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Baptism Service Song

June 14 2007 at 3:10 PM
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Hi everyone - My sister asked me to sing for my nieces baptism in a month or so. I need a song! The music director at her church made some suggestions that I'm not crazy about. I am a soprano and I want something that fits the meaning of the service but that isnt too contemporary churchy sounding. Any suggestions?

 
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Re: Baptism Service Song

June 14 2007, 3:44 PM 

"I Believe" is lovely and so poignant - probably alittle more contemporary than you'd like.

http://www.truevinemusic.com/baptized_in_his_name.htm
This is lovely and even more contemporary but so appropriate and has all the files you need - mp3's, accompaniment, piano and vocal.

 
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"Children of the Heavenly Father"

June 14 2007, 4:36 PM 

There is a lovely arrangement by John Ferguson in "Three Swedish Folk Hymns" published by Augsburg.

 
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Shall we gather at the river?

June 15 2007, 11:24 AM 

I know it's hyper-traditional, but damn do I love that hymn. I think there's a Charles Ives arrangement if you want something a little different. (Melody's the same, harmonies are crazy.)

B.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

 
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crossover-sop1
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that song is used more for funerals

June 15 2007, 1:25 PM 

at least in my experience.

We use "Come to the water" at my church. Very contemporary, but pretty to sing.

 
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b_natural
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Guess you're right...

June 15 2007, 3:05 PM 

But it really is about ol' timey Baptist baptism... Hm.

B.

In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell

 
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Borning Cry and others

June 15 2007, 1:38 PM 

The song Borning Cry is used a lot for baptisms - I'm methodist and it's in the supplement "The Faith We Sing". Also there is a Mark Hayes Vocal collection called "10 Hymns and Gospel songs for solo voice" and there is a song called "Children's Suite" which is nice and there is also an arrangement of "Take my life and let it be". Craig Courtenay also has an arrangement of "Take my life" that has a c-instrument obligato. I prefer the tune of the Courtenay arrangement.

 
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Re: Baptism Service Song

June 15 2007, 9:07 PM 

Little lamb who made thee - Hoiby - lovely and completely appropriate.

 
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Down in The River to Pray

June 17 2007, 2:11 PM 

If you have the O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack, it's on there. It's a fabulous arrangement with just solo voice and choir, but it would be equally gorgeous a cappella.

-L-

 
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I love Dr. Snider's rec...

June 18 2007, 2:37 PM 

I sang this a hundred years ago, but his post brought it all back. I remember just loving it.

MAmezzo

 
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I think this could be perfect....

June 18 2007, 3:03 PM 

"His Name So Sweet" is an old spiritual and there's a GREAT arrangement of it by Edward Boatner (a well-known arranger of spirituals). It shouldn't be too hard to find.

It's so great to sing, and it's up-tempo.
Oh, and PS, it IS about baptisms.

 
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Sven
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Re: Baptism Service Song

June 23 2007, 10:45 PM 

If you're not afraid of a little theology:

"We Know that Christ is Raised" (ENGELBERG)
"Bapitised in Water, Sealed by the Spirit" (same tune as "Morning Has Broken")

 
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A hymn

June 25 2007, 1:29 PM 

I think, when I read that sweet story of old

The melody is very simple and it's just a sweet sentiment. I believe it is also known as the Children's Hymn.

 
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Beautiful setting of that text..

June 25 2007, 7:33 PM 

By Luigi Zaninelli in his Seven Sanctuary Songs. Not the hymn tune, but just lovely.

Here is the text that he set:

I think, when I read that sweet story of old,
When Jesus was here among men,
How He called little children as lambs to His fold,
I should like to have been with them then.

I wish that His hands had been placed on my head,
That His arms had been thrown around me,
And that I might have seen His kind look when He said,
“Let the little ones come unto Me.”

I long for the joy of that glorious time,
The sweetest and brightest and best,
When the dear little children of every clime
Shall crowd to His arms and be blest.

 
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Classical baptism music

June 27 2007, 10:27 AM 

An ideal choice would be the soprano aria from Bach's 2nd baptism-themed cantata BWV 165, entitled "O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad", the text of which is:

O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad,
O sacred bath of water and the Spirit

Das Gottes Reich uns einverleibet
that incorporates us in God's kingdom

Und uns ins Buch des Lebens schreibet!
and writes us down in the book of life!

O Flut, die alle Missetat
O flood-tide, that drowns all misdeeds

Durch ihre Wunderkraft ertraenket
through its miraculous power

Und uns das neue Leben schenket!
and gives us the gift of new life!

O heilges Geist- und Wasserbad!
O sacred bath of water and the Spirit!


Unfortunately, Bach's first baptism-themed cantata, BWV 7, has no soprano aria. But if you're inclined, you could transpose the tenor recit and aria ("Dies hat Gott klar...Des Vaters Stimme Liess sich hoeren") up an octave. German text can be found at: http://www.cs.ualberta.ca/~wfb/cantatas/7.html. English translation is at: http://www.uvm.edu/~classics/faculty/bach/BWV7.html



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Karen Mercedes - contralto
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Baptism Spiritual

June 28 2007, 4:20 PM 

I would love to recommend "Honor, Honor", a very popular spiritual frequently requested of singers by parents for their children's baptism services in church. It is an arrangement by Hall Johnson, and as a soprano, I would recommend asking for the high-voice version in B-flat.

Hope this helps.

Soprano Alive!

 
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