The Summer Choir sings of the spirit in "Come, Gracious Spirit," an 18th century text set to the English folk tune "Danby" by Alfred Fedak. Feel free to join us in the chancel to help prepare this lovely anthem. Rehearsal begins at 9:15 a.m. All are welcome!
From the piano, the hypnotic figurations of minimalist composer Philip Glass' "Opening from 'Glassworks'" leads those gathering into a time of prayer and reflection. The service closes with an organ setting of the Welsh hymn tune "Hyfrydol" set in the grand English cathedral style from composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.
This Sunday we glorify God in song with the annual summer hymn sing!
During worship, we will ask you to select the congregational hymns from The New Century Hymnal. Come to worship with a few of your favorite Songs of the Church in mind and perhaps we'll sing them!
The organ offers five chorale preludes from across the centuries. At the Prelude, three concise settings of well-known German hymn tunes set by Max Reger greet you in the sanctuary. During the Offertory, a playful Baroque interpretation of "Now Thank We All Our God" by Georg Friedrich Kauffmann will be heard. At the Postlude, a stately fughetta (a short fugue) on the hymn "When in Our Music God Is Glorified" by Richard Proulx brings worship to a majestic close.
Soil of God, you and I, stand ready to bear
This Sunday we present a service in the "eclectic style" typically offered during the academic year at 9:00 a.m. Resident ukulelist Stuart Yoshida, bassist Peter Strening, violinist Harmony Tucker and I share selections inspired by the American and Celtic folk traditions. Come join us as we together sing songs of growth and life-giving stewardship.
Songs of praise and abundance this Sunday morning.
At the Prelude, variations on the 16th century German hymn "Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr" (To God Alone Be the Glory) by Dutch composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck will be offered. Serving as the Gloria section in the Lutheran mass of the day, the tune is embellished with a suitably joyful treatment embodying musical elements of both the Renaissance and Baroque eras.
The Summer Choir returns with a contemporary setting of the classic hymn "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" by prolific composer of the church Lloyd Larson. It is not too late to sing with us! Stop by at 9:15 this Sunday and lend a voice. We'd be happy to have you join in!
At the Postlude, a veritable Gaelic romp in Hans-André Stamm's "Toccata gaelica" closes worship with a quasi-reel in 5/4 time.