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Our Father in Heaven

Full Text

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come, your will be done
on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread,
and forgive us our sins
as we forgive those who sin against us.
Save us from the time of trial
and deliver us from evil,
for the kingdom, the power,
and the glory are yours now and forever.
Amen.
Forever. Amen.

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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 taught to think of the Lord’s Prayer as the model for prayer. Belgic Confession, Article 26 teaches us that “we call on the heavenly Father through Christ, our only Mediator, as we are taught by the Lords’ Prayer...” Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 45, Question and Answer 118 teaches that we should pray for “everything we need, spiritually and physically, as embraced in the prayer Christ our Lord himself taught us” and then spends seven Lord’s Days expounding on the petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. 

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Our Father in Heaven

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Acclamation and Petition
 
Blessed are you, God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
You reign.
Let your reign be accepted.
You give and forgive.
Let your mercy be praised.
You save.
Let your salvation be acclaimed.
For yours is the power and the glory in Jesus’ name. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.
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Our Father in Heaven

Tune Information

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Our Father in Heaven

Hymn Story/Background

When I was serving at Trinity Theological College, Singapore, Myrna Chan (spouse of Dr Simon Chan who wrote Grassroots Asian Theology, IVP Academic Books, 2014) requested a simple Lord's Prayer to bring with her on her mission work in Northeast India (Nagaland) as she wanted to introduce an alternative version to the Albert Marlotte's "Lord's Prayer." Interestingly, the Marlotte's version continues to dominate the Asian landscape.
 
After some thought, I crafted a limited tessitura tune for the Lord's Prayer. In particular, I had a descending melodic line when the text talked about power and glory to signify the different concept of power and glory in God's realm via the incarnation. I also wrote about this approach in an article, "Thine be the Kingdom" that Kimberly Long as editor included in the journal, Call to Worship: Liturgy, Music, Preaching and the Arts. Vol. 40.3 (Louisville: Office of Theology and Worship, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), 2007), 33-35.
 
Since 2007, this liturgical work has been part of the service music repertoire at Trinity Theological College. In 2012, I crafted a TTBB version for Randall Bradley (Baylor University, Texas) to use for his men's choir in Spring 2013. My original version made use of traditional words of the Lord's Prayer (Our Father who art in heaven ...). Subsequently when the song made its way to Martin Tel who was with Joyce Borger in editing Psalms For All Seasons, (page 1038), the text was updated.
— Swee Hong Lim

Composer Information

Swee Hong Lim (b. 1963) is the Deer Park Assistant Professor of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College of Victoria University in the University of Toronto, Canada, and directs the Master of Sacred Music program. Prior to this, he taught at Baylor University, Waco, TX and Trinity Theological College in Singapore. He earned degrees from Asian Institute for Liturgy and Music, Manila; Southern Methodist University, Texas; and Drew University, New Jersey. He has contributed essays to Oxford Handbook on Christianity in Asia (Oxford, 2013), Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology (Canterbury, 2013), and New Songs of Celebration Render (GIA Publications, Inc., 2013). His hymn tunes are found in many North American hymnals.
— Swee Hong Lim
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