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  • Gathered, Scattered

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    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.

  • Jesus, Be Enough

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    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.]

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  • O Sacred Head (PASSION CHORALE) – descants

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    “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded” is the quintessential Passion hymn. These descants can be played by a variety of treble or bass clef instruments, together or separately, and are also flexible in how they are used within the song. For example, I have used the descants as an extended introduction and brought them back on the final verse of singing. Email me for other transpositions that would be useful in your church.

  • Psalm 102: My Heart Is Sick

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    Psalm 102 vacillates between utter despair (“I eat ashes as my food and mingle my drink with tears”) and hope in God’s unchanging love and ability to save. This song mirrors these emotions with biting dissonance and brief moments of repose. The recording above is me playing the cello quartet arrangement on my bass. Below is a demo of the more traditional piano accompaniment.


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