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Angels Unaware – Hope C5888 This is a very creative way to heighten our awareness of those in need. Based on Hebrews 13:1-2 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”
Arise, O Church, Arise - Hal Leonard This was commissioned by First Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC. This festival type anthem challenges the church to move boldly forward into the future. It includes quote from "Rise Up,O Church of God" and "To God Be the Glory". (opt. brass accomp.)
Be Strong (view and listen) – Hal Leonard HL 35030307 This has a great orchestration. So many people need to hear this message. This really drives to a dramatic ending.
Bethlehem Procession - Glorysound A 7526 As the men begin with the drum-like, “Come, O come...,” the women soar with a lyrical line which beckons the listener to join the procession to see the Christ child. The piece builds to a joyous call to “come, see the shining light,” then gradually fades into the distance. You can almost feel the procession as it goes by. The optional bongos, tambourine and finger cymbals will make this anthem especially dramatic. A perfect piece to begin a program or to help tell the story of the wise men (Epiphany). I like it much slower than the demo.
Beyond All We Could Imagine – Shawnee 35029919 This is the kind of piece that every church wants to sing for its anniversary, visioning process or stewardship emphasis. Based strong on Ephesians 3:14-17, it is a strong, heartfelt call to claim God’s promise for the future. (full orchestration available)
Blessed Is He - Glorysound HL 35002169 This Palm Sunday anthem first appeared in ONCE UPON A TREE.
Blessing Riddle, The - Alfred 21607 (2-part also available) I heard Doc Watson sing this folk melody with the words, "I Gave My Love a Cherry". This makes a perfect benediction or parting song. A congregational version is incldued at the end to be used after the choir teaches the piece. Since it is a folk melody, it is almost immediately singable by the congregation.
Blessings Over Me – Alfred 00-32266
Bring It All – Hal Leonard HL 35029213 One of my favorite texts I’ve written. “Do we try to be perfect when we come to meet the Lord?... The Lord knows all our weaknesses and offers up the call, ‘Come unto me and bring it all’”. Orchestration: HL 35029214. Trax: HL 3502915
– Shawnee A8698
Carols We Love – Lorenz Piano book with arrangements by Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Ruth Elaine Schram & Larry Shackley. Each piece has an article by the arranger telling about the reasons it is a favorite.
Children of Light - Hal Leonard
Christ Is Our Brother – Shawnee HL 35003536 From the Easter musical WE WERE THERE
Christ the Lord - Glorysound A 7387 (view score) One of my favorite anthems though it was not a “hit”. This worshipful anthem reflects on how the Christ’s name was first announced. It then calls the listener to praise Jesus as the Christ.. Smooth and contemplative, each verse ends with a smooth soaring line carrying the text, “Jesus, Saviour, Christ, the Lord”.
Christ Will Be Our Banner - Monarch 10/1292P
Christmas Gift, The - Beckenhorst BP1674 See music. The piece begins with the congregation singing a nice hymn text to the tune of "The Holly and the Ivy" Their words talk about giving gifts to each other to celebrate Christ's birthday. Then as a surprise, a soloist plays the role of Jesus and asks, "You celebrate my birthday... What is your gift to me?" Then, there is a dialogue that mirrors the Biblical text of Jesus' discussion with His disciples that ends: "When you do it unto the least of these, you do it unto me." The piece encourages the listener to minister to those in need as a Christmas gift to Christ. A very unique idea.
Christmas Joy - Glorysound A 7016 view sample Spiritual for the season. With piano accompaniment.
Church Is An Ark, The - Glorysound A 7661
Church Without Walls - Laurel Press (Lorenz)
An inspiring prayer that God will lead the people of God to be the church in the world as break down barriers.
Circle of Love – Glorysound HL 35004009 An easy going country/folk anthem that reminds us that we are a circle of love in Christ. "Share the circle of love we've found, God is the center and God sur-rounds us with his love."
Circle of Praise - Glorysound A 7388 (view score) The text calls the listener to join heaven’s never-ending circle of praise. The anthem has a modal feel and setting which is reminiscent of “Carol of the Bells.. The piece begins with an soft, yet energetic opening and builds to a explosive “B” section. Choirs will get caught up in the electricity of this piece.
Close Your Eyes and See – Shawnee A 7979 See the Music A very reflective worship song: “Close your eyes and see God’s glory. Close your lips, speak with your heart. Bring your soul quiet and open. This where God’s work will start.”
Come All Believers - Lorenz 10/3465L See the Music Composed in a sturdy sacred harp-style, this is a celebration of God's entire family. In a day when lives are so compartmentalized, the timely message reminds us that all are to "come together, joined as one in grateful praise".
Come and Rejoice - Glorysound A 7492 This bright energetic song beckons all creation to join as we sing and praise the Lord. Much of the piece is light (unison and 2 part) in texture to propel the bright driving rhythm. The running eighth notes of the piano provide an energetic accompaniment to match. The text was based on a song of David, found in I Chronicles 16:23-36, which was delivered before the Ark of the Covenant. This joyous anthem would serve well as a call to worship or to add to a special celebration.
Come Emmanuel! – Lorenz 10/4173L (SAB: 10/4174) view From vibrant anticipation to a dramatic call, this is a fresh way to begin Advent. My favorite part is the surprise ending. From my new cantata, Lead Me Back to Bethlehem.
Come to Me, Stay with Me, – Shawnee A8699 There is a lot of heart in this one. I wrote it during a supremely challenging time. I was so pleased with the demo produced by Joe Martin and the Shawnee Singers.
Comfort and Joy – Alfred 26462 (2 pt: 26463)
Creator of It All - Hal Leonard HL 08744415
Creator Rhythm - Lorenz 10/3438M See the Music HIGH on the cool factor. With an African beat, the music and text focuses on the touch of creation that in all of nature and in every human heart. Listen for the rainstorm in the middle verse.
Crossing Over There – Hope C 5410 An optimistic song of yearning for the joys of heaven. (rhythm:C 5410R and rehearsal/accomp CD: C5410C)
Deep Waters - Beckenhorst BP1636 See music. Designed to involve the congregation, this a cappella anthem tells the story of Jesus telling the disciples to go out to DEEP waters to fish. The piece serves to call the church to take risks in doing the ministry of Christ. "Go to deep waters, where only faith will let you go... harvests of faith will overflow. Since the chorus is easily memorized, it can be used as a processional / reccessional. I sing this faster than the demo.
Do This and Remember Me - Glorysound HL 8062064 This first appeared in ONCE UPON A TREE. Approaches the Lord’s Supper as Jesus’ farewell to his disciples.
Don’t Worry About Tomorrow - Lorenz 10/4214L view This is so fun to sing. It’s a message from the Sermon on the Mount that we all need to hear. A cappella with optional percussion and ukulele or guitar. My choir helped me insert a little joke on the very last measure. Accomp CD: 99/2970
Down to the Water to Pray – Glorysound A 7681 Also known as “Down to the River to Pray”. A cappella.
Draw Us Together - Glorysound A 7593 Written in a light 3/4 Gospel style, the piece is a prayer for church unity. "How can we share the Gospel of peace if peace doesn't live in our hearts?"
Easter Morning, Easter Day – Hal Leonard
Everlasting Arms, The - Glorysound This simple (very popular anthem has a country feel. See who is the last one to remember NOT to sing on the rest!
Faith to Face - Glorysound
Family of Faith - Lorenz 10/1657M view a sample | Many of our churches need to live more as a family, or maybe less like a family. This commissioned piece would be good for an anniversary or homecoming. Some churches have used it for family emphasis.
Father, Forgive Them – Beckenhorst BP2035 preview A thoughtful, meditative, yet intense consideration of Christ As I wrote it, I also reflected on some of the cruel things humanity has done without realizing the evil of their deeds.
Fill-a-Me-Up - Lorenz 10/2807M (SAB with optional Spanish text: 10/3439M) This has an African/spiritual feel and includes optional percussion that really makes it cook. This has already received a great response in reading sessions. Performance/Accomp CD: 99/1717M
For the Beauty of the Earth – Glorysound HL 35007117 This uses the orignal tune with a contrasting “B” section. The anthem has a very pastoral mood as the accompaniment flows with smooth triplets. From the recording, “Psalms of the Wood”.
Forever God’s Love Endures – Hope C 5941 (with optional cello) preview This anthem will help your congregation experience the certainty of God's eternal love, based on Psalm 118 - a text often used on Palm Sunday. The smooth, linear flow supports the theme of love, and a children's choir would be a natural addition to sing the simple chorus or verses, especially if used for Mother's Day. The addition of "Joyful, Joyful" near the end lends itself to everyone joining together.
with the listeners' personal life experience. “Free us from the heavy chains of our sin and our sadness and body of pain!”
Gather by the River to Pray – Lorenz 10/4047L view “Down to the River to Pray” is partnered with “Shall We Gather at the River” for a great piece for baptism or when celebrating our future life in heaven.
Give Me a Song - Alfred 11537 This was one of the most significant musical experiences I've had. It was written to honor a couple who had served their church's music ministry. Three days before their recognition service, the woman died suddenly and the song was premiered instead at her funeral. The text was so appropriate as it spoke of giving our lives to the praise and worship of God.
Give Us a Vision - Monarch 10/1149P
Glory Is A-Coming Our Way – Lorenz 10/3714L
God Breathed – Lorenz 10/4472L With an air of mystery, this piece walks through the story of creation.
God Gives Us a Future with Hope – Lorenz 10/4396L A bright upbeat piece that is great for church anniversaries or visioning emphases. Very enncouring and uplifting
God of the Ages - Monarch 10/3624M (2 part) A very graceful, scripture packed anthem which assures us of God’s presence and forgiveness.
God’s Mercy is Wide –Monarch 10/3605M(SAB: 10/3606M)
Goin’ On Up to Bethlehem - Alfred See the Music My choir had a blast singing this rocking Christmas spiritual. "Why do you stand there wasting time? We are going on up to Bethlehem." (Available in SATB and SAB).
Gospel Hymns We Love Lorenz 70/1662L Piano book with arrangements by Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Ruth Elaine Schram & Larry Shackley. Each piece has an article by the arranger telling about the reasons it is a favorite.
– Shawnee A8751
The Greatest Commandment – Lorenz 10/4304L If we follow the greatest commandment, all the rest falls into place. “Love the Lord with all your heart… and your neighbor as yourself.”
Guilty of Innocence - Glorysound This first appeared in ONCE UPON A TREE.
Hear Your People Singing - Alfred 17933 See the Music "Hear your people singing, 'We thank you'".The choir teaches this line to the congregation who sings it in response.This song has a reverent chorus feel. It would be especially useful in a church that wishes to incorporate contemporary elements. There are FOUR options for texts: general, communion, thanksgiving and Pentecost. With this flexibility, your congregation could sing it at many times during the year.
Heaven’s Choir – Lorenz 10/3867 Every time I direct this, it just seems to roar. One verse says, “When lift our voices to heaven…, we prepare for the day when we join all heaven’s praise with an audience of one.” The other verse is strong statement of unity in the church.
Heaven's Song Glorysound A 7245 See the Music SSAA recording This is from my choral album entitled, PSALMS OF THE WOOD. It is a collection of my choral music accompanied by folk instruments and keyboards. Often, I hear people talk about a need for greater spirituality; to really feel connected to God. This is true even in the secular realm, for there is much discussion about spirituality. “Heaven’s Song” expresses that need in every human heart.
Hold On to the Rock – Lorenz 10/4568L A very spirited Gospel a cappella. “It doesn’t take a mighty earthquake to shake the ground you stand on.” This ministers to us all as we experience our own personal “quakes”. A bestseller!
Holy and Mighty - Lorenz 10/3283M (TTBB: 10/3284M) See the music. The harmony builds easily in Barbara Ann style. For a bright energetic contemporary anthem with a bit of an African feel. A bestseller!
Holy Mystery – Lorenz 10/3702L
Holy Sacrifice, A - Glorysound A7414 See the Music This was written to celebrate the anniversary of Lewis Phillips and his selfless service as Minister of Music at First Baptist Church, Mocksville, NC. The song is a prayer that the offering of our lives and our song will be made holy and acceptable to God. It has the mood of a worship chorus.
Holy Spirit, Light Divine – Church Street Press
Hosanna in the Streets – Lorenz 10/4059L (SAB:10/4060L See music This conveys the excitement and the tension of the crowd as Jesus rode through the Jerusalem streets. There are opportunities for soloists in this anthem and the option of using trumpet and percussion or full orchestra for accompaniment. Questions from the people are answered with shouts of affirmation in this perfect choice for Palm Sunday. From the cantata "Come, Touch the Robe". Tpt and perc: 30/2652L. Orch:30/2651L. Trax: 99/2802L
How Long? - Lorenz 10/4172L One of the most asked questions of faith. The verses begin, “How long ‘til this world is free from suffering?” “Press on, let faith and hope sustain you.” “Send me until the love of heaven will descend and peace will reign again.” Perfect for the tenth anniversary of 9/11.
– Shawnee A8756 See the Music There is a lot of passion creativity in this one. Still the message is our hunger for the Lord’s presence and strength.
Hymns We Love – Lorenz Piano book with arrangements by Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Ruth Elaine Schram & Larry Shackley. Each piece has an article by the arranger telling about the reasons it is a favorite.
I Bring a Heart of the Thanks – Lorenz 10/4157L View sample. I was well into writing this piece when I felt that it need something to make it come alive. At the same time, I was watching “Sing Off” and thought that a few vocal effects would really bring add energy. Use the “doots” and the “background singer” parts to give the piece extra drive and excitement. This could also be done a cappella
I Gave My Love a Cherry – Alfred (SATB:41605) (The Riddle Song) This is a school arrangement of a beautiful folk song. Years ago, I heard Doc Watson sing it and I was struck by its soulful simplicity. (SAB:41606, SSA:41697) This is a gorgeous demo. Also see “The Blessing Riddle”, a church piece with the same tune.
I Hear the Prophet Callin’ – Lorenz Christmas musical 65/2005L (SAB: 65/2006L)
I Will Praise the Lord - Fred Bock Music BG2305 view sample This energetic anthem would be a dynamic way to begin a service, especially if you added percussion instruments. If you are looking for a bright - almost boisterous call to worship, check out this piece.
I Wouldn't Miss Heaven for the World - Glorysound This was co-written with Dallas Pearce, who once was a songwriter for Sony Tree. He saw this title on a church sign and I thought it would make a great Gospel anthem.
I'm Going Home – Glorysound HL 35010546 This boisterous Sacred Harp hymn was used in the movie, Cold Mountain. This arrangement puts the hymn into a very vibrant SATB form. Our choir has a blast singing this.
I'm Gonna Sing All the Way to Heaven - Glorysound A 7370 See music. I haven't written much in the "gospel quartet" style, but this idea popped into my head on my way from work one day. The choir sings about hope through the struggles as it rehearses for the ultimate choir in heaven. The demo is way too slow.
If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking –Heritage/Lorenz 15/2035H (school and community) 15/2035H
In the Hands of the Lord - Glorysound A 7496 With its opening lines, “See the hands, see the face, see the miracle of God’s grace,” this tender anthem dedicates the gift of our children to the Lord. I had the words printed on the front cover to make it suitable for a momento of the occassion. Click here for to see the complete text. While the intimate text is perfect for dedications and baptism, the final verse, “when our hands must let them go”, makes this piece especially appropriate during graduate recognition. People of all stages of life will be touched by this poignant text.
Is There Room for a Sinner - Alfred 20905 (SATB arr.) and 20906 (2 part mixed) With a spiritual feel, this is a heart felt confession song. It begins with the reflective question and ends with an up tempo celebration that there IS room for us all.
Isaiah's Vision - Glorysound A 7543 View a sample This piece leads the people through Isaiah's vision of heaven (Is. 6:1-6). A narrator reads the text and the choir reflects on the story. The congregation is encouraged to sing the easily learned chorus. Designed to be a worship experience.
Jazz Hosanna - Fred Bock Music BG2303 See the Music This would be a creative processional, especially for Palm Sunday. The demo is must too fast and pointed. It should be in a relaxed folk, almost spiritual style.
Jesus, Clear the Temple – Beckenhorst BP2034 preview This is often preached about and is in every year of the lectionary, but I had never heard an anthem based on the story. “Drive out self-ambition, cast out the petty things. Break down the divisions and the sorrow they can bring. Overturn the tables of our selfishness and greed. Break our hearts to minister to those in need.”
Jesus, Lord of Light and Grace - Warner BSC9711 This is out of print. It’s listed here to remind that I wrote it!
Jesus Loves You Little One – Exaltation 10/3376L See the Music Great piece for children’s day or child dedications and baptisms. Using the traditional tune, the text says, “Jesus loves you little one as your new life has begun. You will never leave His care. He is with you everywhere.”
Joined at the Heart Glorysound A 7248 from PSALMS OF THE WOOD (Click title for text and recording.)
King of Suffering – Lorenz 10/4351L From my cantata, Come Walk with Me, this builds through the experience of the cross, toward the dramatic conclusion, “It is finished”.
Kingdom of the Light – Shawnee A7694
Lazy Chicks – Shawnee Children’s piece for school
Lay His Body Down 10/4207L view Using the folk melody, this is a poignant way to end the scene at the cross. This will work with any choir with at least three people! If you like this, you may want to see the musical that it is from, Come Walk with Me.
Lay Up Your Treasures – Lorenz 10/1461M (TTBB: 10/3766) My assignment was to write a stewardship piece - not an easy subject. So I went to the words of Jesus as recorded in Matthew. This has appeared in the American Choral Director’s National Convention reading session.
Lead Me Back – Glorysound A7763 See the Music A best seller! A very sincere song of confession and restoration which uses the parable of the prodigal son with optional scripture reading and sheet for congregation.
Lean on Me (Everlasting Arms) Hal Leonard HL 00121532 I was asked to sing “Lean on Me” for a funeral. Trying to help it fit into a memorial service, I combined it with “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms. It fit so naturally, I wondered if the pop song was based on the hymn. (I have no knowledge that it was.) When I have included a secular song in a worship service to communicate a spiritual truth, I’ve been delighted by the response of the congregation, especially from people who aren’t very connected with church. Hopefully, this arrangement will use the popular to draw people in and direct to “lean” on the Lord in times of need. Trax: HL 00121533. Rhythm parts: HL 00121534
So many churches say this in their services. I thought there needed to be a song to help them say it. The phrase comes from the scripture when David is dancing before the Lord. This is spiritual styled call and response. I usually use it without percussion, but it really cooks either way.– Lorenz 10/3611M
Let the Children Come - Alfred 42919 Though the children may have been laughing and playing, Jesus drew them close with all their youthful exuberance. I’ve tried to capture this exuberance in this anthem as we lead our children closer to Christ.
Let the Song Go Forth – Exaltation 10/3642L Traditional anthem with trumpet. A dialogue between layers: “Come, let us worship” and “But how shall we sing and not share the song?”
Let the Word Live in You – Glorysound A8585 See the music This anthem really speaks to the heart to encourage faith in God’s word. It speaks of hymns, psalms and spiritual songs. Bless all the people who were at Shawnee in this era for helping me share my music.
Let the Words of My Mouth - Glorysound A7669 Very worshipful chorus arrangement. The chorus is immediately learned by a congregation. The anthem introduces two sections and then combines them in a cool polyphonic ending.
Like a Lighthouse - Lorenz 10/1369P This was commissioned by First Baptist Church in Morehead City, NC (on the coast). The idea came to me as I was walking on the beach near an old lighthouse. It calls the church to be the light of the world.
Listen to the People - Flammer A 6997 Cool folk-like melody with a celtic feel.
Live a Life of Praise - Glorysound A 7109 See the Music Written for a man who gave many years as a church pianist, this anthem includes the hymn, “Holy, Holy, Holy”. The additional text celebrates the giving of ones life to worship leadership. It has been used in music conferences and would be good for music week or musician appreciation.
Look Up, Way Down – Alfred 00-31171 (2pt and SAB available) Text by Mattie Stepanek
Lord Came Down to the River, The – Hope C 5439
Lord of All Time – Hal Leonard HL 35027926 Built on the Ecclesiastes text, this piece is good for thanksgiving, graduations and memorial services. Notice that it’s mostly SAB. The demo is true to my marking, but I ended up taking it faster with my choir.
Lord, I Call You Friend – GlorySound A8904
Lord Work a Miracle - Glorysound A 7111 See the Music My pastor was preaching on Jesus turning water into wine and wanted me to find a song to fit the theme. After looking, I gave up and wrote a solo song which became a choir arrangement. It talks about some of the miracles of Jesus then focuses on the ultimate miracle of grace. It is very reflective with a very powerful "B section". By the way, pianists really like this one.
– Shawnee A8731 View sample
Man of Sorrows, What a Name – Shawnee Based on the Gospel hymn, this piece interprets the text with a very gripping, dramatic flow.
Marching to the Promised Land - Lorenz 10/1232P
Mary and Elizabeth – Shawnee This first appeared in my Christmas musical, “Once Upon a Night”. Some have said this is one of my best pieces. Two soloists assume the roles of Mary and Elizabeth which melds into a final triumph, “My soul magnifies the Lord”.
Messiah Has Come, The – Lorenz 10/3390M
Mighty Good to Praise the Lord – Lorenz 10/3593M
Mind Is a Garden, The – Shawnee HL35028933 Based on Phiippians 4:8-9, This anthem encourages us to plant in our minds whatever is good and true, so the God of peace will live in and through us.
My Eyes Have Seen the Glory Glorysound 35014786 Using the familiar phrase, this song is a witness to God’s presence in the worlds: the wonder of creation, the love of a man and wife, the beauty of the child, etc.
My Shepherd is the Lord - Glorysound A 6956
Night of the Father’s Love – Lorenz 10/3576L view a sample SAB: 10/4579L his was the #1 bestseller for Lorenz. It inspired the musical of the same name that was the #1 bestseller of all traditional cantatas. More canata info is at the top of this page. It is also arranged for handbells : 20/1497L
O Breath of Life - Evergreen See the Music This is a live recording of the NC Singers. I really enjoyed setting this beautiful hymn text. It has a smooth, dramatic flow for the most part with a big climax on the text, "Revive us, Lord..." It would be great for a service of renewal with worship themes concerning the Holy Spirit. The piano part is very artful and seeks to give a feeling of breath and flow. People have really responded to this one in reading sessions.
Once Upon a Night - Flammer A 7132 With its sense of intimacy and rich harmonies, this would be a great piece to include in a Christmas musical, perhaps as the title song. This could be done very effectively with guitar and flute accompaniment.
Once Upon a Tree - Shawnee A 6911
One Solitary Life - Hal Leonard 08740762
One Song – Alfred 20907 (SATB) and 20908 (SAB) Written to honor my friend Neal Eller. The piece calls us to build bridges and tear down walls so we may sing one song united.
One Step He Leads - Glorysound A 7092 This song probably has received the most testimonials. It use a light gospel style to carry the text, "One step he leads and one step I'll follow." Many have said how it brought them comfort and hope in great times of trouble.
Only Worship - Glorysound A 7715
People Who Walk in Darkness, The – Lorenz 10/3174 (TTBB: 10/3175M) This song is also in I Hear the Prophet Callin’, where it is orchestrated.
Power of My Spirit, The - Shawnee A 7876
Praise the Lord Again - Lorenz 10/26055P See the music.
Pray for a Miracle - Shawnee A 7939
Pray for the Parents - Glorysound Written for children's choirs, this is a great piece for Mother's Day, Father's Day or a family emphasis.
Pray for the People - Hope C 5542
Psalm of Joy - Lorenz 10/1455M
Reasons to Thank You – Lorenz 10/4382 A joyful song of thanksgiving with a Gospel drive. Including a brief reference to “For the Beauty”this piece calls the listener to thank the Lord with “all your mind, heart and soul.
Rejoice in the Hope – Church Street Press (SSATTB) More challenging a cappella, commissioned by the Gary Bonner Singers
Remember Me - Glorysound A 7424 View a sample The very gentle folk style creates an initmacy of communion. The simplicity and charm of this anthem will draw the listener in to experience the true meaning of the Lord’s Supper. A part is available for violin (or C instrument).
Remember to Remember – Lorenz 10/4326L With all that crowds our minds, this anthem calls us to focus on the Lord and truly worship. Written as general worship anthem, it is also appropriate for communion.
Respect the Lord - Glorysound HL 35018186 A light contemporary song for children's choirs about loving the Lord with all our hearts.
Resurrection People - Glorysound A7181 See the Music Co-written with Kerry Johnson and my wife Heather, this is a triumphant chorus for the whole church. Though this would be an ideal chorus for the spring, its universal message is appropriate for the entire year. It served as the theme song for the 1997 NC Baptist Convention. Parts are available for brass quartet/rhythm and full orchestration.
Rise Up! - Hal Leonard A spiritual for Easter. See the Music
Rise Up and Call Her Blessed – Lorenz 10/4318L Written in honor of my mother, this uses the Proverbs text to calls us to honor our parents. There are text options to make this appropriate for family emphases, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day.
Row Together to the Kingdom - Alfred 23693 Really cool acappella!
Runnin' Down to Bethlehem - Glorysound A7425 I loved listening to cajun music at a giant folk festival in NC. I wanted to try my hand at the style and thought the shepherds would provide the perfect subject. Cajun music has an earthy quality and the shepherds were certainly strong, earthy kind of men. This is a boisterous song of celebration that has parts for optional accordian and rhythm section.
See the Children Here Before Us – Shawnee HL 35028008 I wrote this tune for the text of Jan McGuire. It appear in the CELEBRATING GRACE HYMNAL. Mark Edwards did the arrangement.
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Seeking the King – Lorenz 10/4029L (SAB:10/4029L) This has orchestration and an accompaniment CD
Servant in Your Heavenly House, A – Lorenz 10/4124 video A great piece to call people to discipleship or to honor a special person. With the feel of a worship chorus, the three melodies combine for an inspiring bit of counterpoint. The piece was commissioned for Kathie Wilkinson, a music minister friend of mine. She is a hard worker and has a wonderful ministry. As I have done several events at her church, I noticed that they have a lot of doors. Though someone is responsible for them, we all have to inevitably have to "lock up sometimes". We also move chairs, set up tables, gather books and clean choir robes. Many times, it is much like tending to a house. This caused me to remember the Psalm text. We offer our time to Kingdom work though there are many things we could give our lives to. This is an expression of worship as we offer ourselves to the Lord and His Church's ministry.
Shout for Joy – Shawnee A 7375 An energetic piece with optional guitar and mandolin from my CD, PSALMS OF THE WOOD.
Silent Night for All the World – Fred Bock Music JG2399 (SAB: JG2 412) (with optional accordion/synth, guitar and congas) view This uses the text in English, German, Korean, Spanish and a bit of Swahili. It finishes with a powerful message of peace.
Simeon’s Blessing - Glorysound A 7298 See the Music I wrote this piece to present on Sundays after Christmas. It always seems abrupt when we suddenly stop singing Christmas music. Since the Sundays after Christmas are not our choir's high attendance times, I wrote this rather simply. This anthem could also be included in a program which tells the Christmas story.
Sing! Shout! Praise! - Glorysound A 7205 See the Music This was the first anthem release from my choral recording, PSALMS OF THE WOOD. The piece has a driving ethnic feel, reminiscent of Celtic music that is so popular today. Building in intensity, the piece erupts into boisterous praise. The recording includes accompaniment of guitar, accordion, violin and bodhran (Irish drum). Instrumental parts are available. (Click title to for text and recording.)
Sing to the Lord a New Song - Glorysound A 7556 See the Music |An anthem designed to lead the congregation in song. Because of its call and response form, the chorus will be immediately learned by the people the first time they sing it. The demo has a hot rhythm section, but I've done it with piano and/or guitar.
Song of the Saints - Harold Flammer A 7606 This is one of my favorite texts. It is written from the point of view of those who have gone on to heaven. Written in a majestic 3/4 meter, the song is a triumphant reassurance of our eternal life in Christ.
Spirituals We Love – Lorenz 70/1725L Piano book with arrangements by Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Mary McDonald, Ruth Elaine Schram & Larry Shackley. Each piece has an article by the arranger telling about the reasons it is a favorite.
Steppin’ Out on Faith – Alfred
A Star – Lorenz 10/1048 Selected by CREATOR MAGAZINE as one of the best anthems of the 90’s. This piece is a Christmas tradition in many churches.
Star of Advent – Lorenz 10/3991L (SAB: 10/3992L) This is a remake of “A Star” with new accompaniment and orchestration. This has a part-dominant rehearsal CD, plus orchestration and accompaniment CD
Surely This Was the Son of God – Shawnee HL 35022219
Teach Us to Pray - Glorysound A 6875
This Is the Time to Be Joyful – Hal Leonard HL 00125433 To make this sparkle with joy, I used a bright Baroque style. This is to remind us that our worship services should be happy occasion. This could support worship themes such as Advent, Easter, call to worship, and Christ the King.
This Won’t Get Me Down - Alfred 00-32315
Full orchestration is available from the composer.
Through Christ – Hope C5758
Time to Thank the Lord - Glorysound This is a light hearted Cajun style piece that has a very strong message: If you've got enough time to moan and whine and talk about all your troubles, then that's a sign that you've got enough time to come and thank the Lord. Near the end, the congregation is encouraged to join with the chorus of the old Gospel, "Count Your Blessings.
Timeless Song - Glorysound A 7327 from PSALMS OF THE WOOD. (Click title to for text and recording.)
To Every Generation - Glorysound A 8521
True to Your Word - Shawnee HL 35024094 A ¾ Gospel song celebrate the power and constancy of the Word of God.
Twelve Days of Christmas Praise, The - Glorysound A 7207
Upon This Rock – Lorenz 10/3906L
Waiting – Lorenz 10/3595M
Waitin’ for the Mornin’ – Lorenz 10/4481L Written in a soulful spiritual style, this may be sung with or without the piano. Of course it’s appropriate for Holy Week or even as an intro to Easter. However, this will offer hope year round to those who are walking through times of personal darkness.
Wake Up, Church, Wake Up - Lorenz 10/3048M I got this idea on the way back from a late concert. It begins quietly with the marking, "A bit too sweetly". Then it explodes in arousing call to wake up the church. The final chorus includes the spiritual, "Rise and Shine" (...and give God the glory, glory)
Walk a Mile – (arr. Mark Hayes) Alfred 19319
Walking Cross the Sea– Lorenz 10/3513M (TTBB: 10/3514M) This has a slow rocking spiritual feel. With rhythm section and Gospel organ.
Wash Their Feet – Lorenz 10/4475L From my cantata, Come Touch the Robe, this is a tender anthem telling the story of Jesus washing Peter’s feet. It goes on to encourage us to do the same as we minister to the “humble and meek”. Ideal for Holy Week services, it includes optional text that makes it appropriate for communion. SAB: 10/4458L. Trax: 99/3264L.
We Bring Thanksgiving 10/4237L
We Fall Down – Lorenz 10/3928L Accomp CD and rhythm parts avail.
We Live by Faith –10/4232L
We Say Amen - Exaltation 10/3328L See the music.
We're Gonna Worship Christ the King 10/4245L In a call and response spiritual style. Very singable a cappella
Welcome All to Worship - Glorysound A 7601 The church that commissioned this piece wanted to stress that all are welcome to come and worship the Lord together. This bright, energetic anthem is a great way to begin as we encourage all to enter into God's presence.
Well Done, My Faithful Servant - Exaltation 10/3617L
Who Is the King? - Flammer A 7163 I know I'm not the first to set this text, but I think you'll find something fresh here. It has a driving energy with modal harmonies that will provide a dynamic way to begin a service. Parts for brass quintet and timpani are available.
Who is This Babe of Bethlehem - Glorysound A 6872
Who Shall Separate Us? Hope C 5673 view From the book of Romans, this anthem begins and ends with, “Who shall separate us from the love of our Lord? Very encouraging and singable. Option rhythm parts: C 5673R and accomp. CD: C 5673C.
Whisper a Prayer for Me – Shawnee HL 35025787 Inspired by the words of my mother, this expresses encouragement and support as friends pray for each other. This piece could support worship themes such as prayer, compassion, sending out of mission groups, farewell services or graduation Sunday.
Who Is This Babe – Shawnee HL35025831
Who Shall Separate Us? Hope C 5673 view From the book of Romans, this anthem begins and ends with, “Who shall separate us from the love of our Lord? Very encouraging and singable. Option rhythm parts: C 5673R and accomp. CD: C 5673C.
With Open Hearts, We Are Waiting – Lorenz 10/444L
Within These Walls – Lorenz 10/3609M (SAB: 10/3610M) Former number: 10/26045P
Worship as One – Shawnee Part of my Greystone Worship Series, this is a great piece to tech to the congregation.
Yes Lord - Glorysound This is a high energy, contemporary gospel number. "Yes is our answer. What's your question gonna be?" Our pastor told the story of visiting a church in which the pastor came to the pulpit and started praying over and over, "Yes, Lord. Yes, Lord." The congregation began singing the same phrase with their own improvised tunes. After a bit, the pastor motioned for the singing to cease and then said, "Lord, that is our answer, now what is your question?" I fashioned this chorus and had the congregation sing it at the end of that service. The verses include the stories of Samuel and Jesus' disciples who said "yes" to the Lord.
You Are Forever God - Lorenz 3709L
You Are Wonderfully Made – Lorenz 10/4379L The 2nd verse says, “Remember that you’re a child of God, part of God’s creation. So when you feel that you are weak and flawed, remember that you’re a child of God.”
You Will Reap What You Sow – Heritage (Lorenz) This began as a church anthem, when several teachers asked me to do a version for school. They thought the students really need to have this message planted in their hearts.
You Supply My Every Breath – Lorenz 2906M (See the music) This has a cool jazz feel which matched the sense of comfort and gratitude I felt as I wrote this piece. Though it is a humble tribute of praise and thanksgiving, it also reminds those who are suffering that God is "there through every test".
Your Love Will Be My Song – Lorenz 10/4401L This is a celebration of God’s love and encourages us to respond by ministering to those in need.
I enjoy working with churches, schools and organizations to create new works for particular groups and special occassions. Feel free to contact me if you are interested. Here are just a few of the groups I have written for:
"Give Us Peace", commissioned by Belton High School, Belton, TX
"I Am the Lord God Almighty", commissioned by First Baptist Church, Mt. Holly, NC
"Like a Lighthouse", commissioned by First Baptist Church, Morehead City, NC
"Give Us a Vision", commissioned by Mt. Hermon Baptist Church, Danville, VA
"Give Me a Song", commissioned by First Baptist Church, Southern Pines, NC
"Family of Faith", commissioned by Lillington Baptist Church, Lillington, NC.
"A Life of Praise", commissioned by Johns Creek Baptist Church, Alpharetta, GA.
"Praise to You, O God", commissioned by Village Baptist Church, Fayetteville, NC.
"Arise, O Church, Arise", commissioned by First Baptist Church, Gastonia, NC.
"This Is My Word", commissioned by First Baptist Church, Clinton, SC.
"Everlasting Arms", commissioned by West Lynchburg Baptist Church, Lynchburg, VA.
"Joined At The Heart", commissioned by St. Matthew Lutheran Church, N.Tonawanda, NY.
"Keys for the Kingdom", commissioned by Olive Chapel Baptist Church, Apex, NC.
"We Are Called to Be God's People", (arrangement) commissioned by Wake Forest Baptist Church, Wake Forest, NC.
"Holy Sacrifice", commissioned by First Baptist Church, Mockville, NC.
"Feed My Sheep", commissioned by Knightdale Baptist Church, Knightdale, NC.
"Touch the World", commissioned by Second Baptist Church, Walworth, NY.
"Draw Us Together", commissioned by Trinity Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC
"All My Life", by Forest Hills Baptist Church, Raleigh, NC
A KINDER WORLD, children's musical commissioned by the Raleigh Baptist Association, NC
"We've Got a Spirit", by Mount Sylvan Methodist Church, Durham, NC