Alternate Liturgies

A New Creed by Dorothee Soelle

I Love this creed. It seems to capture the essence of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

Alternative Lord’s Prayer

This is one of several alternate Lord’s Prayer translated from the original Aramaic by Neil Douglas-Klotz and included in his work, ‘Prayers of the Cosmos.’

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A New Creed for followers of Jesus

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by Dorothee Soelle

I believe in God

who did not create an immutable world

a thing incapable of change

who does not govern according to eternal laws

that remain inviolate

or according to a natural order

of rich and poor

of the expert and the ignorant

of rulers and subjects

I believe in God

who willed conflict in life

and wanted us to change the status quo

through our work

through our politics.

I believe in Jesus Christ

who was right when he

like each of us

Just another individual who couldn't beat city hall

worked to change the status quo

and was destroyed

looking at him I see

how our intelligence is crippled

our imagination stifled

our efforts wasted

because we do not live as he did

every day I am afraid

that he died in vain

because he is buried in our churches

because we have betrayed his revolution 

in our obedience to authority

and our fear of it

I believe in Jesus Christ

who rises again and again in our lives

so that we shall be free

from prejudice and arrogance

from fear and hate

and carry on his revolution

and make way for his kingdom

I believe in the Spirit

that Jesus brought into the world

in the brotherhood of all nations

I believe it is up to us what our earth becomes

a valley of tears starvation and tyranny

or a city of God

I believe in a just peace

that can be achieved in the possibility of a meaningful life

for all people

I believe this world of God's

has a future

Amen” ~ Dorothee Soelle

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An alternate Lord’s Prayer

Love this!

O Thou! The Breathing Life of all, Creator of the Shimmering Sound that touches us.

Help us breath on holy breath feeling only you—this creates a shrine inside, in wholeness.

Let your counsel rule our lives, clearing our intention for co-creation.

Let all wills move together in your vortex, as stars and planets swirl through the sky.

Give us the food we need to grow through each new day, through each illumination of life’s needs.

Forgive our hidden past, the secret shames, and we constantly forgive what others hide.

Don’t let us enter forgetfulness, the temptation of false appearances.

To you belongs each fertile function: ideals, energy, glorious harmony—during every cosmic cycle.

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You can see why I selected this prayer as it exemplifies the prayer to the Cosmic Christ! There are severl more and various translations of the beatitudes included in Neil Douglas-Klotz’ ‘Prayers of the Cosmos’, published by HarperOne, 1990.