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Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sunday Afternoon Music Video: Our Father

Baba yetu uliye mbinguni, 
Jina lako litukuzwe, 
Ufalme wako uje, 
Mapenzi yako yatimizwe, 
hapa duniani kama huko mbinguni. 
Utupe leo riziki yetu. 
Utusamehe deni zetu, kama sisi nasi tuwasamehevyo wadeni wetu. 
Na usitutie majaribuni, lakini utuokoe na yule mwovu. 
Kwa kuwa ufalme ni wako, na nguvu, na utukufu, hata milele. Amina. 
(Our Father in Swahili)

"It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you."

Long ago, when I was in college, working on a linguistics degree, I had to take two years of a non-Indo-European language. I chose Kiswahili, in part because I had friend who spoke it and I could practice with him, and partly because the structure of the language fascinated me. My son's choral group sang this piece for this final concert and I enjoy seeing if I could follow the Our Father in a language I haven't tried to speak in almost three decades.

As we head toward Pentecost, the rich mix of languages in which we ask God for what we need is on my mind. What voices struck you in the music this week?  Share with us in the comments!

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