Church Anniversary

//Church Anniversary
  • 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.
  • Unison hymn By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: MIDI Recording Preview Now This unison hymn provides a heartwarming sentiment which echoes themes of inclusion and belonging.


    Lord, thank you for a church called home Where all may worship on their own Where people meet with God as one To sing His praise and find His love. A quiet place to take our sin To ask forgiveness from within To seek the peace for which we long Through silent prayer and joyful song. A place from which we reach to others Humankind, all sisters, brothers One that we can make our own A place to worship, a church called home.
  • 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.
  • SATB hymn By: Donna Butler Douglas Level: Easy Click to listen: Preview Now This stately hymn begins with an invitation to worship and traces the journey of a church with the promise of a bright future ahead. Commissioned for the sequistentennial celebration of Second Baptist Church of Liberty, Missouri. Recording by Second Baptist Church, Liberty, Missouri.


    O God, who spoke to simple folk Thy Word of Liberty Bless now Thy children in this hour of joy in serving Thee. Thy Word was strong, and stronger still, it beckons us to give, To tell the story of Thy love that others yet may live. Bless'd we have been and blessings be translating Word to Deed: The "cup of water" in Thy name is poured for those in need. Our frontier faith spans skies and space, Thy Word imparted free, O'er lands and oceans, 'til in song just praises bound to Thee. By faith we live, who live the Faith, Thine humble servants true. We follow paths of stalwart saints and yield ourselves anew. O God, who speaks to faithful folk Thy Word of Liberty, Bless now Thy children for new days of joy in serving Thee.