On this page are my own arrangements.  I ask that you contact me if you choose to use any of them.  Of course, none can be sold or used for profit without my written permission.

Amazing Grace
(contemporary)

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The contemporary version of "Amazing Grace" is a favorite at many camps, and even some churches.  This arrangement is for strings, woodwinds, piano, voice, and bells.  I'm not quite satisfied with it yet - someone asked me for an arrangement so I just sort of threw this one together - but when I get it worked out, I'll post the latest version here.

The words are as follows:

Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see.  Alleluia!

'Twas Grace that taught my heart to fear, and Grace my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear the hour I first believed.  Alleluia!

Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.
Little ones to Him belong; they are weak but He is strong.  Alleluia!

Oh, Lord, you're beautiful.  Your face is all I seek,
For when your eyes are on this child, your grace abounds to me.  Alleluia!

Composer and copyright unknown.

Text: Verse 1+2 by John Newton
Verse 3 by William Bradbury
Verse 4 by Keith Green

Fishers of Men

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The unofficial theme song of SonRise 2002's camp season: "Go Fish".  I arranged this from scratch on May 7, 2002 as I prepared camp for the upcoming summer season.  Me + too much free time = annoying song.

There is also a version intended to just go on forever.  Load this one and set it to repeat.


Gather Us In

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This song expresses a desire that God would draw us together to worship him, and also looks forward to the last day when all Christians will be gathered together in Heaven.

This arrangement only plays two verses (out of four).  The words are as follows:

Here in this place new light is streaming, now is the darkness vanished away;
See in this space our fears and our dreamings brought here to you in the light of this day.
Gather us in, the lost and forsaken, gather us in, the blind and the lame;
Call to us now, and we shall awaken, we shall arise at the sound of our name.

We are the young, our lives are a myst'ry, we are the old who yearn for your face;
We have been sung throughout all of hist'ry, called to be light to the whole human race.
Gather us in, the rich and the haughty, gather us in, the proud and the strong;
Give us a heart, so meek and so lowly, give us the courage to enter the song.

Here we will take the wine and the water, here we will take the bread of new birth,
Here you shall call your sons and your daughters, call us anew to be salt for the earth.
Give us to drink the wine of compassion, give us to eat the bread that is you;
Nourish us well, and teach us to fashion lives that are holy and hearts that are true.

Not in the dark of buildings confining, not in some heaven, light years away -
Here in this place the new light is shining, now is the kingdom, and now is the day.
Gather us in and hold us forever, gather us in and make us your own;
Gather us in, all peoples together, fire of love in our flesh and our bone.

Words and Music by Marty Haugen (b. 1950)

Ghostbusters

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Most of the songs I arrange are religious, as you may have seen.  This one is not.  I arranged this from memory in the early summer of 2001, as I was spending my days completing a Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course, and my nights being bored out of my mind.  I decided I wanted to hear the Ghostbusters theme, so I wrote it.  You judge for yourself: does it come close to the original?

And I'm not writing the words out here.

Give Thanks

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An arrangement of the song "Give Thanks With a Grateful Heart" by Henry Smith.  I completed this arrangement on November 9, 2002.  The song plays through twice.

Give thanks with a grateful heart,
Give thanks to the Holy One,
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.
(2x)

And now let the weak say, "I am strong,"
Let the poor say, "I am rich,"
Because of what the Lord has done for us.
(2x)

(Last time) Give Thanks!

In the Secret

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This one was written in two days, January 15-16, 2003.  I wanted a new piece on the SonRise website, so I arranged this one.  I like how it came out (of course, or it wouldn't be "completed").  It's a contemporary Christian song, and if you know the composer, please tell me.  I haven't been able to find a definitive source.  One disclaimer: I don't agree with the theology of the lyrics.  It emphasizes one's own personal search for God (which is non-existent), and gives no mention of God searching for us (which is always).  That said, I love the music and think that the words are good, as long as one doesn't take them apart and read too deeply into them.  The lyrics are below:

In the secret, in the quiet place
In the stillness You are there.
In the secret, in the quiet hour I wait, only for You,
'Cause I want to know You more.

Chorus:
I want to know You.  I want to hear Your voice.  I want to know You more.
I want to touch You.  I want to see Your face.  I want to know You more.

I am reaching for the highest goal
That I might receive the prize
Pressing onward, pushing every hindrance aside, out of my way,
'Cause I want to know You more.

Chorus

Duke Street
("Jesus Shall Reign" Hymn Tune)

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I wrote an arrangement of the last verse of the popular "Duke Street" melody (Jesus Shall Reign, I Know That My Redeemer Lives, etc.)  This MIDI is two verses: the first one is the normal "Lutheran Worship" hymnal version, and the second is my arrangement.  By the way, I've never found a good MIDI pipe organ.  You're going to have to use a liberal amount of imagination on these hymns.

Duke Street tune attributed to John Hatton (d. 1793)

Joy to the World

(hymn)

(postlude)

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An arrangement for Organ and Trumpet of the popular Christmas hymn.  First verse: Organ and Trumpet.  Second verse: Organ alone.  Third and Fourth verses: Organ and Trumpet.

And you've noticed the postlude on the right?  It's a very short postlude-like arrangement for Organ and Trumpet.

Now All the Vault of Heaven Resounds

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Ah, one of my favorite hymns.  Although the arrangement was written specifically for the words of the above hymn, the tune is "Lasst Uns Erfreuen" and the arrangement can certainly be used for other hymns with that tune.

This arrangement utilizes Organ, Trumpet, a Soprano descant, and the church carillon/bells.

After an introduction, the first verse is Organ and Trumpet (Trumpet has melody).  The Trumpet rests for the second verse, then comes back in with a descant on the third.  On the fourth verse, pull out all the stops.  The bells start ringing, the sopranos start singing, and everybody's happy.  MIDI doesn't do this verse justice at all.

Here are the words:

Now all the vault of Heav'n resounds in praise of love that still abounds:
"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"
Sing, choirs of angels, loud and clear!  Repeat their song of glory here:
"Christ has triumphed!  Christ has triumphed!"
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Eternal is the gift he brings, therefore our heart with rapture sings:
"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"
Now still he comes to give us life and by his presence stills all strife.
Christ has triumphed!  He is living!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Oh, fill us, Lord, with dauntless love; set heart and will on things above
That we conquer through your triumph;
Grant grace sufficient for life's day that by our lives we truly say:
"Christ has triumphed!  He is living!"
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Adoring praises now we bring and with the heav'nly blessed sing:
"Christ has triumphed!  Alleluia!"
Be to the Father and our Lord, to Spirit blest, most holy God,
All the glory, never ending!
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

Text: Paul Z. Strodach, 1876-1947.  Tune: Geistliche Kirchengesang, Koln, 1623.

Oh Come, All Ye Faithful

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As with the others, this hymn is arranged for Organ and Trumpet.  The Trumpet carries the melody on the first verse, harmonizes on the second, rests on the third, and assumes the descant on the fourth.

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