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).

Brightest and Best

“Brightest and Best”  This classic hymn, written by Reginald Heber (1783-1826), whose autograph is in the collection of the writer of music notes, observes the “Brightest and best of the stars of the morning,” referring to Jesus.  In John 8: 12, Jesus says, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will never […]

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Lift High the Cross

“Lift High the Cross”   In 312 AD, as the Emperor Constantine was preparing his army for a battle against Licinius, according to legend there appeared in the sky a sign interpreted as the Chi-Rho, the first two letters in Christ’s name: The next night, the Emperor had a dream in which Christ supposedly recalled this […]

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How Bright Appears the Morning Star

This great Epiphany hymn, whose text and tune were composed by Philip Nicolai in 1599,  is known as the “Queen of Chorales” in the Lutheran Church.   In this context, “chorale” designates specifically a German congregational hymn from the Reformation to about 1618.  This hymn was greatly beloved and popular (German weddings of this era were […]

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Songs of Thankfulness and Praise

The author of this text, Christopher Wordsworth (1807-1885), was born into an educated and ecclesiastical family, studying literature and mathematics at Cambridge University, England.  He taught school, served as parish priest, and eventually ended up as a bishop in the Church of England;  he wrote many books, including a book of hymns based on the […]

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