your names are holy but your most holy name
is unknown, silent, shrouded in glory.
Let heaven and earth be one.
Let this be the realm of truth and loving kindness right here right now.
Give us bread, give us wisdom, give us breath.
Breathe into us the good wise breath of the earth.
May it work within us, inspiring us to give in return;
so many are hungry.
May we forgive and heal and give the world our blessing
and so be blessed ourselves, and be healed and forgiven
in a circle of blessing.
Liberate the goodness within us,
make us whole, heal us in the present and help us
to turn from inflicting our pain on others.
When we are tested
empower us to act with dignity and compassion
and to extend that honour to all others.
We can only do this when we know
that we are all the sons and daughters of God.
So remind us that the glory is within us and around us
and yet we are not in charge.
So our mother perhaps, our father maybe,
but surely more familiar and stranger than we can know,
Nameless One, for grace and renewal we give thanks.
I wrote this prayer for our service on Easter Sunday. It draws on ideas in Pray-ers of the Cosmos, Meditations on the Aramaic Words of Jesus by Neil Douglas-Klotz, and on a collection of alternative forms of the Lord’s Prayer at www.orucc.org.