Category Archives: Congregational Songs

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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Psalm 118: Give Thanks to the Lord

Two weeks ago, I was artist-in-residence at Western Theological Seminary at the invitation of Prof. Dr. Rev. Ron Rienstra. Part of my work was to plan chapel services with students. We chose the theme “Psalm Echoes,” each day pairing a … Continue reading

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Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory, strings

I was recently asked to write string parts to go with my choral anthem, “Jesus, Lord of Life and Glory.” It was great fun to revisit the piece, and I feel the strings add a dramatic dimension to the piece … Continue reading

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Lord, You Have Come to the Harbor

“Tu Has Venido a la Orilla” is a beautiful song by Cesareo Gabarain (1976 © admin. OCP Publications). It is a simple text about hearing Christ’s call, set to an almost perfect melody. I’ve long wanted to arrange the song. … Continue reading

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Adopt-a-Psalm Sing, March 14, 2017

February’s Psalm songwriting culminated in the “Big Sing Liturgy Thing Psalm-Song Sing-Along” at Western Seminary on March 14, 2017. We sang all ten new songs, as well as a few old favorites. I am pleased to report that no one got … Continue reading

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Eagle Creek, Tremble Before the Lord

Eagle Creek: Eight Days ~ Moments in Time ~ Two Scenes from JMM on Vimeo. Every once in a while I receive a note letting me know that someone has sung one of my songs in their church, or asking … Continue reading

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2017 Adopt-a-Psalm Compilation

February is over and my Adopt-a-Psalm commissions are complete. The stats? 28 days 10 Psalms 38:50 minutes of recorded music 12 pages of completed music 62 pages of drafts Below is a link to an audio compilation of the all … Continue reading

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Psalm 150: Hallel, Hallelujah!

Psalm 150 is the last, but by no means least of the Psalm settings I wrote this month.  Interestingly, it was the first one I drafted. The exuberance and repetition in the Psalm text gave me the idea of writing … Continue reading

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