A Tribute
To Our Great Composers and Lyricists
Of Sacred Music

This is My Father's World

M. Babcock Picture
This is my Father's World is taken from a 16-verse poem written by Reverend Maltbie D. Babcock, one of the outstanding Presbyterian ministers of his day. A picture could not be found of Franklin L. Sheppard(1852-1930) composer of the music.


Thomas Ken Picture
Thomas Ken is known as England's 'first hymnist". His doxologies were written as a means of encouraging devotional habits especially among the students at the school where he taught. A doxology is a short hymn of praise to God for our freedom to carry on God's purpose and the goals and visions He has placed in us.










Ave Maria

All Creatures of Our God and King

Franz Schubert Picture
St Francis picture
The alluring music of Ave Maria easily takes us away into a heavenly state. It was composed in a prayerful and simplistic style by Franz Schubert who only lived to be 32 years old. Ave Haria is Latin for 'Hail Mary'. The inspiration for the title and lyrics are found in Luke 1:28 and 1:42 where the Angel Gabriel greets Mary with very respectful greeting used for royalty. In the 12th Century, hundreds of years ago, St. Francis who is recognized as truly a saint, wrote this song during what appeared to be his darkest hour. He had forfeited worldly of his life he had lost his sight and was physically suffering. Yet, his spirit was in high praise, praising all that God created for his pleaasure.








Fairest Lord Jesus The Lord's Prayer
Richard Willis Picture
A.H. Malotte Picture
In 1850, Richard S. Willis born in Boston who also wrote the Christmas song, "It Came upon a Midnight Clear", also arranged this song to the familiar tune of what is so popular today. He attended boston Latin School and Yale College. The music was written by Albert Malotte in 1935. Born in Los Angeles, he was an American pianist and organist. The Lord's Prayer was recited by Jesus as a means to teach his disciples how to pray. On any given Resurrection Sunday it has been estimated that 2 billion Christians read, recite or sing the prayer.
Praise God (Doxology #2) Great is Thy Faithfulness
Roberta Martin Picture
Chisholm and Runyan Picture
Three peoople contributed to the evolution of this song. Roberta Evelyn Martin was an African American Gospel composer, singer, pianist, arranger and choral organizer who helped launch the careers of many other gospel artists. This song was arranged during her struggle with cancer. Thomas O. Chisholm wrote the poem in 1923 about God's faithfulness over his lifetime. Chisholm sent the song to William Runyan in Kansas where he set the poem to music, and it was published that same year and became popular. The Biblical reference is Lamentations 3:22-23. Billy Graham used the song frequently on his international crusades.