Saturday, July 07, 2012

"The Lord's Prayer" workshop texts

Workshop on “The Lord’s Prayer”

History of the Text

NRSV Matthew 6: 9-13…Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.10Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.11Give us this day our daily bread.12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one….Luke 11: 2-4: He said to them, ‘When you pray, say: Father,* hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come.
*3 Give us each day our daily bread. *4 And forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone indebted to us. And do not bring us to the time of trial.’…
KJV of Matthew: After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. (This ending draws from the Didache, or teachings text from the late first century or early second century].

Scholars Version of Matthew’s version: Instead, you should pray like this: Our Father in the heavens, your name be revered. Impose your imperial rule, enact your will on earth as you have in heaven. Provide us with the bread we need for today. Forgive our debts to the extent that we have forgiven those in debt to us. And please don't subject us to test after test, but rescue us from the evil one. [the Our Father is the only part that received a red text decision by the Scholars, meaning it was most likely said by Jesus; in the heavens is black, or Jesus did not say it, it belongs to later tradition; your name be revered; impose your imperial rule is pink, meaning Jesus probably said something like this; enact your will on earth as you have in heaven is gray, meaning Jesus didn’t say it but the ideas are close to his; Provide us with the bread we need for today. Forgive our debts to the extent that we have forgiven those in debt to us, is pink; please don't subject us to test after test is gray. but rescue us from the evil one, is black.  

From Dr. Amy-Jill Levine, a Jewish professor of New Testament at Vanderbilt Divinity School and author:

From Amy-Jill Levine:
Lord's Prayer ... (Matthew 6:9-13) .. In Jewish thought, the designation of the deity as "Father" develops substantially during the Second Temple period, that is after the return from the Babylonian exile in 538 BCE. ... Malachi 2:10 ... This understanding of God as father continues in synagogues today, where Jews speak of and to Av ha-rachamim ("Merciful Father") as well as Avinu malkenu "Our Father, our King") and proclaim, Hu avinu ("He is our Father). pp. 41-43
... the translation "Daddy" is incorrect. The term means "father", and is not an expression associated primarily with little children. ... Even Joachim Jeremias, the scholar who first proposed rthe translation "Daddy" along with its unique attribution to Jesus, retracted his thesis and called it "A piece of inadmissable naivete." p. 43 By speaking of the "Father in heaven," Jesus thus insists that Rome is not
the "true" father. p. 45 "Hallowed be your name," is a component of most Jewish prayers. p. 45
"Your Kingdomn come" correlates in Jewish tradition with the expression olam ha-bah, "the world to come." The "world to come" is the messianic age. a time distinguished from and infinitely better than "this world" (olam ha-zeh). Jesus's plea for a divine kingdom to come has a conspicuous
political edge. The prayer seeks the divine kingdom, not the one of Caesar or his lackeys ... p. 46

Perhaps the best translatiopm, then, would be, "Give us tomorrow's bread today." for that makes the most sense in a first-century Jewish setting. Jewish texts speak of the olam ha-bah, the world to come, as a glorious banquet. Isaiah 25:6 .... In the church, taste of the messianic age is what should be encountered at the Eucharist (Communion), at the "Lord's table." "Give us tomorrow's bread today" therefore means "Bring about your rule, when we can eat at the messianic banquet." p. 48

As for "Forgive us our trespasses," the original was most likely "Forgive us our debts" ... It goes directly to the pocketbook; it says "Don't hold a debt. if someone needs, give." This is a call for economic justice. p. 49 The Greek phrase usually translated "Lead us not into temptation" ios better rendered "Do not bring us to the test." .... thus means "Do not put us in a situation where we might be tempted to deny our faith or morals." ... "Evil" in the line "but rescue us from evil" is more precisely "the evil one" ... on the colloquial level, the couplet may be seen as saying "Look, God, I don't need testing from you, and I certainly don't need being brought to the test by Satan." pp.50-51

The prayer is not "to Jesus"; it says nothing uniquely Christian; and it fits neatly within Jewish piety. p. 51

She says that she doesn’t advocate for its use now in the synagogue because of its tradition within the Christian churches, but both the church and the synagogue should recognize its strong historical Jewish roots.

 Alternative versions of the Lord’s Prayer

Collected from various sources

March 2010

(THE MESSAGE, 2002)

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. You're in charge!

You can do anything you want! You're ablaze in beauty! Yes. Yes. Yes.

FROM 'HUMAN RITES' BY WARD AND WILD.

"Beloved, our Father and Mother, in whom is heaven, hallowed be your name, followed be your royal way, done be your will and rule, throughout the whole creation. 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 trials 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."

NEW ZEALAND PRAYER BOOK

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 echoes through the universe! The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the earth! 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, 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.

MARK BERRY – EMERGING CHURCH MOVEMENT

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere! Release a space to plant your Presence here. Imagine your possibilities now. Embody your desire in every light and form. Grow through us this moment's bread and wisdom. Untie the knots of failure binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others' faults. Help us not forget our Source, Yet free us from not being in the Present. From you arises every Vision, Power and Song from gathering to gathering. Amen - May our future actions grow from here!

PARKER J. PALMER

Heavenly Father, heavenly Mother, Holy and blessed is your true name. We pray for your reign of peace to come, We pray that your good will be done, Let heaven and earth become 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. RETRANSLATION (FROM THE ARAMAIC)

O Breathing Life, your Name shines everywhere! Release a space to plant your Presence here. Imagine your possibilities now. Embody your desire in every light and form. Grow through us this moment's bread and wisdom. Untie the knots of failure binding us, as we release the strands we hold of others' faults. Help us not forget our Source, Yet free us from not being in the Present. From you arises every Vision, Power and Song from gathering to gathering. Amen - May our future actions grow from here!

LORD’S PRAYER IN TIME OF WAR MS. WENDY LYONS

Our Father, who art in heaven, slow to anger, and of great mercy, lover of all peoples of the earth, Hallowed be thy Name. Remind us that "all the nations are as nothing before thee," their governments but a shadow of passing age; Thy kingdom come on earth. Grant to thy children throughout the world, and especially to the leaders of the nations, the gift of prayerful thought and thoughtful prayer; that following the example of our Lord, we may discern what is right, and do it; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Help us to protect and to provide for all who are hungry and homeless, especially those who are deprived of food and shelter, family and friends, by the tragedy of war; Give us this day our daily bread. Forgive us for neglecting to "seek peace and pursue it," and finding ourselves in each new crisis, more ready to make war than to make peace. "We have not loved thee with our whole heart; we have not loved our neighbors as ourselves"; Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. Let us not seek revenge, but reconciliation; Let us not delight in victory, but in justice; Let us not give ourselves up to pride, but to prayer; Lead us not into temptation. Be present to all thy children ravaged by war: Be present to those who are killing and to those who are being killed; Be present to the loved ones of those who are killing and to the loved ones of those who are being killed; Deliver us from evil. Subdue our selfish desires to possess and to dominate, and forbid us arrogance in victory; For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.

KITCHEN MOTHER VERSION

GEORGE ELLA LYON

Our Mother Who Art in the kitchen cooking us up hallowed may we see all that is Your kingdom here

delivered into our hands Your will in children and trees leaping out on earth as if it were Heaven.

Give us this day bread we could feed the world and snatch us bald-headed if we try to swallow it all.

Don't forgive us till we learn it is all for giving. That salve you've got in a pot on the back of the stove

only heals when everybody has some. And heed us not if we believe You look like us and love us best

and gave us the True Truth with a license to kill Others writ inside. Deliver us from this evil. for it is Yours, this kitchen we call Universe where you stir up our favorite treat, the Milky Way, folding deep into sweet our little sphere with its powerful glory of rainforests and oceans and mountains in feather-boa mist forever if we don't blow it up and ever if we don't tear it down Amen (Ah women Ah children Ah reckon She's about fed up. We better make room at the table for everybody before She yells - OUT!

and turns our table over, before She calls it off this banquet we've been hoarding this paradise we aim to save with bombs.)

EARTH DANCE based on the Lord's Prayer published in Minnesota Women's Press, December 1999 Author thought to be Karen Loveland, as member of Unity Church, Santa Rosa, CA Passed on in 2000 by Nancy Carroll

Our mother, which art the earth, Nurturing are thy ways. Thy web of life be woven Thy way be found within, As it is all around. Thank you this day for our daily bread and sweat and forgive us our misuse of you, as we forgive others their misuse of us. And lead us not into exploitation, But deliver us From lording it over you, And over each other, And over all our other fellow creatures. For thine are the waters of life, The hills, valleys and plains of home, The breeding, seeding, feeding ground, For now, and for as close to forever As we will ever come. Ah, woman! Our Father, Mother, who are in the world and surpass the world, Blessed be your presence, in us, in animals and flowers, in still air and wind. May justice and peace dwell among us, as you come to us. Your will be our will; You will that we be sisters and brothers, as bread is bread, water is itself, For our hunger, for quenching of thirst. Forgive us. We walk crookedly in the world, are perverse, and fail of our promise. But we would be human, if only you consent to stir up our hearts. Amen. circulated from the BC IREPM advent prayer list, 12/21/07

The Lord’s Prayer

(from Dominican Sisters Retreat, March 1993, Great Bend, Kansas)

Prayed with alternating sides...

Side 1: then Side 2:

1: Our Father

2: Our Mother

Who art in heaven

Who are in all the earth

Hallowed be they name

Holy is your truth

Thy kingdom come

May your wisdom come

Thy will be done, on earth

Your circle be one uniting

as it is in heaven

 heaven and earth

Give us this day our daily bread

Give us today a nurturing spirit

And forgive us our trespasses

Heal through us as we

as we forgive those who trespass

ourselves are healed

against us

Lead us not into temptation

Lead us into Fullness of life

But deliver us from evil

And liberate all that is good

For thine is the Kingdom,

For the Wisdom,

 the power and the glory

Presence and the Goodness are Yours

All: Now and forever

Amen.

From John Dominic Crossan: The Greatest Prayer, Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer:

 Our Father is God as House-Holder of the World, making sure that all households have enough;  We are images of the divine householder, collaborators for justice: “ It comes from the heart of Judaism through the mouth of Christianity to the conscience of the earth. It is a revolutionary manifesto and a hymn of hope. In that Abba Prayer the hallowing of God’s name means the coming of God’s kingdom so that God’s eternal will is accomplished “as in heaven so also in earth”. Think again of a two sided coin: one side of the coin proclaims the divine name, divine kingdom, and divine will; the other side announces enough human food for today; no human debt for tomorrow; and the absence of human violence always.  

Susan Warner song, Our Father, the new revised edition:

Thy kingdom come to every nation
Thy will be done in everything we do
Lord, lead us not into temptation
And deliver us
from those who think they're You

Lord send us forth to be of service
To build the schools and dig the wells
And deliver us from the creepy preachers
With their narrow minds and very wide lapels

Lord give us strength to bring compassion
to every corner of the world
And please allow for women in the Catholic priesthood
And remind the pope that he coulda been a girl

Lord deliver us from politicians
Who drop Your name in every speech
As if they're Your best friend from high school
As if they practice what they preach

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