Imagine God – A Children’s Musical

Exploring and Expressing Images of God- Score and CD

With composer Larry Schultz

 

Book Description

Publication Date: 2004
Unison/two-part with piano, C instruments, chime tree, woodblock, triangle, suspended cymbal and optional Orff instruments.

This musical offers children a multi-sensory approach in expressing numerous images of God as revealed in the Bible. Through a variety of feminine, masculine, and non-gender images of God, this musical contributes to an expansive theology of God and invites children and adults to believe that the great Creator of the universe lives within them.

Along with the music and narration in the score, the companion Imagine God! Production Guide (CGBK65) provides ideas for creative art projects, dance and body movement, multi-generational participation, Bible exploration, and ministry activities that will enhance the learning and presentation of Imagine God! The music is flexibly voiced and contains a variety of meters, modes and accompaniment options. Works perfectly in any worship setting, music camp, or VBS format.

Performance time: 45-60 minutes. / Cantata/Sacred Musical / Unison/Two-part, Piano, C Instrument, Small Percussion (or Chime tree,Wood Block,Triangle,Suspended Cymbal) / Optional Orff Instrument

 

You can listen to 2 of the pieces in the musical on this website: http://www.jannaldredgeclanton.com/music.php#music3

You can find a “sampler” recording of songs and narrations from the work, along with other available resources for the preparation and presentation of the musical on the publisher’s website:  www.choristersguild.org.  Simply type “Imagine God” in the search bar and you should be directed to the musical, recording and resources.

 

Table of Contents:

Imagine God!
Mother Eagle, Teach Us to Fly
Tenderly Comes Our Shepherd God
Our God Is a Mother and a Father
Listen, Wisdom Is Calling
Ruah, Breath of Life/Jesus, Bread of Life
Like Rock and Light and Wind
Loving Friend of Everyone
God Is in Us and Above
Imagine God! (reprise)

 

Reviews:

Carl P. Daw, Jr.

Executive Director, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada

“Although there have been a number of recent hymns exploring new images for God, such texts have usually been geared for adults, while hymns and anthems for children have continued to use a more limited stock of titles and metaphors mistakenly regarded as an appropriate expression of tradition.

In this fresh and creative musical, author and composer make available a more comprehensive range of biblical images, celebrating both God and humanity in language that has been too long neglected.  In doing so, they have helped to prepare the children who perform it and the audiences who attend it for greater appreciation and understanding of the images they will encounter in much new hymnody.  In fact, several of the pieces in the musical could well be used as anthems interspersed in a hymn festival exploring the images of God being recovered and developed in recent hymns.

Imagine God! will open minds and hearts to a new appreciation of imagination as an essential element of sung faith.”

 

Molly T. Marshall

President of Central Baptist Seminary, Kansas City, Missouri

“Jann Aldredge-Clanton and Larry Schultz perceptively understand that transforming the church’s language for God can profitably begin with children, whose imaginations are less bound to traditional images.  Exploring the breadth of biblical metaphors, this winsome musical offers a fresh vision of the Triune God who reveals self in all of creation, especially through human creatures who share the divine imagination.

The composers know that naming the divine is fraught with challenges, yet necessary in order to know and love the God who delights in creaturely imaging.  Most profound is the way the musical invites all to participate in the life of God as it is expressed in such earthly effects as breath, light, and friendship.”

 

C. Michael Hawn

Associate Professor Sacred Music, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

“At last, a musical that assumes children are more than cute and entertaining.  Imagine God! encourages children to find both their theological and musical voice.  Each melody enhances the simple, straightforward text without resorting to cliché.  The vocal ranges bring out the authenticity of the children’s voices.  The varied musical styles and accompanying instruments add colorful variety.  The part writing is logical and attainable.  Woven together, these elements form a wonderful blend of biblical truth and musical artistry.”

 

Evelyn Parker

Assistant Professor Christian Education, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas

Imagine God! is a brilliant musical that will nurture a vibrant Christian faith in older children.  Its creative use of metaphor invites children to explore concrete images of God and opens their imagination to infinite possibilities for naming and knowing God.  Through these metaphors abstract ideas about God become more accessible and memorable.

Likewise, children experience different images for God through their multiple intelligences.  This musical not only appeals to children’s musical intelligence, but also includes spatial, bodily-kinesthetic, linguistic, logical-mathematical and interpersonal intelligences.

Imagine God! is a valuable resource for Christian educators who nurture children’s faith in VBS and church camp settings.”

Review & Commentary

5 thoughts on “Imagine God – A Children’s Musical

    • Nina:

      Thanks for your interest in Imagine God! I enjoyed composing this work in collaboration with Jann Aldredge-Clanton.

      You can find a “sampler” recording of songs and narrations from the work, along with other available resources for the preparation and presentation of the musical on the publisher’s website: http://www.choristersguild.org. Simply type “Imagine God” in the search bar and you should be directed to the musical, recording and resources.

      I hope this helps!

      Larry

  1. You can listen to 2 of the pieces in the musical on my website: http://www.jannaldredgeclanton.com/music.php#music3

    Here is the Table of Contents:

    Imagine God!
    Mother Eagle, Teach Us to Fly
    Tenderly Comes Our Shepherd God
    Our God Is a Mother and a Father
    Listen, Wisdom Is Calling
    Ruah, Breath of Life/Jesus, Bread of Life
    Like Rock and Light and Wind
    Loving Friend of Everyone
    God Is in Us and Above
    Imagine God! (reprise)

    Hope you will use this musical!

    Jann Aldredge-Clanton
    http://www.jannaldredgeclanton.com

  2. Thanks to you both for your responses! And thanks for emailing me, Larry, as I would not have known there was a reply. : )
    Maybe you could ask for live links to be added to this site for people to listen to the music or see it or something. I imagine that many people want some kind of clue about what it will be like.
    Thanks again!
    Nita

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