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Thanksgiving / Stewardship

Come with Thanksgiving
Simple yet stately, this anthem based on Psalm 100 works perfectly for any service of thanksgiving or praise. A straightforward piano accompaniment blends nicely with the vocal parts, offering excellent melodic support throughout the piece. An Accompaniment / Performance CD is available.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
35028766 - Unison/opt. 2-Part Treble
35028756 - Celebration Trax A/P CD

Come With Thanksgiving
Simple, yet stately, this anthem based on Psalm 100 works perfectly for any service of thanksgiving or praise. A straightforward piano accompaniment nicely blends with the vocal parts and offers excellent melodic support throughout the piece. Unison/2-Part Treble with Piano Accompaniment; Accompaniment CD available on the "Celebration Trax" 2013-2014 CD.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
HL 35028766 - Unison / Two Part
HL 35028756 - Accompaniment Track (Compilation)

First Fruits
This anthem of grateful devotion celebrates God's wonderful gifts to us. Quoting I Chronicles 29: 1, 14, the text reminds us that all that we have already belongs to the Lord. Opening with original music, it quite naturally leads to a statement of the beloved traditional hymn "Hendon" by Frances Havergal and Cesar Malan, "Take My LIfe and Let it Be." Elegant keyboard accompaniment is crowned by an optional obbligato for flute or other C-instrument. For General, Harvest, Thanksgiving, or Stewardship use.

10/3898L - SATB with opt. Flute
99/2551L - P/A CD

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 the Autumn Sky
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There are many things to be thankful for in God's beautiful world -- for the ever-changing seasons; for the crisp, chill breeze of an autumn wind; for the sun and the rejuvenating rain; for the fertile earth and its bountiful harvest; but mostly for God's gift of His Son and His promise of eternal life. These precious gifts of God create the framework for this beautiful, gently flowing song of thanks and praise from Ruth Elaine Schram, suitable for Thanksgiving or anytime during the fall season.

Alfred (formerly Belwin Mills / Warner Bros.)
BSCM00023 - SATB
29248 - SAB

Giving Thanks
Dancing gently in 3/4 meter, this anthem of thanksgiving reminds us that every good and perfect gift comes from God. Melodic repetition and a recurring refrain make the piece easy to learn and sing.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
HL 35028254 - Unison / Opt. 2-Part Treble
35028264 - Celebration Trax A/P CD

Harvest Song
This one-rehearsal wonder will yield great results with minimal preparation. Written in an easy to learn partner-style, this is a gentle and elegant thanksgiving moment for your choir. Simply lovely! The incorporation of the familiar "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" adds to the celebration.

Harold Flammer (Shawnee Press)
35027275 - Two Part Any Combination

Hymn of Thanks
Gentle setting of Psalm 100 by Linda Walker and Ruth Elaine Schram is set in minor mode with optional Flute or other C-instrument, and flows with simplistic beauty. The mood created with the use of the minor key is unique and refreshing. Set for Three Part voices in any combination; works beautifully for mixed voices, ladies' voices or advanced children's choirs. Originally published by Shawnee Press.

Dot Music Resources offers the anthem as well as an anthem resources package which includes a teaching plan, activity pages, visuals and much more. (Available at the links in the table below.)

Shawnee Press
D-5441 - Three Part Any Combination
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D-5441RSC - Anthem Resources
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I Will Live My Thanks
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This tender song of Thanksgiving and praise by Ruth Elaine Schram and Joseph M. Martin is unforgettable. Compelling yet gentle, it is easily learned so that the emphasis can be placed on the expressive qualities. Commissioned in honor of Elizabeth Monk on the occasion of her 100th birthday.

Shawnee Press
A8510 - SATB

In Everything Give Thanks
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Based on the beloved passage in Ecclesiastes 3:1-13 and I Thessalonians 5:18, this song encourages us to give thanks to God in everything. "In everything, we give thanks. There's a time to sow, and there's a time to reap, there's a time to laugh, a time to weep, but in everything, we give thanks..." Straightforward without being simplistic, the message is highlighted by memorable music in this anthem of thanks and praise for General, Thanksgiving, or Stewardship use.

32286 - SATB

In Thanks and Praise
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This versatile original anthem has texts for both Thanksgiving and general use.  Solid, accessible four-part writing is supported by a flowing eighth note accompaniment.  Lovely and adaptable to meet your needs!

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM04016 - SATB

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.

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

Prayludes for Autumn
Ruth Elaine Schram finishes her musical trip through the seasons in this fourth volume of her popular Prayludes series. As you page through the leaves of this Autumn collection, you'll find medleys of hymns for Thanksgiving, Christ the King Sunday, All Saints' Day, as well as topical selections for missions or stewardship Sundays. As always, each medley is designed for maximum flexibility to help you to prepare brief fillers or full preludes and offertories. All are easy to prepare and lie comfortably under the hands. Complete your seasonal collection with this colorful fall celebration.

Songs Include: "Blessings," "Hallelujah!," "What a Beautiful World," "Tell the Nations," "Our Foundation, Our Guide," "Crown Him King," "We Thank You God," "We Gather, We Praise," and "For the Saints."

Thank You Again
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With tender music appropriate for her text, Ruth Elaine Schram has written a lovely two-part treble piece that will do much to encourage thoughtfulness in young singers. The piece is particularly suitable for Thanksgiving or Patriotic use, acknowledging the contribution of parents and grandparents in our lives, with alternate text to honor civil servants such as police, firefighters and the armed forces that would make this piece suitable for Thanksgiving services, or patriotic celebrations such as Memorial Day, July 4, and Labor Day.

Carl Fischer
CM9068 - Two Part Treble

Think On These Things
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Based on Phillipians 4:4-13, this lovely song is suitable for general use or services of Thanksgiving. "For all things that are lovely, for all things that are pure, for all things that are honest, for truth that will endure; think on these things, think on these things and be thankful ..." Hopeful and inspirational.

Alfred (formerly Warner Bros.)
BSCM03045 - SATB

We Bring Our Thanks
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Thoughtful text by J. Paul Williams set for SAB voices (in conservative three-part-mixed ranges) by Ruth Elaine Schram. Perfect for stewardship emphases, or any time an anthem of praise and thanksgiving is desired. Suitable for developing voices as well as adult ensembles.

Harold Flammer / Shawnee Press
D5483 - SAB (Three Part Mixed)

With These Gifts
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In an evocative yet understated fashion, this anthem of supplication and thanks to our Creator is appropriate for any worship service, but especially those celebrating Harvest and Thanksgiving.

Laurel Press (Lorenz)
10/3432LA - SATB

With What Shall I Come?
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Although this is an anthem suitable for general use, it would be particularly appropriate for a new stewardship emphasis or even as an offertory. Based on Micah 6:6-8, Ruth Elaine Schram's inspired treatment of this text is set in a minor mode, enhancing the essence of the scripture. A creative inclusion of a portion of the familiar Isaac Watts text "Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all" is a fitting culmination and response to the opening question of the anthem.

Exaltation (Lorenz)
10/2849L - SATB

You Are Provider
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"Thank you Lord, for family, for this land so brave, so free, for your guidance every day, every gift and every blessing. You are provider!..." Combining original material with the loved hymn, "Come, Ye Thankful People, Come" by George Elvey and Henry Alford, this skillfully written anthem gives you an opportunity to involve your children's choir or treble choir with your adult choir and the whole congregation. Easy to prepare and sing, it makes a crisp, bright offering on Thanksgiving Day!

Carl Fischer
CM8803 - SATB/Congregation

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