This summer at St. Timothy’s we are using alternative versions of the Lord’s Prayer in the Eucharist. There is nothing wrong with the “old version”. We all know it. We recite it by rote. That’s the issue, so hearing an alternative version helps us reflect on the meaning of the words and see the lesson more clearly.
This week the alternative version used was written by author and speaker Parker J Palmer:
Heavenly Father, heavenly mother,
holy and blessed is your name.
We pray for your reign of peace to come,
we pray that your good will be done,
let heaven and earth be come 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.