BP1698, SATB, $2.50
Date released: 2004
Charles Wesley’s timeless words are beautifully set in this Mark Hayes original, and the result is a mood of introspective peace. Though the text retains its strophic form, the verses are each set uniquely. Unison voices present the sweeping melody on Verse I; the subsequent three verses are 4-part chorale style with rich sonorities and melodic variations. The 4th verse builds to a dynamic and harmonic climax and then ends reverently, as a prayer. The moderately difficult piano accompaniment flows beneath the voices, supporting and urging forward. Appropriate for any type of service and accessible to most adult choruses, this anthem will provide your choir the chance to sing expressively as they voice this fervent prayer.