THE LORD'S PRAYER FOR SECULAR MEETINGS
OUR FATHER WHO ART IN HEAVEN
We acknowledge that there is a Power and Authority greater than this meeting.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME
May we respect, honor and obey that Power and Authority for the good of all people.
THY KINGDOM COME
May we act to create and preserve our communities, country and world for "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
May those we serve, strive to obey the just laws of our land, and the good, proper and honorable decisions we make here, as common sense, to protect the "inalienable rights" of all people.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD
May our meeting result in honest work and honest remuneration to produce everything we need for the health, support and wants of our bodies, minds and spirits.
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO TRESPASS AGAINST US
May we confess we are not perfect in our decisions, and ask for forgiveness, even as we forgive those who insult and malign us without regard for our humanity.
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION
May we not be tempted to illegal and selfish ambitions and actions that would diminish respect for us, common decency, our laws, our pursuit of happiness, justice and honorable freedom for all people.
BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL
May this gathering result in actions which protect our subjects and our world from harm and danger--from war and pestilence, from terrorism and anarchy, from scarcity and famine, from lovelessness, from lack of charity to our neighbors, from fire, tempest and flood, harmful addictions and from other social, spiritual and environmental calamities which threaten peace, harmony and prosperity for all people.
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM AND THE POWER AND THE GLORY FOREVER
May we trust the Power greater then this gathering to be honored and thanked forever, as willing and able to grant our expressed wishes.
May it be so. (More)
The "Power" is God, Who created heaven and earth, Who redeemed us by the suffering and death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, and Who sanctifies us with His Holy Spirit.
The Lord's Prayer is from Jesus Christ in the King James Version of the Bible, and the quotes are drawn from the American "Declaration of Independence."