The Lord's Prayer

Our Father in Heaven (Rimsky-Korsakov) (pg. 1034)

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1092 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • For more information about this song, refer to the Leader’s Edition of Sing! A New Creation.

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: Matthew 6:9-13; tr. © 1988 English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC)
  • Music: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844-1908); arr. George A. Black (b. 1931) © George A. Black
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The Lord’s Prayer (Swee Hong Lim) (p. 1038)

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Copyright Information:

  • Words: traditional, from Praying Together © 1988 English Language Liturgical Consultation (ELLC)
  • Music: Swee Hong Lim © 2010 Swee Hong Lim, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources
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Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth (pg. 1044)

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1092 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.
  • The following article is from the Psalter Hymnal Handbook.

Text Information:

Scripture References:
st. 1 = Matt. 6:9-11
st. 2 = Matt. 6:12-13

The second of three settings based on the Lord's Prayer (see 207 and 562), "Our Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth" is a concise and yet rhymed metrical two-stanza versification of Matthew 6:9¬-13. Henry J. de Jong (b. Sarnia, ON, Canada, 1956) prepared the versification in 1982; it was first sung at First Christian Reformed Church, Toronto, Ontario. De Jong studied harpsichord and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto; church music at the Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam; and aesthetics at the Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He worked in layout and design at the Knight Publishing Company in St. Catharines, Ontario. Since 1985 he has been a partner in a computer services company.

Liturgical Use:
Traditional as a corporate conclusion to spoken prayers; as part of special liturgies or services. De Jong suggests also singing this setting in homes as a table grace.

Tune Information:

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 UNSER found later use in British and Scottish psalters as a setting for Psalm 112, it acquired the alternate title OLD 112TH in some hymnals.

Johann S. Bach used this tune in his St. John Passion (1724)–from which the Psalter Hymnal gets its harmonization–and in Cantatas 90,101, and 102, among others. Bach also wrote organ preludes on the melody. Felix Mendelssohn arranged a famous organ treatment on this tune in his Sixth Organ Sonata. One of the classic chorales, VATER UNSER features phrases grouped into three long lines. Use solid organ tone and sing in harmony if resources permit.

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  • The following are alternative accompaniments for this tune, VATER UNSER

Alternative Harmonization for Organ and Descant Resources:

  • Cassler, G. Winston. Organ Descants for Selected Hymns. Augsburg 11-9304 [1972]

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Matthew 6:9-13; vers. Henry J. deJong, 1982, © 1987 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music (VATER UNSER 8.8.8.8.8.8): V. Schumann’s Geistliche Lieder, 1539; harm. Johann S. Bach (1685-1750), in the St. John Passion, 1723, P.D.
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    • Words: permitted with a license from OneLicense.net or a CCLI License.
    • Music: The Music is Public Domain; you do not need permission to reprint it.

Abana in Heaven (pg. 1049)

Performance Notes:

  • For performance notes on this song, see page 1092 of Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship.

Other Resources:

  • Visit hymnary.org for more information on this song and additional resources.

Copyright Information:

  • Words: Laila Constantine, Lebanon © 2002 Songs of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt, Council of Pastoral Work and Evangelism, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources; tr. and adapt. Anne Emile Zaki, Emily R. Brink (b. 1940), and Greg Scheer © 2008 Faith Alive Christian Resources
  • Music: Laila Constantine, Lebanon © 2002 Songs of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt, Council of Pastoral Work and Evangelism, admin. Faith Alive Christian Resources; arr. Greg Scheer © 2008 Greg Scheer
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