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Inter-denominational/interfaith memorial

Some I know is looking for an anthem and/or "call to worship" for an inter-denominational/interfaith  memorial service that occurs every five years honoring members of a graduating class
from the business school of a major university.  The choir is a pick-up volunteer group-- so I would estimate easy to medium difficulty.
 
on August 19, 2014 7:22pm
We did one with Sure on this shining Night by Samuel Barber.  Worked out great!
 
Hope that helps!
Michael A. Gray
on August 20, 2014 3:37am
Dear James,
 
I have a setting of a Celtic prayer "God to enfold me", which would work for any deist faith:

God to enfold me,
God to surround me,
God in my speaking,
God in my thinking.

God in my sleeping,
God in my waking,
God in my watching,
God in my hoping.

God in my life,
God in my lips,
God in my soul,
God in my heart.

God in my sufficing,
God in my slumber,
God in mine ever-living soul,
God in mine eternity.

It's for SABar (version for ATB also available if you have more men than women!) and has recently been performed several times by the National Youth Choir of Scotland's training choir (u18) so can be picked up quickly.

The score is at http://www.hutchingsmusic.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/godtoenfoldme.pdf , and you can hear a demo recording (Matt Curtis of choraltracks) at https://soundcloud.com/hutchingsmusic/god-to-enfold-me

If you'd like to order a copy, email me at chris(a)hutchingsmusic.co.uk - thanks.

Chris

on August 20, 2014 1:58pm
We Remember Them (SATB, piano)
Elizabeth Alexander
Seafarer Press
 
Two rabbis wrote this beloved text, but the sentiment couldn't be more universal.
 

A Litany of Remembrance

Poem by Rabbi Sylvan Kamens and Rabbi Jack Riemer

In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.

on August 20, 2014 9:53pm
My "Psalm of Praise" might fit well. It sets Psalm 51:15 ("O Lord, open thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth thy praise") in Hebrew, Latin, and English. Check out this recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6yZI5jktCU
 
-Joshua Fishbein
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