This was another piece I composed as an undergrad at William Jewell College.  I compiled the lyrics from a prayer by Terri Teal, offered during a chapel service. She kindly gave her permission for me to set her beautiful and thought-provoking words to music:

“O holy and ever-present God, more concerned with our salvation than we are: we offer praise and thanksgiving to Thee for Jesus Christ, who became flesh and blood for our sake, and for coming into our world with Thy renewing presence.  O holy and ever-present God, we hear Thy call to choose the hard way for love’s sake alone, to die so that we may live. Renew our lives, O God, and give us courage to dare to live, to dare to love. Amen.”

Haley Neilson, recording engineer (Summer 2017)

Recorded at Wine Recital Hall, Manchester University

North Manchester, Indiana