Lord’s Prayer Language

Starting in June, 2013, the language of the Lord’s Prayer used in the 11:15 service will be updated to modern English found in the best modern Bible translations.  Compared to the earlier morning services, one distinctive of the 11:15 service is the use of more modern forms of expression in language and musical styles, and this change is consistent with that philosophy.

Below are the older and newer translations of the Lord’s Prayer with the key differences highlighted in bold:

Our Father, who art in heaven,         Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be thy name.                     hallowed be your name.

Thy kingdom come,                         Your kingdom come,

thy will be done,                                your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.                on earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread,       Give us this day our daily bread,

and forgive us our debts                    and forgive us our debts

as we forgive our debtors.                 as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation,        And lead us not into temptation,

but deliver us from evil.                      but deliver us from the evil one.

For thine is the kingdom,                    For yours is the kingdom,

and the power, and the glory forever. and the power, and the glory forever.

There are two types of change in the newer translation: (1) replacing older English pronouns with the forms used in modern English, and (2) replacing the word “evil” with “the evil one.”  Let’s explore the reasons for these changes in translation.

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Forever Reign

The new song for June in the 11:15 service at Central Presbyterian Church is “Forever Reign.”  This worship song is familiar to many of our children who sang it enthusiastically at the 2013 Spring Storm retreat.

This song is a strong affirmation of God’s strong love and healing presence that reign over our sin, doubt, and fear.  As our church goes through many transitions that can make us feel unstable, anxious, and afraid, one powerful way that we can find strength to stand firm and to follow the Lord together as a united church family is to sing the word of God to one another in spiritual songs.  The Lord promises us that our singing is a means by which the word of Christ will dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).  So let us sing of the Lord’s reign with faith and thankfulness so that we can experience more deeply the peace and wisdom of Christ ruling in our hearts.

Forever Reign (Audio)
Text and tune: Reuben Morgan and Jason Ingram 2009
© 2009 Hillsong Music Publishing

You are good, you are good when there’s nothing good in me.
You are love, you are love on display for all to see.
You are light, you are light when the darkness closes in.
You are hope, you are hope; you have covered all my sin.

You are peace, you are peace when my fear is crippling.
You are true, you are true even in my wandering.
You are joy, you are joy; you’re the reason that I sing.
You are life, you are life; in you death has lost its sting.

REFRAIN
Oh, I’m running to your arms; I’m running to your arms.
The riches of your love will always be enough.
Nothing compares to your embrace.
Light of the world, forever reign.

You are more, you are more than my words will ever say.
You are Lord, you are Lord, all creation will proclaim.
You are here, you are here; in your presence I’m made whole.
You are God, you are God; of all else I’m letting go.

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My heart will sing no other name,
Jesus, Jesus.

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He Has Come to Reign

The new song for June in the 8:30 and 9:45 services at Central Presbyterian Church is “He Has Come to Reign.”  Both the words and the music were composed by Sherdonna Denholm, who is a member and musician at Central Presbyterian Church and wife of pastor Todd Denholm.

This song is a strong affirmation of God’s reign in our broken hearts and our broken world.  As our church goes through many transitions that can make us feel unstable, anxious, and afraid, one powerful way that we can find strength to stand firm and to follow the Lord together as a united church family is to sing the word of God to one another in spiritual songs.  The Lord promises us that our singing is a means by which the word of Christ will dwell in us richly (Colossians 3:16).  So let us sing of the Lord’s reign with faith and thankfulness so that we can experience more deeply the peace and wisdom of Christ ruling in our hearts.

He Has Come to Reign (Audio)
Text and tune: Sherdonna Denholm 2010
© 2010 Sherdonna Denholm

For the Lord our God, he is strong to save,
from the depths of sin, from the deepest grave.
Ever faithful is his abounding word:
“Fear not, my child, I’ve overcome the world.”

In the darkest night, on the lowest hill,
though I feel him not, he is faithful still.
He is coming in all his righteousness.
I will wait for him in this loneliness.

REFRAIN
He has come to reign in our broken hearts;
we will doubt and fear no more.
He has come to reign in our broken hearts;
all we lost he will restore.

When trials come and weigh you down,
you can catch a glimpse; you can hear the sound
of the angels singing heaven’s song,
saying, “Child, hold on; it won’t be long.”

REFRAIN

The true and living God we serve;
his truth will stand, the only word.
He has come to reign, God’s only Son;
Jesus Christ, our King, he has overcome.

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