An Extended Lord’s Prayer

Dear God, our Creator,
beloved companion and guide upon the way,
eternal Spirit within us and beyond us.

Let us honour your name
in lives of costly, giving love.

Let us show that we and all whom we meet
deserve dignity and respect,
for they are your dwelling place and your home.

Let us share in action
your deep desire for justice and peace
among the peoples of the world.

Let us share our bread with one another,
the bread that you have shared with us.

Let us in the spirit of your forgiving us,
make friends with those we have harmed and failed to love.

Let us overcome our trials and temptations,
our suffering and dying,
in the strength and courage with which you overcame them too.

Let us in your love free the world from evil,
transforming darkness into light.

For the whole universe is yours,
and you invite us to be partners in the work of your creating.


 By Jim Cotter

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