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).

William C Dix (1837-1898), who wrote this hymn, also wrote “What Child is This” and “As with Gladness, Men of Old.”  He was born in 1837 in Bristol, England, were he grew up to be a formidable businessman and manager of a marine insurance company.  He wrote many hymns and translated others from Greek and […]

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All Glory be to God on High

This hymn text was written by Nikolaus Decius, born in 1485 and an early convert to Lutheranism.  After graduating from the University of Wittenberg studying Reformation theology, Martin Luther recommended him to become an assistant pastor in Stettin.  Throughout his life he served congregations as pastor as well as cantor, or chief musician.  (It is […]

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O Come, O Come, Emmanuel

This is one of the most beloved of Advent hymns, and it dates back to the ninth century, to the time of Charlemagne.  Originally in seven stanzas, each stanza addressed Christ by a different name;  we sing four of the most common stanzas:  “Emmanuel,” “Rod of Jesse,” “Day-Spring from on High,” “Key of David,” with […]

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Lo, He Comes with Clouds Descending

This hymn was written by Charles Wesley, brother of Methodism’s founder John Wesley and author of over 6,000 hymns.  Charles remained a priest in the Church of England his entire life, as he never considered himself a Methodist as much as he considered himself an Anglican. This hymn refers to Jesus’ return and to the […]

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