HMC-1357, SATB, $3.75
Date released: 1994
Composed for a church building dedication, the text of this anthem draws from the psalms and calls us to rejoice for “God is in our midst.” It has a very inclusive text and invites everyone – young, old, women, and men – to come to the table of the Lord. Stylistically, this anthem is somewhat contemporary because of its syncopated rhythms, but it is not a “pop” piece and would be suitable for mainline and evangelical churches. This through-composed anthem has an extended choral speaking section with rhythmic clapping and mixed meters. Although there is a quiet, slower middle section, the anthem starts off with great energy and does not stop until the end. It will definitely elicit a rousing response. Full orchestration is available, including handbells. Difficulty level: challenging.