Continue in My Word
for SA(T)B chorus, organ, opt. narrator, and opt. assembly
text from John 8:31-36, and Martin Luther
music by ZMH, with ERHALT UNS, HERR
Continue in My Word pairs Jesus' words to the disciples in John 8:31-36 with the first stanza of Martin Luther's "Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word" to highlight the relationship between discipleship and freedom. The optional narration adds the portions of the John text which are not sung; assembly may join the choir on the hymn stanza. Smaller ensembles may perform Continue in My Word as an SAB or STB anthem.
Commissioned by St. John's Lutheran Church, Zanesville, Ohio, in commemoration of its 175th anniversary.