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Reach Toward Heaven


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  • With this collection of music for the liturgy, composer David Haas encourages us to reach toward heaven in our everyday lives - to trust in the power of Christ, to be people of joy and to seek a life of gratitude.

    The music spans the many themes and seasons of our journey together and as individuals. "Reach Toward Heaven" is an inspirational piece based on Psalm 24. "The Tomb Is Empty," with words by Sylvia Dunstan, celebrates the joyous season of Easter. Davids "The Peace of God" serves as a song of comfort and of trust in God during difficult times, while "Every Time I Feel the Spirit" is an energetic arrangement of the traditional spiritual.

    With the singable tunes and inspirational texts that define David Haass music, Reach Toward Heaven is sure to become another classic.

    Contains one each of the following octavos:

    Come, Follow
    Present among Us
    When Grief Is Raw
    You Can Make Me Whole
    May We Not Conform
    Song of the Storm
    The Tomb Is Empty
    In the Power of Christ
    Return to the Lord
    Reach toward Heaven
    Only You
    Evry Time I Feel the Spirit
    The Peace of God
    The Blue Green Hills of Earth

  • David Haas

    David Haas resides in Eagan, Minnesota, where he is director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and serves as campus minister / artist-in-residence at Benilde-St. Margaret's High School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, where he also teaches in the theology and music departments. Highly regarded as one of the preeminent liturgical music composers in the English-speaking world, he has produced more than 45 collections of original music. His liturgical works are sung and prayed throughout the world and appear in hymnals of many Christian denominations and in many languages. A native of Bridgeport, Michigan, and the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan, David is a 1975 graduate of Bridgeport High School and studied vocal music performance, piano, and conducting at Central Michigan University. He completed his studies in music performance, liturgy, and theology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul. Presently an active member of St. Cecilia Church in St. Paul, he formerly served as director of music and liturgy at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Ankeny, Iowa and The Church of St. Thomas Aquinas in St. Paul Park, Minnesota as well as being composer-in-residence at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Minneapolis. From 1985-1988 he was an adjunct instructor and composer-in-residence at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, during which time he was very active internationally in writing, composing, and presenting workshops and seminars on the implementation of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. During these years, David was part of what is commonly referred to as the Minnesota School in collaboration with two of his colleagues, Michael Joncas and Marty Haugen, in producing some of the most popular and effective music for the Church's worship that has appeared in the days following the Second Vatican Council.

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Reach Toward Heaven