SATB and organ. Text from 2 Peter 3:18, I Peter 2:2, and Ezekiel 36:25-26.
Notes: Anthems suitable for baptisms are few and far between so this one is particularly welcome. Keep the tempo steady. The pulse should be determined by the speed of the quavers in bar 8. The falling 5th interval permeates the piece and this should be pitched accurately at all times. A small crescendo on ‘grow’ will help the movement of the phrase. Organists may like to accompany verse two and the unaccompanied ‘Amen’ to maintain the pitch.
Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word, that you shall grow thereby. Grow in peace, and may the blessing of the Lord be upon you. The Lord shall with his holy oil anoint you, and you shall know his grace. I will sprinkle clean water upon you, I will give you a new heart, I will put my Spirit within you, and you shall live by my statutes. Amen.