With a Shining Like the Sun
David Ashley White

Composer David Ashley White
Text Richard Leach
Voicing SATB, organ, opt. brass quintet and timp., opt. cong.
Topic Christmas
Price $2.50 (U.S.)
Length 5' 45" Released 6/16
Scripture references Psalm 72, 85, Isaiah 6:3, I Corinthians 3:18
Catalog no. 415-925
Difficulty Mod. diff.
Other editions Full score/pts. 415-926

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Anthem text
Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things.
His name shall endure for ever: his name shall be continued as long as the sun. And blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory. (Psalm 72)

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
(Isaiah 6:3)

We all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory.
(2 Corinthians 3: 18)

Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other. Truth shall spring out of the earth; and righteousness shall look down from heaven.
Surely God’s salvation is nigh them that fear him; that glory may dwell in our land.
(Psalm 85)

Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.
(Isaiah 6:3)

God your glory fills the earth,
with a shining like the sun,
brighter than the eye can bear,
known by what it shows to us.
Sin has no gleam in your light;
faith and hope and love are bright.

God whose glory fills the earth,
may the church that you have made patch and mend, with threads of gold,
fabrics that are dull and frayed.
Gold has no light of its own;
so we shine, by you alone.

Scripture from Psalms 72 and 85, Isaiah 6:3, and 2 Corinthians 3:18, compiled by Richard Leach, with his text, “God your glory fills the earth.”

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Commissioned by the American Guild of Organists for the 2016 National Convention in Houston and celebrating David Ashley White receiving the AGO Distinguished Composer Award, this anthem employs a text by Richard Leach based on several scripture passages. This dramatic choral anthem has a major organ part along with its use of optional brass quintet, timpani, and congregation. The final section is a stirring, hymn-like setting for choir/congregation with descant of a text that celebrates God’s glory filling the earth. (The final section can also be performed on its own as a short, easy work for choir and/or congregation.)


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