25 Church Choir Anthems for Ordinary Time

25 church choir anthems for Ordinary Time | @ashleydanyew

Ordinary Time, for most Protestant churches, begins the week after Pentecost and runs until the beginning of Advent. Some churches also consider the period between Epiphany Sunday and Lent Ordinary Time, making it the longest season of the liturgical year (source).

Are you doing the math? That's 33-34 Sundays in Ordinary Time in any given year. That's a lot of anthems! 

I thought today would be the perfect time to share some of favorite anthems for Ordinary Time. Most of them work really well with small choirs (or large choirs - whatever you've got!).

Without further ado, my top 25 anthems for Ordinary Time:

1. All Things Bright and Beautiful (Rutter)
A lovely setting of the familiar text - works well as a joint anthem with children's choir

2. At the River (arr. Copland)
Works well for All Saints' Day

3. Ave Verum (Mozart/ed. Muller)
A choral classic (and an easy way to introduce your choir to Latin!) - perfect for Communion

4. Blest Are They (SAB) (Haas)
Includes a recurring refrain for the congregation to sing

5. Climbin’ Up the Mountain, Children (Shackley)
Upbeat and fun!

6. Come to the Water (arr. Hasseler)
Gorgeous! Consider singing it down a half step in Ab

7. Draw Us In the Spirit's Tether (arr. Curry)
Lovely melody and text - works well for Communion

8. Filled With His Voice (Danyew)
Great anthem for a "Lord is My Shepherd" themed Sunday

9. For All His Blessings (Danyew)
A new setting of an old hymn text with the Doxology woven throughout

10. Gathered As One (SAB) (Tate)
Perfect for World Communion Sunday

11. Give Me Jesus (arr. Courtney)
So moving; one of my favorites (plus, great piano part!)

12. God Be In My Head (Rutter)
A classic!

13. Grace (arr. Hayes)
Amazing Grace sung to the tune O WALY WALY (great piano part!)

14. Hush! Somebody’s Callin’ My Name (arr. Dennard)
One of my favorite spirituals

15. I Believe (Miller)
Anthem-like in the way it builds to the climax; very moving

16. Pie Jesu (Lightfoot)
A haunting requiem with flexible voicing and accessible Latin text - works well for All Saints' Day

17. Shepherd Me, O God (arr. Hayes)
A simple, singable melody based on Psalm 23 (also, great piano part!)

18. Song of Joy, Song of Praise (2-part) (arr. Brighton)
Traditional Spanish Carol set as a 2-part canon

19. Soon and Very Soon (arr. Schrader)
Flexible voicing makes this spiritual accessible for all groups

20. The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Rutter)
Sweeping melody and lyrical accompaniment, plus a gorgeous 7-fold Amen to use on its own as a choral benediction (I might like it better than the Lutkin!)

21. The Whisper (Courtney)
A quiet, welcoming invitation to "come to the table"

22. We Are Singing, for the Lord Is Our Light (arr. Hopson)
A traditional Zulu song (English and Zulu text included) with a recurring congregational refrain

23. Who Will Be a Witness? (SAB) (arr. Moore)
Fun and energetic spiritual - great for youth choir!

24. Yes, My Jesus Loves Me (McDonald)
Simple, yet beautiful - based on the beloved children's song

25. You Are Mine (2-part) (Haas)
Includes a recurring refrain for the congregation to sing

What are your favorite go-to anthems for Ordinary Time?

P.S. Looking for more anthem ideas? Try this list: Top 50 Favorite Anthems for the Small Church Choir