Congregational Songs

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  • 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”?

  • 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.

  • 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.

    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).

  • One Thing

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    Based on Psalm 27:4, this song is a prayer for the beauty of God to fill our eyes. The music can be adapted to any number of styles, from straight acoustic guitar strumming to a jangly U2 groove. I’ve provided leadsheets in both E minor and C# minor for greater flexibility when using a capo. You’re welcome.

  • People Of The Lord

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    Who would have thought that a Genevan Psalter-style setting of Psalm 78 in 7/8 time would become my biggest hit? After it won the Calvin09 hymn contest, the song was translated into a half dozen languages and sung from Switzerland to Brazil. It is included in a number hymnals, including the Presbyterian Glory to God and CRC/RCA Lift Up Your Hearts. Your church can get in on the fun, too, by downloading the music here at www.gregscheer.com.

    Read the whole story of the song here: People of the Lord

  • 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.

  • The First Nowell

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    “The First Nowell” is the quintessential Christmas carol and a classic folk tune, but too many arrangements fetter the flowing melody with four-part harmony. My approach is simple: let the melody sing itself and support it with an accompaniment that keeps things moving forward. After a brief string intro, it starts small–just guitar and solo voice–and then builds momentum over the song’s 6 verses.

  • We Are Waiting

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    Celebrating the majesty of the Father, the life of the Son, and the vision of the Holy Spirit, this choral anthem is a “must do” for any any church that has a flutist; but don’t worry if you don’t have one–the vocal writing is exciting enough to stand on its own!

  • We Worship You

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    “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” (Job 1:21)
    “We Worship You” was first sung at Chuck Rosemeyer’s memorial service, and though it was introduced in this context, it is truly a song of gratitude, thanking God for all of his gifts and recognizing his hand in life, death, and the life to come.

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