Anthems

  • GlorySound - Shawnee Press 35027924

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Rich with tuneful joy, this attractive anthem dances from the page and into the heart with a message of praise and adoration. There is an accompaniment CD available (35027938) that contains multiple titles, including this one.

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    Text by Donna Butler Douglas

    Open your heart, feel the harmonies ringing. Lift up your voice, set your spirit free. Dance in the joy as we celebrate this day. Open your heart, feel the harmonies ringing. Lift up your voice, set your spirit free. Capture the hope of our Savior’s boundless love. So, break, break into song. Sing praise to the Lord. Let music resound in every heart. Reach out to the world. Join hearts in the song. Give voice to the music of God’s grace. So, let us sing! Open your arms to a friend or neighbor. Reach out in faith to a world in need. Listen to God. Let His rhythm guide your way. Open your arms to a friend or neighbor. Reach out in faith to a world in need. Gather in joy, share your music, join the song! Alleluia! Sing praise! Sing praise and raise your voices!
  • Hinshaw Music HMC1957

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: This piece is energized by a consistent rhythmic drive and is perfect for celebrating the past, present and future.

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    Text by John Dalles

    Celebrate the present, celebrate the past. Celebrate days to come. Come celebrate the journey begun so long ago: A church formed by the Spirit, God’s love and peace to show. So faithfully assembled together in one place. To worship, work and witness, united by God’s grace. Come, celebrate the future; O come, celebrate the past. Thanks be to God for joy this day, O come, celebrate the Lord Come celebrate the pathway now is ours. To find, to blaze, to follow as God grants and empowers; The Spirit’s calling beckons through all earth’s breadth and length. With words of exultation, “move on from strength to strength.” May the marks of reformation channel each choice we face. Heritage yields innovation with the guidance of God’s grace. Motivated by thanksgiving, mindful of each other’s needs; Showing mercy in our living, we’ll go forward as God leads.
  • Hinshaw Music HMC1945

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Set to the familiar hymn tune EBENEZER, a well-crafted simple anthem for use during Lent, on Palm/Passion Sunday, general use.

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    Text by William J. Sparrow-Simpson, 1887

    Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow, where the blood of Christ was shed. Perfect Man on thee did suffer. Perfect God on thee has bled! Here the King of all the ages, throned in light ere worlds could be, Robed in mortal flesh is dying, crucified by sin for me. O mysterious condescending! O abandonment sublime! Very God himself is bearing all the sufferings of time! Cross of Jesus, cross of sorrow, where the blood of Christ was shed. Perfect Man on thee did suffer. Perfect God on thee has bled!
  • Harold Flammer Music - Shawnee Press A7344

    SSATB anthem – a cappella By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Difficult Click to listen: Set to the familiar Phineas Fletcher (1580-1650) text, this anthem provides a fervent experience for a somber occasion.

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    Text by Phineas Fletcher, 1580-1650

    Drop, drop slow tears. Drop, drop slow tears and bathe those beauteous feet which brought from heaven the news and Prince of peace. To cry for vengeance. Sin doth never cease in Thy deep flood. Drown all my faults and my fears nor let His eyes see sin; But through my tears
  • Shawnee Press 35029821

    Unison anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Written for combined choirs of children and adults, this anthem prayerfully seeks God's love to nurture and sustain growing children, caregiving adults and parents. A gentle accompaniment supports the beautiful melody that both choirs first sing independently before combining together later in the anthem. The piece is an ideal choice for use with Mother's Day or Father's Day services, baptisms and confirmation services. There is an accompaniment CD available (35029822) that features multiple titles, including this one.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette and Gary Douglas

    Lord, we come as your children, spirits fresh and meek. Bless the dreams we seek and keep us filled with faith. Lord, watch over your children as we grow and play. Give us joy each day and keep us close to you. Comfort us, nourish us. Call us to rise above. Speak through us. Shine through us. Encircle us in your love. Lord, empower our children for a world anew. Tell us what to do to raise them strong in faith. Lord, encourage our children; let them know your grace. Help them find their place. Guide them to follow you.
  • Shawnee Press 35029650

    Two part anthem with optional violin & congregation By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Appropriate for older elementary, youth or adult choirs, this poignant anthem reminds us to stop and recognize the simple blessings of life. In so doing, we can "capture a glimpse of God's face." This title is also available in a unison version.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette

    In the everyday miracles of everyday life God is sending you guidance and grace. In the simplest of blessings you miss every day you can capture a glimpse of God’s face. Do you take the time to notice a rainbow? Do you feel the breeze as it sweeps through your hair? Will you learn to see with the eyes of your spirit? Will you stop and listen? Do you dare? Do you take the time to laugh with the children? Do you hear the swell of a sweet violin? The Creator of love is calling your name. So look, look around and let true faith begin!
  • Shawnee Press 35029271

    Unison anthem with optional violin & congregation By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Appropriate for older elementary, youth or adult choirs, this poignant anthem reminds us to stop and recognize the simple blessings of life. In so doing, we can "capture a glimpse of God's face." This title is also available in a two-part version.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette

    In the everyday miracles of everyday life God is sending you guidance and grace. In the simplest of blessings you miss every day you can capture a glimpse of God’s face. Do you take the time to notice a rainbow? Do you feel the breeze as it sweeps through your hair? Will you learn to see with the eyes of your spirit? Will you stop and listen? Do you dare? Do you take the time to laugh with the children? Do you hear the swell of a sweet violin? The Creator of love is calling your name. So look, look around and let true faith begin!
  • Hinshaw Music Press HMC2008

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: This is a creative and potent meditation on the names and the character of God.

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    Text by Pamela Martin

    I have made you. I have called you. I have chosen you. I am God. I have redeemed you. I have been faithful to you, my people. I am God. I will water your land and out of my hand I will pour my Spirit on you. I am the first and last, the future, the past. I am eternity. There is none like me. I am Jehovah, the Author of Faith, All in All, the Bread of Life, and the Everlasting Father, Peace. I am Wonderful, Counselor, Almighty God, Alpha, Omega, Everlasting Life! I am God.
  • Alfred Publishing Company 26408

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: Composed in sweet simplicity with a truly memorable melodic line, this is a stunning setting of text adapted in part from e. e. cummings' poem, "i carry your heart with me," and Paul's letter to the Philippians.

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    Text by e.e. cummings and Kathy Burdette, Philippians 1

    I carry you in my heart. I carry you in my heart. For your light and love made my soul to sing Like the quiet winter warms to spring. And I carry your heart with mine. I carry your heart with mine. I thank my God for every thought of you. I carry you in my heart. I carry you in my heart. You are part of God’s perfect mystery. For the way you live helps me to see. And I carry your heart with mine. I carry your heart with mine. I thank my God for every thought of you. And this is the root of the root, and this is the bud of the bud, and the sky of the sky of a tree called life which grows and grows. Because of you my heart can love still more. I carry you in my heart, I thank my God for you. And because of you my heart can love still more.
  • MorningStar Music Publishers MSM-50-6518

    SATB anthem with optional congregation By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: This anthem depicts how a church of "brick and stone" transforms into a spiritually meaningful place.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette

    In this place. We honor all the spirits who dreamed this sacred space. Reaching out and reaching in to share the gift of faith. Every soul is welcome in this covenant of grace. Beloved child of God, join our table, take your place. It was only brick and stone when I first walked through the door. But something stirred my spirit here and now it’s so much more. Our hearts and doors stand open, surely God is in this place. May the light of loving kindness shine from each and every face. In this place. In this place we gather to soar on hope and awe. With your wisdom, clear our vision, help us face our flaws. Equip us with a growing understanding of your grace. Then, send us out to those in need of your embrace. What is the future? What are we called to do? We’re filled with possibility because we follow you.
  • Shawnee Press A7219

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: This sprite anthem adds joy and celebration to any holiday service.

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    Text by Paul Gerhardt; trans by Catherine Winkworth

    Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria! Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria! All my heart today rejoices As I hear far and near; Sweetest of angelic voices: “Christ is born.” The choirs are singing, “Hope is here.” Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria! Gloria, Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria! Hark! A voice from yonder manger, Soft and sweet, the tiny King. Come, then, let us hasten yonder. Here let all, Great and small, Kneel in awe and wonder; Love Him who is love. Hail the star of glory! Brightest hope is come!
  • Shawnee Press - 35030481

    Two-part anthem with optional flute By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Very Easy Click to listen:

    With tenderness and grace, this anthem of prayer seeks God's help in being a light to the world. Rich harmonies and a lovely melody surround the song's earnest plea to be a "beacon of love and care." The piece is a fitting selection for use during Lent or any service of commitment.

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    Text by Donna Butler Douglas, Kathy Burdette, Gary Douglas and R.G. Huff

    Kindle this flame with all I need to know Shelter it from doubt and give it time to grow Order my steps to people filled with strife. So I can be a channel of my Savior’s holy light CHORUS: I can be a light to people everywhere I can be a beacon and offer love and care God, give me courage to always follow you Lord, let me be Your light. Brighten my light when I am in distress. May it guide me home, remind me I am blessed. Daily I’ll count on you to see me through, So every word and every deed reflect my love of You Shine in me. Shine with me. Shine through me. Let me be your light.