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Allen Orton Gibbs In The Beginning Was The Word

Keyboard [organ/piano], Brass Ensemble
Original Publication
So, You Have a Cathedral Choir!
Suggested Uses(s)

SATB and Organ with soprano/tenor solo (optional brass quintet). A wonderful setting of John 1:1-14, 29. A Christmas text, but can be done at other times as well. A big, five minute anthem, with a breathtaking pianissimo finish. What a great ending to your Lessons and Carols service.

The Extras (ZIP) file contains the full score and parts for brass quintet and organ.

In the beginning was the Word,
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
The same was in the beginning with God.
All things were made by him;
and without him was not anything made that was made.
In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
And the light shineth in darkness;
and the darkness comprehended it not.
There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.
The same came for a witness,
to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe.
He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light.
That was the true Light, that lighteth every man
that cometh into the world.
He was in the world, and the world was made by him,
and the world knew him not.
He came unto his own, and his own received him not,
 but as many as received him,
to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name:
which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh,
nor of the will of man, but of God.
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us,
and we beheld his glory,
the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,
full of grace and truth.
Behold the Lamb of God,
which taketh away the sin of the world.
Behold the Lamb of God. 


Amy Simons
P.O. Box 249
Tryon, North Carolina 28782
Phone 828.859.0323


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