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WORSHIP OPENERS IV: Introits That Work! (Choral)

Compiled and Edited by Jane Holstein

Finding effective choral introits/worship openers that captivate and inspire the beginning of worship can be a challenge. Extracted from some of the choral 'gems' in the Hope catalog, this collection features twelve introits that really do work! Each can be accompanied by piano, but several lend themselves to the organ as well.


COME, LORD JESUS, COME (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five readings, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 6 optional handbells are included.


I WANT TO WALK AS A CHILD OF THE LIGHT (Choral)

Kathleen Thomerson Arr. Mark Hayes

This 20th century hymn is useful for so many occasions during the church year including Epiphany, Transfiguration, Discipleship, and even the Advent and second coming of Christ. It is rich with scriptural references and set for SATB voices, piano, and solo trumpet in a straightforward, solid presentation.


ANTIPHONAL FOR ADVENT (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Children's and adult choirs join forces in this original antiphonal anthem calling for all to "rejoice" in Emmanuel's coming. The addition of seven handbells answers the exuberant invitation to "let the bells ring out!"


COME TO THE LIGHT (A Celtic Advent Song) (Choral)

Joseph M. Martin / Words By: Joseph M. Martin

This Advent song is based on the lilting Celtic melody, Skye Boat Song, and draws everyone to gather near and warm in the glow of the Light. It makes reference to the advent candles of peace, love, hope and joy, as "Jesus will soon be here." SATB


THE KING SHALL COME WHEN MORNING DAWNS (Choral)

Arr. Charles McCartha

This tender Advent ballad is set to an early-American melody and infused with the imagery of morning light and the hope of Christ's coming. The easy-to-learn choral writing culminates with an original refrain incorporating "Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel." The optional cello part enhances the tone and flavor of his delightful gem.


LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE (Choral)

Mary McDonald / Words By: Mary McDonald

This upbeat anthem is sure to be a toe-tapper with a message to "let your light shine, shine, shine!" Set in a gospel style, Mary McDonald has created an original anthem that is perfect for the season of Epiphany or any worship service centering on being the light of Christ in the world. Rhythm Parts: Conductor's Score, Percussion, Piano, Guitar, Synth (or B3 Organ), Electric Bass and Drums.


A GREAT LIGHT (Choral)

Lloyd Larson / Words By: Lloyd Larson

From Lloyd Larson, this Advent anthem with a text based on Isaiah 9:2, 6 is built around an original melody which then leads into "Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus." It is easily learned with minimal rehearsal time. This setting comes from Lloyd's blockbuster cantata Were You There on That Christmas Night (code no. 8611). Orchestrations: Conductor's Score, Flute, Oboe (Soprano Sax or Clarinet), Clarinet, Bassoon (Bass Clarinet), Horn (Clarinet), 2 Trumpets, 2 Trombones (Baritone T.C.), Percussion I & II, Piano, Harp, 2 Violins, Viola, Cello and String Reduction.


OF THE FATHER'S LOVE: A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent (Choral)

Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of our service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five readings, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 4 optional handbells are included. Download the Litany Document Here


EASY ANTHEMS, VOL. 6 (Choral)

Compiled and Edited by Jane Holstein

Here is the 6th volume in our successful series of accessible voicings of top-sellers in our catalog. There are pieces for Advent, Christmas, Palm Sunday, Lent, Communion and general occasions in a variety of styles. All of these are proven winners from composers and arrangers: Joel Raney, Lloyd Larson, Joe Martin, John Carter, Jay Althouse, Marty Parks, and Ruth Schram. Each is set for SAB or Two-Part Mixed choirs.


LIFT UP YOUR EYES: A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five readings, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 7 optional handbells are included.


O COME, O COME, EMMANUEL (Choral)

Arr. Pamela M. Robertson

This familiar Advent text is paired here with the shape-note tune PISGAH, by our newest composer in the Hope catalog, Pamela Robertson. For SATB voices and piano, this joyful setting truly sparkles with the addition of the optional violin plus 4 handbells, written simply to be rung by singing members of the choir.


LONGING FOR LIGHT, WE WAIT IN DARKNESS (Choral)

Bernadette Farrell Arr. Joel Raney

From Joel Raney, here is a new setting of Bernadette Farrell's popular hymn "Christ, Be Our Light!" - offering hope, justice, and peace to a world that is "longing for light." This anthem is perfect during the season of Advent, as we wait for Christ's light to shine in a darkened world, though useful as well any time of year for general occasions.


MY SOUL CRIES OUT (Canticle of the Turning) (Choral)

Arr. Mark Hayes

Mark Hayes has captured the Irish flavor and flair of this ecumenical hymn with its rich scriptural text drawing from Luke 1: 46-55 - useful anytime of the year, and a unique, appropriate selection for the Advent season. With the addition of optional flute, hand drum, and tambourine, the music comes to life in this fun-to-sing arrangement.


ANGEL GABRIEL, THE (Choral)

Joel Raney

Telling the story of the angel Gabriel's annunciation to Mary, this Advent setting from Joel Raney is filled with appeal and charm. Along with the familiar carol, the addition of an uplifting new refrain further strengthens the familiar words, concluding with a joyous "Glory to God in the highest!" This setting comes from Joel's cantata, Sing with the Angels! (# 8571). Orchestrations consists of Conductor's Score, Violin I and II (Divisi), Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, French Horn, Electric Bass and Percussion.


WHERE THE PROMISE SHINES:A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent (Choral)

Bob Moore Arr. Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five readings, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 8 optional handbells are included.


WAITING, WANDERING, WONDERING (Choral)

Ruth Elaine Schram

Ruth Elaine Schram has crafted a haunting Advent anthem for any combination of two-part voices. Using simple part writing, this piece is accessible to adult mixed or treble choirs who are developing their part-singing ability. The attention to dynamic contrasts will assure a meaningful presentation of this original composition ideal for the season of waiting.


CHRIST, BE OUR LIGHT! (Choral)

Bernadette Farrell Arr. Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five variations, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 7 optional handbells are included. SATB w/opt. 7 Handbells & Congregation


COME, COME, EMMANUEL (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

Driven with rhythmic energy and set in 5/4 meter, this is a dynamic Advent setting based on the familiar VENI EMMANUEL. Choirs will enjoy the exuberance and drive that is created in this inventive setting from Joel Raney. This piece comes from Joel's top-selling Christmas musical, Let the Whole World Sing. SATB w/opt. Instruments


O COME TO US, EMMANUEL (Choral|Vocal)

Joseph M. Martin / Words By: Joseph M. Martin

Joseph Martin expertly showcases the expectancy of the season in this captivating, original anthem -- a perfect opener for your holiday programming. A compelling original tune raises the curtain for the anthem and leads to the middle section featuring a quote from the familiar Advent hymn tune, VENI EMMANUEL, as it builds in intensity. The Orchestration includes a Conductor's Score and parts for: Flute, Trumpet, Horn, Trombone, 2 Violins (opt. Viola), Cello and Bass Guitar.


LIGHT OF HOPE: A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five variations, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 4 optional handbells (G6, A6, C7 & D7) are included. Download the Litany Document Here


COME DOWN, EMMANUEL (Choral)

Pepper Choplin / Words By: Pepper Choplin

With Appalachian musical roots, this compelling, original prayer is an earnest look at real day-to-day relationships -- pleading for Emmanuel to come down and be present in the lives of those facing difficult times. The text assures us of God's presence with sincerity and a relevancy that is often times hard to find, making this warm, folk ballad useful for Advent, or any time of the year. The Rhythm packet includes parts for Guitar, Bass, & Mandolin.


WONDER OF CHRISTMAS, THE (A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent) (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles, this includes a choral opening followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five variations, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 3 optional handbells (C6, D6 & G6) are included. Download the Litany Document Here


MY LORD, HE IS A COMIN' SOON (Choral)

Jeff Cothran Laura Winnen Arr. Patti Drennan

For Advent, here is a captivating slow-blues setting by Patti Drennan, with a text based on 2 Peter 3:11-18 recalling the words of the prophet to "prepare the way of the Lord." Its appealing jazzy rhythms and easily-learned harmonies are sure to appeal during this season of waiting and expectation. Chord symbols are included to facilitate the adding of rhythm instruments.


UPON THE ROAD TO BETHLEHEM (Choral)

John Carter / Words By: Mary Kay Beall

A delightful anthem for the Advent Season for SATB voices.


EMMANUEL, GOD WITH US (with EMMANUEL) (Choral)

Michael W. Smith Nathan & Christy Nockels Arr. Lloyd Larson

Extolling the name of Jesus, this compelling praise ballad is easily learned with primarily two-part writing. The theme of 'God with us' bringing light into the darkness and hope into the world is further enhanced by the inclusion of Michael W. Smith's powerful song, "Emmanuel," making this useful anytime throughout the Advent/Christmas season. This setting in included in Lloyd's Christmas musical, Emmanuel--God with Us! The Orchestration by Mark Kellner contains a Conductor's Score and parts for: Flute, Oboe, Clarinet in B-flat, Horn in F, 2 Trumpets in B-flat, 2 Trombones, Percussion, Timpani, Violin 1, Violin 2, Viola, Cello and Bass.


GOD IS NEAR (A Candle Lighting Ceremony for Advent) (Choral)

Joel Raney / Words By: Joel Raney

Designed to support the lighting of the Advent candles over the entire period. This includes a choral opening based on the words of "Angels We Have Heard on High" followed by a call and response litany with piano underscore, then a text to be read with the lighting of the candle. As that concludes, the choir comes back in with the option of adding the congregation. The candle lighting portion of your service concludes with the provided prayer. There are five variations, one for each candle. Reproducible parts for the congregation and 4 optional handbells are included. Overall Focus - The Christmas Story is filled with messages of angels. Week 1 - Hear - Key verse: Luke 1:19 Week 2 - Believe - Key verse: Luke 1:20 Week 3 - Obey - Key verse: Matthew 1:24 Week 4 - Accept - Key verse: Luke 1:38 Christmas Eve - Welcome - Key verse: Luke 2:15b


THIS CHILD, EMMANUEL (Choral)

Arr. Jeremy Walton

Using "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" set to the tune GREENSLEEVES, this unique pairing from arranger, Jeremy Walton, provides a tranquil offering for the Advent season. The addition of the optional flute or violin, along with easy vocal writing, makes this ballad especially appealing. The reproducible flute (or violin) part is included.


LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING (Choral)

Arr. Joel Raney

The traditional German carol, ES IST EIN ROS', is given an impressive treatment by Joel Raney with flowing triplet accompaniment and exquisite vocal writing. It may be realized with a single piano accompaniment, or with the 4-hand piano part. Additional options include handbells, synth strings, percussion and bass. This setting comes from Joel's Christmas musical, The Promise of Light. The Instrumental packet contains a Conductor's Score and parts for: 3-oct. Handbells, Synth, Percussion & Bass Guitar.


SOFT THE EVENING SHADOWS FALL (Choral)

John Carter / Words By: Timothy Dudley-Smith


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