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No hay dios tan grande (There's No God as Great)

Scripture References

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No hay dios tan grande (There's No God as Great)

Tune Information

Name
NO HAY DIOS
Key
F Major
Meter
Irregular

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Musical Suggestion

Because the range of both tenor and alto combined is just an octave (from A to A), that harmony part would be accessible to either altos or tenors, who could switch back and forth from treble to bass clef. Perhaps near the end of the choir season, your adult or youth choir could learn "There's No God as Great," sing it the first week and then the next week have the congregation join in.
 
If possible, accompany this song with guitars and a variety of rhythm instruments, including maracas, castanets, and wood blocks. Make up rhythmic patterns that reflect the joyful confidence of this song. If you need a keyboard instrument, try piano rather than organ, or at least choose a light organ registration.
 
I have found this simple chorus easy to memorize and fitting for all kinds of liturgical uses. It is a confession of faith all in itself and can serve as a joyful response to Scripture or sermon. The celebration of the work of the Spirit in leading the church is appropriate for the Pentecost season. In a few weeks, every congregational member, young and old, should know it by heart!
(from Reformed Worship, Issue 31)
— Emily Brink
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No hay dios tan grande (There's No God as Great)

Hymn Story/Background

One of the marks of any folk song is that its origins cannot be traced. That is certainly the case for this infectiously joyful song. “There's No God as Great” is known all over Central and South America by evangelical Christians who love to sing one song after the other, often stringing them together in medley fashion. This hymn is built in four sections, almost like a little medley in itself. Each section is repeated and is based on a different Scripture passage.
 
The text confesses the greatness of our Lord; he does "mighty wonders" by his Spirit in leading his people, the church.
 
Like much Hispanic folk music, NO HAY DIOS has simple harmonies. The melody is matched by a parallel line found alternately in the alto and tenor line. That parallel line, either the interval of a third or a sixth below the melody, makes for good duet possibilities (see. 1 and 3-soprano and tenor duet, see. 2 and 4-soprano and alto duet). Because the range of both tenor and alto is just an octave (from A to A), that harmony part would be accessible to either altos or tenors, who could switch back and forth from treble to bass clefs. Accompaniment is designed for piano, guitars, and some rhythm instruments, including maracas, castanets, and woodblocks. Try making up rhythmic patterns that reflect the joyful confidence of this song. Use a light registration if organ is the only available instrument. In the medley fashion typical of Hispanic performance, try pairing “There's No God as Great” with other Hispanic songs).
— Bert Polman
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