For Praying Out Loud Interfaith Prayers for Public Occasions
By Annie Foerster
A collection of prayers and advice on writing prayers that welcome whole communities and create a holy space for public events.
We speak to the god, the goddess, the spirit of life, the eternal.
We speak to the mysterious thread that connects us one to the other and to the universe.
We speak to the deep wisdom at the center of our beings.
We embody the yearning of all people
to touch each other more deeply,
to hear each other more keenly,
to see each other’s joys and sorrows as our own
and know that we are not alone,
unless we create solitude for ourselves;
and even then, community awaits us.
Out of our yearning we have come
to this religious community.
May we help each other to proclaim the possibilities we see,
to create the community we desire,
to worship what is worthy in our lives,
to teach the truth as we know it,
and to serve with justice in all the ways that we can,
to the end that our yearning is assuaged
and our lives fulfilled in one another.
Let us go, now, into the silence of the faith that is
unique to each of us, and still the same.
Let us be silent together for a moment.
May peace be yours.