Festival March – Creed
(General Series, 2014)
This piece of music takes the form of a circus march and features the popular Gowans/Larsson chorus “To be like Jesus” from the musical “Spirit!” The words are as follows:
“To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me!
In every thought and deed, this is my aim, my creed.
To be like Jesus, this hope possesses me!
His Spirit helping me, like Him I’ll be!”
There is also a reference, albeit disguised, to the tune Finlandia (S.A.T.B #643) to which the words of Arch R. Wiggins’s song “Thou art the way” (S.A.S.B. #529) is sung to.
“Thou art the way, none other dare I follow;
Thou art the truth, and thou hast made me free;
Thou art the life, the hope of my tomorrow
Thou art the Christ who died for me.
This is my creed, that ‘mid earth’s sin and sorrow,
My life may guide men unto thee.”