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As a Family, We Thank You
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Suitable for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, Christian Family Emphasis, Child dedication or Baptism services.  "Lord, humbly we thank you for giving us the gift of children..." (parents, or mothers, fathers).  Using God's design for home and family as a picture of the relationship we have with God, we are encouraged to appreciate these gifts.  The congregation may be incorporated by teaching them the chorus.  Optional flute part is included in the score, and guitar, bass, and electric piano parts are available separately.

Shawnee Press
A-7456 - SATB
LB5611 - Instrumental Parts
MD5096 - "Lite Trax" Acc. CD

At Home, Let There Be Love
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Effective song incorporating the beautiful hymn "Blest Be the Tie that Binds" (by John Fawcett and Hans G. Nageli), using SATB voices and children's choir (or solo voice or small ensemble). "...May we be slow to anger and fast to forgive; may joy and patience abound where we live; at home, sweet home, let there be love..." Perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Dedications, or any general service with a family emphasis.

Alfred (formerly Belwin Mills / Warner Bros.)
BSC9710 - SATB / Unison Children
BSCM04001 - SAB / Unison Children

For All of Life
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Inspiring, life-affirming work by Ruth Elaine Schram & Douglas Nolan. The text message soars on this beautiful melody! "We thank you, God, for innocence, for childhood dreams, laughter and friends, the strength of youth, the growth of mind. We thank you God for all of life." A marvelous multi-generational anthem, it features adult, youth and children's choirs and senior adults singing as one voice about the joys and sorrows, trials and tribulations of life, making an outstanding home and family anthem as well as a gracious Thanksgiving Day offering. Share this lovely song of gratitude with your congregation, they will be talking about it for weeks to come!

Shawnee Press
A7739 - SATB / Youth / Children

For Who You Are
Written for older elementary or middle school treble choirs, this anthem for Mother's Day or Father's Day expresses gratitude for the blessing of parents – from the perspective of a child. Repetitive sections and melodic phrases allow singers to learn the piece quickly. For choirs of two part singers, the anthem's ending includes an optional second vocal part that creates a lovely duet with the expressive melody.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
HL 35028263 - 2-Part Treble
HL 35028264 - Celebration Trax A/P CD

God Be In Our Hearts, Be In Our Homes
Warmth and joy abound in this song that incorporates the hymn "Happy the Home When God is There" (by Henry Ware and John B. Dykes) and brings adult's and children's voices together singing "...Unite our hearts in love to Thee, and love to all will reign..." Suitable anytime of the year when a family emphasis is desired, or for special occasions such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, etc.

Fred Bock
BG2190 - SATB / Children

God Bless Our Homes
For Mother's and Father's Day or for any celebration of the family, consider this expressive prayer of affirmation by Roger Thornhill, expressively set by Ruth Elaine Schram. With tender emotion, this anthem goes straight to the heart and reminds us of the importance of family and faith community. Needful repertoire! For SATB voices, accompanied by Piano and optional cello. '

Shawnee Press
35027023 - SATB

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)

God's Family of Love
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Beth Rice Luttrell has crafted a beautiful text which is a prayer of thanks to God for the gift of Christian families, the structure of the Christian family, and familial love which is not only a picture of God's love for us, but an opportunity for us to show God's love to others. It would be a perfect choice for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Children's Day, Christian Family Sunday, or any service with a family emphasis. The optional flute part adds an elegant touch.

Hal Leonard
08742557 - SATB

I Will Serve You
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Commissioned by the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church, Anniston, Alabama, in honor of James Roberts' 25 years as organist, this lovely anthem incorporates his favorite hymn, "For the Beauty of the Earth" by Folliot S. Pierpoint and Conrad Kocher. Unison children begin by stating this hymn text and melody, then later this works in partnership with the original material sung by adults, "... Lord of all, Creator of all things; Lord of life, Lord of Lords and King of Kings; Lord of all, this prayer to You we raise: that our life may be a hymn of grateful praise..." Suitable any time of the year.

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3425LA - SATB with Unison children

Little Eyes are Watching You
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This gentle yet powerful anthem is useful throughout the church year, especially for baptism, child or family dedication, Mother's or Father's Day, teacher ordination and stewardship. Based on Ephesians 5:1-2, a narrator begins (optionally) by quoting "Be imitators of God, as dearly loved children, and life a life of love." Then the children begin by singing "Little eyes are watching you. Be imitators of God." Then the adults come in: "Little eyes are watching me, watching everything I do. Little imitators, watching; Lord, help me be like You..." Very effective.

Alfred
21579 - SATB/Children (Level Three)
21580 - Two Part Mix/Children (Level Two)

Lord, Build Our House
Powerful arrangement incorporating the early American hymn "How Firm a Foundation." SATB and children's voices unite to sing "...How firm a foundation He builds for His own, when our homes are His dwelling, our hearts are His throne..." Suitable for general services with a family emphasis, Christian Family Sunday, or for special occasions such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, weddings or anniversary celebrations.

Fred Bock
BG2273 - SATB / Children

Love Is
"Love is more than a feeling, more like a decision to honor and care for someone..." Lilting 6/8 meter keeps the message of this song moving along toward the climactic promise, "I will love you" that is the heart of every successful family relationship. For SATB and unison children's voices, suitable for general services, family emphasis, or special occasion Sundays such as Mother's Day, Father's Day, or Children's Day.

Fred Bock
BG2284 - SATB / Children

Love is Like a Rose
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Expressive and lyrical, this song is rich with symbolism. "Love is like a rose ... a seed must be planted, weeded and watered, and patiently we wait for it to bloom ... It takes the sun to make the flowers reach up for the sky; it's the wintry wind that makes the roots dig deep into the earth..." Would be effective sung at weddings or church services focusing on the family.

Fred Bock
BG2373 - SATB

Love One Another
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The universal theme of love and charity fill this piece with purpose and excellent worship potential. Drawing from the words of the Savior, Ruthie has crafted a piece that incorporates a full range of music ministry resources into a touching statement. Use the instrumentation and handbell parts to create a truly singular piece for your entire music program. Voiced for SATB adults, SAB youth, Two Part children, piano, hand bells, and flute. Commissioned in honor of Louise Angermeier upon her retirement as Director of Music from Clarkston United Methodist Church, Clarkston, Michigan and based upon her favorite passage of scripture.

Shawnee Press
A7927 - SATB Adult / SAB Youth / Two Part

Lullaby
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Delicately arranged from beginning to end, "Lullaby" combines an adaptation of the traditional Welsh "Suo Gan" text with "All Through the Night." Gorgeous accessible vocal lines are supported by a flowing accompaniment, all of which can be enhanced by the use of optional descant. The Flute obbligato adds a crowning touch to this lovely piece. Ruthie Schram has created a charming and versatile setting for children's or adult treble voices. Besides being suitable for Christmas, this would be a beautiful selection for Baptism or Child Dedication services.

Lorenz
10/4043L - Two-part Treble / Descant

A Mother's Hands
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Dedicated to Ruthie's two daughters who each became a new mother this year, this tuneful anthem has a dual text for family celebrations (especially appropriate for Mother's Day) and Christmas. The imagery of a loving mother's hands wiping away a tear, preparing meals, and folding in prayer, lead to the climactic chorus based on Proverbs 31: "...And we will rise up and call her blessed! She is the hand of God in a cold, dark world, and we honor her..." The alternate Christmas text focuses on Mary and how she was an exemplary, godly mother. Available in two voicings.

Warner Bros. / Alfred
BSCM05003 - SATB
BSCM05004 - SAB

No Greater Gift
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Unforgettably gorgeous, lyrical setting of the First Corinthians "love" passage. Perfect for General use, Mother's Day, Father's Day, or weddings. Ruthie has dedicated this song to her daughter, Crystie, and her son-in-law, Dan, who were married December 30, 2000.

Alfred
20889 - SATB
20890 - Two Part Mixed / SAB
36993 - 2-Part Treble

Precious Promises (cover) Precious Promises
This lovely song begins with men singing their promise: "I will be a godly husband, lovingly I'll lead the way, cherishing my family and honoring the promises I've made." Women then pick up the melody with their commitment. Children promise to seek God's will to become the person God desires; youth and/or single adults sing "...I will honor His design by waiting faithfully." The whole family is given the opportunity to renew their commitment to God's standard and their vows and promises. Perfect for Christian Family Sunday or any time a family emphasis is desired.

Fred Bock
BG2286 - SATB / Youth and Children

Through The Window
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This poignant song begins with unison children's choir (or soloist) singing, "Through the window, I can see you. I am playing, you are praying; praying for me, faithfully praying; praying for my future, praying for my friends, praying for our family. May those faithful prayers never end..."  Then the adults sing, from the other perspective; as though watching through the window as their children play, while they are praying for their family.  A beautiful sentiment, as the song progresses to say "May God's hand of blessing reach unto your children's children..."  A perfect choice for family emphases, baptism or dedication services, or general use.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM01066 - SATB with Unison Children
BSCM01067 - SAB with Unison Children

To Love
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Here is a warm, inviting anthem that is perfect for services centering on the family including Mother's Day, Father's Day, and Christian Family Sunday. This lovely setting features flowing harmonies supported by an expressive accompaniment that compliments the moving text. The addition of the children's voices will touch the hearts of all who hear it! A home and family winner!

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/2968L - SATB

When I Honor You
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Perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Christian Family Sunday or any service with a family focus. The innocence and sincerity of the text is lovingly crafted in a simple melody for children, echoed and enhanced by the SATB choir. The children begin by stating to parents, "When I honor you, God is lifted up..." and from there it builds into a beautiful statement of the importance of honoring and respecting one another in God's design for home and family.

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3404LA - SATB with Unison Children

You Are the Love
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Dedicated to her parents, this lovely song from the pen of Ruth Elaine Schram is perfect for Mother's Day, Father's Day, Teacher Dedication, Commissioning services, or as a tribute of appreciation to a retiring minister or teacher. "...You were the face of God we saw, and the voice of God we heard, and the hand of God we touched, we touched. You were the hope of heaven here, and the joy of heaven now, and the heart of heaven to each of us; to each of us, you are the love..."

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM03048 - SATB

Your Love Has Led Us Here
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For family emphasis services, child dedications, baptisms or Mother's Day/Father's Day services, this anthem by Jan McGuire and Ruth Elaine Schram is a great choice. Dual texts insure the right words for the various occasions, making this a very flexible and useful addition to your library. The optional flute obbligato adds a serene touch and the piano accompaniment is rhythmically supportive. Voiced for SAB with cues for SATB. BonusTrax CD is available.

Hal Leonard
08744590 - SA(T)B
08744624 - Bonus Trax CD

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