from every scheme of sin & darkness which would take us from that path.

For you are King, this is Your Kingdom and we are Your citizens & servants.

All we are, all we have & all we will do is by Your power and for Your glory alone,

In the past, in the present and in the future.

Amen+

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Christine Sine July 20, 2010 - 6:11 pm

Jamie,
I really like this. thanks for sharing

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Jamie Arpin-Ricci July 20, 2010 - 6:20 pm

Thanks Christine. I am currently working on the chapter in my book on the Lord’s Prayer, so this is very timely.

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Christine Sine July 21, 2010 - 3:16 am

Sounds interesting. let me know how it goes

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