International songs of unity and peace from around the world this World Communion Sunday.
At 9:00 a.m., flutist Aaron McGrew, bassist Peter Strening, and vocalist Lucas Jackson join us for worshipful tunes from Nicaragua, South Africa, Honduras, and more. Everyone's a percussionist this Sunday morning...
At 11:00 a.m., the African-American spiritual "Let Us Break Bread Together" receives a jazzy take from composer Charles Callahan, The Chancel Choir offers the uplifting truth that we are "One World, One Communion" in an anthem by Pepper Choplin featuring percussionist Nick McCulloch. The playfully rousing "Fantasia alla latina" by Hans-Andre Stamm closes worship from the organ.
Songs of unity, peace, and diversity this Sunday morning.
At the 9:00 a.m. service, an eclectic display of wisdom and sounds from such diverse sources as Guatemala, jazz, and Buddhist texts will be shared. Vocalist/cellist Lucas Jackson, resident ukulelist Stuart Yoshida, and bassist Peter Strening join us for early morning worship.
The organ speaks colorfully with two works showcasing the varied timbres of the sanctuary organ. "Lied to the Flowers" from Belgian composer Flor Peeters is an ode to the beauty of nature and its wonderful living art. The collage of color beautifully showcased by flowers is represented with an imaginative use of registration from the organ. A playful toccata ("Toccata giocosa") from Welsh composer William Mathias employs an ever-shifting change of stops to highlight the sectional nature of this work.
The Chancel Choir tells us the good news that the water is just fine, with God's guidance, in a rousing and quirky setting of the spiritual "Wade in the Water" by Bruce Trinkley.
After the 11:00 service, learn more about the organ (the "King of Instruments" according to Mozart) in an Organ Encounter with your truly! It will be a casual show-n-tell presentation with Q&A from 12:15 - 1:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
Guitarist/vocalist Bill Demarco and banjoist/vocalist Lucas Jackson lead the congregation in song at the 9:00 a.m. service with sounds of folk and more.
The Plymouth Ringers ring in their new program year at the 11:00 a.m. service with a slice of Americana in "Simple Gifts" arranged by Patricia Cota. The Chancel Choir offers the exuberant "Fill Your Hearts with Joy and Gladness" by composer Sarah Quartel. The organ brings the service to a close with the exciting "Toccata in F Major" by Baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude.
Songs of peace and hope this Sunday morning.
At 9:00 a.m., cantor and cellist Lucas Jackson, guitarist Alan Skowron, bassist Peter Strening and I bring offerings of tranquility and goodwill in music by Alan Skowron, Horace Silver, and George Harrison.
At 11:00 a.m., the organ warmly reminds those gathering that "Jesus Calls Us; O'er the Tumult" in an intimate jazzy setting by William Bolcom. The Chancel Choir calls for a "Prayer for Peace" in an interactive hymn-anthem by David Cherwien. To close the service, a rousing "Toccata in 7" by famed British composer John Rutter.