The musicians of St John’s Episcopal Church, Dallas, music ministry strive to glorify the Triune God as revealed in Holy Scripture, so that His people might be edified through music. With nearly 70 years’ tradition of sacred music, St John’s music ministry continues to learn, promote, and offer the highest quality liturgical and sacred music. Concerts and other special events are musical features of this music ministry. If you wish to participate through playing an instrument or singing, contact Benjamin Kolodziej, Organist and Choirmaster (bkolodziej@stjohnsepiscopal.org).

Holy Week and Liturgical Anamnesis

Despite what contemporary “enlightened” theologizers might suggest, the church year was not developed overnight by some bored hermit in the Egyptian desert with nothing else to do but ponder the locusts and honey in his cave.  The church year developed soon after Jesus’ own ministry, when His disciples and followers wished to reenact, and therefore […]

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“My Song is Love Unknown”

This famous Lenten text was written by Samuel Crossman (1624-1683), an Anglican priest.  The Anglican Church at this time sang only psalms, so it is most likely that Crossman intended his text to be read as poetry, not to be sung as a hymn.  Crossman ministered successfully in the town of Sudbury, England, until 1662.  […]

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What Wondrous Love is This

This hymn text was written anonymously and first published in Lynchburg, VA in A General Selection of Spiritual Songs (1811).  This tune, also composed anonymously and most likely best defined as a “folk tune,” first originates in print in Southern Harmony, New Haven, 1835.  The tune is “modal,” meaning it is neither major nor minor, […]

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If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee

This morning the choir sings an anthem version of this German chorale, it is played as the communion voluntary, and sung as a communion hymn. This hymn, often sung during Lent, was written by Georg Neumark (1621-1681), a hymnwriter for whom the most productive part of his life was spent in the midst of the […]

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