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Lent / Easter

Agnus Dei
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A cappella setting of the Latin "Lamb of God" text, open scored for SATB with lots of independent movement in the voices.  (Piano cues double the voices to facilitate the learning process.)  The ACDA Choral Journal wrote, "Its lush chords and well-constructed vocal lines will be a welcome addition to the repertoire of any well-trained choir."  Stunning during the Lenten season.

Shawnee Press
A-2156 - SATB a cappella

Alleluia What a Happy Day
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Lively, energetic song in the style of a spiritual, with a joyful text by David Davenport. Scored for SATB; may be performed with piano accompaniment or a cappella.

Lorenz
10/2346LA - SATB

Because He Broke the Bread
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Lovely, thought-provoking anthem is suitable for observances of the Lord's Supper, Communion services, or Passion Week. The text by John Parker and Ruth Elaine Schram, full of passion imagery, is written from the viewpoint of the apostles as they tried to understand what Jesus was about to do. Correlation is then made between the apostles and the modern Christian with phrases such as "Jesus died on Calvary, broken there for you and me. On His brow, it was our crown He wore." The anthem ends with the statement of faith "We know Him as the chosen Lamb of God, because He broke the bread." The beautiful melody brings out the emotions that must have been and still are felt by those who believe.

Hal Leonard
08742099 - SATB

Behold Our Risen Lord
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"...Beyond the pain, there is hope; beyond the cross, there is life; beyond the grave, there is glory. Behold our risen Lord!" This gorgeous Resurrection anthem, scored for SATB voices, piano and cello obbligato (included in score), is a wonderfully lyric offering that sings beautifully in choirs of any size. Perfect as an Easter selection or as an anthem on the Sundays following.

Hal Leonard
08745066 - SATB

Bread and Wine of Life
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The cherished praise chorus "As the Deer" by Martin Nystrom is incorporated into a warm, inviting original work by Ruth Elaine Schram, originally appearing in her Easter cantata "Dawn of Resurrection." The beautiful chorus opens this intimate statement of faith and praise. With quiet grace and elegance, the charming communion hymn is a tapestry of beauty that is both musically and lyrically satisfying. Perfect for Lent, Holy Week, or Communion Services throughout the year.

Hal Leonard
08743404 - SATB
08743349 - Bonus Trax

Brighter Than Snow
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This exquisite setting of Psalm 51 which captures a new adaptation of that familiar passage works equally well for children's choir, women's voices, or mixed voices.  "Wash me and I'll be brighter than snow..."

Augsburg
0-8006-7634-3 - Two Part Any Combination

Come, Be Fed
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This winsome musical invitation to come to the table of the Lord and share the communion feast was written by Ruth Elaine Schram and her daughter, Celsie (Mrs. Robert) Staggers. Independent lines between the upper voices and lower voices enhance the beauty of the message. "No one need go hungry; no one need thirst again. Come be filled, come, be fed."

Hal Leonard
08743339 - SATB
08743348 - Bonus Trax

Come, Dine With Me
The winsome lyricism of this sacred song is the perfect companion to the warmth and assurance of a communion gathering. Crafted as a choral invitation to approach the table of grace with hope, it encourages the listener to be part of the body of Christ. This easily learned anthem by Paul Baertschi and Ruth Elaine Schram is nonetheless profound in its effect. Whether accompanied by the calming piano part and optional violin solo (included in score), or by the worshipful piano and string orchestra (orchestration available separately), this anthem will have a lasting effect on the listener.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
35028044 - SATB, opt. Violin
35028045 - Score and Parts

Communion Canon
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Blend a charming melody by Ruth Elaine Schram with a poignant text by Niel Lorenz into a wonderfully accessible canon, and the result is this refreshing anthem for Communion. The optional bells (8 bells total; parts included in the score) along with the optional repeat makes this a particularly versatile resource for the worship planner. It works equally well with adult or youth choirs, large or small.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3568L - Two Part Mixed, opt. SAB, with opt. Handbells

Cross of Sorrow, Cross of Love
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The tender text of this sensitive original anthem reflects Christ's great love for us on Calvary. A delicate melody with moderately easy choral parts shares a brief a cappella section incorporating the beloved "Man of Sorrows, What a Name" ("Hallelujah! What a Savior," by Philip P. Bliss) before the quiet, fitting conclusion. Suitable for Lent or Holy Week, with Optional String Orchestra as well as Piano accompaniment. (String Orchestra includes Violin I, Violin II, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, and Reduction.) P/A CD also available.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3622M - SATB
30/2280M - String Orchestra and Parts
99/2201M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

The Dawn of Resurrection (cover) The Dawn of Resurrection
An Easter Musical incorporating favorite praise songs with Easter Hymns and original works.

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Every Time I Feel the Spirit
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Inventive, rhythmic arrangement of the African-American spiritual. Both youth and adult choirs will enjoy this one! Suitable for church or school choirs. An accompaniment track is available; optional guitar, bass, and drum parts are included.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
SV9791 - Three Part Mixed
SV9792 - Two Part

Exalted and Triumphant
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The majestic "All Glory, Laud and Honor" text and new music is creatively woven with the Twila Paris favorite "He is Exalted" for a dynamic partner song.  Perfect for Palm Sunday, this bright and rhythmic anthem is festive and exciting.  Optional children's participation (or adult ensemble / praise team) will make it unforgettable.

Hal Leonard
08743992 - SATB/Children (or Ensemble)
08743943 - Accompaniment CD

Eyes of Heaven
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"Cover the earth with a cloud of darkness. Cover the earth with a blackened sky. Hide Calvary's pain 'neath a veil of tears that the eyes of heaven cry..." Beautiful, poignant song for Lent or Holy Week. Optional oboe part (included in the score) adds a haunting, unforgettable touch.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM03010 - SATB
BSCM03011 - Two Part Mixed

Face the Cross
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This dramatically compelling anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram and Scott Schram is suitable any time of year, yet perfect for Lent or Holy Week, or for that difficult Sunday after Christmas. The moving text is set to powerful music and will provide an unforgettable moment in your worship service. "You came into the world as a tiny child, small and unassuming. From Your first conscious thought, You knew Calvary was before you, looming. You knew Who You were, what You would do, why You had been sent to this place: to face the cross..." Stunning and breathtaking; for SATB or SAB voices with the option of using soloists on the first verse.

Alfred
21541 - SATB (Level Four)
21542 - SAB (Level Three)

Fall, Slow Tears
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The SSATB revoicing of this best-selling title by Ruth Elaine Schram is her 1000th choral publication, making this an historic printing both for her and for Carl Fischer Music. In the musical lines of the voices and piano accompaniment alike, the "falling" motive of shed tears creates a highly symbolic experience for singers as well as worshippers. This lush, thought-provoking and reflective work calls worshippers to a time of repentance and recognition of what Christ has done for us by His death on the cross. This gorgeous piece is perfectly suited for Communion, Lenten or other services of confession. Stunning, beautiful, and hauntingly memorable!

Carl Fischer
CM8687 - SAB
CM8838 - SSATB

Feast of Heaven
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The mood surrounding communion is one of contemplative grace, and this lovely selection mirrors and enhances that atmosphere. The optional flute part adds a peaceful timbre to the unobtrusive accompaniment and distinctive melody. This work gives each of us a powerful invitation to "share in the Feast of Heaven" as we partake of the elements.

Lorenz
10/2762LA - SATB

Garden of Tears
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Ruthie Schram's considerable gifts as a lyricist and melodic writer abound in this poignant reflection upon Christ as He prayed alone in the Garden of Gethsemane. The lyrics recall the gospel story. The music flows in 3/4, with sensitive text declamation and colorful harmonies. An optional oboe (or C Instrument) obbligato adds a mournful touch.

Lorenz
10/3787L - SATB
99/2461L - Accompaniment CD

Give Me Jesus  New!
A lovely pairing of two traditional spirituals, this artful arrangement opens with "Give Me Jesus" then flows so seamlessly into "Steal Away to Jesus" that the listener is unaware of the change to the second tune. Beautiful harmonic colors and a supportive accompaniment make this anthem a great addition to any library. Suitable for General Use or during Lent.

Lorenz
10/4378L - SATB / Piano

God's Big Family
In "God's Big Family," celebrated composer Ruth Elaine Schram has crafted a great resource for today's Christian children's choirs. Its six easy unison anthems are both fun and fun to sing and include optional second voice parts written in easy-to-teach formats such as echo, call and response, and partner song. With texts that serve the entire church year, each piece in this collection features a supportive and playable keyboard accompaniment.

Songs are included for Advent, Christmas, Easter, Family Emphasis, and General use. There are also optional parts for small percussion and body percussion that reinforce rhythmic acuity, and optional body motions and sign language provide beautiful visual appeal while developing gross motor skills. The corresponding reproducible narrations make these anthems perfect for worship, Sunday School and Christian School programs, and special fellowship events. The collection includes reproducible song sheets and (if purchased in this format) a Performance/Accompaniment CD delightfully orchestrated by Tim Hayden.

Lorenz
30/2716L - Book/CD Combination
30/2726L - Songbook (only)

Hallelu!  He Lives! (cover) Hallelu! He Lives!
This highly accessible 8 minute mini-musical for unison / two-part children's choir tells the story of the final week of Jesus' life from Palm Sunday through Easter. (Anthems may also be done separately during Holy Week.) Weaving traditional melodies with original melodic material, and providing charming narration in verse form, Ruth Elaine Schram has created a lovely work well suited to the abilities of children, yet rich in meaning for all who hear. Parts for flute, two clarinets, cello, handbells, piano and percussion are available separately for live orchestra, in addition to the Accompaniment CD. Titles include "Joy on That Day," suitable for Palm Sunday, "Table of Love" for Communion / Maundy Thursday, and "Hallelu! He Lives!" for Easter Sunday.

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Hear the Children Sing "Hosanna!"
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This stately and joyous anthem is an inviting and practical consideration to usher in Holy Week. It is quickly learned by Unison Children's Choirs and adult choirs alike. The optional repeat makes it ideal for Palm Sunday processionals.

Exaltaion (Lorenz)
10/3541L - SATB with Unison Children

His Hands
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This brilliant text takes us on a journey of Christ's life through hands which took the impact of childhood falls, felt the textures of wood in a carpenter's home, blessed bread to feed multitudes, healed the sick, washed feet, and ultimately bore the scars of crucifixion on a cross. It is a moving anthem sure to inspire choirs and congregations alike. Available SATB or SAB, with beautiful orchestration that will not overwhelm even a smaller choir. (From the cantata for Holy Week or communion, "The Living Last Supper". Orchestration includes parts for flute, oboe, clarinet 1 & 2, percussion, Violin 1 & 2, Viola, Cello, Double Bass.) Suitable for Lent, or observances of the Lord's Supper throughout the church year.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3654L - SATB
10/3655L - SAB
30/2296L - Small Orchestra Score and Parts
99/2219L - Performance / Accompaniment CD

His Will Was Done
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Expressive text by J. Paul Williams telling the story of Jesus in Gethsemane and his crucifixion. Good choice for Lent or Holy Week, especially Good Friday.

Triune (Lorenz)
10/1616T-3 - SATB

Holy Spirit, Come
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Lively, upbeat invitation to our Comforter to reveal Jesus' love, fill us with power, console us, and light the flame that burns within us. Perfect for Pentecost or suitable for general use.

Alfred (formerly Belwin Mills / Warner Brothers.)
BSC9845 - SATB

Hosanna, Christ is King!
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This flexible anthem may be performed by two part treble voices, two part mixed voices (women on Part I, men on Part II), by two unison choirs (assigned to parts I and II, respectively), or by SATB voices (sopranos and tenors on Part I, altos and basses on Part II).  It would be appropriate for Palm Sunday or Christ the King Sunday, and incorporates both "Hosanna, Loud Hosanna" and "All Glory, Laud and Honor."  Optional tambourine part is included in the score.

Alfred
18953 - Two Part Any Combination (Level Two)

How Great His Love (cover) How Great His Love
Vocal Solos for Lent and Easter, including "His Hands" and "How Great His Love" by Ruth Elaine Schram and others by Joseph Martin, Pepper Choplin, and Lloyd Larson.

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How Great His Love
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How great is the Father's love for us! Full of awe and wonder, this song of reverent faith opens quietly, with unison voices. The vocals thicken gradually as the verses rise in successive keys, warmly supported by the artful accompaniment. Lyrical and reflective, it is a gift of love for our gracious, compassionate God. (From the cantata "The Living Last Supper.")

Suitable for Lent, Communion services, or general use. Beautifully orchestrated for flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, Percussion (wind chimes and suspended cymbal), Violin I and II, Viola, Cello, and Bass. All instrumental parts are optional and work with the piano to support and augment, but not overwhelm, the voices.

Lorenz
10/3789L - SATB
10/3790L - SAB
30/2422L - Small Orchestration
99/2441L - Accompaniment CD

I Thirst
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Three scenes from the life of Christ where He experienced physical thirst are presented in this moving anthem. From the manger to the 40 days in the wilderness to his last moments on the cross, this anthem reminds us that ironically Jesus is the "Living Water" for our spiritual thirst. An optional communion text is provided for additional use as an offering for your time at the table with the Lord. Suitable for Holy Week, observances of the Lord's Supper, or explorations of the Seven Last Words of Christ.

Shawnee Press
A8584 - SATB

In Communion
Providing a rich context for why Christians celebrate communion, this anthem will enrich your congregation's observance of Jesus' last supper. With or without the available orchestral parts, the lilting melody and lyrical accompaniment set a tender mood for a text that describes the Savior's final meal with His disciples. From the Lenten tenebrae musical, "Tapestry of Darkness." Beautifully orchestrated Accompaniment CD available, or Score and Parts for Winds, Strings, Percussion, and French Horn for live orchestra.

Jubilate (Alfred Music)
0 80689 10123 6 - SATB
0 80689 86732 3 - CD ChoralTrax
0 80689 99847 8 - Orchestration

In That Day
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This rhythmic, upbeat anthem is a change of pace for Advent or Christ the King Sunday, quoting the passage from Isaiah 12 as the basis for the text.  With joy and assurance we sing of His promised salvation.  Much unison and two part singing, and the repetitious nature of this piece, make it memorable and easy to learn.  Changes in voicing and dynamics add interest and propel it forward to the victorious climax.

Shawnee Press
A7770 - SATB

In the Silent Garden
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John Parker's beautiful poetry is set to lovely music by Ruth Elaine Schram in this offering for Lent or Holy Week.  "...Music like no other once filled the garden fair. Tiny birds with pleasure expressed their gladness there.  But now hidden in a cold tomb, where no singing can be heard, lies the very Song of Life, in death, without a word..."  Available in two voicings.

Alfred
22726 - SATB (Level 3)
22727 - Two Part Mixed (Level 2)

Is It I, Lord? (cover) Is It I, Lord?
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The beautiful, thoughtful text by David Davenport is given focus by an expressive melody and supportive accompaniment. Part for optional flute (or other C-instrument) is included. Suitable for Communion services, Lent, Holy Week, or Good Friday.

Triune (Lorenz)
10/1224T-2 - SATB

It's All About the Cross
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A brief journey through scripture, outlining the unity of the Old and New Testament with respect to the plan of salvation, is beautifully enhanced with a distinctive melody that delicately paints the scene of Christ's love for us as demonstrated on Calvary. Weaving in themes from the beloved hymn, "When I Survey," the optional String Orchestra accompaniment adds a crowning touch to this moving work. For further flexibility for your music ministry, a string reduction is included with the string score.

Monarch (Lorenz)
10/3537M - SATB
30/2198M - String Orchestration
99/2046M - Performance / Accompaniment CD

Journey to the Cross (cover) Journey to the Cross
Compilation Musical / Collection for Lent or Holy Week, remembering Christ's sacrifice of love for us. Featuring the music of Pepper Choplin, Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, and Ruth Elaine Schram

Lorenz
55/1132L - SATB
55/1130L - SAB / Two Part Mixed
99/2484L - Performance CD (includes both voicings)
99/2485L - Bulk SATB Performance CDs (10 pak)
99/2482L - Accompaniment CD
99/2488L - SA/TB Part-dominant Rehearsal CD (reproducible)
99/2483L - SA/B Part-dominant Rehearsal CD (reproducible)
30/2461L - Orchestral Score and Parts
55/1133L - Performance CD / SATB Score Combination
55/1131L - Performance CD / SAB Score Combination

Kneel at the Cross
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Gentle, expressive anthem incorporating the Charles Moody text (adapted by Ruth Elaine Schram). Suitable for Lent, Holy Week, or general use, and for worship services that focus on the theme of salvation or Christ's atoning death on the cross. It could also be used as an invitation piece at the end of a worship service or during a revival.

Hal Leonard
08742225 - SATB

Kyrie (for ladies' voices)
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The vocal harmonies in this lovely setting of the Greek "Kyrie" create a shimmering effect in this tasteful original for ladies' voices. The modulation heightens the tension, only to be released as the work closes. This sonorous, expressive work will be a welcome addition to your library.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL465 - SSA
BLCDD0T14 - Accompaniment Track

Kyrie (for men's voices)
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The melody to this TB setting of the Latin text is chant-like but the harmonies are warm.  Ebb and flow, dynamic changes, a rising climax, and a return to gentleness all result in a beautifully crafted work that helps build a sense of expressiveness into your young male ensemble.  A great teaching and performance piece for Two Part Men's voices.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL419 - TB
BLCD0T11 - Accompaniment CD

Kyrie Eleison (published by BriLee)
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Chant-like in its melodic movement, yet wonderfully contemporary in its harmonic warmth, this Three Part Mixed setting of the Latin text strikes a balance between the old and new world.  Melodic planing and a gentle rubato bring a wonderful expressiveness to this work, creating an opportunity for an exquisite aesthetic experience for your developing ensemble.

BriLee (Carl Fischer)
BL425 - Three Part Mixed
BLCD0T10 - Accompaniment CD

The Living Last Supper (cover) The Living Last Supper
A Dramatic Musical Experience for Holy Week or other observances of Communion. The set is based on the brilliant portrayal of the Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci, music and script by Ruth Elaine Schram. Suitable for choirs of all sizes, easily accessible for smaller music programs in SATB or SAB.

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The Living Last Words (cover) The Living Last Words
A Dramatic Musical Experience for Lent, Holy Week or Easter, for choir, speakers, piano, and optional small orchestra, exploring the words Jesus said in His final hours -- words that had not only the immediate meaning to the eye-witnesses at His crucifixion, but have universal, relevant meaning to us today. Available SATB or SAB.

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The Lone, Wild Bird
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This traditional American folk hymn, while elegantly simple, has been given a fresh, stirring setting by Ruth Elaine Schram. An optional soaring flute obbligato is featured, while gorgeous vocal harmonies convey the image of the Great Spirit who comes in lofty flight to give rest to the weary. The richly flowing accompaniment underscores three modulating verses that gradually lift our souls to heaven. Suitable for Pentecost or General use.

Alfred
23712 - SATB (Level 3)
23713 - SAB (Level 2)

Look to the Cross
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Highly expressive anthem incorporating the beloved hymn, "My Faith Looks Up To Thee," by Lowell Mason and Ray Palmer, focuses our attention on the cross where Jesus died. (This portion may be sung a cappella or the piano may discreetly double the voices.)  Appropriate throughout the church year, especially during Lent and Holy Week.  May also be used for Communion services.

Alfred
17937 - SATB (Level Three)
17966 - SAB (Level Two)

Lord, Hear Our Prayer
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Suitable as a gentle call to worship any time of the year, especially during Lent, this simple song in fluid 3/4 meter may also be used to create a worshipful mood during the service prior to a scheduled invocation or before prayer time. "Lord, hear our prayer, hear our prayer; have mercy on us, have mercy on us..."

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
A7270 - SATB

A Mighty Hope
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Celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord, here is a rousing and uplifting anthem of joy, peace, and hope. "There is hope, a mighty hope, since Jesus arose from the grave! There is peace, a mighty peace, knowing Jesus Christ can save! There is joy, a mighty joy as we celebrate in one accord, because nothing in the world is greater than our Risen Lord!" Perfect text for the Easter season. May be sung a cappella or with the optional Piano accompaniment.

Hal Leonard
08747314 - SATB (opt. a cappella)
08747368 - Bonus Trax CD

Miserere Nobis
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This appropriately mournful setting of the traditional Latin text is rich in harmonic nuances and lyrical melodic lines. With full Latin text, singable voice parts in open score, and a keyboard part that does more than support the voices, this is a work of high quality for mixed choirs. May also be done a cappella by more advanced choirs for an additional challenge.

Carl Fischer
CM8989 - SATB (Accompanied or a cappella)

My King is a Servant  New!
Jesus the Servant / King is the focus of this touching anthem for Holy Week or Communion observances. Luscious melodic treatments carry a message of humility and grace into the heart of the listener. A sensitive piano part covers the whole octavo in a blanket of beautiful sounds and thoughtful voice leading makes for a very positive learning experience.

Shawnee Press
35028667 - SATB / Piano

The Mystery of the Savior's Love
Sometimes it is appropriate to pause in a moment of worship to contemplate the mystery and depth of God's love for His people. Ruth Elaine Schram and Paul Baertschi have created a solemn and powerful piece for these moments that are fitting and so necessary throughout the Lenten season. A memorable and expressive melody is perfectly complemented by a delicate, flowing accompaniment and optional oboe obbligato.

Lorenz
10/4069L - SATB with opt. Oboe

Not My Will, But Thine
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Perennial best seller!  Tender, expressive anthem with haunting oboe part is perfect for Lent or Holy Week. The song is sung from the perspective of Christ himself as he tries to find the courage and strength to do the Father's will. In an effective alternate ending, the piano accompanies the oboe as it softly plays the melody.

Harold Flammer / Shawnee Press
A-6603 - SATB
D-5557 - SAB

Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds
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A festive setting of the tune Lasst uns erfreuen. Not for children only, this would be a lovely addition to Easter or post-Easter worship sung by a girls or women's choir. Optional Flute part included in score.

Augsburg
978-0-8006-7838-8 - Two Part with Optional Flute

Palm Sunday Processional
"Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the Name of the Lord." This celebratory strain comes to life in this anthem that is perfect for Palm Sunday worship. Endless possibilities abound with this arrangement for three-part any combination of voices that is easily learned for processional use. The optional handbell parts are accessible and will add to the festive spirit of this piece.

Lorenz
10/3974L - Three Part Any Combination

Pass the Bread, Pass the Cup
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Lovely, flowing Communion anthem that utilizes layered vocals and echo to gently drive the message home.  "Pass the bread, pass the wine.  At the table of the Lord, we dine with Jesus. Pass the bread, pass the cup.  We proclaim our Lord's death, until He comes again...."

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3121L - SATB

Praise the God of Resurrection (cover) Praise the God of Resurrection
Walking through the last days of Jesus' earthly life, this short Easter cantata (featuring the music of Mark Hayes, Lloyd Larson, Joseph Martin, and Ruth Elaine Schram) is a moving reminder of the power of the Living God.

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Prayludes for Spring (cover) Prayludes for Spring
Nine flexible Piano solos for the Easter Season, including arrangements of favorite hymns for Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Communion services. Designed to be adaptable to the changing needs in today's Worship Services that often have time constraints, these arrangements are easily expandable or contractible with optional start and stop points, and optional short endings (to stop there) or long endings (that lead into the next section).

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Rain Down On Me
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A charming melody is coupled with an inspired text in this lovely anthem of devotion and consecration ..."Rain down on me your love and mercy, rain down on me your grace. Cleanse and renew my barren spirit in this quiet place..." Perfect for general use or for Pentecost.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/3380L - SATB

Rivers of His Love
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This ballad incorporates the beloved Spiritual "I've Got Peace Like a River" to create a beautiful song of assurance and praise.  The fluid piano part imitates the flowing water, and the optional flute part introduces the hymn tune later sung by the men.   Suitable any time during the church year for general use, during Lenten services, or for baptism.

Hal Leonard
08742530 - SATB

Roll, Roll That Stone Away
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This joyous announcement that Jesus is alive would be an appropriate selection for Easter Sunday, or worship services during Eastertide.  This song is full of motion and very upbeat, with a slightly gospel feel.  Sung with assurance and enthusiasm, the optional string bass (pizzicato, included in the score) makes the song even more jubilant!

Hal Leonard
08741705 - SATB

Room at the Table for You
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The wonder and joy found in the observance of communion are expressed in this melodic new offering. Tender words by Bert Stratton and Barbara Furman will warm the heart and remind everyone that there is place for us at the banquet of grace. Music of moderate difficulty allows for maximum attention to be paid to the interpretation of the flowing lines. Lovely accompaniment supports the voice parts. Suitable for Lent, Maundy Thursday, Holy Week, or observances of the Lord's Supper.

Shawnee Press
A8869 - SATB

Roses and Thorns (cover) Roses and Thorns
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This beautiful text (translated from Russian by Geoffrey Dearmer and used by permission of Oxford University Press) is hauntingly set in D minor (without the 3rd for the most part) and 3/4 meter. The simplistic message of this song will linger long after the music is over. Chord symbols are given for optional guitar, and a three-octave handbell part is also included.

Choristers Guild
CGA737 - Unison / Optional Two Part

Sing Allelu
With one text for Christmas and another for Easter, Ruthie Schram's "Sing Allelu" is a versatile, celebratory anthem. Great for singers of all ages, it is flexibly voiced for Unison / Two part voices with optional Handbells for three octaves. The text is meaningful and the melody memorable throughout. The joyful mood can be supplemented with the use of the optional handbells or handchimes (included in score; also available as a free download from the publisher) which fits wonderfully with the flowing keyboard accompaniment.

Lorenz
10/4037L - Unison / Two-part / opt. Handbells

Songs of the Passion  New!
Here is an inspiring four-movement suite for Lent or Holy Week. It can be presented in its entirety or as individual movements throughout the season. The work opens with a short, meditative introduction quoting the spiritual "Were You There" and then moves into a jubilant Palm Sunday piece titled "Hosanna! Christ Is King!" Next is the reflective and poignantly beautiful "How Great the Love of Jesus." The spiritual returns along with original musical content in the third movement, "They Crucified My Lord." The suite ends with a lovely arrangement of the traditional "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross" with optional congregation involvement. Narration for two readers occurs between each of the four movements.

Beautifully orchestrated by Phillip Keveren with parts for Flute, Oboe, String Quintet, Handbells and Percussion. Performance time: approximately 16 minutes.

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Jubilate (Alfred Music)
080689211232 - SATB / Piano
080689064081 - Orchestration
080689775727 - Bulk CD (10-pak)
080689574368 - Preview Pak

Spirit of Joy
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This energetic and upbeat anthem truly reflects its joyous text. Perfect for use at Pentecost, the music and lyrics are a positive message of the power of God's love in our lives. Scored for mixed voices, Piano, with optional Triangle and Bass parts included in the score.

Hal Leonard
08745025 - SATB

Step by Step with "Lead Me, Lord"
Ruthie Schram has seamlessly woven together the tune "Step by Step" by David Strasser with the traditional nineteenth-century hymn tune "Lead Me, Lord" (by Samuel Wesley) in this gently flowing prayer for God to lead us throughout life's journey. Part of the "Ready to Worship" series, this inspired arrangement features easy vocals that are beautifully supported by the accompaniment options. Scored for Piano, String Synthesizer, and live Cello; suitable for Discipleship, Eastertide, and General use.

Lorenz
10/4222L - SATB
30/2808L - Score for Digital Strings and Cello
99/2973L - Performance / Accomp. CD

Tapestry of Darkness (cover) Tapestry of Darkness
"Beyond the tapestry of darkness, the light still shines...." Comparing the events of Jesus' final hours to an ever darkening tapestry of green, brown, white and red, Ruth Elaine Schram has written a truly poignant work for Holy Week for choir and orchestra.

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They Crucified My Lord
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Poignant pairing of two favorite Lenten Spirituals, "Were You There?" and "He Never Said a Mumbalin' Word." Mixed meters (moving from 4/4 to 3/4 and back) emphasize the thought-provoking text of "Were You There," without being jarring. Very effective for Maundy Thursday, Communion Services, or any time during Lent.

Alfred (formerly Belwin Mills / Warner Bros.)
BSCM00022 - SATB

Three Songs for Spring
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Delightful collection of three children's anthems for unison / opt. 2-part voices and keyboard. Appropriate for Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Lent and Easter, each of the three anthems has optional narration. Anthems included are; "Hosanna!" for Palm Sunday, "Welcomed Home Again," for Maundy Thursday or any communion service, and "Jesus Rose" for Easter Sunday. "InstruTrax" accompaniment CD (orchestrated by Tim Hayden) is available separately.

Alfred
29253 - Unison / Two Part
29254 - Accompaniment CD

Tree of Life
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"Tree of Life" is a thought-provoking anthem incorporating the beloved hymn, "When I Survey the Wondrous Cross." It is suitable any time during Lent, particularly for Good Friday services. Sensitive expression and dynamics enhance the meaningfulness of this piece. Although we ask why our Savior had to suffer and die, we sing with assurance and confidence of our faith in His sacrifice.

Hal Leonard
08742973 - SATB

Wave the Palms, Hosanna!
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Regal and stately, choirs and congregations alike will find this anthem to be a perfect addition to the Palm Sunday service: "...Wave the palms and throw the branches at his feet. Wave the palms; the Son of David now we greet. Wave the palms and sing 'Hosanna, hosanna! Blessed is he who comes'..." Parts for two trumpets are included in the score and add a festive touch.

Exaltation / Lorenz
10/3258L - SATB with opt. Trumpets

We Come to You for Healing, Lord
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"We come to you for healing, Lord, of body, mind, and soul, and pray that by your Spirit's touch our lives may be made whole...." Every believer can identify with this gentle prayer for healing (text by Herman M. Stuempfle) as they pass through times of difficulty and struggle. A gem for mixed voices and piano with flute obbligato (included in score), artfully set by Ruth Elaine Schram, suitable for Pentecost or general use.

Augsburg
0-8006-2020-8 - SAB

Welcomed Home Again
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Using the familiar Irish melody, The Salley Gardens, here is a graceful offering for use during Holy Communion or the reflective Lenten season. Verse options are provided for both Communion and Lent, though this anthem may also be performed using the verses consecutively. Tender and expressive, this anthem will quickly become a favorite of choir and congregation! (Also available for Unison / Two Part voices in the children's collection "Three Songs for Spring.")

Alfred
29337 - SATB
29338 - Two Part Mixed

Welcoming the King
Fill your sanctuary with the joyous sound of children singing Hosannas on Palm Sunday, accompanied by a bright piano part and optional handbells. Simple to learn and affirming in performance, structured partly as a round and partly as a partner song, it is easy enough for the young singers to sing and wave their palm branches at the same time.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
35027765 - 2-part treble, opt. handbells

When You Break the Bread
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One of Alfred's "Sacred Super Seven Anthems of Distinction," this Communion classic features unforgettable melodies and rich harmonies, highly expressive yet easily prepared in several voicings. Suitable for Holy Week or Communion Services any time of the year.

Alfred
4208 - SATB
4210 - Two Part any Combination

Where Are the Angels?
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Thought-provoking study of the angels' function during the crucifixion of Christ. We surmise that they ministered to the Father who could not look at His Son when He took our sin upon Himself. In the chorus, men's voices ask the question "Where are the angels?" while the women answer "They fold their golden wings to hide their crying eyes."  Stunning!  Suitable any time during the Lenten season, but especially meaningful on Maundy Thursday.

Harold Flammer / Shawnee
A7359 - SATB

Who Are You, Lord?
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Beautiful poem by Errol Elliott, adapted by Dave Davenport and set by Ruth Elaine Schram explores the various traits of God's character.

Lorenz
10/2502LA - SATB

Who Is He?  New!
Displaying the unique and creative gifts of Ruth Elaine Schram and Ken Bible, this song poses the question asked by those who witnessed the triumphant entrance of Christ into Jerusalem just days before that same crowd would cry for His crucifixion. The artfully written text for Palm Sunday also answers the question: who is He who comes to die? Exalting Christ as Savior, the music is beautifully presented to support the celebratory mood of the crowd and the solemnity of the pending death on the cross. The celebratory feel of the music is enhanced by a dance-like clarinet (or C-instrument) part that weaves in and out of the melody line with grace and style. The addition of percussion instruments contributes color and an appropriate quasi-Hebrew flavor to the overall effect. Accompaniment Track is available and includes both Stereo and Split Track formats.

Lorenz
9780834183001 - SATB / Piano
765762168824 - Performance/Accompaniment CD

With Those Hands
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This work provides thoughtful insight into the humanity and divinity of Jesus. "With those hands, he healed the sick; with those hands, he raised the dead; with those hands, he cured the leper; with those very hands he broke the bread ... Those hands that have known only mercy will be stretched from limb to limb upon a tree. And those hands, which have shown only kindness will be bleeding and broken for me." A truly moving work for Lent or Holy Week, also suitable for observances of the Lord's Supper.

Alfred (formerly Belwin Mills / Warner Bros.)
BSC9809 - SATB

You Are the Bread
The sacrifice of Jesus' life for mankind and His invitation that we must simply come to Him for salvation is never as clear as in this tender anthem by Ruth Elaine Schram. A flowing accompaniment supports text that references both John 6:48 and the Passover blessing. (The actual blessing Jesus would have quoted when He blessed the bread and broke it.) The addition of a flute obbligato helps to make this piece an ideal choice for a reflective Communion service. Available SATB or SAB. Extracted from the cantata "The Living Last Supper" (SATB -55/1110L; SAB - 55/1116L)

Lorenz
10/3952L - SATB
10/3853L - SAB
99/2644L - Accompaniment CD

Your Love Is Greater
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"Your love is greater than all our guilt.  Your mercy is deeper than all our shame.  How desperately we needed a Savior, so God sent You, and willingly You came..."  This emotive choral offering features a reflexive text that befits the Lenten season.  Lyrical lines are composed in minor on the verses, then shift to major on the chorus.  The rolling piano accompaniment supports the voices for a lovely statement of sincerity, admiration, and appreciation for His sacrifice.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM04036 - SATB
BSCM04037 - SAB

Your Love Will Never Let Me Go
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Lyrical, expressive song of assurance based on the familiar passage in Romans 8. Suitable any time during the church year but particularly meaningful during Lent when our thoughts turn to God's love and Christ's sacrifice for us.

Shawnee Press
A7643 - SATB

Your Will is Enough
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Moving, mournful song for the Lenten season from the Savior's perspective as He faced the cross, depending solely on the Heavenly Father for strength to accomplish the task. "...Your will for me will give me strength to face the scorn. Your will for me will be my anchor in the storm. From before time began, this was Your plan, and Your will is enough to see me through and bring me home to You..."

Warner Bros. / Alfred
BSCM05042 - SATB

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