Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether

By Derek Nickels, Director of Music

Every September around the country, one anthem is often sung for its beauty of music, text, and theology for the time of year that we return from our summer travels and resume our full schedule at work, school, and church. The anthem, Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether was written in 1945 by one of America's more influential church musicians of the 20th century, Harold Friedell (1905-1958). He served as organist-choirmaster at St. Bartholomew's Episcopal Church on New York City's Park Avenue from 1946-1958, and later served on the faculties at the Juilliard School of Music, and the School of Sacred Music of Union Theological Seminary in New York.

Whether you are from an Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, or Roman Catholic background, the message of this text by English theologian and author Percy Deamer (1867-1936) remains the same:

Draw us in the Spirit's tether; For when humbly, in thy name,
Two or three are met together, Thou art in the midst of them:
Alleluya! Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment's hem.

As the brethren used to gather In the name of Christ to sup,
Then with thanks to God the Father Break the bread and bless the cup,
Alleluya! Alleluya! So knit thou our friendship up.

All our meals and all our living Make us sacraments of thee,
That be caring, helping, giving, We may true disciples be.
Alleluya! Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully.

Come and be drawn into the Spirit's tether and faithfully serve in the choir. We rehearse every Thursday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 in the Choir Room beginning on Thursday, September 6th.