The Stories That We Live
Alice Parker

Composer Alice Parker
Text Richard Leach
Voicing SATB, organ
Topics All Saints Day, Creeds, Funerals, Mortality
Scripture reference Revelation 8
Lectionary Usage Easter 3C
Price $2.25 (U.S.)
Length 2' 15" Released 1/2020
Catalog no. 410-693
Difficulty Mod. easy

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The stories that we live will end,
and silence take each tale,
though traces of a life, a time,
may echo for a while.

Yet more than silence waits for us;
for every tale we live
belongs to Jesus, who has made
our stories one with his.

And in the city where he reigns
new life, new time goes on;
as round the throne, the Spirit lifts
our stories into song.

–Richard Leach, 2003
© 2007 Selah Publishing Co., Inc.


In this anthem, Alice Parker’s flowing music illuminates Richard Leach’s text about the stories that comprise our lives (and those stories “being lifted into song”). As always with Parker, great care is given to each individual vocal part, which carry the weight of the piece. The simply-textured organ accompaniment provides support to result in a very singable short anthem.


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