Psalms (Choir)

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  • 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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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/Ps103-from_the_dust.mp3

    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.

  • 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.

  • Psalm 103: Bless the Lord, O My Soul!

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    Commissioned to be sung at the graduation ceremony of Western Theological Seminary, this song captures the exuberance and gratitude of Psalm 103 in an upbeat gospel style. This Psalm is traditionally sung as a thanksgiving song at the conclusion of communion–indeed, Western still uses it regularly in their chapel’s communion–but it also works well as a general song of praise of choral offertory.
    Above is an MP3 of Finale playing back the choral score. Starting at 17:23 in the video below is the anthem being sung as part of Calvin University’s chapel.

  • Psalm 104: Oh, Rejoice in All Your Works

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/kimbrough-psalm_104.mp3

    Wendell Kimbrough’s setting of Psalm 104 won the COS New Psalm Contest in 2014. Since then, I’ve arranged this song for strings, brass, and choir. These arrangements bring out a whole new majestic side to the song.

  • Psalm 104: We Praise You, O Lord

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/doug_gay-psalm_104.mp3

    My friend Doug Gay wrote this setting of Psalm 104. I wanted a tune that would act as a foil to this text, lightening rather than heightening the majesty of the words. And since Doug is Scottish, what could be better than an airy Celtic tune?

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

  • Psalm 19: The Heavens Declare God’s Glory

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    Adapted from Psalm 19, this festive anthem is guaranteed to be a hit with choir and congregation alike. Parts are also available for Brass Quartet. “‘The Heavens Declare’ is one of the best anthems I have done in my ten years of singing…it is uplifting, inspiring, and joyful.” -Carole Anderson

  • Psalm 23: The King of Love

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    Hands down, one of my favorite hymns is “The King of Love My Shepherd Is.” I wrote an SSA arrangement of this which found a home in the Augsburg Choirbook for Women. More recently I re-arranged it for SATB choir.

  • Psalm 40: Patiently

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    This meditative rendering of Psalm 40 won the 2017 Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest. You can read the whole story below.

  • Psalm 5: Hear My Words, O Lord

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    My setting of Psalm 5, “Hear My Words, O God” is composed for two narrators and congregational refrain.  It appears as Psalm 5C in the Psalms for All Seasons hymnal, but if you want the un-squished piano music and choral parts you hear on this recording you’ll only find it here. The above recording is just a rough read-through by the Choral Scholars which doesn’t include the scripture reading. The narration allows the whole Psalm to be heard and allows the multiple voices of the original text to come through, as you can hear from the live worship recording below.

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