God of Grace and God of Laughter
Composer Austin C. Lovelace
Text Carl P. Daw, Jr.
Voicing Two-part/mixed voices and keyboard
Topics Praise & Adoration, Music
Length 2' 00" Price $1.00 (U.S.) Released 5/92
Catalog no. 420-114 Difficulty Easy
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"Austin Lovelace's setting of Carl Daw's God of Grace and God of Laughter is equally secure in its genre, predictably setting the reflective middle stanza ("When our lives are torn by sadness") for male voices in the relative minor." -AAM Journal, October 1996
Description Austin C. Lovelace brings his many skills as a composer to this fine text by Carl P. Daw. The text emphasizes the importance of music in the life of the church and in all our lives. Your choir will especially appreciate the reference to music making as an activity done in the image of God. This easily rehearsed anthem has unison singing and 2 to 3-part vocal texture.
God of grace and God of laughter,
singing worlds from nought to be
sun and stars and all thereafter
joined in cosmic harmony:
give us songs of joy and wonder,
music making hearts rejoice;
let our praises swell like thunder,
echoing our Maker's voice.
When our lives are torn by sadness,
heal our wounds with tuneful balm;
when all seems discordant madness,
help us find a measured calm.
Steady us with music's anchor
when the storms of life increase;
in the midst of hurt and rancor,
make us instruments of peace.
Turn our sighing into singing,
music born of hope restored;
set our souls and voices ringing,
tune our hearts in true accord:
till we form a mighty chorus
joining angel choirs above,
with all those who went before us,
in eternal hymns of love.
Text: Carl P. Daw, Jr.,
©1989 Hope Publishing Co., Carol Stream, Ill. 60188 (for permission to reprint this text contact Hope at 800.323.1049-www.hopepublishing.com). All rights reserved.