Prepare the Way, O Zion

Prepare the way

Commissioned Piece will Debut at Zion

There’s a brand new piece in the music folders this fall. Prepare the Way, O Zion is a newly commissioned piece by Minnesota composer Josh Bauder. Its premiere will be celebrated on Zion’s anniversary day, November 6, when choir, congregation, bells, brass and organ gather together to praise God with a familiar Swedish tune (Bereden Väg för Herran), placed in a fresh, new arrangement. This piece is very fitting for Zion with its Swedish roots and is also very suitable to many worship services, especially during the season of Advent and also Palm Sunday.

The commission began last spring when Mike Walsh, Zion’s Senior Choir director, contacted Bauder, who composed for Buffalo High School Concert Choir and wRight Ringer Handbell Ensemble a few years ago. Zion musicians sent a suggestion of hymn tune, text and instrument specifics to Josh Bauder and his creation is now “in the works” and in the folders of the musicians.

The total cost of commissioning this original composition is $900. Any donation to defray the cost of this exciting new piece is welcomed. Contact Mike Walsh or Sherilyn Burgdorf for more information.

Prepare the Way, O Zion

Prepare the way, O Zion; your Christ is drawing near!
Let ev’ry hill and valley a level way appear.
Greet One who comes in glory, foretold in sacred story.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

He brings God’s rule, O Zion; he comes from heav’n above.
His rule is peace and freedom, and justice, peace, and love.
Lift high your praise resounding, for grace and joy abounding.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

Fling wide your gates, O Zion; your Savior’s rule embrace.
His tidings of salvation proclaim in ev’ry place.
All lands will bow before him, their voices will adore him.
Oh, blest is Christ that came in God’s most holy name.

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