10/3804L, SATB, $3.20
Date released: 2008
Commissioned by the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection, this anthem is a joyous statement of praise to God for the gift of music and how it virtually sings through all of creation. With lyrics from the creative pen of Pamela Martin, Hayes has crafted a gently syncopated, spirited anthem with an inspirational melody that builds to an exciting finale. Just before the final chorus, Hayes quotes one verse of Beethoven’s “Hymn to Joy” using mixed meter and creative harmonies. This anthem is perfect for use throughout the liturgical year.