Re-thinking the old words to bring new meaning
Tim Lenton, 27th Jun 2016 3 comments
A church in Norfolk has re-written some of it’s services to express a more reflective approach to spirituality appropriate for the 21st century: Tim Lenton shares his re-drafting of the Lord’s Prayer, taken from an ancient source, but movingly modern.
During a kind of retreat on Lindisfarne a few years ago, I came across a book by Neil Douglas-Klotz called Prayers of the Cosmos, which consists largely of extensive meditation on the Lord’s Prayer, using the original Aramaic of Jesus. I found the ideas in it so inspiring that I wrote a new version of the Lord’s Prayer based on it. Although the actual form of words here is mine, it depends very heavily on the ideas and words of Mr Douglas-Klotz, without whom it would not exist.
The Father’s song
Our Father, who is throughout the universe,
let your name be set apart and holy.
Through your kingdom and counsel,
let your desire and delight be,
as in the universe, also upon the earth.
Give us this day bread for our necessities
and food for our understanding,
and free us from our offences,
as we have freed our offenders.
And do not let us enter our temptation,
or make do with wordliness,
but set us free from error and immaturity.
For the kingdom,
and the song belong to you
from ages to ages,
Sealed in faithfulness.
Tim Lenton is a journalist and poet based in Norfolk. You can follow him on http://www.back2sq1.co.uk/