I used to be notorious for complaining about the music in church. Not that the musicians were ever bad. I’ve always been blessed to be surrounded by good musicians in church. It was always the songs I couldn’t stand. And I had my reasons.
I didn’t like how almost every song sounded like a bad rip-off of a U2 song. I didn’t like how most of them sounded like Disney jams from 1997. I didn’t like the lyrics that sounded like 8th grade poetry. I didn’t like how high the vocals were always mixed. I didn’t like the dramatic key changes and vocal gymnastics that seemed impossible to hang with. I didn’t like that most of the lyrics felt like they were plagiarized from Scripture with no real honesty behind them. I didn’t like how some of the songs seemed to be bad knock-off versions of other bad worship songs. I had all sort of reasons I thought the music in church sucked.
Confession: Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always hated singing in church. Some say “hate” is a strong word. I’d say it’s probably not strong enough.
Being a pastor’s son, I was always in the children’s choir. I didn’t want to be exposed as a fraud, but I didn’t want to sing either. So one of my middle school buddies taught me that if you just mouthed the word “watermelon” over and over, it would look like you’re actually singing real words. I don’t know if that actually worked or not. It probably looked ridiculous (“why are those two kids in the back row saying ‘watermelon’ instead of singing?”) But I did it anyway and escaped having to learn the words and sing along.
Confession: Of all the songs we sing at my church, I like about five of them.
Meaning, actually like them. Meaning, they’re songs I might listen to outside the four walls of my church.
No doubt this will come as a surprise to a lot of my church-mates and friends, who see me on stage as a volunteer worship leader. Let me explain.
A couple years back, I started reciting the “Our Father” prayer every day. I would get up and stumble out onto the jogging path, and begin repeating Jesus’ words, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be thy name…” My combination of NIV and King James was foggy at best, but all the same I began to internalize the meaning of the prayer.
I wrote this melody because I wanted a way of teaching the prayer to my children. It was a particularly proud moment when my son woke up the other night from me recording vocals in the next room. He asked to listen to what I was singing, and a smile came across his face as he listened to the playback. Download the song for free here, or stream it on the player to the right.
May this short tune perpetuate the kingdom and the power and the glory of God in your life.
Our Father in heaven
Holy is Your name
Let Your kingdom come
Let Your will be done
On earth as in heaven
Give us today our daily bread and
Forgive us as we forgive all debts and
Lord lead us not into temptation and
Deliver us from the evil one, for
Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory
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