The morning services begin with Cantabile from the 1883 Three Pieces collection by César Franck. The musical term cantabile is Italian for 'singable' and refers to the lyrical oboe melody heard throughout the work. The hymn tune Union Seminary was composed by Harold Friedell in 1957 and is the basis for his choral anthem, Draw Us in the Spirit's Tether. A setting by prolific Lutheran composer Paul Manz will be heard during the early morning service communion time. A joyful rendering of Belgian composer Flor Peeters' Festal Voluntary closes the services.
At 11:00, the Chancel Choir offers a setting of the early American folk hymn How Firm A Foundation by Dan Forrest. The anonymous tune PROTECTION first appeared in Joseph Funk's A Compilation of Genuine Church Music in 1832 and later in Southern Harmony and Sacred Harp. The text was also written somewhat anonymously having been attributed to in John Rippon's A Selection of Hymns (1787) as simply by "K—".
At 6:00, Bobby is joined by cantor Blair Carpenter, bassist Peter Strening, and flute player Doti Strening for an inspired service of worship and song.
Each week, Director of Music Mark Heiskanen writes a Music Minute previewing the upcoming Sunday's musical offerings and occasionally opines on other music-related topics.
We are blessed by an engaging music program at Plymouth!
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mark has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation and staff that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.