“There's a Spirit of Love in This Place” General anthem, call to worship, or benediction response for SATB voices, opt. solo, and piano by Mark A. Miller.
Here is a tender, reverent piece for use in most any worship setting. Stanzas one and two may be sung as solo or unison women. Stanza one focuses on the title phrase and stanza two sings of God's presence of peace. A slightly faster “Alleluia” brings SATB voices together in praise. Stanza three sings about a spirit of grace and forgiveness. The alleluia section returns with the anthem gradually slowing with summation statements concluding the prayer.
The accompaniment gently moves below the melody through warm harmonic changes, never harsh or driven, simply blanketing the tonality for the voices to sit. Voice ranges are moderate and suited to most four-part ensembles.
Performance options include singing the anthem as marked or with optional solos. The composer indicates that the choir is to sing “ooo” on the melody of stanza two when a soloist is used. This setting has numerous worship options including call to worship, benediction, or independent anthem. Stanza one may be extracted to truncate the setting for a brief response.
Appropriate days: weddings and general worship.
Age Level 6-8
Difficulty of vocal parts 3
Difficulty of accompaniment 4