Category Archives: Congregational Songs

Glory and Honour (with Graham Kendrick)

http://www.gregscheer.com/musicblog/glory_and_honour.mp3 A few years ago, I met Graham Kendrick at a CICW event. After living through the March for Jesus and Promise Keepers eras, it was delightful to spend a few hours with the man behind the music and find him … Continue reading

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Lord, Now Let Your Servant @ GKY Manggar Besar, Indonesia

http://www.gregscheer.com/musicblog/mangga_besar-lord_now_let_your_servant.mp3 One of my greatest joys is when a song takes on a life of its own and begins to travel to unexpected places and people. My setting of Simeon’s Song, “Lord, Now Let Your Servant Depart in Peace” was … Continue reading

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Born to Die, Born to Rise

For the fourth year in a row, I’ve been commissioned to write a piece for Calvin College’s Lessons and Carols service. Not only is it an honor, but it’s always a treat because I know the performances will be top-notch. … Continue reading

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Oh, That I Had Wings (Psalm 55)

You may have heard that I won the 2017 Church of the Servant New Psalm Contest with my Psalm 40 song, “Patiently.” What you may not have heard is that I lost the contest with my Psalm 55 song, “Oh, … Continue reading

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Rejoice, Ye Pure in Heart

This hymn tune is another one that’s been hanging out in my idea folder for far too long. From the very beginning, the refrain was just how I wanted it: a perfect wedge of notes that vibrated with dissonant energy. … Continue reading

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Oh Jerusalén, que bonita eres/Oh, Jerusalem, How You Shine in Beauty

Lately, a large part of my work for the Calvin Institute of Christian Worship has been translating and arranging Hispanic worship songs for the forthcoming bilingual (Spanish/English) hymnal. These songs have included everything from the smooth pop praise of Marcos … Continue reading

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Behold, a Table is Spread

Some songs come quickly. This one, however, took well over a year. It draws its inspiration from “I Hunger and I Thirst.” I liked how that hymn ties Old Testament stories to the communion table. At first I was going … Continue reading

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Abana at Southwood Lutheran in Lincoln, Nebraska

One of the most satisfying things about writing music for the church is to see how different songs migrate. “Abana/The Arabic Lord’s Prayer” is quickly becoming one of the most popular global songs I’ve translated and arranged. It was already … Continue reading

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Make Us One within Your Spirit – choir, brass, and organ

“Make Us One within Your Spirit” has a history that includes rejection, revision, and revival. But then, don’t we all? RRPC_60th_Annyversary_Anthem This video is the anthem created by Greg Scheer for the of the 60th anniversary of River Road Presbyterian … Continue reading

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Psalm 46: O Lord of All, You Are Our Home

You will no doubt remember that during my Adopt-a-Psalm composing frenzy, I wrote a setting of Psalm 46 in 4+6/8 time. Yes, it worked. Yes, it was kind of catchy in its own asymmetrical way. But realistically, it would have … Continue reading

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