Holy One, restore us.
Forgive us our iniquity, for all the ways we damage the earth, our fellow creatures and ourselves; show us we are all one.
Turn to us in Your compassion and revive us, that we may rejoice.
Show us your steadfast love and grant us peace.
Promise well-being to those who revere
Our Father and Mother
Who are throughout the whole cosmos
Holy are Your Names
Your realm of justice come
Through the actions of our hands
And the desires of our hearts
Give us what will nourish us today
And forgive us when we miss the mark
As we forgive those who cross our boundaries
The classic hymn ‘Rock of Ages’ draws heavily on Calvinist ideas about the atonement, the cross and original sin, all areas where Unitarians have differed from Calvinism. Here, its words are adapted to a more Unitarian perspective by Francis Elliot -Wright.
Love of Ages, meant for me,
Let me find myself in Thee;
Spirit of Life and Love, here and everywhere,
May we be aware of your presence in our lives. May our world be blessed. May our daily needs be met, And may our shortcomings be forgiven, As we forgive those of others.
Give us the strength to resist wrong-doing, The inspiration and guidance to do right,
Dear Poet of Life,
We offer up this simple haiku
as a prayer for difficult days,
when mistakes big and small get the better of us
and we regret our naughty ways,
when we struggle to find peace
and shake our heads at thoughts gone astray.
A candle burns bright
welcoming each one alike,