Composer: Tom Fettke (1980)
Published in 4 hymnals

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Composer: Tom Fettke

Tom Fettke holds degrees from Oakland City College and California State University at Hayward. He holds a California Lifetime Music Credential in Secondary Music. For a number of years he taught vocal music in California's public school systems. He was a church choir director and minister of music in churches large and small for over 30 years. He was also Director of Choral Activities and Supervisor of Music for the Redwood Christian School System in Castro Valley, California. He is in considerable demand as a guest conductor, clinician and workshop leader. Tom is also a composer, arranger and producer of music and recordings for the church and school. His published works and recordings number in the hundreds. His classic choral work, "T… Go to person page >

Tune Information

Composer: Tom Fettke (1980)
Meter: with refrain
Key: E♭ Major
Copyright: Text and music © 1980, Lillenas Publishing Co. All rights reserved. Used by permission.


Tell Your Children

God the Father, God of glory,
miracles, and mystery;
generations all adore him,
God the same through history.

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Thomas E. Fettke (b. Bronx, New York City, 1941), a senior editor for Word Inc., composed TELL YOUR CHILDREN for this text. The hymn was published in Lord, We Believe (1980). Educated at Oakland City College and California State University, Hayward, Fettke has taught in several public and Christian high schools and served as minister of music ill various churches, all in California. He has published over eight hundred compositions and arrangements (some under the pseudonyms Robert F. Douglas and David J. Allen) and produced a number of recordings. Fettke was the senior editor of The Hymnal for Worship and Celebration (1986). The tune TELL YOUR CHILDREN is framed by a repeated opening line and a repeated closing phrase. The refrain builds to a solid climax with its highest tone on the word "Lord," to whom this song directs our praise. TELL YOUR CHILDREN is suitable for either unison or part singing, but the refrain needs a convincing sense of power and majesty from singers and accompanists. This is a great piece for a brass ensemble. --Psalter Hymnal Handbook


Instances (1 - 4 of 4)

Lift Up Your Hearts: psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs #314

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Psalter Hymnal (Gray) #588

The Covenant Hymnal: a worshipbook #706


Worship Together #51

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