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).

Jesus Shall Reign

This common but very great hymn was written by Isaac Watts (1676-1748), whom readers of “Music Notes” will recognize from previous weeks.  It must be said that this writer possesses a great fondness for the hymns of Isaac Watts!  This same individual owns a collection of Watts books which in its thoroughness is unequaled by […]

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Love Divine

This hymn comes from Charles Wesley (1707-1788), the brother of the Methodist reformer John Wesley. Both John and Charles were born into the Church of England, but each of their lives progressively evidenced reformatory tendencies relative to the established Church. The brothers each had a type of “conversion” experience in which he found his heart […]

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Draw Nigh and Take the Body of the Lord

St Paul writes in I Corinthians 11, “For I received from the Lord what also I passed on to you: The Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of […]

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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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