Out of the Depths
composer: Nancy Galbraith (2018)
Heinz Memorial Chapel
text/melody: Martin Luther (1523/1524)
genre: SATB Sacred
length: 1 movement, 5:30 minutes
orchestration: SATB; tpt, hrn in F, bar hrn; organ
publisher: Subito Music Publishing (ASCAP)
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audio: N/A

world premiere: 29 April 2018
Christ Lutheran Church ChoirPalmer Brass QuartetAnn Labounsky, organ
Luther Hymn Fest • Heinz Memorial Chapel • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
program notes:

"Out of the Depths" is based on the text and melody by Martin Luther. It was composed for the 2018 Luther Hymn Fest presented at Heinz Memorial Chapel in Pittsburgh. The festival includes the choirs from eight Pittsburgh area Lutheran Churches plus the Heinz Chapel Compline Choir.

source: nancygalbraith.com

  1. Out of the depths I cry to you;
O Father, hear me calling.
Incline your ear to my distress
In spite of my rebelling.
Do not regard my sinful deeds.
Send me the grace my spirit needs;
Without it I am nothing.
2. All things you send are full of grace;
You crown our lives with favor.
All our good works are done in vain
Without our Lord and Savior.
We praise the God who gives us faith
And saves us from the grip of death;
Our lives are in his keeping.
3. It is in God that we shall hope,
And not in our own merit.
We rest our fears in his good Word
And trust his Holy Spirit.
His promise keeps us strong and sure;
We trust the holy signature
Inscribed upon our temples.
4. My soul is waiting for the Lord
As one who longs for morning;
No watcher waits with greater hope
Than I for his returning.
I hope as Israel in the Lord;
He sends redemption through his Word
We praise him for his mercy.
translation by Gracia Grindal (b. 1943)