As church choirs start up for the fall and Christmas season, Stanton’s Sacred Choral Music staff has carefully chosen these pieces to be appropriate for a variety of worship styles and services throughout the coming months:
O Come and Lift Your Voices arr. Mark Hayes
The classic ASH GROVE tune is given a delightful new text and arrangement in this anthem perfect for Thanksgiving or any time. The artistry of Mark Hayes is on full display with his artful accompaniment coupled with creative and satisfying, surprising harmonies. Refreshing!
There Is Room for the Stranger by Lee Dengler
Warm and inviting, this Christmas communion anthem is filled with hope. The words and music are perfectly matched. Add the optional flute obbligato for a nice touch. “So come, feast, be not afraid…come taste and see where peace is made.”
I’d Rather Have Jesus by Mary McDonald
Starting with a contemplative opening and building to a powerful climax, this dynamic anthem will enhance any worship or concert experience. Your congregation and choir will be inspired by this affirmation of faith!
Wonderful Grace of Jesus arr. Larry Shackley
This spirited arrangement of the well-known hymn offers a rollicking celebration of the abundance of God s grace. Featuring options for two or four hands at the piano, this adaptation from the keyboard collection “Festive Hymns for Four Hands” (70/1773L) is a great choice for worship throughout the year.
Hymn of Fellowship arr. John Ness Beck
Three trumpets herald each verse of John Ness Beck’s powerful setting of “In Christ There Is No East or West” for choir and congregation, lifting each a half-step higher before reaching the final Alleluia Amen. Majestic and festive, yet accessible for most choirs.
Come Sing a New Song by Lloyd Larson
There is unbridled joy in this anthem from Susan Dengler and Lloyd Larson. Rhythmic and driving, it has a fun gospel touch that will have the congregation’s toes tapping. The contrasting dynamics add an element of fun leading to an ending flourish.
Softly and Tenderly arr. Joel Raney
This time-honored hymn portrays the gentle, invitation of Christ’s call to “Come home.” Like the story of the prodigal’s return (Luke 15:11-32), Christ stands at the door waiting and watching for the weary. Joel Raney’s elegant presentation lends passion and depth while staying true to the original 19th-century hymn by Will Thompson.
And Can It Be by Dan Forrest
A thoughtful new setting of the well-known text for SATB choir and piano. A quiet contemplative opening builds gradually to a confident stating of the truth of the gospel, ending with a pensive reiteration of the question and the assurance of the amazing love.
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