Worship Pastor / Composer Travis L. Boyd and his wife, Cynthia, provide inspiration and resources for the worship community and all believers through sharing the blessings of worship, faith, family, ministry, music, love, & life. We also share information about Worship Sounds Music, which can be found on our Worship Sounds website at worshipsounds.com ~ Downloadable Choral Anthems * Solos * Orchestrations * Worship Songs * Accompaniment Trax

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Our Top Anthems and Solos for 2013

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At Worship Sounds Music, all of our music is designed to be much more than a song.  Each Choral Anthem, Vocal Solo, or Congregational Worship Song is, most importantly, a message of God’s love.  Our mission is to provide very affordable music for worship that is Biblically sound, memorable, worshipful, and meaningful.  Our music is the work of Worship Pastor and composer Travis L. Boyd, written with a heart for local church ministry.

We are blessed to know many worship pastors and worshippers throughout the United States and to have made friends through our website and blog with many others in the U.S. and around the world.  May God bless those who lead God’s people in worship with a heart for Him, a love for God’s people, and compassion for those who need to know him.

Our downloadable music is very beneficial in these times of tight music budgets.

Choral Anthems are priced between $10.00 and $15.00, with no “per copy” fees, allowing an unlimited number of copies to be made for your choir in either Octavo or Full Page format.

*  Our Accompaniment Tracks are $10.00 and come as a downloadable Mp3.

*  Our Full Orchestrations range from $25.00 to $35.00, with the bundled PDFs including a Director’s Score, String Reduction for keyboard, and reproducible parts for all instruments.

Worship Paks for our Congregational worship songs are priced at $15.00.

We strive to keep our prices as low as possible (considering the expenses of our website, shopping cart, and Pay pal); and we hope to be able to share some special offers for our friends who serve in very small churches during 2014.

At Worship Sounds Music, we seek to provide a resource for music that will bring glory to God
and be a blessing to your worship ministry participants and to your church family.
We count it a joy to partner with you in sharing the good news of God’s love and salvation
through our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Looking back over 2013, here are our
Top Anthems, Orchestrations and Trax, Worship Paks, and Vocal Solos
(as reflected by music purchases from WorshipSounds.com)

TOP  TEN  ANTHEMS
2013

1.  He Put the Joy

Click to view Video Demo

Click to view Video Demo

(SAB, optional A Cappella, general use anthem for Student Choir or Ensemble)

2.  Early in the Morning

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Click photo to view demo.

(SATB, general use, anthem of praise)
Full Orchestration available, Anthem Trax available

3.  A Mighty God

Link to Video Demo

Link to Video Demo

(SSATB, general use anthem)
Full Orchestration Available

4.  A Prayer for the Saints
(SATB, general use anthem)
Full Orchestration available
Worship Pak available for use in Congregational worship
{Recorded by The Sons of Jubal, under the direction of Dr. Jon Duncan,
for their new CD, “Washed Away”,  during 2013}

5.  Greater
(SSATB or SSAA general use anthem)
Full Orchestration available, works w/ both voicings
{sung by The Jubalheirs, under the direction of Dr. Jon Duncan}

6.  Where You Want Me to Be
(SATB or TTBB, general use anthem with Solo throughout)
Full Orchestration available, Anthem Trax available
{sung by The Sons of Jubal, under the direction of Dr. Jon Duncan,
and at the 50th Anniversary Concert by The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma,
then under the direction of Dr. Ken Gabrielse and Dr. Bill Green}

7.  A Joyful Doxology
(SATB, general use anthem for Adult or Student Choirs)
Four brief Solos within anthem

8.  I Am Here
(SATB, general use or for memorial service)
Full Orchestration available, Anthem Trax available
{sung by The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, then under the direction of Dr. Bill Green}

9.  O, For a Thousand Tongue to Sing
(SATB, general use anthem with hymn text)
FREE flute obbligato is ordered separately

10.  I Am a Child of God
Easy SATB for Sr. Adult or small Choir

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TOP  ANTHEM  ORCHESTRATIONS  AND  TRAX
2013

1.  We Have Met to Worship
(Worship Pak includes SATB vocal parts, Rhythm Section parts, & String Reduction)
Full Orchestration available, Accomp. Trax also available

2.  Early in the Morning
Full Orchestration, Accomp. Trax both available

3.  A Mighty God
Full orchestration

4.  A Prayer for the Saints
(Worship Pak includes hymn sheet, Vocal / Piano score, and lead sheet)
Full Orchestration also available

5.  O, For a Thousand Tongues
(free Flute Obbligato, ordered separately)

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TOP  CHRISTMAS  ANTHEMS
2013

1.  O, Come, O Come, Emmanuel
(SATB, Fresh, new arrangement of the traditional Carol)

2.  Christmas Joy
(SATB, joyous 6/8 celebration of Christ’s birth)

3.  Glory to the Newborn King
Bluesy, rockin’ SATB anthem
Anthem Trax available

4.  No Room
SATB anthem about the search for lodging before the birth of Christ

5.  The Praises of the King
SATB, Rhythmic Christmas praise

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TOP  CONGREGATIONAL  WORSHIP  PAKS
2013

!.  We Have Met to Worship
 (Worship Pak includes SATB vocal parts, Rhythm Section parts, & String Reduction)

2.  A Prayer for the Saints
(Worship Pak includes hymn sheet, Vocal / Piano score, and lead sheet)

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TOP  VOCAL  SOLOS and SOLO  TRAX
2013

1.  Where You Want Me to Be

2.  Much More Than a Song
(sung by The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, then under the direction of Dr. Bill Green)

3.  A Mother’s Love

4.  A Prayer for the Saints
(Vocal Solo is included in the Worship Pak)

5.  The Father’s Beautiful World
A medley of beloved Creation hymns, with a new melody for
“All Things Bright and Beautiful”
and incorporating a portion of, “This is my Father’s World”

New on our Website: “Since I Have Been Redeemed”

Our newest Choral Anthem, “Since I Have Been Redeemed”  is now available in 3 Choral Arrangement options and 3 Vocal Solo options.

Click the photo above to go directly to our WorshipSounds Music website!

Click the photo above to go directly to our WorshipSounds Music website!

As always, our downloadable PDF Master copies are available in your choice of Octavo format or full-page format for each option.  (See the information at the top of our Shopping Cart page to determine which printing format will work best with your copier.)

WITH THIS ANTHEM, WE ARE OFFERING MORE CHOICES THAN EVER BEFORE!

Our Choral Anthem and Vocal Solo arrangements of “Since I Have Been Redeemed” feature this favorite hymn text by Edwin O. Excell, set to a beautiful new melody!  The SATB and 2-Part anthem arrangements have an optional solo at the beginning, and “Since I Have Been Redeemed” is available in several different formats. 

* The SATB version would be perfect for Adult Choirs and more advanced Sr. Adult Choirs.

* There is a special 2-part version for smaller or less-experienced choirs. 

* There is also a Solo w/ SATB Choir version (solo continues throughout). 

*  Finally, we have added a Vocal Solo sheet music version in 3 different keys on our Solo Music Section (The tan-colored sidebar on our Website’s Home Page).

* “Since I Have Been Redeemed” is easy to learn and a joy to sing!  It is a testimony of thankfulness for salvation in Christ.

An earlier arrangement of “Since I Have Been Redeemed” has been sung and recorded by The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, with Dr. Bill Green as Director of the group.

Following your Choral Music PDF order, the instructions for downloading your PDF Master Copy will be sent to you via e-mail (as soon as your order is processed by PayPal).
* You will be able to download and print your PDF Master and then make an unlimited number of copies for your choir for the low price of $15.00.
* There are no ‘per copy’ fees and no shipping costs!
* Your Choir or Soloist could begin work on “Since I Have Been Redeemed” (or any of our other Choral Anthems and Vocal Solos) at your next rehearsal. 
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NOTE:  We have a wide variety of Choral Anthems available on our website, and many have Full Orchestrations available as well.  You’ll find anthems that are appropriate for Adult Choir, Senior Adult Choir, and Student Choirs.  All anthems are priced between $8.00 to $15.00 for the PDF Master Copy, with no per copy fee and permission to make an unlimited number of copies (for your choir and accompanists only).
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LINKS  FOR  CHORAL  VERSIONS  OF  “Since I Have Been Redeemed”
SOLO VERSIONS CAN BE PURCHASED ON OUR WEBSITE’S SHOPPING CART PAGE.  Each Vocal Solo PDF Master costs $5.00, with permission to make copies for your soloist and accompanists or rhythm section.  Chord symbols are included on the piano score.
Look for this identifying thumbnail photo on both our Adult Choir Website Page and on our Shopping Cart page to designate all of the products associated with “Since I Have Been Redeemed”
NEW!!  SOLO VERSIONS!!

“Since I Have Been Redeemed”

*   In low, medium and high voice Vocal Solos!

*  Plus 3 different Choral arrangements! 

You’ll find them all at  http://www.worshipsounds.com

Purchase Now   $5.00
Purchase Now   $5.00

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Song Story: “Walking by Faith”

The song, “Walking By Faith,” was composed by Travis L. Boyd as a result of the inspiration of an Oklahoma Minister of Music and Worship.  Royce Brown was a model of effective, servant leadership, community involvement, and perseverance to so many of his colleagues.  The song was written with the ministry and character of this man (and the faithfulness of God as our Shepherd and guide) uppermost in Travis’s mind.

Royce Brown, long-time Minister of Worship and Music, community volunteer, charter member of The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, and Minister of Music Emeritus for the First Baptist Church of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, was a man who walked by faith, both spiritually and physically.  He left behind a legacy of service and faithfulness as well as a testimony of trust in God and a transparent love for his Lord and Savior.  Royce and his family moved to Sapulpa, Oklahoma in 1966, when he became the Minister of Music at the First Baptist Church there.  After more than 5o years of service in ministry at Sapulpa and other in communities such as Blackwell, Ada, and Pauls Valley, Royce retired from full-time ministry. Continuing to live in the community of Sapulpa, Royce sang in local nursing homes every week.  He was involved in the Sapulpa Ministerial Alliance and in the local Lions Club.  Royce was also named Citizen of the Year by the Sertoma Club of Sapulpa.  June 9, 2002, was proclaimed Royce Brown Day by the Sapulpa Mayor in honor of Royce’s long history of community service and ministy.

The Logo for The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma

Royce had been widowed in 2001, and he had also lost his eyesight.  However, he never lost his love for the Lord or his desire to serve.  Royce continued to sing with the Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, depending on friends within the group for transportation to and from concerts all over the State of Oklahoma and around the world on Churchmen Mission trips.  He inspired fellow Ministers of Music and Worship with his dedication and perseverance, memorizing all of his music and accepting the help of others as he navigated through the buildings and upon the platforms of the churches where concerts were held.

Due to his longevity and faithfulness in ministry, Royce was recognized by the Historical Commission of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma as Music Minister Emeritus of the First Baptist Church of Sapulpa.  In addition. he was also presented the Lifetime Music Ministry Award, instituted in Royce’s honor, by Dr. Bill Green, Associate Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma and, at that time, Director of both The Singing Churchmen and The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma.  This award continues to be given to Music and Worship Ministers in the State of Oklahoma who have served faithfully for many years.

Introducing “Walking by Faith”

Travis played “Walking by Faith” for Royce in the Worship Center of First Baptist Church of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

After Travis had written a TTBB arrangement of “Walking By Faith” with a tenor solo; and Dr. Bill Green had selected the song for inclusion in the repertoire of The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, Travis and I travelled to Sapulpa to share the song with Royce and introduce him to the solo.  Royce had a mellow tenor voice, and he did not hesitate to use it in praise to his Lord.  I am smiling even now as I recall meeting Royce in the Worship Center of his church, where Travis sat down at the piano with Royce just behind him, listening and ready to sing.  Royce picked up on the song so quickly that it seemed miraculous.  He was singing along with portions of the song before he had even heard them being played or sung and without the benefit of being able to see the music.   It was definitely a very spiritual experience to hear Royce singing “Walking By Faith”, knowing that the Lord had inspired Travis to write the song so that Royce could have further opportunity to proclaim the message of His life and ministry in Christ.  Travis and I both knew that the message of “Walking By Faith” would be shared with integrity and conviction by this man who had lived it through many decades of ministry and service.

From the July 11, 2002 Baptist Messenger: HONORED: Royce Brown, left, Music Minister Emeritus at Sapulpa, First, accepts congratulations from Ron Fannin, Associate Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, right, and Bill Green, BGCO Associate Executive Director of Church and Family Equipping Ministries and Director of The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, of which Brown is a charter member. Brown was honored by Sapulpa, First, for more than 50 years of ministry. Fannin presented an award from the BGCO Historical Commission, and Green announced the establishment of the Royce Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Ministry.

From the July 11, 2002 Baptist Messenger: HONORED: Royce Brown, left, Music Minister Emeritus at Sapulpa, First, accepts congratulations from Ron Fannin, Associate Executive Director of the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, right, and Bill Green, BGCO Associate Executive Director of Church and Family Equipping Ministries and Director of The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, of which Brown is a charter member. Brown was honored by Sapulpa, First, for more than 50 years of ministry. Fannin presented an award from the BGCO Historical Commission, and Green announced the establishment of the Royce Brown Award for Lifetime Achievement in Music Ministry.

Hearing Royce sing “Walking By Faith” was something very special to Travis, to our brother, Dr. Bill Green, and to all of The Singing Churchmen and the audiences at each of the Worship Concerts.  Beyond the sound of Royce’s beautiful tenor voice singing a pleasant tune with with a message of encouragement and challenge, the Holy Spirit used the life and spirit of the man singing the solo and the testimony of The Singing Churchmen singing the choral parts to touch the hearts of all who heard “Walking by Faith” during this time period. On one occasion, Travis and some friends stopped at a restaurant after a concert during which “Walking By Faith” was one of the anthems sung by The Churchmen, with Royce as the soloist.  Royce and his traveling buddy had also stopped at the same place; and Travis overheard a woman who had been at the concert and recognized Royce as she told him how blessed she had been by his solo on “Walking By Faith.”  Royce had beamed as he thanked her, and we are so pleased that God allowed Royce to share the testimony of his spiritual journey through this song.

Our brother Royce went home to be with His Lord in June of 2003.  The Singing Churchmen sang “Walking By Faith” and other songs of testimony at his funeral service.  For those who witnessed his life, there remains an unforgettable testimony of the faithfulness of God and the faith journey of a man of God that will live on in our hearts.  There are so many faithful servants of God who have the same testimony of walking by faith and trusting the Lord through life.  Along the way on our journey, we are thankful to have met so many wonderful people who love the Lord and are walking with Him one step at a time.  Most of all, we are thankful to know the Lord and to be able to trust Him throughout our lives as we continue walking by faith.

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“Walking by Faith” was published as an SAB Choral anthem with Solo by Shawnee Press/Hal Leonard.
A Performance/Accompaniment CD is also available.

One step at a time…

Lyrics for “Walking By Faith”:

Walking by faith and not by sight,
Guided by Holy light.
Step by step, the way is clear.
The Spirit of the Lord is near.

I will follow where He leads,
For I know the path is right
When I’m walking by faith
And not by sight.

Trusting in One I cannot see,
For He knows what’s best for me.
Tenderly, the Shepherd guides.
The Spirit of the Lord abides.

I will follow where He leads,
For the Lord will be my light
When I’m walking by faith
And not by sight.

(Bridge section)
Though at times I stumble,
I will never fall;
For I know God is always faithful
To hold my hand, and lift me up,
And see me through it all.

When I’m living by faith, I’m not alone.
As I travel on toward home.
When the road is hard to bear,
The Spirit of the Lord is there.

I will follow where He leads,
For the way is always right
When I’m walking by faith
And not by sight.

(Tag ending)
I’m walking by faith and not by sight.

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HERE IS THE PUBLISHER’S DESCRIPTION of “Walking By Faith”:

“Full of youthful confidence and motivational lyrics, “Walking By Faith” is a challenge to Christians of all ages to “walk by faith and not by sight.” Gentle syncopations are easily learned and help give the piece a nice contemporary feel. The SAB voicing is particularly well suited to youth choirs.”

“Walking by Faith”  is available from:

Shawnee Press at:  http://www.shawneepress.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=35024936
Hal Leonard at:  http://www.halleonard.com/product/viewproduct.do?itemid=35024936&lid=1&keywords=TravisBoyd&subsiteid=1
Sheet Music Plus (with 2 sample pages to view plus a listening link) at http://www.sheetmusicplus.com/title/Walking-by-Faith/5206355
J. W. Pepper at  http://www.jwpepper.com/8065838.item

The first page of “Walkig By Faith”, copyright Shawnee Press, with the dedication, “For Royce Brown”, appearing above the title.

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This post was written by C. Boyd

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Do you know Jesus? 

The decision to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior is the best decision you could ever make!  The one true God is ready to give you forgiveness and eternal life as soon as you understand your need for Him and believe on the name of His only Son, Jesus, for your salvation.

Here’s a blog page link to help you find the answers to your questions about Jesus.  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

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* NEW * on our website: “Let the Trumpet Sound!” SATB Choral

“Let the Trumpet Sound”
is a choral anthem with a classical sound and a trumpet obbligato throughout.
This majestic, joyful, and celebratory anthem works well as the opening song for a worship service or concert (or for general use).  It has been sung in an SSAA arrangement by The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, under the direction of Dr. Bill Green.

Click the photo above to go directly to our WorshipSounds Music website!

Click the photo above to go directly to our WorshipSounds Music website!

As always, our PDF Master Copy of the anthem is available in either full page or octavo format.   With our easy and quick e-mail delivery of your download instructions and the convenience of PayPal, you could begin working on the “Let the Trumpet Sound” at your next choir rehearsal.

*  The PDF Master Copy is available for $15.00.
*  Permission is given with purchase to make as many copies as needed (for your choir and accompanists only).
*  THERE IS NO ‘per copy’ FEE!
$15.00  IS  ALL  THAT  YOU  WILL   PAY  FOR  ALL  THE  COPIES  YOU  NEED!
If a copy becomes lost or damaged, print another at no extra cost, even if it has been years since your purchase!
 
*  No waiting for your anthem to arrive by mail!   
*  You will be sent instructions for downloading your Master Copy shortly    after your order has been placed.
*  You can print your copies as soon as your download is complete.

(Wait a few minutes after your order to allow for Paypal processing.  Then, check for your e-mail with download instructions.) 
 
If you have any difficulty, contact us immediately at Travis’ web mail address:  Travis@worshipsounds.com  (same webmail address that is on our website’s home page). 

Click photo to go directly to the Video Demo for this anthem, with a link to the Adult Choir website page below in the Video info.

Look for this identifying thumbnail photo on our Adult Choir website page, where the anthems are listed in alphabetical order (with the exception of our Christmas anthems, which are found at the bottom of the page.)  http://www.worshipsounds.com

The trumpet obbligato is free but must be ordered separately on our WorshipSounds Music website’s Shopping Cart page.  You’ll find the obbligato adjacent to the “Let the Trumpet Sound” Anthem PDFs, with the same identifying thumbnail photo.

With  WorshipSounds  Music,  you can purchase any  NEW CHORAL ANTHEM  and have all of the copies you need (for your choir and accompanists)  for as little as $8.oo to $15.00 plus your printing costs, depending upon which anthem you choose (U.S. currency, Paypal converts).

Our goal at WorshipSounds Music is to make it possible for Choral Directors to purchase anthems for choir and ensembles, anthem orchestrations, and music for soloists that will allow the musicicans in your Church or Christian School to sing and play for God’s glory, sharing a message that will draw hearts to Him.  We believe that Choral Music is an important part of Worship Ministry and that messages can be shared through the ministry of a choir that will not have the same impact if shared in any other way.

We are a friend to Worship Ministry in general, to Choral Music in particular, and to music budgets!

We also offer many choral anthems that are fully orchestrated, with orchestrations costing $25.00 or $30.00.  All of our orchestration include all parts for strings, winds, and percussion, a full score, and a string reduction for keyboard.  They are written to be practical for church musicians and to sound wonderful no matter what your group’s instrumentation may be.  Great care is taken during the arranging process to make certain that the instrumental parts complement the message of the anthem without “covering up” the choir. 

CHECK OUT our WorshipSounds website today! 

http://www.worshipsounds.com

You will find excellent choral music that is meaningful and memorable, that has a Biblically sound message of praise and hope, and that is a joy to sing!

 

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This post was written by C. Boyd

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Do you know someone who is looking for answers?

Thank you for spending your valuable time reading the contents of this page.  We hope that it has been helpful to you.   If you or someone that you know is looking for answers about life, we hope that you will visit our page called “Do You Know Jesus?”.   The links provided on this page will help to answer life’s deepest questions.   Here is the link to “Do You Know Jesus?”:  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

Please feel free to share this URL with anyone who is looking for answers about life and eternity.

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Song Story…”Much More Than a Song”

Wherever you go, God is already there.

“Much More Than a Song” was written as a result of a time of uncertainty and re-examination of priorities and truths in Travis’ life.  This time period began with the desire to sing a song and continues with the desire to bring God glory through all of life.  Several years ago, Travis was working on a powerful song that he planned to share as a solo at some point in the future.  The song was quite wordy and vocally demanding.  As Travis was singing the song over and over, trying to memorize all of those lyrics, he began to experience some vocal problems.  It was not unusual for him to have some allergy related congestion that affected his voice a couple of times every year, but this problem was obviously more serious than that.  Although he was not experiencing any allergy problems at that time, his voice was greatly affected, and he had significant pain when he tried to sing.  After the problem persisted and worsened, Travis did go to the doctor and to see a specialist about his voice.  He learned that all of his demanding vocal rehearsing had caused some damage to the vocal mechanism and created some strain and inflammation.  He was going to have to rest his voice and allow the damage to heal.  This was very difficult news for a Minister of Music and Worship.  He had no idea how long it would take for healing to occur or even whether the healing would be complete.  In other words, he didn’t know whether his voice would ever be fully restored.  Would it be as strong as before?  Would he still have the same vocal range?  Would there be any changes to his vocal tone or breaks in his range?  All of these were unanswered questions.

Travis prayed and waited and rested his voice, hoping to regain the full use of his voice but realizing that there was a possibility that he might not be able to sing in the same way that he had before this problem occured.  As in any season of uncertainty and waiting on the Lord,  Travis had an opportunity to re-examine his priorities and his own philosophy of living a life that glorifies the Lord.  He knew that leading God’s people in worship through music was not the only way that God could use his life.  Even though his passion for leading worship remained strong, Travis came to the point where he was willing to do whatever the Lord would have him do.  He was very aware that he could still live a life of seeking to bring glory to God, no matter what happened with his voice.   God gave Travis a song to express what He had been teaching Travis through the experience of losing what had formerly been one of Travis’ most important ministry tools.   That song was “Much More Than a Song”.

Through this experience, God gave the blessing of a song; but the lessons of the spirit that Travis gained were even more valuable.   It’s hard to put them all into words, but I will try:

Worship is more than a song.

Worship is more than any particular form of expression.

Worship is more than giving your best to God.  It’s being willing to give up your best and still give what you have left to God.

Worship is a passionate pursuit of God’s glory.

Worship may be expressed through what we do, but the act of worship never consists of any outward expression.  True worship always exists in the desire of the heart to bring Glory to God.

If I have ever truly worshipped God before a loss or a change in my life, I cannot allow such a change to alter my heart.

“Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples! For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised…” Psalm 96:3 &4a

 

Worship is a 24/7 attitude of the heart, a recognition of God’s supremacy and majesty that results in a constant desire to bring Him glory through my life.

Worship is much more than a song!

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“Much More Than a Song”  words and music by Travis L. Boyd, copyright WorshipSounds Music  is available on our website as a vocal solo or as an SATB choral anthem.  There is also a full orchestration available, which can be used to accompany either a choir or a soloist.  You’ll find the solo version on our home page and the choral version on our Adult Choir music page, where you can click on our unique video demo link to see and hear the music simultaneously at
http://www.worshipsounds.com

“Much More Than a Song” has been included in the repertoire of The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, then under the direction of Dr. Bill Green.

“Much More Than a Song” has been part of the repertoire of the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Jubalheirs, under the direction of Dr. Jon Duncan (a large choral group consisting of women who are active in music ministry from all over the state of Georgia).
The Jubalheirs also recorded “Much More Than a Song” on their CD entitled “New Every Morning.”  For more information about this group and their ministry, see our post entitled, “Blessings Through Choosing to Praise God.”  https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/blessings-through-choosing-to-praise/

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Here’s my Sound Cloud recording of the Medium Voice Vocal Solo
(available on our website’s Home Page in the left sidebar)

The sheet music PDF (with chord symbols) can be purchased for $5.00, with permission to make as many copies as needed for your Soloist and Accompanists or Rhythm Section.
The Accompaniment Track is sent as an Mp3 download and includes the PDF for a full page lead sheet to assist you in learning the song.  The cost for the Mp3 and lead sheet is $10.00.

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(Accompaniment Track + Demo)

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This post was written by C. Boyd

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Song Story…”God is Faithful”

One of Travis’ best loved choral anthems is “God is Faithful.”   This song will always be very special to us as well.  “God is Faithful” has been recorded as the title song on CDs by both The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma (then under the direction of Dr. Bill Green) and the Georgia Baptist Convention’s Sons of Jubal (Dr. Jon Duncan, Director).  It has also been recorded as a solo on individual CD projects and sung all over the world by church choirs, by the choral groups already mentioned, and also by The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma.  In addition, the women’s choirs who sang in Australia while their Singing Churchmen friends and spouses were there for a mission trip in 2003 sang “God is Faithful” in all the churches where they ministered in the Sydney, Newcastle, and Brisbane areas (see a story about “God is Faithful” in Australia near the end of this post).  Dozens of individuals have taken the time to express to Travis how much the message of “God is Faithful” has meant in their lives; but before the song was heard by anyone else or was published by Lorenz Music, it was a tender message from our loving God to encourage the hearts of Travis and Cindy Boyd.

Note:  Scroll down to the end of this post if you are looking for product information about the Song, Choral Anthem, Accompaniment/Performance Track, or Anthem Orchestration, which are available through the publisher, Lorenz, as well as other music distributors.  (Click the distributor links in our blog’s side bar to see what Travis L. Boyd products they offer.)

God’s promise

A lot of things were going on in our family and in our lives at the time that “God is Faithful” was written.  God had called us to a new place of service.  Our daughter was in high school, and our son was still in pre-school; and yet we left behind all 4 grandparents to move to the Church in Eastern Oklahoma which had just called Travis as their Minister of Worship.   We had moved from one side of the state of Oklahoma to the other and three and a half hours away from our parents.  It had been difficult to leave the only full-time church Travis had ever served where we were geographically very near our extended family, but that’s not the only reason the move was challenging.  We were concerned about how our daughter would adjust to the move, we were leaving behind many very close friends whom we still love and miss, and we were leaving a community that had always been very special to us.  It was the town where I grew up from third grade on, the town where I graduated from high school, the community where Travis and I had both gone to college, where we had met and married; and we’d both graduated from the University there.   Our roots were deep in the community, and we knew and loved so many people there.  We also loved our Church and our church family, and it was the church that Travis had longed to serve for many years before being called as their Minister of Music and Worship.  The Pastor of the Church we were leaving had not been there very long, and Travis had enjoyed serving with him and with all of the other staff members and support staff at the Church.

Of course, every time that God has called Travis to a new place of service, we have always felt a mixture of emotions.  Facing the task of leaving a Church and people that we loved, moving to a new place, and dealing with the unknown was always challenging, heart-breaking, exciting, both joyful for the new opportunity and sad to be moving on, and even a little scary.  Intellectually and spiritually, we’ve always known that God would be with us wherever we were.  Hovever, sometimes through the years, we’ve had to remind ourselves of this comforting truth.  Following the heart-felt welcomes and the initial settling in process in the new home, community and Church, real life adjustments still need to be made after any move.  As I’ve voiced to Travis in such times, it sometimes feels as though “we are so far away from everyone who really loves us”.   Again, we do know that God’s presence is with us; but as human beings we still long for the joy of familiarity and the comfort of being known.  Newness certainly doesn’t mean that we are loved any less, even by the ‘new’ church family.  It sometimes just feels that way because we are human.  [May God continually remind us what it feels like to long for home, to deal with uncertainty, and to step out on faith even when it’s heart-breaking or difficult to move on.  He longs for us to have compassion for the people all around us, people who struggle with change and difficulty and loneliness.   We can express His love and grace through a smile, a kind word, an act of compassion, and a warm welcome.]

In addition to the monumental changes that a major move brings, Travis and I were dealing with other issues that were of great concern around this time period.  The house we were leaving behind and trying to sell in western Oklahoma was the third house that Travis and I had owned in our 21 years of marriage.  Up to that point, it seemed that the timing had always been wrong for us to come out well on the sale of a home.  The first home that we bought was in Texas.  At the time when God called us to a new place of service a few years later, our Texas builder was adding an entirely new section of homes to our neighborhood.  The new streets had sidewalks.  There was a community playground in the new part of the neighborhood.  Furthermore, the new homes were selling for about the same price we had hoped to get for our home.  Of course, we had to come way down on our price in order to sell, and still the home languished on the market for months as the new homes were marketed and sold by developers.  By God’s grace, we did manage to hang on, but we did not come out well on the sale of the home.  When Travis was called to a new place of service the next time, we had to sell our second purchased home in central Oklahoma.  We hoped to come out better because we had added more livable square footage to the home by completing an unfinished bonus room over the garage.  However, just as we were preparing to make the move, the United States Government released their list of military bases that were in danger of being closed.  The nearby military base was on the list.  Eventually, the government revealed that the local base would not be closed.  It was removed from the base closings list and is still a functioning Air Force base today, but its future was in doubt during the entire time that our home was on the market.  As a result of the uncertainty and the possibility of losing the base, real estate values plummeted in our community and other nearby suburbs.  Again, we were forced to take less that we should have been able to get for our home.   A few months later, when the local base was removed from the list of potential closures, real estate values recovered; but the rebound was too late for us.

Now, during the time period surrounding the writing of “God is Faithful”, we needed to sell our third house, in western Oklahoma; and, once again, the circumstances were not great.  When we had moved into the community, we had rented a 3 bedroom duplex, where we planned to stay until we sold our central Oklahoma home and found a home we wanted to purchase.  A few months later, our landlady contacted us and told us that one of her family members had a life crisis and needed the duplex.  She was giving us a month’s notice and wanted us to move out.  We began looking at everything that was available.  Our central Oklahoma home had sold by then, but the lower price due to the uncertainty of the base closing list had drastically limited our options.  In addition, the Western Oklahoma community to which we’d just moved was experiencing a major housing shortage at that time.  It was a big enough deal to be featured in articles in the Daily Oklahoman (state newpaper) and even in video on Oklahoma City’s statewide broadcast of the evening news.  The Mayor of the community was featured in one report.  He had sold his home and could not find another to buy, so he was living in a local hotel.  The options were so limited that our family of four was very close to having to move into a hotel as well, with a 13 year old daughter and a 4 month old son.  We looked at everything that was available, which wasn’t much.

In the end, the only option we had (other than living in a hotel) was a 3 bedroom home where the single car garage had been turned into a small room (a very poorly done renovation).  The only things we liked about the house were that it was a roof over our heads and that our daughter and son each had their own bedroom.  Everything else was dismal.  We moved in just after Thanksgiving.  It was our first Christmas at the new, western Oklahoma Church, we had an event to go to every night from December 1st to December 22nd, and our lives were in total turmoil.  We had worked on cleaning the house for a week as we prepared to move in, while my parents took care of our children.  The whole house reeked of cat urine.  Walls and doors, and even cabinets (inside and out) were splattered with what looked like dried plum jam, but we never did figure out what the splatter really was.  We scrubbed and scrubbed.  I had to give up nursing our 4 month old son because we were cleaning on the house from morning until bedtime that whole week, and it was too filthy to bring the children into.  I scraped the bathroom floors with a razor blade to get all of the crud off, and every surface in the house was just that filthy.  We rented a machine and cleaned the carpets…twice.  They still reeked.  Travis was fixing things that were broken as well as cleaning.  It was a mess.  After we’d moved in, about 3 days went by before the sinks began to back up and toilets began to overflow.  We had plumbers out to the house 6 times the first month and a half that we lived there (all during the Christmas season!).   They even brought in “the big machine” to unclog our pipes, but the plumbing problems weren’t completely solved until we finally replaced the toilets in both the full bath and the half bath.  In all the 3 years that we lived in that house, we were constantly having to fix and replace things (exterior siding, the furnace and air conditioning units, storm doors, dishwasher, water heater, disposal, etc.).  The list went on and on.  We had to take a second mortgage to pay for all the needed fix ups; and later on, we had to take out a third loan for the new heat and air units.  So, by the time we made this move to Eastern Oklahoma, we had been through the wringer financially.  We’d even had to come up with an I.O.U. idea for Christmas for our daughter, which we called a “Santa coupon”, and that’s what she got 3 Christmases out of the 4 that we spent in that home (1993 – ’96).  We were now going to have to try to get enough out of that house to pay all 3 loans off; and after several months without a sale, even though the house was described by our realtor as “immaculate”, it was becoming apparent that we were going to take a big hit on this house as well.  Travis was really concerned.  God had worked a miracle to get us into a brand new home in Eastern Oklahoma, so we did have a wonderful break from the constant home fix ups for a while, but we didn’t know if we could keep handling the payments on the new home if we had to keep paying on loans from our western Oklahoma house even after it sold.  The months dragged on, and the house didn’t sell until October after we’d moved in January.  At one point, church members from our new Church helped by making part of the payment on the Western Oklahoma house for about 4 months; so we were very thankful that basic needs were met (but still barely surviving).  It was during this time period of adjustment, uncertainty, and financial hardship that God gave Travis the message of “God is Faithful”.

“God is Faithful” was one of those songs that just seemed to be born in a moment of inspiration.  Travis says that the whole song seemed to come to him at once and calls it “very much a God thing,”  meaning that God gave the song.  It was a message that we needed desperately at the time that God gave the song through Travis; and it was a message that we would need even more over the next few years, as we dealt with many events such as the loss of both of our fathers and of our own unborn child, some of our daughter’s struggles, and other things.  Some of the words would come to life even more vividly as we experienced different circumstances in our lives through the years.  In some ways, it has seemed to us that the message of “God is Faithful” has been to us both a message for a particular time and a message for all the times to come.   There were things ahead of us that we didn’t know about, but God knew.  He was re-assuring us with the message of His faithfulness, even before we knew how much greater our need for that encouragement would become at times.  But, even though the song has been very personal for us, it has touched many other lives.  Travis feels that he was just the vehicle that God used to share the message of His faithfulness with those who have been blessed by “God is Faithful.”

Dr. Bill Green, who was then the Director of both The Singing Churchmen and The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, was one of the first people to hear “God is Faithful.”  Travis played it for him during a summer time meeting in Oklahoma City.  Brother Bill wanted to use the anthem with both choral groups, so Travis was asked to create an SSAA arrangement and a TTBB arrangement.  He also did an orchestration for the Churchmen’s instrumental ensemble.  “God is Faithful” was in the repertoire of both groups for several years.  During that time period, Brother Bill also sent the anthem to Mary McDonald at Lorenz Music.  Mary loved it, and it became Travis’ 4th choral anthem published by Lorenz (the first of his Lorenz anthems published by their Monarch Division, with others to follow).  The SATB anthem is still available through Lorenz  (See links below), as is the orchestration and the performance/accompaniment CD.  Although many churches probably still have and use the published octavos, there are other churches that use Travis’ self-copyrighted copies from before the anthem was published.  So many of the Ministers of Worship in the Churchmen wanted to use “God is Faithful” with their choirs that Travis did quite a bit of self-publishing before the song was accepted for publication.

Whatever methods God has used to expand the reach of “God is Faithful”, Travis and I are just thankful that the message of this song has meant as much to others as it has meant for us.  The most important truth to which  we can cling in difficult times is that God is faithful!  Circumstances don’t always work out as we had hoped, but God’s faithfulness is always there.  In fact, we did have to continue to pay on the heating and air conditioner loan for over 2 years after selling our western Oklahoma home.  Somehow, God provided.  The publication of “God is Faithful” and other songs even became part of that provision for our needs.

In 2012, we still have 6 boys at home, five of whom are currently in Elementary School.  As a result of circumstances in the past 4 years, we have started over again as far as acquiring equity in a home.  Our most recent home sale, after we’d moved to Georgia, took over a year and was completed in 2009 during the worst recession since the Great Depression.  The home in eastern Oklahoma, where we’d lived for 12 years, updating and adding a room addition, sold for far less than it would have before the recession began.  We could choose to dwell on the losses that we have sustained, but there is no point in that.  We know that in each situation, what appears to be bad timing was really God’s timing.  He has called Travis to each new place of service very clearly, and He has been faithful to meet our basic needs in spite of economic conditions and other external factors.  God’s faithfulness is not thwarted by the ups and downs of the stock market or housing values.  His faithfulness is not limited to the specific circumstances that surrounded the writing of this song or any song.  Just as God is eternal, His faithfulness is eternal; and it continues as He continues.  God is a keeper of promises, and He is faithful!

So, remember…

“When you find it hard to understand
And you’re just not sure you have the strength
To do all God commands…
When the task seems overwhelming,
You can rest within His hands.
For the One who called you is faithful!

God is faithful.
He will not forget His own.
God is faithful.
He’ll never leave you all alone.
He’s right beside you,
Waiting to guide you,
For the one who called you is faithful.
God is faithful!

He is always there when human eyes can’t see…
So aware of all your hurts and all your deepest needs!

God is faithful!  He will not forget His own.
My God is faithful!
He’ll never leave you all alone.
He’s right beside you,
Waiting to guide you,
For the One who called you is faithful.
God is faithful!”

Lyrics to “God is Faithful”  by Travis L. Boyd, SATB Choral anthem and Orchestration, Copyright 2003, Lorenz Publishing Company, a division of the Lorenz Corporation

Self-published copies of the SSAA, TTBB, and SATB octavos and the Orchestration that pre-date the Lorenz publications, Copyright Travis L. Boyd

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FROM  LORENZ  MUSIC:  “God is Faithful”…SATB Choral Anthem with solo throughout

A  full orchestration is available for this piece, as heard in the studio demo.

performance/accompaniment CD  is also available, and it features the orchestration as heard in the publisher’s studio demo.

Here is my Sound Cloud audio of the Lorenz Studio Demo Recording for “God is Faithful”.

*  Lorenz product page for “God is Faithful” :  http://www.lorenz.com/product.aspx?id=10_2978M

Here, you will be able to click the listening link (music notes) and then immediately click the sample pages link (Adobe icon) to allow you to listen to the professional studio demo recording of the anthem while you view the music.

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Note:  See our blog post entitled  “Blessings Through God’s Faithfulness”  for more information about the story of this song & recordings by both The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma and The Sons of Jubal.  https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2011/11/09/blessings-through-gods-faithfulness/

*  Vimeo Performance Video link:  (TTBB arrangement, recorded at a Sons of Jubal concert in September, 2010)  http://vimeo.com/15390308

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Post written by Cynthia A. Boyd

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“GOD  IS  FAITHFUL”  IN  AUSTRALIA!
OUR  GOD  IS  FAITHFUL  EVERY  DAY  AND  EVERYWHERE!

Here is a testimony of a specific circumstance in which God used the message of His faithfulness through “God is Faithful” to bless and encourage.  In 2003, over 300 people went to Australia for an incredible mission trip.  The main performing group was The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma.  The group gave concerts in serveral large and well-known venues, such as the Sydney Opera House, and then split into smaller groups to minister in local churches.  Over 90 of the people on this trip were the wives of the Churchmen; and for the first time ever on a Churchmen mission trip, there were enough of us to form 2 women’s choirs, which ministered in Churches and even in a pineapple canning factory during our time in Sydney, Newcastle, and Brisbane.

Annerley Baptist Church near BrisbaneThe women’s choir that I was in, directed by Singing Churchmen member Tyrone Smith, sang at Annerley Baptist Church, near Brisbane, on Sunday morning, May 11th, 2003, which was Australia’s Mother’s Day.  Although the Singing Churchmen were no longer singing “God is Faithful”, the two womens’ choirs were singing an SSAA arrangement of the song.  I had been asked to sing the solo on “God is Faithful,” and I had done so during the Worship Service that day.

Our womens' choir rehearses with director Tyrone Smith prior to the service (minus a few members who were taking pictures of the group)

Our womens’ choir rehearses at Annerley with director Tyrone Smith prior to the service (minus a few members who were taking pictures of the group)

Later on, during the fellowship meal after the service, a woman approached me.  She told me that her name was Noela (pronounced Nola), and that she was not a member of Annerley Baptist Church and did not live in Brisbane.  She said that she was only at the church that morning because it was Mother’s Day.  She and her husband had driven from their home 2 and a half hours away to be there with his Mother.  Noela confessed that she almost did not make the trip to visit her Mother-In-Law.  She explained that she had been fighting cancer and that she was feeling discouraged.

A lovely lady with a beautiful smile, Noela spoke with a radiant faith as she said, "I believe that I am here today by Divine appointment."

A lovely lady with a beautiful smile, Noela spoke with a radiant faith as she said, “I believe that I am here today by Divine appointment.”

However, she did feel an urging from the Spirit of God to come to Brisbane; and, with her husband’s encouragement, she made the trip.  She told me that she now felt it was a divine appointment for her to be there.  Noela said that the message of God’s faithfulness had come across to her so clearly as she listened to “God is Faithful” that she knew why we were there on that day and why God had prompted her to come.  Several of us talked with Noela as long as we could, and it was an amazing conversation.  God had so touched her and encouraged her heart through the message of His faithfulness that she seemed radiant with faith in His goodness and faithfulness to her, and Noela in turn became an encouragement to all of us.  It was a very brief encounter, but I will never forget it.

I can think of many times when God has also touched my heart with His love and encouragement, just as he touched Noela’s heart.  Comfort or encouragement can come through a kind word, a prayer, a song, a note, a sermon, a scripture passage or verse, and certainly through God’s presence within us and as revealed to us through the kindness and compassion of others.  God is faithful to Noela, He is faithful to me, and He is faithful to you!  Be encouraged today as you thank Him for His faithfulness!  Encourage others as well.  Never forget that God is faithful!

– C. Boyd

Note:  For more information on this story, check these links:
Annerley Baptist Church website:  http://www.annerleybaptist.org.au/
Annerley Baptist Church facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Annerley-Baptist-Church/189082151110455#!/pages/Annerley-Baptist-Church/189082151110455
Information about the city of Annerley (near Brisbane, Australia:  http://queenslandplaces.com.au/annerley

Pray for the people of Australia and of Annerley Baptist Church.  Their Pastor, Brother Jim Johnston, retired at the end of 2012 after 16 and a half years of service there.  The people there were so kind, providing corsages for each of the women in our choir, plus a single red rose (mindful of the fact that mothers were being honored and that we had left our families to come).  They had prepared a meal for us and were so friendly as we shared time together that day.  What a blessing it was to be in the midst of Christian brothers and sisters who live on the other side of the world and to feel so welcome and at home.  🙂

Annerley Baptist Church Pastor, Brother Jim Johnston, and our womens' choir Director, Tyrone Smith

Annerley Baptist Church Pastor, Brother Jim Johnston, and our womens’ choir Director, Tyrone Smith

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Here is a Youtube video of singer Debra Eden’s solo version of “God is Faithful,”  recorded on Debra’s CD entitled, “It Was Love.”   The video was put together with the recording by Debra’s sister.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sIdfLJOo3q8

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Song Story: “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”

“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”   Music and lyrics by Travis L. Boyd

“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  is a choral anthem and modern hymn, published by the Lorenz Corporation, that shares the full message of the gospel.  The publishers’ description of the anthem states, “This memorable theme steadily builds throughout, forming a powerful statement of praise.”

(NOTE:  Scroll down just below the John 3:16 needlework picture to the “Publisher’s Information Page” heading for a link to the anthem, orchestration, & accomp. trax on the Lorenz website.)

The anthem was inspired by the most beloved scripture verse and the favorite hymn for so many Christians.   Travis wrote this song using as his inspiration John 3:16 and the message of the hymn, “Amazing Grace.”   This is the story of how “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  came to be written.

In 2002, Travis stated that he wanted to write an anthem in honor of and dedicated to my Dad, who was valiantly fighting cancer (first diagnosed in December of 1999).   Travis asked my Mom to find out what Dad’s favorite scripture verse and favorite hymn were, and to try to do so without arousing any suspicion.  When Mom asked at first, Dad wanted to claim the entire book of John as his favorite scripture passage; but Mom was able to get him to name his favorite verse from the book, John 3:16.  Mom called back to let us know his favorite scripture and also that his favorite hymn was “Amazing Grace.”  Travis began the writing process, and he was blessed with a beautiful melody and a text that powerfully proclaimed the gospel of Christ.  As soon as the song was complete, Travis immediately began arranging the song for SATB Choir.

When “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” was finished, my family began making plans to surprise Dad with the song.  The son of some long time family friends was being married in Tulsa in early 2003.  Since that was near our home, Travis and I invited everyone in our family who could come for the wedding to stay with us while in the area.  While all were at our house, we would make the surprise happen.  My sister, Linda, and brother, Rich, were both able to come, flying in from Washington State.  Though Dad had endured two cancer-related surgeries by this point in his treatment and was still dealing with ongoing chemo and radiation, he was able to do some light travel.  He and Mom drove the 3 and a half hours to our home.  While we were together, we celebrated Dad’s birthday, which was very close to the date of the wedding.  After the festivities, we surprised Dad with “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”   Travis and Mom shared the story of the way they’d been able to learn Dad’s favorites and use them as inspiration.  Then, all of us who were there helped to share the song with Dad for the first time.   Our daughter, Meredith, sang Soprano with me.   Mom and Linda sang alto.  Rich and Travis handled the men’s parts while Travis accompanied on piano.   It was an all-family production, and Dad seemed to be blown away.   Travis told him that he would contact the Choir Director at Mom and Dad’s church to see if the premiere of the anthem could take place at their home church with their own church choir.

The date of the anthem premiere at Mom and Dad’s church (pictured here) was in November of 2003.  Dad had a few months of feeling really good over the Spring and Summer of 2003, and on into the early Fall.  He even felt well enough to drive all the way to South Carolina to visit relatives for almost a month, play a lot of golf, and drive back to Oklahoma.  However, by October, the chemo that had been well tolerated had stopped working.  The next regimen he was placed on seemed to immediately sap his strength, and it later became apparent that his heart had been damaged.  By the time Travis and I and our two boys drove down for the premiere week-end, Dad had already lost both his hair (which had grown back w/ the former chemo med) and his strength.  He was pale and not feeling very well, but he did make it to church that Sunday morning.  The church had chosen to use the occasion of the anthem premiere to say ‘thank you’ to my Dad for his years of faithful service as a Sunday School teacher and in many other capacities.  Dad was rather embarrassed about this.  He felt that there were many others in the church who had served just as faithfully.  My Mom and Travis and I sang in the choir.  My sister, Linda, was able to come, and she sat with Dad, as did our son, Jared, age 10, who had just lost his other Grandpa in May of that same year.  Dozens of Dad’s friends and colleagues were there, as well as his church family.  Everyone present that morning heard the gospel message clearly presented as “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” was sung by a choir for the first time.   The song is much more than a tribute to one man.  It is a testimony of God’s saving grace demonstrated in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Travis had submitted “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” to one of his publishers, and he got word that it had been accepted for publication by the Lorenz Corporation in the Spring of 2004.  My dad was very pleased to know that.  The anthem went to press bearing a first page inscription in honor of my Dad.  Travis had also been asked by Lorenz to write a full orchestration for the anthem, as he had done for  “God is Faithful”  previously.   So, when “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life” was published as an SATB anthem, Travis’ full orchestration for it was published as well.  Both are still available from Lorenz Music.  (See info below)

Dad passed away in the Fall of 2004, less than a year after the anthem premiere at his church.  The lyrics to “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  were read by Dad and Mom’s Pastor at his memorial service.  Singing was never Dad’s thing (though he could whistle beautifully).  He left the singing to other members of the family, though he did his best in the congregation at his church.  He always had an appreciation for music and for the power of words.   We hope that his heart was touched by this gift of his favorite expressions of spiritual truth, combined with new words and music.   Our hearts were touched and challenged by his life and by his brave battle with cancer.   And, far beyond anything that we could ask or think, we pray that the message of “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” will continue to touch the hearts of people around the world.

NOTE:  “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life” was on the Lorenz best-sellers list after it was released, and it continues to be a well-loved anthem for choirs all over the world (translated into 3 languages that we know of).  There are Youtube and Vimeo videos that we have discovered of choirs singing the anthem in English, Mandarin, Korean, and Italian.  See additional information below.

Here is the audio from my Sound Cloud set of Pulisher’s Demo Recordings of the Lorenz Studio Demo of “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”   See the publisher’s info page link below for ordereing the music.

LYRICS  FOR  “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”

There is a love sent down to man,
A rugged cross, a spotless lamb,
A life laid down, a sacrifice.
Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!

Here's the first page of "Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!", published by the Monarch division of the Lorenz Corporation.

Here’s the first page of “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”, published by the Lorenz Corporation (Monarch Division).  The inscription at the top reads, “Dedicated to Dr. Harold McCoy White, in celebration of 38 years of faithful service as a layman of The First United Methodist Church, Weatherford, Oklahoma.

There is a hope beyond the grave,
With love so deep and pow’r to save.
Rising above all earthly strife,
Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!

There is a peace that all can know.
It calms the heart and heals the soul.
“Come unto Me!,” the Savior cries!
Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!

(bridge – a paraphrase of John 3:16 – 17)
God so loved the world that He gave His Son,
For us to believe in Him.
For the Son was not sent to condemn the world,
But to save us from our sin.

There is a home prepared for all
Who on the name of Jesus call.
A place of rest, a throne on high!
Amazing grace!  Eternal life!

(repeat last 2 phrases)
Amazing Grace!

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lorenz_logoPUBLISHER’S INFORMATION PAGEHere is a link to the Lorenz Music product page for “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”, where you can hear the entire studio demonstration recording of the anthem with the complete orchestration.  Click on the music note icon to hear the recording or on the Adobe icon to view sample pages.
Information is also provided about the related products available for the anthem, including the orchestration and an accompaniment/performance CD.  http://www.lorenz.com/product.aspxid=10_3228M

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TRANSLATED INTO MANDARIN LANGUAGE:
“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  has been translated into Mandarin Chinese and included in a book for Chinese choirs.  It has been posted on Youtube by choirs from several churches singing in Mandarin.
The youtube videos are a little hard to find because as soon as you type in “Amazing Grace,”  hundreds of versions of that song come up first, but here’s one of our favorite videos of the anthem in the Chinese language, sung by the choir at the Mandarin Baptist Church of Los Angeles, California:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYnchYmXVoI)

Here are the lyrics to “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”  in Chinese characters:

奇異恩典!永恆生命!Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!

有一大愛降臨世上,古舊十架,純潔羔羊。為人捨命犧牲奉獻, 奇異恩典!永恆生命! 有一盼望超越墳墓,深厚至愛全能救主,勝過一切塵世爭競。 奇異恩典!永恆生命! 有一平安人皆可知,靜人心神,治人靈魂。「來就近我」救主邀請。 奇異恩典!永恆生命! 上帝愛世人,賜下祂愛子,好讓我們信靠祂, 神差愛子降世不是要定人罪,是為救我離罪愆。 有一天家為眾而備,靠主聖名天家可歸,安歇美地,寶座天庭。 奇異恩典!永恆生命! 安歇美地,寶座天庭,寶座天庭。奇異恩典!永恆生命! 奇異恩典!
Here’s a link to our playlist of 9 videos of Choirs singing “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” in Chinese:  http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMJind8w21aQfYQbS6eVWPVXgyZGBuNqV

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TRANSLATED  INTO  KOREAN:
“Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!’ has also been translated into Korean.  Numerous Korean churches have posted videos of their choirs singing this anthem on YouTube. The video below is of the Choir and Orchestra from New York Presbyterian Church.

See our playlist of over 20 choirs around the world, singing “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!’ in Korean (church locations include South Korea, the United States, and New Zealand) at this link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLMJind8w21aQ2kRrM5f9bcc80ZUpOAvlc

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TRANSLATED  INTO  ITALIAN:
 In the video below, the Coro Tre Ponti (Three Bridges Choir), directed by Rino Adam, is singing “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!” in Italian at the Festa di San Giorgio (@ Terdobbate, Italy, April 21st, 2013).  This is the only video we’ve found of “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!” in Italian.  We are not sure whether other choirs have access to this translation, “Sorprendente Grazia!  Eterno Vita!”

The Coro Tre Ponti is based in Arona, Italy.  Their facebook page can be found at:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/CoroTrePonti?fref=ts

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The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Baptist Symphony share worship anthems, including "Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life") at the "Foundations" worship concert, directed by Dr. Bill Green.

The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, and Oklahoma Baptist Symphony share worship anthems, including “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life”) at the “Foundations” worship concert, directed by Dr. Bill Green.  Over 700 musicians filled the platform, the staircases leading to the balcony on both sides of the platform, and the first section of pews on both sides of the platform.  What a glorious night of praise!

“FOUNDATIONS”  CD and DVD RECORDINGS:  “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” was chosen as part of the concert repertoire for the ‘Foundations’ concert presented by The Singing Churchmen of Oklahoma, The Singing Churchwomen of Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma Baptist Symphony, directed by Dr. Bill Green,  in May, 2005.  The entire concert was recorded on both a CD and a DVD called “Foundations.”  Our post about the blessings of worshipping together all through the day of rehearsals and the evening’s concert at this event is called, “The Blessings of Worshipping Together.”  There is a photo of the event included in the post as well.  Here is the link to that post:
https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/blessings-through-worshipping-together/

Here is a link to the audio recording of the previously mentioned BGCO groups singing, “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!” during the “Foundations” worship concert.
https://soundcloud.com/#travis-l-boyd/amazing-grace-eternal-life-bgco?in=travis-l-boyd/sets/recordings-of-my-anthems-by

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TITLE SONG ON RECORDING BY TOURING GROUP:  “Amazing Grace!  Eternal Life!”  has also been recorded by The Farrells, a ministry of the Tom Farrell Evangelistic Foundation, as the title song on one of their CDs.
One website that offers this CD can be found at  http://www.mbbcbookstore.com/SPD/amazing-grace–eternal-life—9015751555667820287.jsp

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“Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”  was included in the repertoire for the Atlanta Choral Guild’s May, 2012, concert.  The program was titled “Georgia:  The Past Meets the Present.”  There is a blog post about this event @ https://worshipsounds.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/blessings-through-community/

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EPILOGUE

My mother and several of her friends were able to attend the “Foundations” concert and hear the song that was first inspired by my Dad’s favorites as it was being sung and played by over 700 musicians.  The ladies loved the entire worship concert, and especially “Amazing Grace! Eternal Life!”   My Dad would have enjoyed that evening as well, but he probably would still have cherished the initial family performance of the anthem and the premiere at the church where he and Mom had attended and served for decades even more.

Happy 80th Birthday, Dad!

I wrote this to honor the Lord and in your memory.

Love, Cindy

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Post written by Cynthia A. Boyd, February 1st, 2012

In honor and in memory of Dr. H. M. White, longtime professor of Organic Chemistry at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, founder of the SWOSU Summer Science Academy, graduate of Clemson University (Bachelors, Masters, and PhD), Army veteran and Reservist (served in the United States and in Germany), crossword puzzle pro, community volunteer, golfer, Sunday School teacher, active layman, Founding Board Member of Weatherford YMCA, Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, Weatherford Golf Course Board member, a faithful son and husband, father, brother, uncle, great uncle, cousin, nephew, Grandaddy, and friend.

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Do you know Jesus? 

The decision to ask Jesus to come into your heart and life as your Lord and Savior is the best decision you could ever make!  The one true God is ready to give you forgiveness and eternal life as soon as you understand your need for Him and believe on the name of His only Son, Jesus, for your salvation.  Here’s a blog page link to help you find the answers to your questions about Jesus.  http://www.worshipsounds.wordpress.com/do-you-know-jesus/

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