In January I mentioned the sudden passing of our friend, David Oestreich. David had been a supporter and occasional contributor here on the blog, and his tragic death due to complications from pneumonia was a shock to us all.
David was quite an accomplished poet. He had several of his poems published in various collections, and he had even had a solo collection published–“Cosmophagy.”
After David died, I stumbled across his poetic setting of “The Apostles’ Creed,” simply titled, “Credo,” and I posted it here on the blog. Shortly thereafter, we decided that we wanted to include the poem in our new hymnal, and so we commissioned our friend Josh Bauder to compose a new tune.
I am pleased to share the result. Josh did a fabulous job setting the text, and David’s dear wife has given us permission to use it.
Ironically, just after we decided to use “Credo” in the hymnal, I discovered an email David had sent me in the fall of 2015, shortly after we had announced that we were working on a new hymnal. David had sent me this very poem as a submission for the hymnal. I had filed it away and forgotten it, but I’m so glad it resurfaced again.
Enjoy this new hymn: “Credo,” with lyrics by David Oestreich and tune by Josh Bauder.