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The Lord's Prayer

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  Today I want to offer the melody and musical setting of the Lord’s Prayer we are most familiar with at our church using violin and piano.  Click above to listen and feel free to sing along!  As the melody of your voice reverberates around you and within you, I wonder:   What did you feel singing the Lord's Prayer?   How is would you describe what happens in your heart, soul, body, and mind?   How is singing the Lord's Prayer different than speaking?   You may want to say the Lord's Prayer paying attention to what is stirring in your soul.   Pause.   Then, sing the Lord's Prayer again noticing and naming what is happening.   Compare the two experiences.  Not to decide which is better, but to be thankful for the variety of ways the words of this prayer can fall from your lips.   As always, feel free to post your thoughts in the comment section.  May God's blessing stir and surround you as we explore the variety of musical ways to pray this prayer.  

The Lord's Prayer

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  Today, I want to share one of my favorite versions of the Lord’s Prayer in Swahili.   I especially love this video.    This version brings a smile to my face.   I am curious to know what you experience, what stirs in your heart as you listen and watch and encounter this video?   Please post your thoughts in the comment section so that we might continue our conversation on the Lord’s Prayer today. Enjoy!!

The Lord's Prayer

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  Today, we will tune our ears and hearts to another early version of the Lord’s Prayer by Robert Stone.   Click above to listen. Robert Stone wrote this piece around 1550.  I love that this version has been around for hundreds of years, sung by thousands of voices.  It reminds me of the words above a cathedral door proclaiming, "You are entering a song that began centuries before you were born and will continue for centuries to after you are gone."  The melody of our life is woven into the great symphony God is composing and conducting.  The notes of our life are brought together and blended with the notes of others.  Part of the power of singing the Lord's Prayer is two-fold: First, there is a reverberation  that comes from deep within our soul.   Second, that note finds a connection with those around us.   The deep within find harmony with the deep from another living, breathing soul. Perhaps what is so powerful about the times we sing the Lord’s Prayer in our sanctuar

The Lord's Prayer

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  There is something profoundly powerful about singing the Lord’s Prayer.   Even those of us who feel like we can’t hold a tune in a bucket, still feel our souls surge the second we hear someone start singing the Lord’s Prayer.   Every fiber of our being joins in the melody and enters the music.   I wonder, what is different when you sing the Lord’s Prayer?   How does adding music to the word open new insights for you?   This week I want to share several musical settings of the Lord’s Prayer.   The first is Gregorian Chant which dates to the 9 th Century.   I invite you to listen several times to this version.   You may want to have a blank piece of paper available to draw or sketch or write down what hearing the Lord’s Prayer this way stirs within you.   I pray that this version of the Lord’s Prayer opens you to a new experience and stirs your spirit.   Feel free to share with others in the comment section so we can remember that we are praying these words together, connected by th

The Lord's Prayer

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  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.  Amen. This week we have sought to dive deeply into the words of the Lord’s Prayer.  To bring them close to our hearts, let the words settle into our souls, and sing to our lives.  To explore what is stirred within us. “Wait,” you might say, “You skipped over that part about forgiveness.”   Very perceptive!  And now would be the opportunity for me to invite you to worship this Sunday at 9 am and 11 am when I will share some thoughts on this important petition in the Lord’s Prayer.   Thanks for helping me plug worship, by the way! Today, I invite you back to the exercise that started the week.  Go through the prayer intentionally and slowly circling words tha

The Lord's Prayer

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  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.   For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.   Amen.   I also feel like the words, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil,” should come with an ominous soundtrack.   Like what we hear in the movie, Jaws .   It can make me feel like I have to be on alert and always aware.   Like out of nowhere some temptation will leap out and say, “I have you now, my pretty.”   Insert nefarious laugh here.   In some ways, that is true.   For example, when I hear the “ding” of an email arriving or text on my phone, it can be so tempting to think, “I gotta respond quickly.   It could be a matter of National Security!!”   Or it could be someone wanting to sell me some new windows.   Temptations

The Lord's Prayer

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  Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.   Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.   Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.   And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.   For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.   Amen.   Another set of words I hold close to my heart are, “daily bread”.   As I have said the Lord’s Prayer over my lunch, “daily bread” becomes tactile and tangible.   But I realize that these two words don’t have to be so literal.   Daily bread is about shelter and security; it is about relationships that fill me with life; it is about ways that I am strengthened and sustained in mind, body, heart, and soul.   How is God nurturing and nourishing you right now?   I don’t mean this rhetorically.   Speak aloud some responses and reactions to your screen.   How is God feeding and fueling you physically? How is God supporting you emotionally?