Your Kingdom Come (P James & H Jessop)

This article first appeared in the May 2019 issue of our parish magazine.

Running a music group of any kind requires a lot of planning, organisation, and inspiration. I constantly have an ear out for music that would suite our Sunday School Singers and Maggies Music Makers. Preparation, learning and rehearsing can take months – and that is why musicians tend to live their lives at least one season ahead of everyone else.

Imagine how wonderful it was when a member of Maggies not only suggested a song for Pentecost, but also directed me to the website where the full score is available as a free download! The website is of course ThyKingdomCome.global and the text of “Your Kingdom Come”, based on The Lord’s Prayer, is here:

  • v1 Made in perfect love
  • Innocent we walked as friends of God
  • Still we turned away
  • Traded freedom for a life enslaved

 

  • v2 Helpless we were lost
  • Heaven sent the rescue plan of God
  • Through the love of Christ
  • We are found and born into new life

 

  • Chorus
  • We are watching, we are waiting
  • We are hoping, we are praying
  • We’re believing, let your kingdom come
  • Father in heaven, your name is holy
  • Yours is the kingdom, the pow’r and the glory
  • God of salvation, unfold your story
  • Yours is the kingdom, the pow’r and the glory
  • Amen

 

  • v3 King of endless love
  • Here on earth just as in heaven above
  • Let your will be done
  • Wake our hearts and let your kingdom come

Musically, the song has been written with versatility I mind. It can be sung in unison or in two-part harmony, and accompanied by piano or guitar, with optional counter melodies for violin and cello. Of course, my plan at first was for Tom and I to accompany the ladies of Maggies on piano and violin. Under the current circumstances, I think we’ll settle for piano only!

Liturgically, this suits the time between Ascension and Pentecost perfectly. I invite you to read the song lyrics slowly and prayerfully, letting the words seep into your soul.

Hopefully you will hear this sung in our churches later this month!

Carol P


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