I wanted to write a primary song that was good for nursery/junior primary: repetitive lyrics and actions that easily go with the lyrics. This tune and these lyrics came to my head one day. I have always loved the imagery of Jesus as the Good Shephard so it made sense that this is what I came up with 🙂
I love that while the music is simple, the message is inspiring. Making it applicable for senior primary too!
I have wanted to do an arrangement of this song for a long time but I was kind of waiting for inspiration to strike. Well, strike it did and just in time for my son’s baptism this year! I wrote the violin/piano version first and really wanted a voice option too. So, I modified the music and created that also.
You’ll notice I did my signature signature 🙂 Yep, I changed it from 3/4 to 6/8. I may love 6/8 a little too much!
I’m hoping to get recording with a real violin when my sister-in-law comes into town next. For now, this will do. I hope you love this version as much as I do (I sit down just to play this all the time)!
First off, this song is unbelievably fun to play and sing. So even if you’re not a great singer but like to sing (like me) try it out after listening to it and getting the feel for it in your head.
About the song…
I have always liked the lyrics to this song. I felt like I wanted to do to this song what Rob Gardner did to Savior Redeemer of My Soul. Ok, so mine isn’t nearly as touching as that amazing arrangement but it sure gave me inspiration.
I really wanted to add a second verse. I found one that had some great lyrics written by Bryant Adams. With his permission I changed a few of the lyrics. I really wanted the song to end with “when faith endures” and I wanted to add this idea by Pres. Dieter F. Uchtdorf given in a general conference address entitled, “Be Not Afraid, Only Believe”:
“When we choose to believe, exercise faith unto repentance, and follow our Savior, Jesus Christ, we open our spiritual eyes to splendors we can scarcely imagine. Thus our belief and faith will grow stronger, and we will see even more.”
Oh, I love that and I hope that message comes across in this arrangement. I recommend opening up the music in another tab and following along with the video since the melody and lyrics will be unfamiliar. Enjoy!
Our stake choir director asked if I could arrange an easy version of this song for a youth stake choir. K. Newell Dayley’s SSAATTBB arrangement is beautiful with a capital B, but way too hard for a beginning choir. So, I tried to make an easier arrangement with a very similar feel as Dayley’s. I almost feel bad saying it’s my arrangement because I imitated his so closely. I just hope this helps some choirs with fewer choir members or more inexperienced members.
I decided to add an SATB for choirs who are lucky enough to have more people and experience.
Choir tips: Here’s something I’ve never done before because until recently I knew nothing about singing. Luckily, I worked with an amazing choir director whose notes these are. This pdf is her marked-up notes for the youth choir. It is the notes for the SAB version but you can use them as reference for the SATB version as well.
Our director gave the youth this music when they were first learning their parts, then she gave them the above music afterward. NB=no breath. Commas=breath. And it is easy to hold out the last note. Choir members can breath whenever they want as long as it’s not the same time as the person next to them and they keep their mouth looking like they are still singing. Our choir director always said, “Breath anywhere you want except where there’s a slur!”
I hope this all helps! I know working with this piece helped me learn a lot!
Two girls in my ward wanted to do this song for a musical number in Sacrament Meeting so I arranged this for them to sing. You do have to use the Children’s Songbook with it so have that ready. Instructions are also on my sheet music but here is exactly what to do:
Play the intro in the Children’s Songbook and then the piano part while the children sing the first verse. As soon as you are finished with first verse go to sheet music and play piano part while children sing second verse. Play through first ending then go back to beginning while children sing both parts together and go through second ending.
It’s really not as confusing as it sounds. Luckily I have a recording of the girls singing it so you can listen if you have any questions about what to do.
My ward wanted a women’s group to sing this song so I put an arrangement together! The music is SATB but our ward will either do SA or SAT (yes we have some awesome women than can sing tenor when we need it).
Be careful to keep the last chorus slow. Triplets have a tendency to make you want to play faster but slow it down especially as it gets toward the last 4-5 measures.
I arranged this song for my ward’s primary program this year. I tried to make it easy for the primary to follow while making the piano sound just a little fuller. I think this music did the trick. As long as I waved my arms really big to lead the kids into the verses they did great at keeping with the music.
I also like that the arrangement is simple enough to keep with the spirit of the music yet spiffed up enough to make it, what I think would be, a great solo piece too!
I just wanted to add that the copyright owner was very adamant about making sure this free sheet music is only used for home and church use. Thanks!
I just got an e-mail from Michael Moody’s son saying his dad, who is on a mission in Africa currently, has granted me permission to publish my arrangement! I love when composers get back to me. I felt like jumping up and down!
Anyways, this is a simple arrangement with violin. The piano is almost exactly how it is in the Children’s Songbook but tweaked a little to accommodate a violin part. My ward performed this arrangement for our Primary program a few years back and it sounded amazing. What song doesn’t when it has some good strings?
FYI, January 2014 song of the month in primary is this one! Now that I’m in a new ward looks like 2014 primary program will have this arrangement featured! Excited? Yes I am!
Before I arranged Rejoice! The Lord is King, I noticed An Angel from on High could be sung with the same music. When I sang it out loud that way, the music went perfectly with the lyrics to this song. It really motivated me to arrange Rejoice! The Lord is King because An Angel from on High is one that isn’t sung very much and I think if you’ll sing it this way, you’ll want to sing it all the time! It is awesome.
Because Rejoice! The Lord is King only has three verses I chose the 1st, 2nd and 4th verse of An Angel from on High. I think it’s very complete that way. I’m excited to see what other people think of this.