Open to me the Gates (1992)

Anthem for Choir, Organ, Brass and Percussion   8 minutes

An anthem suitable for the dedication of a church in the presence of the Queen, this joyful 8 minute Psalm setting, with brass, timpani and organ and a simple part for congregational participation, was first performed at the Dedication of Milton Keynes City Church of Christ Cornerstone in March 1992.

Psalm 118

Open to me the Gates of righteousness:
I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord
This is the gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter
The stone which the builders refused
is become the head stone of the corner.
This is the Lord’s doing;
it is marvellous in our eyes.
This is the day which the Lord hath made;
we will rejoice and be glad in it.
Praise and thanks be to God
With heart and hands and voices

Now thank we all our God

Now thank we all our God
With heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things hath done,
In whom his world rejoices;
Who from our mother’s arms
Hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love,
And still is ours today.
All praise and thanks to God
The Father now be given
The Son, and him who reigns
With them in highest heaven
The one eternal God
Whom earth and heaven adore
For thus it was, is now,
And shall be evermore.

Text: Psalm 118; Now thank we all our God

Commissioned for the Dedication of Milton Keynes City Church of Christ the Cornerstone in the presence of HM The Queen, made possible with funds from Southern Arts

First performance: 13th March 1992, Milton Keynes City Church of Christ the Cornerstone.

Instrumentation

SATB Chorus—4Tpt.3Tbn.Tba—Timp—Org