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Thanksgiving for New Zealand   11 comments

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From A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989), of The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia:

Blessed are you, God of the Universe.

You have created us, and given us life.

Blessed are you, God of the planet earth.

You have set our world like a radiant jewel in the heavens,

and filled it with action, beauty, suffering, struggle and hope.

Blessed are you, God of Aotearoa New Zealand

in all the peoples who live here,

in all the lessons we have learned,

in all that remains for us to do.

Blessed are you because you need us;

because you make us worthwhile,

and work to do

for your universe, for our world and for ourselves.


The Lord’s Prayer: A New Zealand Paraphrase   2 comments

The Lord’ Prayer in Greek

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From A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989), page 181

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 echo through the universe!

The way of your justice be followed by the peoples of the world!

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, 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 power of the glory that is love, now and for ever.  Amen.

Lord, It is Night   1 comment

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I adore this prayer and use it regularly.  In fact, I have written it inside my two favorite copies of the Episcopal Book of Common Prayer.  Now I share the prayer online with you, O reader.

Kenneth Randolph Taylor


Lord, it is night.

The night is for stillness.

Let us be still in the presence of God.

It is night after a long day.

What has been done has been done.

What has not been done has not been done.

Let it be.

The night is dark.

Let our fears of the darkness of the world and of our own lives rest in you.

The night is quiet.

Let the quietness of your peace enfold us, all dear to us, and all who have no peace.

The night heralds the dawn.

Let us look expectantly to a new day, new joys, new possiblities.

In your name we pray.  Amen.

From A New Zealand Prayer Book (1989), of the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia–page 184