Praying with Jesus: The Lord’s Prayer / Rod Pattenden & Heather Price

An offering from guest contributor Rod Pattenden , in dialogue with the poetry of Nicola Slee :

  Sacred Banner (detail), by Rod Pattenden

Sacred Banner (detail), by Rod Pattenden

I am responding to the recent post containing Nicola Slee’s reworking of the Lord’s Prayer which I found helpful and provocative. I have been working with a talented musician in my own community to find new ways of expressing faith and action. Heather Price is a multi-instrumentalist with skills as a classical double bass player as well as a vocalist, pianist and guitarist. She is well known for her children’s songs which offer catchy rhythms and inclusive words, and that are used extensively around Australia. 

Her response to the Lord’s Prayer was to put the words into a more inclusive framework and then set to a lilting chant like tune. It’s use in worship has found a strong response and the composition offers a simple meditative opportunity for the congregation to expand their thinking and response to words that are often repeated as a formula. The biblical text of the Lords Prayer is countercultural to the claims of power from both the Roman appeal to Empire, as well as the religious claims of Pharisaical practice. Heather Price’s words offer simple thoughtful phrases where people are invited to inhabit these more inclusive affirmations. I include the simple words here and a sound file to listen to the tune.

Alternatively information about her compositions including this work can be found at her website

https://heatherprice.com.au

MY LORD’S PRAYER

God, who in all things lives within,
May your name be used for good, and not division,
May all people know your peace,
And your will be known by heart and seen in my deeds.

Fill my heart each day and cleanse my soul of shame,
In doing this allow me to forgive others the same.

Grace and love be the guide along my path,
Eyes blind to idols of my mind, but not of my heart.

For I believe that if we all reflect your face,
No power, no ruler, could be near as great.

Ooh ... Amen.

Ooh ... Amen.

Ooh ... Amen.

  Sacred Banner, by Rod Pattenden, installed Under a Medieval church in Spain; more of Rod's artworks at  http://www.rodpattenden.id.au/

Sacred Banner, by Rod Pattenden, installed Under a Medieval church in Spain; more of Rod's artworks at http://www.rodpattenden.id.au/


  Rev Dr Rod Pattenden; photo taken on World Ecology Day

Rev Dr Rod Pattenden; photo taken on World Ecology Day

  Heather Price; image from her website  https://heatherprice.com.au

Heather Price; image from her website https://heatherprice.com.au

  words of Heather Price, quotation from her website

words of Heather Price, quotation from her website

 

Rev Dr Rod Pattenden is an artist, art historian and theologian interested in the intersections of region and the arts. He is minister of Adamstown Uniting Church in Newcastle, Australia. 

Thank you Rod, thank you Heather!