Update 10/1/20: Sheet music for this song (including this arrangement) can be downloaded here.
“Make Us One within Your Spirit” has a history that includes rejection, revision, and revival. But then, don’t we all?
This video is the anthem created by Greg Scheer for the of the 60th anniversary of River Road Presbyterian Church, Richmond, VA and also dedicated to Larry Heath our Director of Music.
Posted by Ken Hitchens on Monday, May 1, 2017
It began its life in Fall of 2008 as a tune for another person’s hymn text. After my musical gift was ignored, scorned, and forsaken (Seriously? How many more hymn texts need to be paired with NETTLETON?) I wrote the text, “Make Us One within Your Spirit” to go with the tune. I submitted it to a contest. I lost. After a number of revisions I still believed in its potential, and two years ago wrote on this blog, “Maybe someday someone will commission me to turn this into a regal choral anthem with brass and timpani.”
That day has come!
Last Sunday, it was premiered at River Road Presbyterian Church, commissioned for their 60th anniversary and in honor of their retiring music minister, Larry Heath. Though it didn’t include timpani, it did include choir, brass, and organ.
You can enjoy the MP3 (played by Finale) or video (in which I conduct the musicians of River Road Presbyterian Church) above. If you want to go to the next level, you can download the one-page hymn version or the full score (see link above).