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Breaking the Consecrated Bread

This meditative anthem for mixed voices and flute expresses some facets of the mystery of the sacrament: a timeless moment of grace, like a condor hovering nearly motionless in a thermal; a coming together of the faithful from every age in communion with God; a closing benediction of peace.

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The Yoke

This anthem for 4-part choir and piano presents Dave Baldwin’s gentle meditation on Jesus’ words of comfort in Matthew 11:29-30: My yoke is easy, my burden is light. Medium difficulty.

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Because of Faith

In this anthem, Dave Baldwin’s lyrics present a strong, focused message about the centrality of faith, reflecting the apostle Paul’s insistence of the priority of faith over “works of the flesh” in Galatians 3. This message of sola fide is especially apt in the 500th anniversary year or the Reformation.

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We Stand As One

Written for SATB choir with piano accompaniment, “We Stand as One” sets forth the resonant themes of faith and reformation. Dave Baldwin’s lyric, taking its cue from Martin Luther’s famous “Here I stand” declaration, enlarges it to “here we stand” and “we stand as one,” which are reflected in the resounding declarations of the music. Although this anthem is well-suited for performance by a large “festival” choir, it will also work well with a smaller group. Contact us to inquire about a customized, expanded version of the anthem with brass quartet or other instrumentation.

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Justice

This lyric is based on the bold, timeless call for justice voiced by the ancient prophet Amos: “Let justice roll down the mountains like mighty waters. Let righteousness be an ever-flowing stream.”

Following an introduction and an exhortation, the choir sings these timeless words to a sturdy melody over the foundation of a walking bass line in the organ. My hope is that choirs will proclaim this very relevant message to a new generation!

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The Parable of the Growing Seed

The vivid lyric for this anthem is based on Jesus’ parable of the growing seed from Mark 4. The theme is “planting the Word” and bringing it to fruition: “Planting the Word is never enough; you cannot plant and walk away.” In this 2-part anthem I have attempted to make the voice lines interesting and also not difficult to sing. The piece can be sung by men’s voices, women’s voices, mixed voices, or as a duet.

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God Knows the Heart

This anthem for treble voices and organ combines two closely related texts: I Samuel 16, describing the prophet Samuel’s mission to find Israel’s new king among the sons of Jesse and realizing that the tall, impressive sons were not the ones that God wanted. And the familiar “Create in me a clean heart” passage from Psalm 51, reminding us that God sees what is in our hearts and is not distracted by external appearances. The beginning and ending of the piece feature a gentle, flowing melody. In the contrasting middle section, which describes the selection of young David as Israel’s king, the melody and accompaniment are bolder and more angular.

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Long Night’s Journey Into Day

This musical setting for mixed choir and organ includes references to the Reformation-era chorale “Savior of the Nations, Come.” “Long Night’s Journey Into Day” begins with Isaiah’s image of defeat, darkness and life in the shadow of death and progresses dramatically into the bright sunlight of exuberant victory for the people of God. Isaiah foretells the coming of the Messiah. The Gospel of Saint Matthew cites this passage (in chapter 4) as a fulfillment of the messianic prophesies of Jesus.

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All Lyrics

To see all Sacred Music 21 lyrics, click this. The lyric titles are arranged in alphabetical order.

Other Anthems by Kerry Lewis

Kerry composed and published these anthems before the formation of Sacred Music 21.

Come and Be Fed

This anthem is a good musical match for the “feeding of the 5000” gospel reading. It also works well for the theme of communion. The solo part can be sung by a man or a woman. SATB, Solo, and piano.

This anthem is published by the composer on J.W. Pepper’s “MyScore” platform.

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I Am Your Vessel

God’s treasure in vessels of clay (us) – a beautiful image! I wrote this anthem for a Sunday when II Corinthians 4:1-15 was the reading of the day. It’s easy to sing and has been well received by my congregation.

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In Christ All Are One

Based on a wonderful text from chapter 2 of Ephesians, this anthem highlights the theme of unity and reconciliation that is so beautifully described there. The apostle Paul proclaims eloquently that through Christ the gentiles who were formerly “separate” and “excluded” from God’s fellowship are now “called and reconciled.” The old barriers are now broken down. Built on the foundation of Christ himself, the unified Church rises to become a “holy temple.”

The recurring refrain, first heard at measure 35, began as an idea for the final chorus of a liturgical drama on the life of the apostle Paul. It seems to me that the concept of a reconciled, unified church of formerly hostile Jews and gentiles is what Paul’s ministry was all about. If I ever write such a dramatic work, this music will be part of it!

This anthem is published by the composer on J.W. Pepper’s “MyScore” platform.

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Transforming God, Renewing Christ

“Transforming God, Renewing Christ” was premiered at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Saratoga, California, on Reformation Sunday, 2014. Our choir director, Barbara Day Turner, had asked me to write a new anthem for this occasion, with a new text as well. Starting with an existing tune in mind (Forest Green, which appears in many hymnals), I wrote a text about renewal, transformation, growth, and forward movement. This is what “Reformation” means to me in our time. The hymn text (which is included at the end of the score) can also be used as a regular congregational hymn to the tune Forest Green, or to another tune that fits the CMD meter.

Verse 1 of the anthem emphasizes faith (Sola Fide). Verse 2 emphasizes the Word (Sola Scriptura). Verse 3 ties everything together and propels the themes forward (“Now lift us on the wings of faith…”).

My thanks to Barbara for commissioning this piece; to skilled hymn writer, librettist, and composer Delores Dufner for critiquing my text; and to our fine organist Michael Touchi for working out the organ registrations.

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Day of Triumph

This lyrical, joyful anthem presents the message of Jesus’ resurrection and triumph over death in a very straightforward style. The text includes references to two parts of the resurrection narrative that especially move me: Mary weeping at the empty tomb and Peter and John hiding in fear and uncertainty on Easter morning.

The brass parts, which are not difficult, will add a lot to a performance with a fairly large choir. I have also published a version of this anthem for choir and organ, without brass. The soprano part has a few G’s and A’s, but always with a lower-note option.

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