Hands of God
for SATB & Piano, with opt. descant.
Hands of God is an anthem that is appropriate for many Lutheran Festivals,
Hymn Festivals, and especially Reformation Sunday. It doesn't get more
Lutheran than this!
This anthem was written in honor of the ELCA's 25th Anniversary as a
denomination and is dedicated to Wm. Chris Boerger, former Bishop of the
NW Washington Synod, former member of my congregation, and now the
ELCA Church-wide Secretary.
In September 2015, Hands of God was sung by a mass choir of 200
singers accompanied by an orchestra for the installation of North Carolina's
ELCA Bishop, Tim Smith. The orchestration was written in July 2015 and the
parts are now for purchase.
I used the melodic pitches from A Mighty Fortress as a tone row to create
the melody yet it sounds nothing like AMF until the hymn is sung later in the
piece. The Verse and Chorus are singable, memorable, and the
accompaniment is exciting and very doable. It can be learned in 1 or 2