Christ by Whose Death the Church on Earth Was Born
composer: Nancy Galbraith (1999)
Wm. Blake
author: Herman Stuempfle, Jr. (1993)
genre: SATB & organ
length: 1 movement, 4:00 minutes
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
60 Depot Street, Verona, NJ 07044
mail@subitomusic.com • 973-857-3440
audio:
world premiere: 23 January 2000
Christ Lutheran Church Choir
Nancy Galbraith, conductor & organ
Christ Lutheran Church, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
program notes: "Christ By Whose Death..." was commissioned by the congregation of Christ Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where the composer has worked as Music Director and Organist since 1984. The work was premiered by the Christ Lutheran Church Choir in 2000 in a special service that celebrated the congregation's 100th anniversary.

text:

Christ, by whose death the church on earth was born,
we would by faithful lives your name adorn
singing to greet your new creation's morn:
"Alleluia! Alleluia!"

Christ, in whose life we live eternally,
from bonds of sin and death you set us free.
Help us to serve and praise you joyfully:
"Alleluia! Alleluia!"

Christ, in whose love your church finds unity,
yet celebrates her rich diversity,
bind us as one in peace and charity.
"Alleluia! Alleluia!"

Christ, by whose truth your church on earth is led;
Christ, by whose Word and Sacrament we're fed:
come to us now in gifts of wine and bread.
"Alleluia! Alleluia!"

Christ, by whose call your church is sent to bear
your cross of suffering and your mission dare:
yours be our strength till all on earth declare:
"Alleluia! Alleluia!"

[Herman G. Stuempfle, Jr., 1993; © 1997, GIA Publications, Inc.]