19953, SAB, $2.25
Date released: 2001
Here is an inspired pairing of a favorite praise chorus and a time-honored hymn that will appeal to everyone in your congregation and would be suitable for general and repeated use! It begins gently with an alto solo on the melody, joined then by tenor and soprano to form a trio. The rest of the choir joins to sing the rhythmic refrain, first in unison and then in three parts. After a fully-voiced rendition of the chorus complete with key change comes “All Creatures of our God and King”, providing contrast in both tonality and style. Hayes combines the two songs skillfully in a fortissimo finish that will bring everyone to the point of praise. Though there is some divisi, the vocal parts are not difficult and would be quite accessible to high school and adult choirs.