Saturday, 13 August 2022

Worship Resources

Lord's Prayer

(other sources are Words for Worship and Seasons of the Spirit in folders in the church library)

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On occasions, the Lord’s Prayer may be used in communion, to conclude prayers of intercession etc. Other versions of the Lord’s Prayer may be considered for use, including from other cultures. As well, it may be said in language by the groups represented in the congregation.

Contemporary English version
Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your Kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread.
Forgive us our sins,
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
For the kingdom,
the power and the glory are yours.
Now and for ever.


Central American Lord's Prayer
Our Father, who is in us here on earth,
holy is your name in the hungry who share their bread and their song.
Your kingdom come,
a generous land where confidence and truth reign.
Let us do your will
being a cool breeze for those who sweat.
You are giving us our daily bread
when we manage to get back our lands and to get a fairer wage.
Forgive us for keeping silent in the face of injustice
and for burying our dreams.
Don't let us fall into the temptation
of taking up the same arms as our enemy,
but deliver us from evil which disunites us.
And we shall have believed in humanity and in life
and we shall have known your kingdom
which is being built for ever and ever.

(Central American Lord's Prayer, shortened)
Source: Dare to Dream: A Prayer & Worship Anthology from around the world, p.56

The Lord's Prayer (New Zealand)
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 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 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.

Source: A New Zealand Prayer Book (Harper Collins, 1997), 181.

The Abba Prayer
Gracious Spirit,
Who loves us like a mother,
Whose realm is blooming among us now.
And within.

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.
Amen. (Bret Hesla/wsj)


The Lord's Prayer (The Message)
Our Father in heaven,
Reveal who you are.
Set the world right;
Do what's best-- as above, so below.
Keep us alive with three square meals.
Keep us forgiven with you and forgiving others.
Keep us safe from ourselves and what is evil.
You're in charge!
You can do anything you want!
You're ablaze in beauty!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

Source: The Message by Eugene H. Peterson (paraphrase of Matthew 6:9-13)

The Lord's Prayer - an adaptation

Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept
        in reverence, honour and awe.
Let Your Reign come and Your will be done,
        on earth as in heaven for all.

Feed us today with the food we need;
        nourish, refresh us, we pray.
Forgive us our wrongdoings as we forgive
        those who have wronged us along the way.

And as we go through hard-testing times
        deliver us from Evil's way.
For the Reign, the Power and Glory are Yours
        today and forever always. AMEN.

(Translated by Rev. John Maynard, April 2011.)

Sung versions of the Lord's Prayer

1. Aboriginal Lord's Prayer (All Together for Good 574)

Words: Warmun Community, Music: Tiwi community Broome
© 1996 Tiwi Community WA, Broome Catholic Diocese

    You are our Father, You live in Heaven
    We talk to You, Father, You are good. (repeat)

    We believe Your Word, Father, we Your children.
    Give us bread today. (repeat)

    We have done wrong, we are sorry.
    Help us Father, not to sin again. (repeat)

    Others have done wrong, to us
    And we are sorry for them, Father today. (repeat)

    Stop us from doing wrong, Father,
    Save us all from the evil one. (repeat)

    You are our Father, You live in Heaven.
    We talk to You, Father, You are good. (repeat)

2. Our Father, God in heaven above (TiS 550)

3. The Lord's Prayer (All Together Now 74)

4. Our Father (All Together Everybody 283)