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).

Praise, My Soul, the King of Heaven

Although he was an Anglican vicar, he had initially considered studying medicine. Although he was tolerant of his repeated transfers to different churches, he eventually gave up the ministry in an effort to regain his health. Although he published three volumes of poetry, only two of his texts remain in popular usage, “Abide with Me” […]

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“Christ, Whose Glory Fills the Skies”

This joyous morning hymn comes from Charles Wesley (1707-1788), who along with his brother, John, founded the Methodist Church as a “renewal” movement of the Church of England. Charles wrote thousands of hymns, many of which are beloved in Christendom. His, for example, is “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing.” In the first stanza of this […]

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“Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”

This hymn text is based on 1 Tim. 1: 17: “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Such an ascription of praise and worship was expanded by the English Baptist preacher Walter Chalmers Smith (1824-1908) into the four stanzas of the hymn which […]

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“Glorious Things of You are Spoken,” 522

This tune, AUSTRIA, was composed by Austrian composer Franz Joseph Haydn after visits to England in 1791 and 1794 where he was impressed by English musical patriotism as expressed musically through “God Save the King.” (The tune is the one which the Americans appropriated for the text, “My Country, ‘tis of Thee.”) Haydn’s melody, then, […]

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