The Lord's Prayer (2020)

Mark Warburton | Oct 1, 2022

Mark Warburton wrote this song during lockdown as part of a film project for his church.  Read his story and inspiration.

During the first lockdown in 2020 our church, St Chads Romiley in Stockport, decided to record or film different interpretations of The Lord’s Prayer for our weekly online services.  I was asked - for someone else’s video - if I could recommend a modern musical version of it at short notice. My knowledge of contemporary worship is good but at that point my mind went blank! So on a whim I offered to try writing a new version there and then. 

Although I first wrote the melody as a ‘worship song’,  the idea brought out my love for and background in sacred choral music, and especially the works of the late Robert Prizeman, a composer I knew, who died only recently. 

As my student-age children are all musicians it presented a unique chance to make a family recording while we were all based at home, and a video filmed on spring woodland lockdown walks near our house in Romiley. 

​​​​​​​Now it’s written it feels like it was somehow always there, and we just discovered it - God at work! Thanks to Jane at St Chads Romiley for that first request, Harvey Jessop for the guitar recording, Harry Rose & George for your vocals, and my wife Clare for those springtime walks which inspired the video. ​​​​​​​

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