Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth and Adult Choirs, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.
Assisting Organist: Kari Miller
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Voluntary Introduction-Choral Leon Boellmann (1837-1897)
Morning Song Joe Utterback (b. 1944)
Processional Hymn 372 Praise to the living God! Leoni
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 630 Thanks to God whose Word was spoken Wylde Green
Offertory Anthem Come Sunday Duke Ellington (1899-1974)
Famous jazz musician and composer Duke Ellington didn’t like categories of any kind. He resisted the designation of “jazz” as too narrow for his compositions and preferred that his works be known just as “music.” This applied to other areas of his life as well. He once said, “I don’t believe in categories of any kind, and when you speak of problems between races in the U.S.A., you are referring to categories again.” The song is ultimately about the providence of God in all our lives. The refrain addresses God directly, “Lord, dear Lord above, God Almighty, God of love,” and then makes a petition, “please look down and see my people through.” The stanzas point to hope and heaven, concluding that “With God’s blessing we can make it through eternity.” (notes courtesy C. Michael Hawn)
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
A powerful, pleading “where is my God” is the central message of the Howells Psalm setting, but even more powerful is the imagery of the deer in placid fields, yet thirsty. From the first notes of the introduction, the listener is drawn into a musical landscape, which sounds as if it was already in progress long before we began hearing it.
Closing Hymn 530 Spread, O spread, thou mighty word Gott sei Dank
Voluntary Fantasia in C Major, BWV 570 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
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