Scripture Reference (Choir)

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  • A Mark of Grace

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    Written to accompany Neal Plantinga’s sermon on Cain and Abel (Genesis 4:1-6) at the 2010 Calvin Worship Symposium and then revamped as a choral anthem for the first Lessons & Carols reading (Genesis 3:8-15), “A Mark of Grace” tells the whole human story–creation, fall and redemption–in the form of a lyrical ballad. You could say it’s a meditative musical meta-narrative.

  • Blessed Be!

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    The words of Zechariah take on a gospel flavor in this new setting of Luke 1:67-79. Performances can be scaled from an a cappella rendition to a full blown band version which includes rollicking piano, hip hop drum set, sizzling horns (trumpet, alto sax and trombone), and funky bass. For those of you who are more adventurous, it even includes the optional “Blessed Be Rap.” A sure way to get your Advent or Christmas concert smokin’!

  • Come, All You Weary

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    One of the wonderful things about the Christian faith is that Jesus doesn’t require us to “have it all together” before we come to him. Before we even knew we needed him, he was calling us. This short, meditative song, reminds those of us who are tired and weighed down are especially welcome. Jesus is calling us to himself. Both versions include four-part voice/accompaniment.

  • Deeper than the Sea

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    This rendition of Psalm 36:5-9 is an expansive folk-rock song of praise to the Creator whose love surpasses the grandeur of all creation. There are two versions of the song. First, it is available as a free leadsheet for congregation singing. Next, it is arranged for choir, piano, and congregation, with chord symbols so it can be accompanied by guitar and bass to get that “folk choir” kind of sound. It is a simple arrangement that will only take one rehearsal to learn, but it is by no means simplistic. The choral arrangement is published by GIA. (You can purchase the song at GIA or view a sample online.) If your church follows the lectionary, this scripture passage comes up on the second week of Epiphany in year C, and in Holy Week every year.

  • From the Dust You Shall Raise Us Up

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    I had an unfortunate opportunity to reflect on mortality when my friend Christina Mandang was hit by a car. Her sudden and senseless death at the age of 38 reminded me once again how fleeting our lives are. It is truly ashes to ashes and dust to dust, with precious little time in between. The good news is that the God who breathed life into dust to create Adam and who resurrected Jesus from the grave is the same God who has promised to raise us from death to eternal life.

  • From There

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    This aria is taken from a cantata based on Psalm 113 and premiered at the 100 year anniversary of the Hermsdorfer Kirche in the former East Germany. “From there, where the sun rises, to the place where it sets — everywhere — the Lord of lords is praised!”

    Anthem for Alto solo and Piano/Organ. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your ensemble.

  • I Cry Aloud to the Lord

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    Imagine Lady Smith Black Mambazo singing an African-American spiritual and you have an idea of what this piece sounds like. The desperate prayer expressed in Psalm 142 makes it ideal for Lent.

    Choral Anthem for TTBB. Purchase price allows you to make as many copies as you need for your choir.

  • In a Still, Small Voice

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    This quiet ballad uses I Kings 19:11-13 and events from Jesus’ ministry to reflect on hearing the still, small voice of the Lord in our world today. The song can be effectively led by a praise team or sung as an anthem by choir.

  • Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace

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    The Nunc Dimmittis, Simeon’s song of praise in Luke, is set to a flowing melody for congregation. What better benediction could there be at the end of a worship service than to join Simeon in saying “Let us depart in peace for our eyes have seen the Savior”?

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

  • Mary’s Song (Our King of Peace)

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    Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Mary’s Song captures the wonder, fear, and obedience of Mary’s response to Gabriel’s message. The song is a perfect fit for Advent, Christmas, and Lessons and Carols services. The choral arrangement places the choir alongside folk instruments, which is a lovely marriage for those who lead blended worship.

  • May the Peace of God

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    http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/may_the_peace_of_god.mp3

    This short, four-part benediction from Philippians 4:7 connects to Psalm 4. It could be used as a coda to my Psalm 4 song “I Rest in You” or sung as a choral benediction at the end of a worship service.

    This hymn is a free download. If you sing this song in your church please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense.

  • One Generation Will Call to the Next

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    Looking for a song to celebrate and encourage intergenerational worship? This setting of Psalm 145:1-7 was one of the winning songs of the CRC sesquicentennial hymn contest. Since then it has been included in three hymnals, recorded on a CD, sung at weddings, and used as a theme song for church dedications and education programs. One young person said this: I love this song. It has given me greater understanding of what a healthy church and Godly community looks like and has inspired me to be open to learning from the “last” generation.

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    A leadsheet is available here. For piano accompaniment or a festive choral anthem, visit GIA: https://www.giamusic.com/store/resource/one-generation-will-call-to-the-next-print-g9804. The choral anthem is extremely flexible, with options for solo, children’s choir, worship band, and full orchestra. (See instrumentation chart below).

    PowerPoint slides for congregational singing are available from Digital Songs & Hymns.

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