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).

Before the Lord’s Eternal Throne

This hymn comes from that great English hymnwriter, Isaac Watts, of whose fame and glory this writer often expounds. Watts came from the Dissenting tradition—he was not Church of England. Yet, both ecclesiastical worlds were marked by somber, lugubrious worship which arguably contained neither joy nor served well as a vehicle for the proclamation of […]

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O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing

  Charles Wesley (1707-1788), the brother of Methodism’s founder John Wesley, wrote this hymn, along with 6,000 others, including such favorites as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “Lo! He Comes With Clouds Descending.”  In 1726, upon entering Oxford University, Charles felt the need for a stronger devotional life; shortly thereafter he formed the “Holy […]

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Saviour, Again, to Thy Dear Name We Raise

This hymn, particularly appropriate for the end of the service, although categorized within the Holy Eucharist section of The Hymnal 1982, was written by John Ellerton (1826-1893), an Anglican priest.  Born in Clerkenwell, London, Ellerton suffered from health problems his entire life and had to retire to Switzerland and Italy before his eventual death due […]

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Lord, Dismiss Us With Thy Blessing

John Fawcett (1740-1817) wrote the text to this hymn which is useful to sing at the end of corporate worship or other Christian gathering. As The Hymnal 1982 tends to do, hymns appropriate for the dismissal are often grouped in the “Holy Eucharist” section, even though their connection to communion is tenuous. The text makes […]

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