Oasis Chorale | Hymns of the Church, Vol. 2

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Hymns of the Church, Vol. 2

by Oasis Chorale

Lush, a cappella, four-part harmony, American Choral stylings on hymns featuring Anabaptist themes.
Genre: Spiritual: Hymns
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1. Dear Shepherd of Thy People, Hear
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2. A Dark and Silent World
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3. How Great Thou Art
4:52 $0.99
4. For the Beauty of the Earth
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5. Rock of Ages
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6. Great High Priest, We View Thee
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7. Beneath the Cross of Jesus
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8. Come, Let Us Sing the Song of Songs
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9. Crown Him with Many Crowns
2:47 $0.99
10. Rise, Glorious Conqueror, Rise
1:51 $0.99
11. See the Conqueror Mounts in Triumph
2:47 $0.99
12. Praise God from Whom All Blessings Flow
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13. O God, What Offering Shall I Give
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14. In Full and Glad Surrender
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15. Nearer, Still Nearer
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16. Gracious Father
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Album Notes
God says, “The joy of the Lord is your strength” (Neh. 8:10). As a delightful way to express that joy, God gave us the gift of song. Singing our joy, we experience the supernatural strength of the Lord. With this second CD of songs from Hymns of the Church, the Oasis Chorale expands our resources for singing our way to greater joy and spiritual strength. Among its mixture of old and new hymns, this CD presents at least seven new songs for you. May your joy and strength be increased as you add these songs to your musical resources for spiritual conquest. -John D. Martin

It has been a joy for the choir to set aside our choir folders briefly, and once again to pick up our hymn books.

The church at work Monday to Saturday reflects the church at worship on Sunday. Like the hub of a bicycle wheel, the worship of the church anchors and shapes the activities of Monday to Saturday, where “the rubber meets the road.” In the same way, the music of the church at worship is the hub of our Monday to Saturday singing. Indeed, the hymns of the church that Oasis members grew up singing have in many ways made possible the choral music we do together.

And so it is a delight, in this second volume of Hymns of the Church, to sing and celebrate the music of the church.

The traditional pattern of biblical worship begins with the mind and moves to the heart. While imprisoned unjustly, the Apostle Paul said, “I will rejoice, for I know...” (Phil 1:18). This statement flows from a mature biblical understanding of mind and emotion. When you go on vacation, you don’t let your children drive–but they should be in the car. Emotion in worship should not take the driver’s seat–but it should be in the car! I encourage you to take your hymnbook, and follow along with these songs. Read them, consider them, pray them, and discover them anew. As you do so, may you find yourself encouraged and rejoicing.
–Wendell Nisly

The production of this second Hymns of the Church recording is the result of many miracles merging. We are very fortunate that this project has been surrounded by friends who care about the heritage, the craft, and the future of church music. We are grateful to God and the many people who offered meals, lodging, donations, friendship, prayers and talents.

We recognize Wendell Nisly, our conductor, who planned and interpreted the work of text and tune writers.

This album supplements the Hymns of the Church hymnal in content and style. We are grateful to John D. Martin, compiler of the hymnbook, who offered his invaluable insight into the hymnody. He helped us find a varied selection of familiar and lesser-known hymns in this continued project between Oasis Chorale and Benchmark Press.

Our friend Brad Zabelski of Traveling Tracks again provided professional and personable service in recording and mastering this album.

The acoustics for this recording came about through conversations between Wendell Nisly, William Hoover, and Jane Eanes of Parkview Mennonite Church in Harrisonburg, VA. We are grateful for the use of the sanctuary and fellowship hall for our 2016 tour rehearsal and this recording project.
–Joseph Ebersole

Oasis Chorale Mission Statement
. . . inviting singer and listener to thoughtful worship
through artistic choral music sung skillfully.

Worship through song requires a heart tuned to God and a disciplined mind that is attentive to both words and music. Oasis Chorale is committed to nurturing this process in both singers and listeners.

Artistic music frequently challenges both singers and listeners. A voice does not automatically make a great singer, nor ears a thoughtful listener; we believe artistic music requires investment to be sung well and to be fully understood and appreciated. Oasis Chorale intends to help singers and audiences move one step forward in these skills.

This mission entails risk. Beauty is powerful, and rightly delights and draws us. But if beautiful music draws our focus more toward the music or the musician than to God, it has failed its purpose. God is the source and essence of beauty; music is an expression of His beauty. It is our intent that our music be a reflection of God’s excellent beauty. We maintain that musical excellence is not an end in itself, but is a lens through which we perceive, understand, and relate to God.



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