Category Archives: Church

Lead On, O King Eternal

Necessity is the mother of invention, and in the case of this Sunday’s service, I needed an arrangement of “Lead On, O King Eternal” for worship band. Henry Smart’s tune is triumphant, bordering on a march. That doesn’t work well … Continue reading

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Psalm 103: Bless the Lord, O My Soul! @ Calvin University

On October 28, I was privileged to lead Calvin University’s chapel with the Campus Choir. We focused on Psalm 103–my favorite–singing four different versions of the Psalm as a way of “preaching with song.” We sang Taizé’s “Bless the Lord … Continue reading

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Jesus, Be Enough – SATB Choir, Piano, and opt. Flute

Last year I attended a songwriting retreat that focused on writing Christmas songs for too often overlooked themes. Great writers like Liz Vice, Matt Papa, Eddie Espinosa, and Latifah Alattas applied their skills to theological ideas like the union of … Continue reading

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Refugee King, with Liz Vice, et al

It was my great pleasure to work with Liz Vic, Wen Reagan, Bruce Benedict, and Lester Ruth to write this song, “Away in A Manger.” Most Christmas songs are all sweetness, with the baby Jesus sleeping contentedly, “no crying he … Continue reading

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Festival of the Psalms in Jakarta

Singing Scheer Psalms in Indonesia translation is certainly a niche interest. Nonetheless, I wanted to make this video available for all the people who might be interested. Both of you… I’m making self-deprecating jokes, but this was a really wonderful … Continue reading

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Rejoice in All Your Works @ Calvin Graduation

I was commissioned by Calvin College to arrange Wendell Kimbrough’s fabulous song “Rejoice in All Your Works (Psalm 104)” for their 2018 graduation ceremony. The song is arranged for choir, wind ensemble, praise band, and 5,000 singers. It was a … Continue reading

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Prayer of Jonah at the Calvin Worship Symposium

If you missed Western Seminary’s performance of my “Prayer of Jonah,” just click below. The song starts at 20:57, but the whole service is well worth watching. Oh, if you happen to be looking for a scripture song accompanied by … Continue reading

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The Song of Moses and the Lamb

The sermon at Fuller this week comes from the story of Moses’ birth and adoption by Pharoah’s daughter (Exodus 2:1-10), exploring Moses as a foreshadowing of Christ. As I looked for appropriate songs to sing, I came across a once-popular … Continue reading

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I’ve Got Joy!

This Sunday at Fuller Ave, Nate was preaching from 2 Corinthians 13:11: “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice!” The service was all about joy, so we decided the praise set should be a rambunctious Sunday School Singalong. On a long bike … Continue reading

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Renewed: Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace

Last year, I hosted a video series, Renewed, which introduced new congregational songs. Here is the episode focused on my song, “Lord God, Now Let Your Servants Depart in Peace.” You can also access this on the Calvin Institute of … Continue reading

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