Life on the move. A fateful procession into town. A courageous quest for a new life across Solsbury Hill. Stories of triumph – glorious and personal– this Palm Sunday morning.
At 9:00 a.m., guitarist Alan Skowron joins our steady journey to Holy Week with music by Amanda Udis-Kessler, Carl Schalk, John Bell and Peter Gabriel.
At 11:00 a.m., the organ offers exclamations of triumphal passage with the regal "Processional in E Flat Major" by David Johnson and the closing "Recessional" by Robert Hughes. The Chancel Choir offers a sultry reading of the traditional Latin text "Sanctus" and "Benedictus" ("Blessed is he that comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest!") from Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass" during communion.
Breathing life into seemingly hopeless situations — the work of the Spirit.
At 9:00, it is Confirmation Sunday! Join Lucas, Peter, and me in music expressing the winds of the Spirit, creation of the new, and the waters of baptism.
At 11:00, an aria for organ warmly invites you to worship in an elegantly prosaic composition by Paul Manz. The Chancel Offer offers the stunningly beautiful hymn of praise "Laudate Dominum" by Mozart, a choral classic. Staff Vocalist Alex Young presents the dramatic opening soprano solo. The organ sends you into the world with a regal setting of the C. Hubert H. Parry hymn tune "Jerusalem" entitled "O Day of Peace" by Charles Callahan.
At 9:00 a.m., fiddler Harmony Tucker joins the Celtic musical celebration with traditional Irish and Gaelic tunes plus melodies from other modern "new traditional" sources. Who knows what may be offered...
At 11:00 a.m., the Plymouth Ringers invoke our worship time with the Irish ballad tune "The Star of the County Down" arranged by Samuel Stokes. The Chancel Choir offers the well-known Irish hymn "Be Now My Vision" in a lovely setting by composer Dan Forrest. Lastly, the organ celebrates the 338th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach on March 21 with the grand sonorities of his "Prelude and Fugue in E Minor, BWV 533" informally subtitled in 1705 as "The Cathedral."
Songs and chants of the living water and new life this Sunday morning.
It will be a tale of two cellos at the 9:00 a.m. service with Lucas Jackson and Aaron Dunigan-AtLee offering tunes from early America and more.
Two Welsh tune settings for organ by British composer Ralph Vaughan Williams will be presented at the 11:00 a.m. service in "Rhosymedre" and "Hyfrydol." The Chancel Choir sings a beautifully flowing arrangement of the Southern Harmony tune "Amazing Grace" by Bruce Stevenson.
At 9:00 a.m., songs of guidance and revival greet you in the musical strains of Celtic folk music. Guitarist and vocalist Bill DeMarco joins us in this time of worshipful renewal.
At 11:00 a.m., we again experience the music of J.S. Bach in the third movement from BWV 1005 with violinist Harmony Tucker. The Chancel Choir sings the introspective "By the Babylonian Rivers" by Mark Sedio. Based on Psalm 137, the text compares the story of the ancient Israelites exile to our own personal exodus from captivity and hope for new life. Finally, the organ offers the aptly-entitled "Postlude in D" in a regal British manner by Canadian-English composer Healey Willan.