This majestic, approachable piece was arranged for the funeral of US President Gerald Ford and is also commonly known in the US as The Navy Hymn. Useful throughout the church's year, the text speaks of God's unending love, support, and protection for all those in peril. Cycling through three distantly related keys, the setting has exciting and seamless transitions and each verse feels fresh. The end is presented in unison with a final 'Amen', reflecting the
unity of all those touched by God's unconditional love.
Mack Wilberg was appointed Music Director of The Tabernacle Choir in 2008, having served as Associate Music Director since 1999. He is a former professor of music at Brigham Young University, where he received his bachelor's degree; his master's and doctoral degrees are from the University of Southern California. Alongside Wilberg's conducting responsibilities he is active as a pianist, choral clinician, composer, arranger, and guest conductor throughout the United States and abroad. In addition to the many compositions he has written for The Tabernacle Choir, his works have been performed by artists such as Renee Fleming, Frederica von Stade, Bryn Terfel, Rolando Villazon, Deborah Voigt, and The King's Singers. Wilberg's arrangements and compositions are performed and recorded all over the world.