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Choral Intoits, Sentences, and Benedictions

Does anyone have any suggestions for a particular collection(s) of introits, choral sentences, and the like? I want to add some "high church" elements to ourworship service and while I have accumulated a few resources over the years I am interested to hear what you might use. All things are on the table. The music need not just be choir solo. It can be responsoral with the congregation or just choral. A cappela or accompanied. Rounds, choral tags, or indoor fireworks. Please let me know what you use, enjoy, avoid, and/or find meaning in with your choirs and congregations.
 
Many Thanks,
 
John Cook
Minister of Music and Fine Arts
Westminster Presbyterian Church Des Moines, IA
on October 26, 2011 10:04am
We Have Come To Worship The Lord, John Carter.  Hope Publishing.  Great collection!
on October 26, 2011 12:15pm
Richard Proulx wrote some very interesting unaccompanied introits -- I use them occasionally. They are published by World Library.
Six Choral Introits for the Church Year (cat. no. 005783)
   Prepare the way of the Lord
   I proclaim to you good news
   We have seen his star in the East
   Even now, says the Lord
   Alleluia. The stone which the builders rejected
Eight Choral Introits for Feasts and Seasons (cat. no. 005862)
   Rejoice! Be glad!
   Come unto me
   Eternal rest grant to them
   Glory to the Father
   When we eat this bread
   The Lord is king!
   Lift up your heads, O gates
   Ave Maria!
 
 
 
on October 26, 2011 3:29pm
John,
 
Lighthouse Music Publishing has just published "Holy, Holy, Holy" for SATB divisi a cappella.  It is a call to worship, slow and lush with gorgeous harmonies. http://www.lighthousemusicpublications.com/catalogue/new_releases.html and should be avaialble through most music distributors, like JW Pepper and Sheet Music Plus.   I also have 2 others that have not been submitted, "All Hail the Power of Jesus' Name" and "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God".  These are all one verse scores.  The unpublished scores can be heard and viewed at http://www.scoreexchange.com/search?q=rick+bartlett.  Contact me directly (crickb88(a)cox.net) for any additional information.  I think you will find these miniatures contained well with the original melody but with interesting voicings - very accessible and all a cappella.
 
Good Luck,
 
Rick
on October 27, 2011 1:41pm
I've been disappointed in many of the collections (but will order a copy of John Carter's listed below).  In addition to (a handful) of introit collections, I've opted to use short anthems for introits or to make cuts in longer anthems.  This is meager but for examples of short anthems with texts that are particularly apt to open worship consider Herbert Colvin's Surely the Lord Is In This Place (Word Publishing; nice w/ handbells or just piano), William McKie's "We Wait for Thy Loving-Kindness, O God" (Oxford); Glory to God (Bach/Christiansen; Schmitt, Hall, McCreary/Belwin); Exultate justi (Viadana; Arista+).  The downside: these require more rehearsal than a 12 or 16-bar introit from an introit collection.  Related, sometimes when the introit is especially rich, long or rehearsal-intensive, it becomes the anthem for the morning.  Eg. Randall Stroope's "Come Dwell in Solomon's Walls" (MorningStar). 
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