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Weave Your Net of Words

Composer Curt Oliver
Text Richard Leach
Voicing
Two-part choir, opt. narrator, keyboard
Scripture reference John 15:9-17 Church Season Epiphany
Length
3' 15" Price $1.90 (U.S.) Released 6/99
Catalog no. 410-682 Difficulty Moderately easy

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"This anthem uses a wonderful text by Richard Leach inspired by John 15:9-17. This scripture reading is typically used on the sixth Sunday of Easter in year B of the three-year lectionary, the church currently being in year C. However, why wait if you have an opportunity to use it? Opening with a narrator quoting parts of the featured passage from the book of John, the quasi-recitative keyboard accompaniment sets up a clever melodic motive that is evocative of the 'weaving' idea and is used throughout. Choir parts are very simple for two-part mixed and unison chorus." --The Hymn, April 2001

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A lyrical meditation on Richard Leach's reflections on John 15:9-17-"Abide in my love." Thoughtful and introspective, the work is scored for two-part mixed choir and keyboard (preferably piano), and includes an optional spoken introduction, read by a narrator.

Anthem text
Narration
As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Abide in my love.
If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love.
You are my friends, if you do what I command you.
No longer do I call you servants, but I have called you friends.
This I command you, to love one another.

Anthem
You weave a net of words!
Rabbi, weave your net of words: abide, commandment, love;
intertwining, tying words--abide, commandment, servant friends, abide--
you weave a net of words!

You weave a net of words!
Rabbi, cast your net of words: abide, commandment, love;
drawing us to you with words--abide, commanment, love, abide,
commandment, servant friends, abide--
you bind, you set us free!

-Richard Leach (narration from John 15:9-17)
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