Song dedicated to Charles Deogratias
Our Father, mighty God, king of heaven and glory
My father, awesome God, sitting right here beside me.
You rule over all the world with justice, love and forgiveness.
May we all sing of your greatness and speak your name with wonder.
Lord I pray for your great kingdom here on earth as in heaven.
Help me, Lord, not to question your plan and purposes for me.
Lord send me, from your bounty, food for me and my family.
Not all we wish but what we need and keep our eye from tomorrow.
Please forgive that I have sinned and hurt the people around me,
When through your help I forgive the ones who’ve hurt me and love them.
For tomorrow, please protect me, from giving in to temptation.
Shield me from the evil one who works to separate me from you.
For your kingdom and your power and glory are forever,
Not just my life, nor the past, bur for time beyond all, Amen.
I wrote this version of The Lord’s Prayer in 2004 after an inspiring series of sermons on the prayer by my good friend The Rev. Charles Deogratias who is a chaplain with the Canadian Forces ordained by the Presbyterian Church in Canada.