Getty, Keith and Kristyn Getty. Awaken the Dawn (Songbook). Chagrin Falls, OH: GettyMusic, 2009. 32 Pages. Paper. $11.98. (downloadable version available for $9.99) http://www.gettymusic.com/ (LH)
Regular readers of QBR will be familiar with the name "Getty." "In Christ Alone" and several other hymns by Keith and Kristyn Getty (and co-author and composer Steward Townend) have been in use here in the Wyoming District of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod since 2008.
The tunes are well-crafted, memorable, durable, and singable by a congregation. Irish tunes are very appealing to me melodically and rhythmically.
- "Hear, O Israel" is most appropriate for a solo voice. Consider it for an opening hymn or a Gradual.
- "Come People of the Risen King" could work fast or slow. The current faster speed is lively and would work for an opening or closing hymn.
- "Creation Sings the Father's Song" is a more challenging hymn rhythmically, but it can be taught well to those who learn by ear.
- "Still, My Soul, Be Still" is another that is possibly more appropriate for a small group of singers or a soloist. I could imagine using this in the context of one-on-one pastoral care.
- "By Faith" confesses Hebrews 11 and applies it to our walk of faith.
- "Behold the Lamb" reminds me of a Cheri Keaggy song from the late 90's. Intended as a preparation for Communion, Keith mentions "the Body and the Blood" on the accompanying DVD. The focus is both upon what Christ has done for us with our remembering, "do this in remembrance of Me," as the response of faith.
- The presentation of "All Around the World" reminds me of a Michelle Tumes arrangement from the late 90's. The accompaniment is rather heavy, but I like the melody and text.
- "Every Promise of Your Word" was my first new favorite hymn from this collection. It will be part of the Wyoming District Spring Pastoral Conference, hosted by Immanuel, Sheridan.
- "Compassion Hymn" focuses on the life of Christ and the Church's work of Human Care in the context of Gospel Outreach. It would complement well the Isaiah 52 Old Testament reading for Christmas Day.
- "When Trials Come" would please Luther as a joful and hopeful song to sing the devil away. The Gospel is our comofrt in time of trial.
- "Benediction (May the Peace of God)" has been a favorite of mine since I first saw it in the WELS Supplement.
- "Reading: Psalm 57" is an opportunity for most listeners to hear Kristyn's speaking voice for the first time. This psalm inspired the name of the album, Awaken the Dawn.
- "What Grace Is Mine" was written in a year when St. Patrick's Day fell on Holy Week. One may recognize the tune used to sing "O Danny Boy." I would like to think that the text reclaims Londonderry Air for more Christian use.
Based upon the collections In Christ Alone and Awaken the Dawn, I have a draft of a Reformation Day (or conference) celebration of the Lutheran Reformation's "Solas" using Getty hymns.
Opening Hymn: "O Church, Arise" (written in honor of Lutheran hymnody)
Grace Alone: "What Grace Is Mine" (Londonderry Air)
Faith Alone: "By Faith"
Scripture Alone: "Every Promise of Your Word"
Christ Alone: "In Christ Alone"
- Canticle: "My Soul Will Magnify the Lord" (A newly-released Magnificat. See http://www.gettymusic.com/magnificat.aspx )
Hymn of Benediction: "May the Peace of God Our Heavenly Father"