Season of Creation Sunday
Versions of the Lord’s Prayer
A translation directly from the Aramaic
O Birther! Father-Mother of the Cosmos.
Focus your light within us-make it useful:
Create your reign of unity now.
Your one desire then acts with ours,
As in all light, so in all forms.
Grant us what we need each day in bread and insight:
Loose the cords of mistakes binding us,
As we release the strands we hold of other’s guilt.
Don’t let surface things delude us,
But free us from what holds us back.
From you is born all ruling will,
The power and the life to do,
The song that beautifies all,
From age to age it renews.
I affirm this with my whole being.
Truly power to these statements –
May they be the ground from which all my actions grow. Amen.
A version from writer Parker Palmer
Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother,
Holy and blessed is your true name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
We pray that your good will be done,
Let heaven and earth become one.
Give us this day the bread we need,
Give it to those who have none.
Let forgiveness flow like a river between us,
From each one to each one.
Lead us to holy innocence
Beyond the evil of our days —
Come swiftly Mother, Father, come.
For yours is the power and the glory
and the mercy:
Forever your name is All in One. Amen.
A Version from Hawaiian poet and artist, Kaleo Ching
Abba Imma in heaven, holy be your name.
Your reign come, your yearning be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day the bread we need.
Forgive our debts as we forgive our debtors.
Guide us through life’s trials.
Shelter us all from evil.
In your Grace, your wisdom and your love. Amen.
Translated by Mark Berry,
a young pastor of a church in the UK
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.
Translated by Mark Hathaway at Raydiantlife.com
O Source of the Radiance,
dancing in and about all that is,
free us from all constrictions,
so that the current of your life
may move in us without hindrance.
Fill us with thy creativity
so that we may be empowered
to bear the fruit of your vision.
Moving to the heartbeat of your purpose,
make us the embodiment of your compassion.
Empty us of frustrated hopes and desires,
as we restore others to a renewal of vision.
Do not let us be seduced by that which
would divert us from our true purpose,
but illuminate the possibilities of the present moment. For you are the ground of the fruitful vision, the birthing-power and the fulfillment,
as all is gathered and made whole, once again. Amen.
Translated by Maori and Polynesian people
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,
In times of temptation and test, strengthen us.
From trial too great to endure, 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.
Translated by Dominican nuns in Kansas
Side 1: Our Father
Side 2: Our Mother
1: Who art in heaven
2: Who are in all the earth
1: Hallowed be thy name
2: Holy is your truth
1: Thy kingdom come
2: May your wisdom come
1: Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven
2: Your circle be one uniting heaven and earth
1: Give us this day our daily bread
2: Give us today a nurturing spirit
1: And forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us
2: Heal through us as we ourselves are healed
1: Lead us not into temptation
2: Lead us into Fullness of life
1: But deliver us from evil
2: And liberate all that is good
1: For thine is the Kingdom,
the power and the glory
2: For the Wisdom, Presence and the Goodness are Yours
All: Now and forever Amen.