Hymn Based Resources

John D. Horman & Mary Nelson Keithahn.

Hymns Etc.

"Music is the art of the prophets, the only art that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificient and delightful presents God has given us."

Martin Luther

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HYMNS ETC. - Anthems by Mary & John

"Behold the Lamb of God." (Unison voices, piano, cello, and a “C” instrument such as a flute) GIA, #G-7715. The 12 stanzas of the text narrates the life and ministry of Jesus, each concluding with a refrain, "Agnus Dei! Gloria! Behold the Lamb of God."  Selected stanzas may be used to support the lectionary reading for the day. A hymn version includes "book-end" stanzas that could be used with selected stanzas. ( See Lift Up Your Hearts: Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Soncgs, Faith Alive Resources, 2013.) The easily-learned refrain allows the congregation, including children, to participate with the choir on the anthem version. Copies are available from https://www.giamusic.com/store/sacred-music/

"Called by the Spirit" (Unison/two part voices with keyboard, introduced by a rap) Choristers Guild, #CGA734. A rap on the names of the Old Testament prophets introduces this lively anthem that recalls the stories of Elijah, Jeremiah, and Ezekiel.
“Cold Night Is Quiet, The ” (SATB with piano and opt. flute) Choristers Guild #CGA1035. This “waiting” carol for Advent has a lovely, gentle melody and refrain that promises Jesus is coming to bring peace on earth. It would be easy to incorporate children’s voices on one of the unison stanzas for a combined choirs anthem.
"Come, Believers in the Gospel" (General anthem for SATB and piano with opt. treble voices, trumpet, and handbells) MorningStar Music Publishers, #MSM-50-6037. This anthem was commissioned for the Montreat 2003 Conference on Music and Worship by the Presbyterian Association of Musicians. It is a setting of the hymn that was also commissioned for this event. The text is based on a Presbyterian mission statement known as "The Six Great Ends of the Church." Naturally the tune is named GREAT ENDS!
“Come to the Table.” (SATB choir and piano) Zimbel Press, #Z223. John has provided a new melodic setting for this Communion text from THE SONG LINGERS ON, and added a refrain that includes a welcome to all believers who approach the table.
"Creator God, Who Has Composed" (Unison and SATB choirs with keyboard, opt. congregation, and opt. 3-octave handbells) Choristers Guild, #CGA853. Anthem setting of a hymn praising God for the psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs that have shaped and nurtured our faith and guided our lives. Suitable for general use or festival occasions.

Faith Is Believing (Unison with piano and optional descant, flute, and percussion) Choristers Guild, #CGA1641. The text is based on the definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1 and the idea that it is a gift to be nurtured and a call to be followed. It is set to a lively, syncopated tune in a "pop" quasi-calypso style that is fun for all ages to sing. Choristers Guild uploaded a performance of the anthem at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eslklya9TfI  Copies can be ordered from J.W. Pepper (www.jwpepper.com). 

“God of Every Generation” (SATB choir and piano) Zimbel Press, #Z224. God is addressed in Trinitarian terms in this spirited hymn from THE SONG LINGERS ON. The rhythmic varations in the tune symbolize the different age groups who make up a congregation.
"Love Enough to Give" (Unison and SATB choirs with piano, opt. congregation, and opt. flute) Choristers Guild, #CGA808. This arrangement of the hymn, "A Mother Lined A Basket," is appropriate for Mother's Day, graduations, and other "empty-nest" occasions and general use.
"Psalm 67" (Unison and SATB choirs with piano, opt. flute, opt. handbells, and opt. congregation) Choristers Guild, #CGA589. An arrangement of a song of praise from Paul & Co. for festival occasions.
“Shepherd’s Carol” (Unison and piano with optional solos and flute) Augsburg Fortress #0-8006-3809-3. In this anthem, a little shepherd boy (or girl) leaves his flock and goes to see the baby Jesus, offering the only gift he has to bring: the song he heard the angels sing. The anthem can be done as a single selection, or dramatized with traditional processional and recessional carols added to create a “mini-musical” for a children’s program at Christmas. The short solo sections reduce the volume of words for the entire choir to memorize and offer a chance for more experienced singers to shine.
“Twelve Disciples in the Temple” (Unison/two part voices with piano, congregation, and opt. flute, handbells (3-4 octaves), suspended cymbal, gong, triangle, and wind chimes) Choristers Guild, #CGA1027. The text begins with a re-telling of the Pentecost experience in Acts, and ends with a prayer that God will send the Spirit to us again, gifting us with a new understanding of God’s plan for a peaceful world. The tune is a setting of a Japanese hymn tune, TOKYO.
"We Know Our God Is Faithful" (Unison treble choir with piano and opt. SATB choir) Choristers Guild, #CGA937. This anthem was commissioned by Choristers Guild as a tribute to all children affected by the American tragedy on September 11, 2001. It will offer comfort and hope in any time of disaster and loss.
"When Quiet Peace Is Shattered" (SATB with keyboard) Hinshaw,#HMC-1281. Here is an anthem to have ready for the choir to sing in times of crisis. The refrain is based on Psalm 83:1.
"With Dancing Banners, Tuneful Bells" (Intergenerational choirs, keyboard, congregation, flute or violin, and opt. 3 oct. handbells) Choristers Guild, #CGA955. A joyful hymn of praise based on the elements of the worship order.
"You Are God's Child" (Unison/two-part voices with keyboard, opt. SATB choir, and opt. congregation) Choristers Guild, #CGA541. Adapted from a duet in Paul & Co., this baptismal anthem welcomes a new member into the church family.
“Zacchaeus” (Unison/two part and piano) Choristers Guild #CGA1073. This anthem about Zacchaeus’ encounter with Jesus has a lilting tune and delightful refrain that can be sung in canon after the second stanza. One of the 25 best-selling Choristers Guild anthems in 2006.

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Let us come into God's presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to God with songs of praise!

Psalm 95:2

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