It’s safe to say that most Christians have memorized the Lord’s Prayer. But when we do so, we often become attached to the wording of a specific Bible version. As a result, some of us find it distressing when we hear a different reading of the Lord’s Prayer. When planning worship you might have been surprised by the strong response of some when you use an unfamiliar version. “What next?” they say. “Is nothing sacred?”
How long O Lord, how long?
How long will our news be filled with reports of violence?
How long will neighbor turn against neighbor with words, and fists, and guns?
Why are people filled with such fear and anger that they desire to kill?
Sovereign God we cry “Lord have mercy!”
Sing: Kyrie Eleison (such as Lift Up Your Hearts #637 or another appropriate refrain.)
Sovereign God, we pray for comfort and healing.
"Steadfast love and faithfulness will meet; righteousness and peace will kiss each other.” (Psalm 85:10)