Author Archives: Greg Scheer

The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound (Adam M. L. Tice)

Fuller Ave CRC is in the middle of a sermon series called “Love Your Neighbor.” What better hymn could be sung than Adam Tice’s “The Church of Christ Cannot Be Bound”?: The church of Christ cannot be bound by walls … Continue reading

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Psalm 114: The Hills and Mountains Tremble

As my country–and many others–discuss the growing number of refugees, it’s important to remember that the Bible has much to say on the subject. Ruth, Israel, and Jesus were all refugees. The Old Testament continually reminds Israel to be kind … Continue reading

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25, for orchestra (World Premiere)

This spring, I had the great good fortune to compose a new piece for the Calvin Community Symphony’s 25th-anniversary concert. Below are the program notes: It may seem obvious—even unimaginative—to name a piece commissioned for a 25th anniversary concert “25.” What … Continue reading

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O One with God the Father @ Church of the Servant

From this blog, you may get the impression that my compositional life has been dormant. On the contrary! I have been so busy composing new music that I haven’t had time to document my musical activities here. Over the next … Continue reading

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“Feed Us, Lord” in Denver

You never know if a song is going to travel. I’ve written hundreds of songs, but there’s just no predicting which one will grab people’s attention or even get the opportunity to be heard at all. I guess it’s a … Continue reading

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GILLIGAN/Transfiguration

You probably know Harry Plantinga and me as the duo who co-founded Hymnary.org. As of a month ago, though, we are also a musical duo–a veritable hymnological Lennon and McCartney. Harry wrote a Transfiguration hymn based on Luke 9:28-36 that … Continue reading

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Blessed Beyond Measure: Premiere at Trinity Lutheran, Owatonna MN

This Sunday (4/28/19) was the premiere of “Psalm 84: Blessed Beyond Measure” at Trinity Lutheran Church in Owatonna, MN. The piece was commissioned for their 100th-year celebration service, which was held in a local arena. It was so beautiful to … Continue reading

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Jesus Lives, and So Shall I: The Winner!

The people have spoken, and the people have decided that “True Tenor” is the most worthy tune to be paired with the lyrics “Jesus Lives, and So Shall I.” For those of you who like statistics, the voting results are … Continue reading

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Jesus Lives, and So Shall I: The Vote!

As promised, I am going to let your discerning ears choose the best rendition of “Jesus Lives.” The link below will take you to a google form where you can hear all three songs, rate them 1-5, and leave comments. … Continue reading

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Jesus Lives, and So Shall I #3

In this third and final version of “Jesus Lives,” I went all Chris Tomlin. This is new territory for me–keeping things four-chord simple, using pace and dynamics to shape the song, and even smoothing it all together with the magic … Continue reading

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