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629

Ishworo (Father in Heaven, Have Mercy)

Full Text

Bengali:
Ishworo, Ishworo daya koro;
Ishworo, Ishworo daya koro.
Ishworo, Ishworo daya koro;
Ishworo, Ishworo daya koro.
Ishworo, Ishworo daya koro;
Ishworo, Ishworo daya koro.

English:
Father in heaven, have mercy upon us;
Father in heaven, have mercy upon us.
Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us;
Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us.
Father in heaven, have mercy upon us;
Father in heaven, have mercy upon us.

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Scripture References

Confessions and Statements of Faith References

Further Reflections on Confessions and Statements of Faith References

God’s children are not called to come before God’s throne with a list of accomplishments, or merits or goodness; they are called, says Our World Belongs to God, paragraph 26, to come with the humility that “…offers nothing but our need for mercy.” Such a cry for mercy comes from our “dying-away of the old self” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 88) which expresses that we are “genuinely sorry for our sin and more and more…hate and run away from it” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 33, Question and Answer 89).

 
The gifts of renewal and pardon come only “through true faith” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question and Answer 20) and are “gifts of sheer grace, granted solely by Christ’s merits” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 7, Question and Answer 21). The very act of faith is to plead for his mercy.

629

Ishworo (Father in Heaven, Have Mercy)

Additional Prayers

A Prayer for Mercy
Gracious God, you who do not treat us as our sins deserve, but crown us with love and compassion, have mercy on us according to your unfailing goodness. Heal our diseases, ease our miseries; lift our sadness, all according to your unfailing love, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
629

Ishworo (Father in Heaven, Have Mercy)

Tune Information

Name
ISHWORO
Key
e minor

Musical Suggestion

This short song of confession is an excellent teaching tool to help congregations “get off the page” and learn to follow a leader by rote. It is most effectively and authentically sung in unison a cappella.
— Global Songs for Worship
629

Ishworo (Father in Heaven, Have Mercy)

Hymn Story/Background

This song from India is a based on the ancient three-part Kyrie pattern (God, have mercy, Christ, have mercy, God have mercy). It was published with this arrangement by Geoff Weaver in World Praise, which he co-edited with David Peacock. World Praise is a collection of 218 worship songs from around the world prepared with Jubilate Hymns and the Worship Commission of the Baptist World Alliance. 
— Emily Brink

Composer Information

Geoff Weaver (b. 1943) is an internationally known church musician, having worked for the Church Mission Society in Hong Kong and in Selly Oak, Birmingham, from where he undertook teaching assignments in the Philippines and Nigeria, and published two volumes of World Praise.
 
He was Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, and from 1994-2002 was Director of Studies and of Outreach at the RSCM. In 1998 he directed the music at the Lambeth Conference inCanterbury, in 1999 was in charge of the music for the CMS bicentenary, and in 2000 directed a choir of 200 schoolchildren at the National Millennium Service at St Paul's Cathedral.
 
He has a passion for teaching, and has taught in theological colleges and ministerial training schemes, as well as diocesan training programmes. Overseas teaching and conducting assignments have recently taken him to Canada, USA, Australia, Cyprus and Switzerland.
— Geoff Weaver Music (http://www.geoffweavermusic.com/)
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