God With Us is a Lessons & Carols service that creatively illustrates man’s relationship with God through the idea of “home.” The idea of “home” is traced through man’s design to be at home with God, our loss of that home, and God’s restoration of that home through Christ.
The full God With Us includes high-quality underscores for ten scripture readings, as well as recommended carols. It's scored for String Quartet, Clarinet in Bb (doubling Bass Clarinet) and Piano.
God With Us is available for churches and other organizations to use, and you can purchase the full set of sheet music here. If you would like to purchase sheet music for just one song, click the links below. If you are not interested in hiring musicians to perform the music audio for public performance is available for purchase here.
Flexible instrumentation version (Piano+high instrument+low instrument) version coming soon - shoot me a message to let me know your interest. :)
1. Created to be at home with Him (Genesis 2:5-9, 15-25) Full Ensemble
2. Sin creates separation (Genesis 3:1-7, 22-24) String Quartet only
“Sin creates separation” opens with halting, repeating chords in the strings. The chords are static, and meant to arrest the listener’s ears. Sin has entered the world, and the world is totally changed.
4. Lament for the loss of home (Psalm 137) Bass Clarinet only
“Lament for the loss of home” takes advantage of the many unusual (and sometimes ugly) sounds that the bass clarinet can make. God is with Israel in the promised land, He is with them in Babylon, and He is even with them in the deepest, ugliest cries of their hearts.
6. Mary (Luke 1:26-38) Full Ensemble
While I love the many solemn depictions of Mary, I was struck this time around by the joy that Mary must have had in learning she was with child with the son of God. Music from "Created to be at home with Him" is re-rhythmed to be sprightly and exuberant.
7. The birth of Jesus (Matthew 1:18-25) Viola and Cello only
Thinking of how God so often accomplishes his plans through partners, family, and fellowship, I wrote this track specifically to be played by violist and cellist Jessica and Karl Ronnevik, an actual real-life mom and dad.
10. God will dwell with us forever (Revelation 21:1-4) Bass Clarinet + String Quartet
The final underscore opens with the same ominous repeating chords that opened the second underscore, “Sin creates separation,” but ends with a joyful peace and calm. Humankind is dwelling again with God in the new creation. Everything is again how it should be.
Special note: When presented in full, the music in God With Us carries the listener around the circle of fifths - essentially bringing us from home, to far away from home, and then back to home again. (Oooh!)
This album was created with the help of the following talents...
Composer and Producer: Robin McLaughlin
Voiceovers: Kendra Adachi and Andy Hudson
Violins: Tracy Viator and Madeleine Klee
Viola: Jessica Ronnevik
Cello: Karl Ronnevik
Clarinets: Taylor Barlow
Piano: Michael Van Patter
Recording Engineer: Christopher Miller
Mixing and Mastering Engineer: Shawn Milloway
Photography: Brittany Faith Photography
Graphic Design: Michael Van Patter
Special Thanks To: Arts Letters & Numbers, Hope Chapel, Michael Van Patter, Jillian Storey, Peter Swanson, and Mark Engebretson.
The text in this album is taken from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Used by permission. All rights reserved. The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, is adapted from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. All rights reserved.