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  • DIDN’T SEE THAT COMING

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/DIDNTSEETHATCOMING.mp3"][/audio]

    This falls somewhere between regal and rustic— something that would be at home in a cathedral or a Sacred Harp sing. It is an unusual hymn tune: the melody slides from an E minor/pentatonic into a G minor/pentatonic scale in the second phrase. The harmonies, too, sneak off halfway through, sprint in all directions, then slip back home in the last two measures. But for all its darting about, the song is still surprisingly singable— both the melody and the inner voices.

    It first appeared in print with Isaac Watts’ “Your Glory, Lord, Is Great” (#41 In Melody and Songs“).

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write your own lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please let me know how you’ve used it.

  • DIX (For the Beauty of the Earth) – 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.

  • Eternal Family

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/eternal_family.mp3"][/audio]

    My understanding of God and faith has been profoundly affected by the book Worship, Community & the Triune God of Grace by James B. Torrance. I try to pack as much of his vision-expanding Trinitarian theology as I can in the four verses of this song.

  • Ever-Tender Shepherd

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    http://musicblog.gregscheer.com/ever-tender_shepherd-4.mp3

    “Ever-Tender Shepherd” is a musical “collect prayer”–a prayer which petitions God based on God’s attributes. In this case, attributes of Jesus are connected to the needs of the world. We ask Christ, the Shepherd, to gather scattered refugees, for example. This seemed a good way to address the needs of the world without taking sides or naming issues so specifically that the song would be obsolete by the time it was used. I’m especially fond of the third verse. But who am I to play favorites?

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

  • FEAST OF REJECTION

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

    I wrote this tune for Timothy Dudley-Smith’s Maundy Thursday hymn, “As In that Upper Room You Left Your Seat.” The meter is 10.10.10.10, with a repeat of the final line. You’ll notice there are no time signatures. I want people to sing the melody with a strong sense of phrasing rather than slavishly reading meter changes. Just sing it like chant, with a quarter note pulse.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Feed Us, Lord

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    [audio mp3="https://gregscheer.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/feed_us_lord-cos_choir.mp3"][/audio]

    This simple, reflective communion song focuses on the way Jesus feeds our hearts at the table. The congregational version of the song includes a piano part and has the option of three keys with modulations: C, D and F. Though your congregation will pick up the tune in no time, you may want to consider introducing it with the arrangement for SATB Choir and Piano.

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • GESCHICHTE

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

    I wrote this tune for a text by my friend David Landegent: “Sufferings of Jesus” is based on 2 Cor. 1:3-11. He wrote it with the tune ASSURANCE (Blessed Assurance) in mind, but I felt that tune was too sprightly to encompass the themes of suffering and consolation found in his text.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please report its use to CCLI or OneLicense and let me know how you’ve used it.

  • GILLIGAN

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    The text for which this tune was originally written, Isaac Watts’ “The Islands of the Northern Sea Rejoice!” is a real foot-stomper with valleys rising and mountains melting to plains. I knew the tune needed to be strong and solid, with a hint of sea chanty. My first draft sounded suspiciously like the theme from Gilligan’s Island (sea chanty indeed!). I re-wrote the offending “sit right back and you’ll hear a tale” section of the tune, but decided to commemorate my near plagiarism by naming the tune GILLIGAN.

    This is an orphan tune, waiting to be adopted by a text to call its own. If you write your own lyrics for this melody or pair it with an existing text, please let me know how you’ve used it.

  • Glory and Honour

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

    A few weeks after meeting Graham Kendrick, I thought, “I’d like to write some music with this guy.” He graciously accepted my offer and we got to work on a song that became “Glory and Honour.” After a few years of Skype calls, long breaks, and a recording lost in a computer crash, I’m pleased to present Graham and Greg’s “Glory and Honour.”

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

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