SATB Choir (opt. accompaniment). This wonderful and original melody evokes the beauty of the Appalachian Mountains and adds just enough language to awaken the connection felt by everyone who visits. First verse in unison, second in canon, third in SATB. Just LOVELY!
Beloved God, beyond the mountains,
hallowed be Thy name,
Thy kin-dom* come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heav'n.
Give us this day our daily bread
and forgive us our debts
as we forgive our debtors
and lead us not into temptation.
Deliver us, we pray, from evil,
for Thine is the kin-dom,*
the pow'r of morning,
the sunset glory,
now and forever more. Amen.
*Composer's Note: "Kin-dom" instead of "Kingdom" is consistent with Jesus' teachings about being "kin" with God, that is, being in the family of God as "kinfolk," a term and a concept which Appalachian persons cherish.