Over the years of leading various ensembles, I’ve learned that it’s always good to have a song or two “in my pocket” that I can put in front of my group and have them “Sunday morning ready” with a very limited amount of rehearsal time. These often-called “one (or two, if I’m lucky!) rehearsal wonders” are useful all year long… but I find they’re especially great for those “slim summer services.”

So, for this issue, I thought I’d share with you a few of my “Editor’s Picks.” These general worship anthems will work great for any sized choir… or with even just one or two on a part. Click the title to see and hear each of them via our YouTube channel. Our ScorePlay videos provide a great way for you to select music for your groups… and they also double as a great rehearsal tool for your singers.

ACROSS THE LANDS, YOU’RE THE WORD OF GOD, Keith Getty/Stuart Townend/arr. Brad Nix – An light contemporary and accessible setting of the Getty hymn for SAB choir. A CD accompaniment track is also available.

COME TO THE TABLE, COME TO THE LORD, Rebecca Fair/arr. Joseph M. Martin – Here’s a great choice for Communion. SAB with optional Flute obbligato. There’s also a LiteTrax CD accompaniment.

I AM THINE, O LORD, Darian Krimm/Douglas Nolan – The classic Fanny Crosby hymn text is set to a new melody. 2-Part Mixed with a LiteTrax CD accompaniment.

LIVE YOUR LOVE, Joseph M. Martin/Stacey Nordmeyer – This one has a double usage in the service… either as a brief anthem or as a benediction. Though it’s an SATB voicing, it’s a quick learn for both the choir and pianist.

PRAISE YE THE LORD, Victor C. Johnson – Though part of our Worshipsongs Jr. series, this Unison/2-Part anthem will work nicely with adult voices, too! It also includes an easy handbell/handchime obbligato.

Happy Summer!

Stacey Nordmeyer is the Church Choral Editor for Hal Leonard Corporation and the Praise Band and Handbell Choir Director at Christ the King Lutheran Church in Brookfield, WI. She has been active in church music for over 30 years and has served as a Worship Leader and Pianist at various churches throughout Southeastern Wisconsin. She holds a music degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, with an emphasis in music theory, and she is a member of the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble. Stacey is married to Kevin, and they have one son, Ryan.

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