because of the joy —2009

because of the joy is a choral anthem, setting Hebrews 12:1-2, commissioned by the First Presbyterian Church of West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Marcia Mau, director of the music ministry, commissioned this work for the Chancel Choir.

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Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin that clings so closely. Let us run with perseverance the race God has set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the One who began our faith and makes it perfect. He suffered death on the cross. But he accepted the shame as if it were nothing because of the joy that God put before him. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, seated at the right hand of the throne of God.