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  • A Mark of Grace

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/coslc-mark_of_grace.mp3"][/audio]

    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.

  • All Hail the Power – string intro

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/all_hail.mp3

    This “Haydnesque” string intro to “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name” is a great way to include eager and talented string players.

    Score for violins, viola, and cello.

  • All of My Heart

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/all_of_my_heart_adoracao.mp3

    A while back I discovered the Brazilian congregational songwriting duo of Rubem Amorese and Toninho Zemuner. They write beautiful, singable, meaningful songs. In Portuguese. This is a translation of their song  “Adoração,” a simple and heartfelt song of dedication. Below is their original recording.

    https://soundcloud.com/rubem-amorese/adoracao?si=89f07b1a8aa541b285b6d9cb58cc0464&utm_source=clipboard&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=social_sharing

  • At the Throne of Our God

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/at_the_throne-orch.mp3"][/audio]

    우리 보좌앞에 모였네 (Vision) is a praise song by Hyung-won Koh based on Revelation 7:9-10. It’s a lovely song, and representative of the tuneful, heartfelt worship songs that the Korean church sings. With the help of James Ju and Paul Han, I translated it into English. Later, I revisited the song, adding a piano accompaniment, instrumental parts, and a smooth-as-butter descant for strings and flute.

  • DIX – instrumental introduction

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/dix_psalm_67.mp3

    A simple orchestral introduction to the hymn tune DIX, adaptable to any four-part ensemble. DIX is most often used with the texts “For the Beauty of the Earth” and “As with Gladness Men of Old.” (This is a different arrangement from the Just Add People product for the same tune. Find that piano arrangement here.)

    Four-part instrumental arrangement, with parts for instruments in C, Bb, Eb, and F.

  • DOUBLE WIDE

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/how_wide.mp3

    I wrote this tune for a text by Herman Stuempfle and a few months later I came across a second text by the same author to fit this tune. The tune has a mysterious, intimate, jazzy feel, but is still very much singable by a congregation. For all you text writers, the tune’s meter is 6.6.8.6.6.6.

  • Gathered, Scattered

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    [embed]https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/gathered_scattered-final2.mp3[/embed]

    During the COVID-19 quarantine, we all learned how much we cherished gathering for worship. We especially felt the absence of gathering around the communion table–the one thing that can’t be moved to an online forum.

    And yet, the Body of Christ has always been both gathered and scattered. We are scattered all over the globe and too often fractured by disagreements, but we also know a common bond in Christ that transcends all boundaries–the mystical “communion of saints.” This is a song of communion and unity that looks forward to the time when people from every tribe, language, people, and nation will gather as one at the throne of God.

    If you’re holding online services, feel free to play the video or sing along to the lyric video.

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

  • God Himself Is with Us – violin descant

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/god_himself-o_rejoice.mp3

    “God Himself Is with Us” is a stately hymn that goes underused in many churches. If your church has an ambitious violinist, this is the arrangement for you!

    Violin descant with introduction and three verses.

  • Hosanna in the Highest (The King of Glory)

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    https://musicblog.gregscheer.com/scheer-hosanna_in_the_highest.mp3

    You can almost imagine Jesus coming closer as this song progresses: The verses begin with prophecies of the Messiah with which the crowd would have been familiar (Ps 24, Is 40) and the people answer with the Palm Sunday refrain of “Hosanna in the highest!” It uses the familiar Jewish folk tune (“The King of Glory Comes”), which your congregation likely already knows.

  • Jesus, Be Enough

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/jesus_be_enough-choir.mp3"][/audio]

    Most Christmas songs are all joy and confidence: Shepherds overwhelmed by angelic songs; Wisemen led by navigational stars. But if your life is at all like mine, those moments are rare. Instead, life is often accompanied by a soundtrack of doubt, missteps, and loss. “Jesus, Be Enough” asks the question: Is Jesus a sufficient gift even when Christmas miracles don’t occur? Will we trust God even when our prayers seem to go unanswered? It is a Christmas carol for the rest of us. [Above is a demo of the choral anthem and below is a version with guitar and cello.]

    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/jesus_be_enough.mp3"][/audio]
  • Jesus, My Great High Priest

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/COS-jesus_my_great_highpriest.mp3"][/audio]

    There are few songs that use the image of Jesus as high priest. Shepherd, Bread of Life, yes, but not high priest. I fell in love with this text by Isaac Watts and wrote a new tune for it.

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

  • Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You

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    [audio m4a="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Arr-GScheer-Joyful-Joyful-12_9_20-9.04-PM.m4a"][/audio]

    Nothing beats Beethoven’s original as found in the 9th Symphony, but if your pianist or praise band is going to lead “Joyful, Joyful, We Adore You” this arrangement really sparkles–and the strings really bring it to another level.

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