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Prayer, a direct setting of some of Apostle Paul's most beautiful words, also is the final scene in the theatre production Project Paul, by Jonathon Roberts.

Ephesians 3:16-19



Jonathon Roberts


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Spark+Echo Arts


Composition for Baritone and Tape

Image by Giorgio Trovato

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Prayer was originally commissioned by Baritone Scott Hawley for his senior recital at Lawrence University. I then developed it into the version here, as the final scene in Project Paul, the multimedia show I co-wrote about the Apostle Paul. The text is directly from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians and was not changed at all. It’s beautiful writing by Paul–passionate and expansive–that comes back to me often in my life, feeling new each time as the demands of life change.

Spark Notes

The Artist's Reflection

Jonathon Roberts is a composer and sound designer for games, film, theatre, and ensembles. His style grew out of classical and jazz training, and evolved through quality life adventures: touring the country in an RV with a one person theater piece on the Apostle Paul, living in Brooklyn with an improv music ensemble, performing in a downtown NYC absurdist comedy band, and a long stint writing music for the renowned slot machine company, High 5 Games. He has released four albums including the latest, Cities a song cycle personifying biblical cities. He created the popular podcast/web series ComposerDad Vs. Bible, in which ComposerDad accepts intense compositional challenges from a mysterious Bible while out with his kids. He frequently collaborates on music and theater projects with his wife, actor Emily Clare Zempel. They live in Beacon, NY, with their two boys and a tangled box of electrical cords.

Jonathon Roberts

About the Artist

I Make Tents

The Sower


There Is Room

These are My Sons

Consider Me a Partner


The Day Is Almost Here



Remember Me

How Beautiful

I Am a Fool

The Constant

Ecclesiastes Cows


Fools for Christ

More Than Rubies

Only a Few Years Will Pass