Dewey D. Westra (b. Holland, MI, 1899; d. Wyoming, MI, 1979) was a dedicated educator, writer, and musician who faithfully served the Christian Reformed Church. He attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Wayne State University in Detroit. In the 1920s and 30s he was a Christian school Principal in Byron Center and Detroit, Michigan. During the 1940s he was involved in various ventures, including becoming a diesel instructor for the Ford Motor Company. After 1947 he became a principal again, serving at Christian schools in Sioux Center, Iowa; Randolph, Wisconsin; and Walker, Michigan. Westra wrote poetry in English, Dutch, and Frisian, and translated poetry into English from Dutch and Frisian. He arranged many songs and composed… Go to person page >
Author: Marie J. Post
Marie (Tuinstra) Post (b. Jenison, MI, 1919; d. Grand Rapids, MI, 1990) While attending Dutch church services as a child, Post was first introduced to the Genevan psalms, which influenced her later writings. She attended Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, where she studied with Henry Zylstra. From 1940 to 1942 she taught at the Muskegon Christian Junior High School. For over thirty years Post wrote poetry for the Grand Rapids Press and various church periodicals. She gave many readings of her poetry in churches and schools and has been published in a number of journals and poetry anthologies. Two important collections of her poems are I Never Visited an Artist Before (1977) and the posthumous Sandals, Sails, and Saints (1993). A member… Go to person page >
This third setting of the Lord's Prayer is an extended prayer based on the Heidelberg Catechism's teaching on the meaning of the prayer (see pp. 918-925 in the worship edition of the Psalter Hymnal). The other settings are a prose chant version (207) and a two-stanza metrical version also set to VATER UNSER (208). For general comments about the Lord's Prayer see PHH 207 and 208.
Psalter Hymnal Revision Committee member Marie J. Post (PHH 5) prepared this eight-stanza metrical version in 1984, following an earlier paraphrase written in 1931 by Dewey Westra (PHH 98) for the 1934 Psalter Hymnal. Post found "rich and profound meaning" in the catechism's teaching. The relationship of this text to the Heidelberg Catechism is as follows:
stanza 1: Lord's Day 46, Q&A 120-121
stanza 2: Lord's Day 47, Q&A 122
stanza 3: Lord's Day 48, Q&A 123
stanza 4: Lord's Day 49, Q&A 124
stanza 5: Lord's Day 50, Q&A 125
stanza 6: Lord's Day 51, Q&A 126
stanza 7: Lord's Day 52, Q&A 127
stanza 8: Lord's Day 52, Q&A 128-129
Ordinarily used with selected stanzas in services that focus on the Lord's Prayer segment of the Heidelberg Catechism.
Martin Luther's versification of the Lord's Prayer was set to this tune in Valentin Schumann's hymnal, Geistliche Lieder (1539); the tune, whose composer remains unknown, had some earlier use. The tune name derives from Luther's German incipit: “Vater unser im Himmelreich….” Because VATER UNSE…
Display Title: Our Father, Clothed with MajestyFirst Line: Our Father, clothed with majestyTune Title: VATER UNSERAuthor: Marie J. PostMeter: 88 88 88Scripture: Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4; Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4Date: 1987Subject: Doxologies | ; Biblical Names & Places | Satan; Temptation & Trial | ; Will of God | ; Walk with God | ; Confession of Sin | ; Forgiveness | ; Kingdom |Source: Heidelberg Catechism's section on the Lord's Prayer, and based on Dewey Westra's 1931 versification