Magazine article Pastoral Music

Two Songs for Gathering and Sending

Magazine article Pastoral Music

Two Songs for Gathering and Sending

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Two Songs for Gathering and Sending. John Bell. SATB/SAB, congregation, opt. keyboard. G-6526, $1.40. "One Is the Body," written as a gathering song, is a paraphrase of Ephesians 4:11. The text emphasizes the mystery of our faith and the call of Jesus that draws us together in faith. The SATB hymn setting is simple and accessible for all choirs and congregations. The musical treatment of the text that calls the community to use our gifts to build up the body is simple and harmonically pleasing. The final verse that calls us to witness "through worship, deed, and word to Jesus Christ our Lord" ends with a simple coda that underscores Christ as the foundation of our life. John Bell has an uncanny gift for beautiful yet accessible melodies for assembly song. In this setting he has again found a wonderful combination of close harmonic part writing and simple, significant, melodic lines that emphasize the import of his powerful text. …

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