Trust the seeds, although they lie in darkness,
Stirring beyond your watchful eye.
Though they may not flower as you dreamed they would,
When the planting's over you must trust the seeds.
- from "Trust the Seeds" by Elizabeth Alexander
A lively and spirited arrangement of the hymn "Almighty God, Your Word Is Cast" by Stephen Johnson begins morning worship. Set in the asymmetrical meter of 5/8 (1-2-3-1-2, 1-2-3-1-2), the setting joyfully dances through imaginative maneuvers before ending definitively on two long chords: "Almighty God, your Word is cast like seed into the ground; Now let the dew of heaven descend and righteous fruits abound."
A stately rendering of "Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation" by Paul Manz closes the service on a note of grandeur. Set to the tune Westminster Abbey, composed by 17th century English composer Henry Purcell, the ancient Latin text speaks to Christ as the seed of righteousness in our souls: "Christ is made the sure foundation, Christ the head and cornerstone..."
A few jigs and a reel. Traditional Celtic tunes from the pastoral vistas of the British Isles. Violinist Harmony Tucker joins us for the Musical Offering.