little lamb, arise // hymn arrangement #6 of challenge

I composed a women’s choir piece entitled “Little Lamb, Arise” for Martin Luther College based off the hymn “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb” in memory of babies who left their earthly homes and await their loved ones in heaven. I also wrote a series on baby loss at Holy Hen House entitled “Grief to Glory” during this time.

“Little Lamb, Arise” was streamed live during Martin Luther College’s chapel on Wednesday May 8 at 10:45 and also during MLC’s commencement concerts on May 17 at 4:00 and 7:40pm.

My piece begins at 39:00. Click here to listen.

Little Lamb, Arise
text from “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb” text by Henrietta L. von Hayn, 1724-82
Isaiah 40:10, Isaiah 26:19 & Ephesians 5:14

(ooh…)

I am Jesus’ little lamb, ever glad at heart I am;
For my Shepherd gently guides me, knows my needs and well provides me,
Loves me every day the same even calls me by my name.

Day by day, at home, away, Jesus is my staff and stay.
When I hunger, Jesus feeds me.
When I thirst He bids me go, where the quiet waters flow.

So do not fear for I am with you;
Do not be dismayed for I’m your God.
I will strengthen you. I will help you.
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Who so happy as I am, even now the Shepherd’s lamb.
And when my short life is ended, by His angel host attended.
He shall fold me to His breast. Hold me there within His arms to rest.

Arise. Arise. Arise.

Our dead will live their bodies will rise.
You who dwell in dust wake up, wake up!

Arise and shout for joy! Shout for joy!
Like the morning dew Christ makes all things new.

He shall fold me to His breast, there within His arms to rest.

(ooh…)

the most beautiful thing // stephen bautista

Each month I have been posting a self composed hymn that correlates with the season
in the church year but this month I have been given a different challenge.

I have taken a song written by Christian musician, Stephen Bautista,
and arranged it as a congregational hymn.

The song’s title “The Most Beautiful Thing” may not sound like a fitting Lent song
but Stephen’s lyrics and you’ll see in a unique way – they fit the message of the cross.

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Christian musician Stephen Bautista

The Most Beautiful Thing

The warm subtle hues of a delicate bloom
and a song bird that greets the new morning
a cascading stream flowing through fields of green
and the mountains that rise up before them
In oh so many ways the beauty of life has shined on my face
and yet i know of one thing that surpasses by far the beauty i’ve seen

 

The most beautiful thing I know is the cross with a savior who died for us all
and the blood that flowed from his hands and feet and the wounds he bore so that we’d be redeemed
this is the most beautiful thing

 

I’ve stood on the edge of a grand precipice
overwhelmed by the span of creation
then sat teary eyed while the sun paints the sky
as it settles beyond the horizon
and i’m still so amazed at the beauty that life has shined on my face
but one thing stands alone unrivaled and incomparable

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The most beautiful thing I know is the cross with a savior who died for us all
and the blood that flowed from his hands and feet and the wounds he bore so that we’d be redeemed
this is the most beautiful thing

 

If you would like to hear Stephen’s song “The Most Beautiful Thing” you can download it
and two other songs for free at his website by signing up for his newsletter.

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Photography courtesy of http://www.stephenbautistamusic.com

Stephen will be visiting our church next month to play for us and in the meantime we are singing
“The Most Beautiful Thing” so that when he comes we can glorify the Lord together.

You can also listen to me singing my arrangement of “The Most Beautiful Thing” as a hymn.

I have permission from Stephen to notate his song for congregational use.
If you are interested in singing the song or using it for worship please contact him.