As God's Chosen Ones
Craig Phillips

Composer Craig Phillips
Text Colossians 3:12, 14-17
Voicing SATB, organ
Topic Christian Life, Gratitude, Love (of others)
Price $2.75 (U.S.)
Released 8/23
Cat. no. 410-555
Difficulty Mod. Difficult

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Inspiring words from the book of Colossians remind “above all, clothe yourselves with love.” A quiet introduction leads through warm and varied harmonic excursions (in typical Phillips style) to climax in a powerful ending.

Anthem text
As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved,
clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness,
humility, meekness and patience.
Above all, clothe yourselves with love,
which binds everything in perfect harmony.
And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,
to which indeed you were called in the one body.

And be thankful.
Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly;
Teach and admonish one another in all wisdom;
and with gratitude in your hearts
sing psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs to God.
And whatever you do, in word and deed,
do everthing in the name of the Lord Jesus,
giving thanks to God the Father,
giving thanks to God through him.

Scripture from the New Revised Standard Version Bible, © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. Used by permission. All rights reserved.




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"An extended choral essay with a variety of textural elements moves through a prosaic selection of verses from Paul's epistle. Abrupt shifts in tonal centers, typified by third relationships--as is common in Phillips’s compositions--propel the musical discourse while measures in asymmetric meter shine emphasis on important moments of the text. The effortless voice-leading and melodic invention bring a conviction to the musical statement of Paul’s admonitions." --AAM Journal, Jan./Feb. 2024


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