Nearer My God to Thee/My Song in the Night

Today, the offering is a version of “Nearer, My God to Thee” set to the beautiful folk song melody “My Song in the Night. Here is a version of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing “My Song in the Night”.

I feel like the tune fits the plaintive mood of the words.

Nearer My God to Thee (alt) SATB

Enjoy!

Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling

I have always loved the words to “Love Divine, All Love’s Excelling”. It can be set to many tunes, including what we use for “In Humility, Our Savior”, but in my latest arrangement uses the tune of “Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing”.

Love divine, all loves excelling,
Joy of heaven to earth come down;
Fix in us thy humble dwelling;
All thy faithful mercies crown!
Jesus, Thou art all compassion,
Pure unbounded love Thou art;
Visit us with Thy salvation;
Enter every trembling heart.

Breathe, O breathe Thy loving Spirit,
Into every troubled breast!
Let us all in Thee inherit;
Let us find the promised rest.
Take away our love of sinning;
Alpha and Omega be;
End of faith, as its Beginning,
Set our hearts at liberty.

Come, Almighty to deliver,
Let us all Thy life receive;
Suddenly return and never,
Never more Thy temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing,
Serve Thee as Thy hosts above,
Pray and praise Thee without ceasing,
Glory in Thy perfect love.

Finish, then, Thy new creation;
Pure and spotless let us be.
Let us see Thy great salvation
Perfectly restored in Thee;
Changed from glory into glory,
Till in heaven we take our place,
Till we cast our crowns before Thee,
Lost in wonder, love, and praise.

Here is arrangement:

Love Divine All Loves Excelling

Our Gratitude and Praise

For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “How Great Thou Art”, but I couldn’t get the rights to use the words. Apparently, you aren’t allowed to use anything by the original Swedish folk song.

A good setting is a terrible thing to waste and so I wrote original words for it. Here is the result:

Our Gratitude and Praise

Enjoy!

Original Hymn: Bearers of God’s Holy Armor

For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “Lord, I Would Follow Thee”, but I’m still waiting on the rights to use the words.

Just in case, I used the opportunity to use the setting and wrote original words for it. Here is the result, which talks about the various parts of the armor of God.

Enjoy!

Bearers of God’s Holy Armor

Original Hymn: Faith, Hope, and Charity

For this hymn, I had originally come up with an original setting of “Where Can I Turn for Peace?”, but I’m still waiting on the rights to use the words. The tune is based on the classic sacred song “Panis Angelicus”.

Just in case, I used the opportunity to use the setting and wrote original words for it. Here is the result:

Faith, Hope, and Charity

Enjoy!

Softly and Tenderly

One of my favorite hymns we sang during General Conference was not familiar to many Latter-day Saints, but is familiar to many other Christians. “Softly and Tenderly” is a beautiful message about coming home to the Savior. Here is the video:

Today, I have a simple SATB arrangement of this hymn with the original words. Enjoy!

Softly and Tenderly

I’ll Walk Today As Jesus Walked

In General Conference, President Monson said “Walking where Jesus was is less important than walking as he walked.” My friend and collaborator, Rick Graham, though that this idea would make a wonderful children’s song. He wrote a beautiful melody, and asked me if I’d provide the words.

It took me a few complete revisions to get them just right, but I’m very happy with the end result. Enjoy!

I’ll Walk Today As Jesus Walked (1)