Category Archives: Church

Psalm 11: Our God Is Still on the Throne

There are many, many ways to set the Psalms to music. Some of the most popular choices include metrical, responsorial, and verbatim Psalm settings. Each approach has its merits and I try to use a variety of approaches from Psalm … Continue reading

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Tuhan Adalah Gembalaku/You, Lord, You Are My Shepherd of Love

One final song for 2022. An Indonesian friend introduced me to this setting of Psalm 23, which he’ll use in his ordination service. It’s simple, lovely, and has some interesting melodic twists and turns. Since I was learning it anyway, … Continue reading

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Once in Royal David’s City Live at Baylor University

One of the great joys of composing is when a fine musician performs one of my pieces in a way that really makes it come alive. In the case of this recording, there were three fine musicians: Hunter Morris on … Continue reading

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Psalm 54: Save Me, O God (with Doug Gay)

Update: Sheet music for this song is now available at gregscheer.com. February 2022 proved to be too short to achieve my goal of 14 Psalm collaborations. (You can hear a concert of the 12 songs I completed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBiORFbDulE) However, … Continue reading

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Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies

Update: Sheet music for this song is now available at gregscheer.com. Charles Wesley originally titled this text simply “Morning Hymn.” Indeed, the text is filled with images of morning, light, and day. Of course, Jesus Christ, the Light of the … Continue reading

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Psalm 102: My Heart Is Sick (Linda Bonney Olin)

I first collaborated with Linda Bonney Olin in February of this year. Our setting of Psalm 8, “How Often in the Deep of Night” was part of my 2022 Psalm Collaboration project. I’m now coming back to some other texts … Continue reading

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Teach Us Your Peace (David Bjorlin)

Update: Sheet music for this song is now available at gregscheer.com. I was talking to my boys yesterday about the mass shootings in Uvalde and Buffalo. I admitted that lately, I’ve become callous to the whole process: some troubled person … Continue reading

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Behold the Love

As I was planning Easter services, I stumbled across a hymn text by Barton W. Stone called “Behold the Love, the Grace of God.” Stone is better known for his part in the Stone-Campbell Movement (also called the “Restoration Movement”) … Continue reading

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Psalm 9/10: Rise Up, O Lord!

Update: Sheet music for this song is now available at gregscheer.com. Collaborator Naaman Wood was in the middle of grading midterms and wasn’t able to get me a final version of Psalm 9/10 until February 27–the day before my FAWM … Continue reading

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Psalm 62: Only God Can Save Me Now

Update: Sheet music for this song is now available at gregscheer.com. Psalm 62 famously begins with the words, “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him.” The Psalmist goes on to describe the many difficulties experienced … Continue reading

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