The Music of Elizabeth Alexander

One More Redeemer

A warm-hearted affirmation of the divine spark in each child

Words by Rob Eller-Isaacs & Bill Neely

A warm-hearted affirmation of the divine spark in each child. Rich in close-harmony voicings and counterpoint, this American folk/gospel-inspired song is especially moving as an anthem for baptism and child dedication services.

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Composer Notes

Composer Notes

I fell in love with the phrase “one more redeemer” the first time I heard Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs say it. What an extraordinary way to think about a child! And it was not only the children of our own church whom Rob referred to in this way; he extended this blessing to all children everywhere.

As it turned out, I was not the only person who fell in love with Rob’s phrase. Many other houses of worship have adopted his words for not only baptisms and child dedications but also for another important celebration of new life: Christmas.

The lyric for One More Redeemer, which is adapted from one of Rob’s writings, also includes excepts from a sermon by his friend and colleague Rev. Bill Neely.

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One More Redeemer

Every child is born one more redeemer
In each new life is a spark divine,
One more voice for compassion, one more holy sign,
One more chance to restore and reveal and receive.
This is our faith, this we believe:
That every child is born bring one more redeemer to this world.

Rob Eller-Isaacs and Bill Neely
Composite lyric created by Elizabeth Alexander
© 1997 by Rob Eller-Isaacs and © 2005 by Bill Neely

Performers

Performers

Premiere: Unity Singers of Unity Church-Unitarian of Saint Paul / Ruth Palmer (St. Paul, MN)
Chalice Choir of First Unitarian Church of Toledo / Gladys Rudolph (Toledo, OH)
Chamber Singers of First Unitarian Church of Nashville / Jason Shelton (Nashville, TN)
Choir of Brookfield Unitarian Universalist Church / Lila Farrar (Brookfield, MA)
Choir of Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church / Dixon Redditt (Camp Springs, MD)
Choir of First Congregational Church of Montclair / Julie Morgan (Montclair, NJ)
Choir of First Parish in Concord / Beth Norton (Concord, MA)
Choir of First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco / Mark Sumner (San Francisco, CA)
Choir of Melrose Unitarian Universalist Church / Mary Neumann (Melrose, MA)
Choir of Northwest Unitarian Universalist Church / Sarah Dan Jones (Atlanta, GA)
Choir of Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church / David Simmons (Overland Park, KS)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham / James Sullivan (Birmingham, AL)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Lawrence / Susan Harper (Lawrence, KS)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin / Philip Hildreth (San Rafael, CA)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saint Johnsbury / Steve Finner (Saint Johnsbury, VT)
Choir of Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Gainesville / Ruth Lewis (Gainesville, FL)
Choir of Unitarian Universalists of Transylvania County / John Austin (Brevard, NC)
Choir of UU Church of Nashua / Jed Holland (Nashua, NH)
Choir of UU Church of Savannah / Kelly Blackmarr (Savannah, GA)
Claremont Chorale / Charles W Kamm (Claremont, CA)
Countryside Choir / Jeff Hamrick (Palatine, IL)
Guardian Angels Music Ministry / Roger Stratton (Oakdale, MN)
MidSouth Unitarian Universalist Music Festival / Sarah Dan Jones (Atlanta, GA)
Saint Edward’s Madrigal Chamber Choir / H. Morris Stephens Jr. (Austin, TX)
Sanctuary Choir of First Christian Church of Denton / Mark Graham (Denton, TX)