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Our Father in Heaven

Full Text

Our Father in heaven,
hallowed by your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done, on earth as in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
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.

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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. 


Our Father in Heaven

Additional Prayers

A Prayer of Intercession
Loving God, we pray today for the lost.
Your kingdom come.
Remember the despised and trampled.
Your kingdom come.
Bend your ear toward all who cry to you.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth as in heaven. Amen.
— Cornelius Plantinga, Jr.

Our Father in Heaven

Tune Information

F Major

Our Father in Heaven

Hymn Story/Background

The Lord’s Prayer, recorded in Matthew 6:9-13 and Luke 11:2-4, is the prayer taught by Christ himself as a model for our prayers. It lies at the heart of Christian piety and has a rich tradition in Christian liturgy. Later manuscripts added the doxological ending (“for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen”), reflecting a Jewish practice. This version of the text is that authorized by the English Language Liturgical Consultation in 1989.
The setting of this melody was composed by Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov, a Russian composer famous for his colorful orchestrations of symphonic music. The adaptation to fit this text was prepared by Canadian Anglican musician George Black. 
— Laura de Jong

Composer Information

Nicholas Rimsky-Korsakov (b. Tikhvin, Russia, 1844; d. 1908) was born in the village of Tikhvin, just east of St. Petersburg, Russia. Though he showed a talent for music at a young age, he pursued an education in mathematics and later joined the Imperial Russian Navy. In 1861 he met Mily Balakirev, who encouraged him to develop his musical skills. In 1871 Rimsky-Korsakov took a position as professor of composition and orchestration at the St. Petersburg Conservatory. In 1872 he married pianist and composer Nadezhda Nikolayevna Purgold. Some of his most celebrated music include Flight of the Bumblebee from Tsar Saltan and Schererazade. 
— Laura de Jong

George Black (b. 1931; d. 2003) was a member of the Church of the Redeemer in Toronto, Canada. He was a professor of French literature, as well as a liturgist, hymnist, and church musician and composer. He mentored clergy, lay readers and musicians, along with composing many works for the church. 
— Laura de Jong

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