When Love Came Down by Stuart Townend. Arranged by Larry Shackley. For SATB choir. Contemporary, Assurance, Comfort, Hope, Joy, Love, Peace, Redemption, Sacrifice, General, Sacred. Octavo. 8 pages. Published by Hope Publishing Company (HP.C5427).
From the pen of Stuart Townend ("How Deep the Father's Love for Us," "In Christ Alone") here is a beautiful musical celebration of the incarnation. The text explores the importance of Christ's coming in God's plan of redeeming the human race. The folk-like melody is given a sensitive treatment by arranger Larry Shackley, who underscores the shifting moods of the lyrics with a variety of choral textures and accompaniment figures. A meaningful Christmas piece, this anthem is equally appropriate during Lent, with its emphasis on sacrifice and forgiveness.