Unpacking the Lord’s Prayer with Music from Karen Simmons and Jennifer Martin

by Christine Sine

Today, with permission from Paul Neeley  I am reposting this from the blog Global Christian Worship. Paul reminded me that we need some musical versions of the Lord’s Prayer and has provided several of these (plus his own version) that I will post over the next few weeks. The popularity of this and the posts that are being suggested to me make this into a very rewarding and enriching series. I hope you are enjoying them as much as I am.

by Paul Neeley

I’m really enjoying the album by Karin Simmons, titled ‘Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs.’ Karin has been involved with leading worship since she was 8 years old, and has been leading worship at Nashville-area churches since 2000.

She co-wrote this musical arrangement in 2014 with Jennifer Martin, my favorite priest, preacher, composer, and worship leader – also in Nashville.

Here’s their recently-composed version of ‘The Lord’s Prayer ‘ on Karin’s album, complete with soaring strings.


Our Father in Heaven

Hallowed be Your name

Your kingdom come, Your will be done

On earth as it is in heaven

Give us today our daily bread

Forgive our sins as we forgive

The ones who sin against us

And lead us not into temptation

But deliver us from evil

For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory

For-ever, Amen, Amen, Amen.

Setting: Karin Simmons, Jennifer Martin; Copyright © 2012 Hannahbear Music, SESAC/Spring At Last Music, ASCAP

All Rights Reserved. Used by permission.


Get the lead sheet at

Get Karin’s marvelous album through her website at

and follow her music and worship ministries at

Karin published a terrific article on embracing the arts in the church from a liturgical perspective; see it at


“Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
We can only pray this prayer for the church if we are prepared to mean:
make us Kingdom-bearers!
Make us a community of healed healers;
make us a retuned orchestra to play the Kingdom-music
until the world takes up the song.
Make us, in turn, servants of the Lord,
the few with the message for the many.

– N.T. Wright, The Lord and His Prayer


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