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Mogen David ICTHYS Green Crescent
S: Hear, O God's People,
F: In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful,
L: Our Father, who art in Heaven,
S: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone.
F: Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful, Ruler of the day of Judgment.
L: Hallowed be Thy name.
S: You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your resources.
F: Thee do we serve,
L: Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
S: Let these matters that I command you today be upon your heart.
F: Thee do we ask for help
L: Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.
S: Teach these things thoroughly to your children, and speak of them while you walk, when you retire, and when you arise.
F: Guide us into the right path,
L: And lead us not into temptation,
F: Not into the path of those upon whom wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray.
L: But deliver us from evil.
S: Bind these matters as a sign upon your arm, and let them be before your eyes. And write them upon the doorposts of your houses and upon your gates.
L: For Thine is the Kingdom, and the Power, and the Glory, forever and ever.
All: Amen.
As Rodney King asked, "Can't we all just get along?"

The Qur'an says that Allah is the God of the Jewish patriarch Abraham and of Jesus. The New Testament states that the Christian God is also the God of Abraham, and in it St. Paul maintains that he is both a Jew and a Christian (Acts 22). Therefore, I think Jews, Christians and Muslims might pray together as practitioners of the three Abrahamic religions. I offer the following experiment in that direction. I intend no offense. I hope to promote dialogue, not syncretism.

This prayer is for reading aloud by three voices, representing the three faith-communities who claim to be Children of Abraham — Jews, Christians, and Muslims. "S" indicates the the Shema, the prayer of Israel (Deuteronomy 6:4-9), "F" indicates al-Fatihah, the Opening chapter of the Qur'an, and "L" indicates the Lord's Prayer from the Gospel according to Matthew (6:9-13).