Here is a new rendering of the Lord's Prayer, written by Lenora Rand.  You might want to introduce it to your group saying something like:  "Let us pray together the prayer of our Lord. We will be using a new paraphrase. Perhaps we can pray it with a new understanding and renewed commitment."






One:  God of Love...

All:  Who we experience as mother, father, friend, our deepest longing, our best thought, our greatest hope.

Your love covers the entire earth.  

Holding us all in your embrace,

You hold everything together.

We want to know what your vision for the world is  - help us.

We want to live in that vision – guide us.

Everything we eat and drink,

Everything that gives us life and joy, it all comes from you

We thank you for your mercy.

You hold nothing back.

Help us be that open and generous

with others and with ourselves.

You forgive us constantly.

Help us forgive each other.

Deep in our hearts we believe that this is your world and that you love us all.

Help us stand with you and with each other in that powerful love.

And together we will sing

of your mercy and grace and power.

Forever and ever.