Gwyneth Walker

Faith Grows

for Adult Choir (SATB), Youth Choir, and Organ (2005)

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Commissioned by First Congregational Church, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, as a gift for Malcolm Halliday in celebration of his 15th season as Minister of Music

Faith Grows is based upon the poem “How Beautiful the March of Days” by Frances Wile. The music is newly-composed. The intent of this anthem is to present expressions of faith from the different generations. The adults sing of the endurance of faith over the passage of time. “All beautiful the march of days.” And the youth describe the first awakenings of faith. “I feel there is Someone beside me. This is how my faith grows.”

Both groups are made aware of God’s presence in the beauty of the natural world. As the adults see “a vision passing by,” the children delight in the woods and streams, singing “Someone made these for me.” Faith takes root in the young singers, leading the adults to offer a benediction. “The wonder of thy name.”

Notes by the composer