We seek the Light of God – and listen – as our journey into the wilderness continues this First Sunday in Lent.
At 9:00, the Sanctified Art-commissioned song "Land of the Seeking" by Spencer LaJoye opens worship. The composer and lyricist shares his thoughts on its genesis:
"I became kind of enamored with the idea of a magical place called 'The Land of the Seeking,' which you can only get to via the shadow of your doubts, the moment a candle burns out, the point where you’re so lost you just keep going instead of turning around, etc. The idea that there’s an entire welcoming 'land' for us when we feel place-less and questioning and confused…that was appealing to me. I’m also so inspired by Nicodemus coming to Jesus under the cover of night. Like the 'scary' thing (nighttime, darkness, unknown) is actually a comfort for a questioning person. And the idea of there being an abundance of grace beyond the bottom of the well…that was also inspiring to me."
At 11:00, the organ offers two chorale preludes from the Lenten section of J.S. Bach's "little organ book" in "Jesus, Priceless Treasure" and "If You But Trust in God to Guide You." The Chancel Choir sings a hauntingly beautiful arrangement of the early American tune "Wondrous Love" by composer Peter Stearns.
At 9:00, we celebrate the light of Christ this Transfiguration Sunday with the music of U2 and a song of hope by guest guitarist Alan Skowron. Come join us as we together walk into the Light on an early Sunday morning.
At 11:00, the Plymouth Ringers invoke the Spirit with a Baroque-inspired setting of the J.S. Bach hymn "How Good, Lord, to Be Here" by Lauran Delancy. The Chancel Choir offers the rousing Gospel anthem "Standing in the Need of Prayer" by the inimitable Moses Hogan. The organ closes worship and the Epiphany season with the ecstatic "Litanies" by French organ composer Jehan Alain. The work mirrors one's desperate vocal pleas to God via a frenetic chant-like motive. As the composer related: "When, in its distress, the Christian soul can find no more words to invoke God's mercy, it repeats endlessly the same litany....for reason has reached its limit - only faith can take one further... "
At 9:00 a.m., a Celtic breeze informs worship with eclectic sounds from the gospel, folk and 20th century Neo-Baroque idioms as well. Ukulelist Stuart Yoshida joins us in songs of light and fellowship.
At 11:00 a.m., the organ greets you with a Neo-Baroque setting of the late 16th century Epiphany carol "How Brightly Shines the Morning Star" by Helmut Walcha. The Chancel Choir then shares an anthem by prolific composer Alfred Fedak declaring to "Let in the Light." As you depart worship, a "Pasticcio" reminiscent of Medieval era musical themes by French organ composer Jean Langlais resounds from the organ.
At 9:00 a.m. we welcome the day and pray for peace, love, and unity through the music of George Harrison. Vocalist Lucas Jackson and bassist Peter Strening join us for this eclectic early morning service.
At 11:00 a.m., the organ presents works from two eminent composers of the 19th century. At the Prelude, "My Faithful Heart Rejoices" from Johannes Brahms' final work "Eleven Chorale Preludes" greets congregants with its beautifully flowing undulations. At the Postlude, the majestic and bold "Allegro maestoso" from "Organ Sonata No. 2 in C Minor" by Felix Mendelssohn brings worship to a definitive conclusion.
The Chancel Choir offers an anthem relating God's presence and guidance on this Annual Meeting Sunday in "God Is Here" by composer Kenneth Drake.