The "The Power and Glory of God" program has three thematic sections. Each of these sections has a "musical pillar," showcasing all the performers present.
The Glory of God
The musical pillar of this section is "Gloria" by John Rutter.
This composition, commissioned by Olson's Voices of Mel Olson chorale in Omaha, Nebraska, has become a much-performed favorite over the years for choral groups the world over. Rutter’s setting, which is based mainly on one of the Gregorian chants associated with the lyrics, is divided into three movements. The accompaniment is for brass ensemble with timpani, percussion and organ – a combination which makes quite a joyful noise unto the Lord. The third movement, "Vivace e ritmico", will be presented under the direction of Mark Becker. Mark is the choral director at Forest Lake Academy.
The Majesty of God
The musical pillar of this section is "The Majesty and Glory of Your Name" by Thomas Fettke.
"Oh, what is man that You are mindful of him?" These words capture the mystery and beauty of the all powerful God's infinite love for a fallen race. Based on Psalm 8, these words create a picture of God's majesty and glory as seen in the creation of all things. The song ends with a triumphant alleluia anthem, a song sung from the heart of all redeemed creation. Lyrics by Linda Lee Johnson and original composition for voice by Thomas Fettke. This arrangement was orchestrated by Michael Lawrance. Leon Hauck brings over 40 years of personal music performance in voice, brass, piano, and directing to bear for a piece that is a personal favorite.
Honor and Praise to God
The musical pillar of this section the Hallelujah Chorus from "Messiah" by George Frederick Handel.
A classic that is truly timeless, the Messiah has remained a popular and recurring work more 270 years. According to Handel, this chorus was written in a fervour of divine inspiration in which "he saw all heaven before him." The custom of standing for the Hallelujah Chorus originates from a belief that, at the London premiere, King George II did so, which would have obliged all to stand. It is a tradition carried on today out of respect for the subject matter, and allows the audience to be a part of a joyous and uplifting music offering. The finale of the program is directed by the Forest Lake Church Minister of Music, Dr. Evan Chesney.