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Church Dedication anthems

Thank you for all of the suggestions. Here is a compilation of
Dedication Anthems for a new church.

Denise Makinson
Director of Music
Southwood Lutheran Church
5511 S. 27th St.
Lincoln, NE 68512

Dedication Anthems:

"Great is Our God" (C. Courtney) for SATB, opt. bells, opt. brass, and
organ. Beckenhorst

"Hark, Ten-thousand Harps and Voices" (C. Courtney) Beckenhorst Press.

"Upon This Rock" (John Ness Beck)

“Come Build a Church” (Ken Medema)

“Locus iste” (Anton Bruckner)
[Locus iste a Deo factus est, inaestimabile sacramentum;
irreprehensibilis est--
This place was made by God,a priceless sacrament; beyond reproach.]

“Christ is our cornerstone” (Edgar Aufdemberge) Concordia Pub

“Behold! I Build A House” (Lukas Foss)

“Lord We Give Thanks To Thee” (Undine Moore) GIA Publication

“Behold, the tabernacle of the Lord" (William Harris)

“Our Dream” (Linda Sobo)

“Built on this Rock the church doth stand”
“Rock of ages”
“When in our music God is Glorified” (Judy Hunnicutt)
“Rejoice ye pure in heart”
“In this Very Room”

"Consecrate the Place and Day" (Lloyd Pfautsch)
“I was glad” (C.H.H. Parry)
“Joy in the house” (Kenn Mann)
“To my Father's house” (Spiritual)

“Bless This House (o Lord we pray, make it safe by night and day” (May

"Blessed City, Heavenly Salem” (Edward Bairstow's )

[Blessed City, Heavenly Salem, vision dear of peace and love, who of
living stones art builded in the height of heaven above, and by angel
hands apparelled as a bride doth earthward move!
Out of heaven from God descending, new and ready to be wed to thy Lord,
whose love espoused thee, fair adorned shalt thou be led; all thy gates
and all thy bulwarks of pure gold are fashioned.

Bright thy gates of pearl are shining, they are open evermore; and their
well earned rest attaining thither faithful souls do soar. Who for
Christ’s dear name in this world, pain and tribulaton bore.

Many a blow and biting sculpture polished well those stones elect,in
their places now compacted, by the heavenly Architect. Nevermore to leave
the temple, which with them the Lord hath decked.

To this temple, where we call thee, come, O Lord of Hosts, today, with
thy wonted oving kindness hear thy servants as they pray; and thy fullest
benediction shed within its walls alway.]

Check out for suggestions and even services.

on May 31, 2007 10:00pm
I know i'm almost a year late with this post, but Z. Randall Stroope's "Come Dwell in Solomon's Walls" was commissioned for the dedication of an addition to a large church in Lincoln, NE. It's an accessible, yet powerful setting of a fantastic text.
on November 1, 2007 10:00pm
i love your song one candle,one flame,it is so beautiful
on February 6, 2011 4:39pm
"Choir Invisible" is an effective SATB dedication piece with violin obbligato.  Go to for FREE downloads of the music.  Contact (eliminate underscores) if you'd like to download and/or rehearse and perform the piece.