Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.
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Voluntary Prelude in D Major, BWV 532 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude Johann K. F. Fischer (1665-1746)
Bach biographer Philipp Spitta (1841-1894) considered the Prelude and Fugue D Major, BWV 532 to be “one of the most dazzlingly beautiful of all the master’s organ works.” Composed in Weimar during Bach’s early years, the work is notable for its charm, drama, and virtuosity of the pedal line. Obviously wanting to demonstrate his skill at the organ, Bach shows his youth in this fugue in other ways as well (the closing Voluntary today) – the relentless repetition inherent in the main theme is reminiscent of a child pulling on a parent’s shirttail, trying to go home!
Processional Hymn 541 Come, labor on Ora Labora
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 660 O Master, let me walk with thee Maryton
Offertory Anthem O Lord, increase my faith Orlando Gibbons (1583-1625)
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Draw us in the Spirit’s tether Harold W. Friedell (1905-1958)
The hymn-tune ‘Union Seminary’, named after the institution in New York City, was written by Harold W. Friedell when he was organist of Calvary Church in New York and then set as an anthem after he became organist of St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue. The matched Percy Dearmer text ‘Draw us in the Spirit’s tether’ is a powerful message of our common gathering as disciples, offering our lives as sacrifice to God.
Closing Hymn Great is thy faithfulness Faithfulness
Voluntary Fugue in D Major, BWV 532 Johann Sebastian Bach
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