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Church Music

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in our hearts to the Lord.  - Colossians 3.16

choir loft in cathedral with hymnals
a woman's torso showing folded hands in prayer

They who seek the throne of grace

Versions: Choral Anthem & Congregational Hymn

1. They who seek the throne of grace,

Find that throne in every place;
If we live a life of prayer,
God is present everywhere.      

2. In our sickness and our health,
In our want, or in our wealth,
If we look to God in prayer,
God is present everywhere.      

3. When our earthly comforts fail,
When the woes of life prevail, 
'Tis the time for earnest prayer;
God is present everywhere.

4. Then, my soul, in every strait, 
To thy Father come, and wait;
He will answer every prayer:
God is present everywhere.

      --- Oliver Holden (1765-1844)​

a lake with a mountain range in the background at sunset

Lord of All Being

1. Lord of all being, throned afar,

Thy glory flames from sun and star;

Center and soul of every sphere,

Yet to each loving heart how near.

2. Sun of our life, Thy quickening ray

Sheds on our path the glow of day;

Star of our hope, Thy softened light

Cheers the long watches of the night.

3. Lord of all life, below, above,

Whose light is truth, whose warmth is love,

Before Thy ever-blazing throne

We ask no luster of our own.

4. Grant us Thy truth to make us free,

And kindling hearts that burn for Thee,

Till all Thy living altars claim

One holy light, one heavenly flame.

   --- Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894)         

Tonight the angels sing

for SATB choir

A short choral Christmas meditation with text by the composer. Envisioned as a choral response to the nativity story or as a benediction.  Also available for solo voice and piano.

a memorial candle that is lit, among flower petals

Jesus alone

for solo piano or voice and piano

Jesus alone: — if thus it were to me;

Yet thus it cannot be;

Lord, I have all things if I have but Thee.

Jesus and all: — precious His bounties are,

Yet He more precious far;

Day's-eyes are many, one the Morning Star.

Jesus my all: — so let me rest in love,

Thy peaceable poor dove,

Some time below till timeless time above.

a red barn behind a white fence

A simple gift

for violin and piano

An arrangement of the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts", suitable for prelude or offertory.

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