Anthems

  • TTBB anthem with baritone solo and piano accompaniment By: A.L. Pete Butler | Arr. By Donna Butler Douglas Level: Medium Difficulty Click to listen: MIDI Recording Preview Now This anthem explores the joy and blessing of Christian service and includes excerpt of My Faith Looks Up to Thee hymn. Perfect for state denominational men's choruses. yutytuytuytuytuyt

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    The joy of serving Christ is indescribable To do His will brings peace beyond compare. To walk with Him each day makes life so rich and full For happiness and love are His to share. Life's greatest joy is serving Jesus, and in His strength to live each day. Life's greatest joy is yours in Jesus O let Him have control, then through His grace you'll know Life's greatest joy. O serve the Lord with gladness, giving thanks to Him, Devote your life to ministry and care. Commit your time and talents with an open heart, For we are living branches, fruit to bear. May Thy rich grace impart strength to my fainting heart My zeal inspire. As Thou hast died for me, O may my love for Thee Pure, warm and changeless be, a living fire! O deep within my heart I feel a blessed peace. I know that Christ, the Savior, dwells within. He came into my life and gave me full release, And through His grace has cleansed me from my sin. He's cleansed me from my sin, I'm free, I'm free from all my sin.
  • By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Very Easy Click to listen: MIDI Recording Preview Now This easy anthem works well for situations with very little rehearsal time. Perfect for middle school, youth or adult choirs as well as small ensembles. Based on the hymn, Prayer is the Soul's Sincere Desire, this piece makes a great companion to any sermon series on prayer, and allows choirs of all demographics to achieve early success. Lord, Teach Us How to Pray makes a great snow anthem or summer anthem, where a choral component is needed to service few available singers.

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    Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Unuttered or expressed, The motion of a hidden fire, that trembles in the breast. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, the falling of a tear. The upward glancing of an eye when none but God is near. O Lord, teach us how to pray. You're the Life, the Truth, the Way To face each passing day. Lord, teach us how to pray. Prayer is the simplest form of speech that infant lips can try. Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach the Majesty on high. Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, the Christian's native air, His watchword at the gates of death: He enters heav'n with prayer.
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    SATB anthem with soprano solo. Keyboard and/or organ accompaniment. By: Donna Butler Douglas | Orchestration by Donna Butler Douglas, Edited by C.L. Bass Level: Difficult Click to listen: Full Score - Preview Now Choral - Preview Now Parts - Preview Now This five-minute re-telling of the traditional Song of Mary found in Luke 2 is the hallmark for special church Advent or Christmas services or events. Beginning with a sweet, simple melody, the work escalates into dramatic grandeur before culminating in the quiet opening musical sequence.

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    My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God, my Savior. For He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden. For behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me Blessed. For He that is mighty hath magnified me. And Holy is His name. And His mercy is on them that fear Him from generation to generation. He hath shown strength with His arm. He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, And hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things, And the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering His mercy hath helped His servant, Israel, As He promised to our foreparents, Abraham, and his seed forever. Amen.
  • Hinshaw Music Press HMC2155

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: Use this for your Thanksgiving celebration. It is the traditional hymn text with a joyfully animated original melody.

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    Text by Martin Rinkart, 1636

    Now thank we all our God with heart and hands and voices. Who wondrous things has done In whom this world rejoices. Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way with countless gifts of love, and still is ours today. Now thank we all our God. O may this bounteous God through all our lives be near us with ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us. And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed, and free us from all ills, in this world and the next. Now thank we all our God. All praise and thanks to God, the Father, now be given; the Son, and him who reigns with them in highest heaven. The one eternal God, whom earth and heaven adore: For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.
  • Harold Flammer Music – Shawnee Press A7487

    SATB anthem with tambourine By: A.L. Butler; Arranged by Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: Commissioned for the Bethlehem 2000 celebration in Bethlehem Square by Palestinian Christians, this anthem evokes Middle Eastern harmonies with tambourine.

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    Text by A.L. Butler

    O Bethlehem! City of David, Chosen from all of the cities on earth. In God’s great plan, a rude, lowly stable sheltered the blest, holy birth. On that night two thousand years ago, shepherds heard the angels say, “Glory to God in the highest! Peace and good will to all men! Jesus, the promised Messiah, is born today.” That manger scene still lives through the ages, Shepherds adoring the Babe in the hay. The promise foretold in prophecy pages now is fulfilled to this day. Bethlehem! Ephratah, Small among the class of Judah! Out of you there shall come the long awaited ruler. The Messiah coming to save, Free the world so long enslaved. O Holy One, Emmanuel the promised king of kings. And He will be their peace. O Bethlehem light shine to the nations Tell all the world the Messiah lives. O tell of His might, His perfect salvation. Life everlasting He gives. O Bethlehem light, shine to the nations, O shine as the starts in the night, Bethlehem light!
  • Choristers Guild CGA1130

    Unison anthem with optional flute and congregation By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: This lovely anthem offers a variety of presentation options throughout the Advent season for both children's choirs and congregations. In addition to serving as a stand-alone anthem that's sung only once during Advent, the piece can also be used during all four Sundays of Advent when the Advent candles are lit.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette

    One simple candle, now we prepare, hearts full of wonder, spirits aware. 1. This is the season the story begins, open our lives to let promise in. Four candles weave a circle, A wondrous, blazing sight! Come to us dear Savior, Enfold us in your light. The pure Christ candle, so bright. Ah, holy light. 2. This is the advent of love born anew, help us to see new visions of you. 3. Soft golden light and shimmering glow, quietly waiting, eager to know. 4. One simple candle, Advent arrives. Lit by the fire we transform our lives.
  • Heritage Music Press 15/3454H

    Two-part anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Very Easy Click to listen: "Stars are sparkling on this frozen night … wonder fills the silence, and peace returns again." A tuneful triple meter melody, shared between both parts with uncomplicated linear harmony, and picturesque lyrics present a beautiful winter snapshot in time. Equally effective with young voices or a women's ensemble. Written in memory of Rob Eisele.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette

    Snow and stars are sparkling on this frozen night. Sounds are softly muffled in this world of white. Bustle slows to stillness; darkness closes in. Wonder fills the silence and peace returns again. All the possibilities lie under snow. Now we wait and deeply dream that they will grow. Long and silent evenings comfort and sustain. Nurtured by the quiet we find ourselves again. Winter brings peace and offers a new start. The wonder of the winter is an opening of the heart. Snow and stars are sparkling on this frozen night. Sounds are softly muffled in this world of white. Bustle slows to stillness; darkness closes in. Wonder fills the silence and peace returns again. And peace returns again.
  • Beckenhorst Press BP1313

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: Why do we sing a "new song to the Lord"? Because He heard our cry, drew us up from the pit and set our feet on the rock of salvation. Psalm 40 springs to life through driving rhythms, syncopation and a contrasting middle section. Most of all, this anthem has that elusive quality – appeal.

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    Text based on Psalm 40

    I will sing a song of praise to God For he has given my heart a new song. But may all who seek Him rejoice and be glad. May those who love thy salvation Shout “Great is the Lord!” I will sing a song of praise to God For he has given my heart a new song. I waited patiently for God. He turned to me and heard my cry; He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog, and set my feet on a rock of salvation.
  • Choristers Guild CGA1154

    Unison/two part anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Honoring the traditional role of mothers as well as the expanding boundaries of parenting through foster parents and other care givers, this anthem prayerfully seeks God's blessing for mothers everywhere. The poignant text incorporates global inferences as it expresses the anthem's theme of healing the world one child at a time. A stirring melody in 6/8 meter moves primarily by step in a comfortable singing range appropriate for younger and older elementary children's choirs.

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    Text by Kathy Burdette

    God bless the mother who sings to her child, peaceful and calm, her words soft and mild. God bless the mother awake in the night, rocking her child ‘til morning light. Gather all mothers in tender embrace. Grant them your courage, your wisdom and grace. Honor their place in your sacred design, of healing the world one child at a time. God bless the mother forgiving and wise. sharing God’s grace through the light in her eyes. God bless the mother oppressed by her fears, carried by faith ‘til hope reappears.
  • Beckenhorst Press BP1232

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: "I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart..." begins this exciting SATB anthem. The use of compound meter and multiple key areas provides interest to the listener and a challenge to the singer but is sure to be a favorite among your church.

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    Text based on Psalm 9

    I will praise Thee, O Lord, with my whole heart. I will shew forth all Thy works, all Thy marvelous works. I will be glad and rejoice in Thee. I will sing praise to Thy name, O Lord, most high. When mine enemies are turned back, They shall fall and perish in Thy presence. For Thou hast maintained my right and my cause; Thou sittest in the throne judging right. But the Lord shall endure forever. He has prepared His throne for judgment. And they that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee. For the Lord has not forsaken them that seek Thee, He remembereth them. He forgeteth not the cry of the humble.
  • SAB anthem with piano accompaniment By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Preview Now Based on a text by Fanny Crosby, this work is ideal for youth choirs, small adult choirs - or any choir. The gentle rhythm of the verses wander into surprising harmonic elements at the end of the chorus. Dedicated to the composer's family, this piece is heartwarming and sincere in nature. Recording by Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Missouri.

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    Master You call and I gladly obey; Only direct me and I'll find Your way. Teach me the mission appointed for me; What is my labor, and where shall it be? Purer in heart, O God, help me to be. May I devote my life wholly to Thee. Be Thou my friend and guide, let me with Thee abide, O, purer in heart, help me to be. Willing, my Savior, to take up the cross. Willing to suffer reproaches and loss. Willing to follow if, Lord, You will lead. Only support me with grace in my need.
  • Hinshaw Music Press HMC1900

    SATB anthem By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Moderate Click to listen: Wow...Donna Butler has really outdone herself with this work on a text related to the joy of singing and the faith that is our "reason to sing." – Hinshaw Music Also available in SSAA (HMC2106).

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    Text by R.G. Huff, B.J. Huff and Donna Butler Douglas

    I have reason to sing to the Maker of everything. He has spangled the night with His glorious light and has given life to all things. He traces a path for all He knows; wherever I journey, His Spirit goes. And I have reason to sing. I have reason to praise. He is holy in all His ways. And in jubilant voice, let our spirits rejoice. He is worthy of our song. His judgments are just and mercies true; Creator, He makes old things new. And I have reason to praise. You’ve given me the words, Lord, and the music. A song of love that’s new and unrehearsed. You’ve given me the joy that makes my heart sing even though the tears come first. You’ve given me the strength of my existence and I will sing your glory all my days. For now, Lord, and forever be my music, and make my life a symphony of praise, now, and forever and evermore.