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One More Redeemer

A warm-hearted affirmation of the divine spark in each child
Rob Eller-Isaacs & Bill Neely

A warm-hearted affirmation of the divine spark in each child. Rich in close-harmony voicings and counterpoint, this American folk/gospel-inspired song is especially moving as an anthem for baptism and child dedication services.

One More Redeemer may also be performed as part of the concert-length work, Go Out!

Item Instrumentation/Voicing Duration Level Audio Peruse Delivery Method (Print vs. Digital) Price Quantity
SEA-072-00 SATB a cappella - Choral Score
2' ME Sheet Music $3.00
SEA-072-00DEL SATB a cappella - Choral Score
2' ME Licensed PDF $3.00

One More Redeemer

Original writings by Rob Eller-Isaacs and Bill Neely
Adapted by Elizabeth Alexander

Every child is born one more redeemer
In each new life is a spark divine,
One more voice for compassion, one more holy sign,
One more chance to restore and reveal and receive.
This is our faith, this we believe:
Every child that is born brings one more redeemer to this world.

Composer's Note: 

For many years, Unitarian Universalist minister Rob Eller-Isaacs has spoken of each new birth as the arrival of "one more redeemer".  This phrase has now become an essential part of dedication and baptism ceremonies in many churches.  My adaptation of Eller-Isaacs' words also includes excepts from a sermon given by his friend and colleague Rev. Bill Neely.

Reviews and Responses: 

"Hey Elizabeth, it's Jason Shelton.  It's Thursday evening.  Just finished choir practice and want to tell you how much I love One More Redeemer.  That piece makes me happy.  Thank you for that."  Voicemail from Jason Shelton, Music Director of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Nashville (Nashville, TN)


Premiere: Unity Singers of Unity Church-Unitarian of Saint Paul / Ruth Palmer (St. Paul, MN)
Chalice Choir of First Unitarian Church of Toledo / Gladys Rudolph (Toledo, OH)
Chamber Singers of First Unitarian Church of Nashville / Jason Shelton (Nashville, TN)
Choir of Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church / Lila Farrar (Brookfield, MA)
Choir of Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church / Dixon Redditt (Camp Springs, MD)
Choir of First Congregational Church of Montclair / Julie Morgan (Montclair, NJ)
Choir of First Parish in Concord / Beth Norton (Concord, MA)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco / Mark Sumner (San Francisco, CA)
Choir of Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church / Mary Neumann (Melrose, MA)
Choir of Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church / Sarah Dan Jones (Atlanta, GA)
Choir of Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church / David Simmons (Overland Park, KS)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham / James Sullivan (Birmingham, AL)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence / Susan Harper (Lawrence, KS)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin / Philip Hildreth (San Rafael, CA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saint Johnsbury / Steve Finner (Saint Johnsbury, VT)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville / Ruth Lewis (Gainesville, FL)
Choir of Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County / John Austin (Brevard, NC)
Choir of UU Church of Nashua / Jed Holland (Nashua, NH)
Choir of UU Church of Savannah / Kelly Blackmarr (Savannah, GA)
Claremont Chorale / Charles W Kamm (Claremont, CA)
Countryside Choir / Jeff Hamrick (Palatine, IL)
Guardian Angels Music Ministry / Roger Stratton (Oakdale, MN)
MidSouth Unitarian Universalist Music Festival / Sarah Dan Jones (Atlanta, GA)
Saint Edward's Madrigal Chamber Choir / H. Morris Stephens Jr. (Austin, TX)
Sanctuary Choir of First Christian Church of Denton / Mark Graham (Denton, TX)

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