"There is no way to peace. Peace is the way."
- Mahatma Ghandi
At the 9:00 a.m. service, musical expressions from the road of peace in the jazz, folk, and Celtic traditions will be prayerfully offered by guitarist Bill DeMarco, vocalist Lucas Jackson, bassist Peter Strening and I. Come walk the way of peace this Sunday morning.
At the 11:00 a.m. service, the Chancel Choir sings "Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" in a transcendent setting by Larry Shackley. Violist Ethan Buell joins us in this hauntingly beautiful anthem during communion.
From the organ, two venerable Advent carols in distinctive contemporary settings will be heard. At the Prelude, the Marian hymn "Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming" is presented in an ethereal tone by Mary Beth Bennett befitting the Isaiah 11 prophecy referred to in the hymn text. At the Postlude, a declamation on the Genevan psalter tune "Psalm 42" (the tune most associated with the Advent hymn "Comfort, Comfort O My People") will sound as a fanfare-like voice in the wilderness.
At 9:00 a.m., the season of waiting is expressed through carols ancient and modern with cantor/cellist Lucas Jackson, violinist Harmony Tucker, and bassist Peter Strening.
At 11:00 a.m., the organ offers two carols for this fleeting season. At the Prelude, the 16th century German hymn "Savior of the Nations, Come" receives a contemporary reimagining by Kevin Hildebrand. At the Postlude, a plaintive march on the Advent hymn "The King Shall Come When Morning Dawns" by David Johnson sends one joyfully forth into the world.
The Chancel Choir brings you an "Advent Message" by British composer Martin How, featuring soloist Lucas Jackson.
At 9:00 a.m., songs of joy and changing seasons led by vocalist Lucas Jackson, guitarist Alan Skowron, bassist Peter Strening and percussionist Nick McCulloch.
At 11:00 a.m., a prelude on the Welsh tune "Ash Grove" (commonly associated with the text "Let All Things Now Living") opens worship as a duet for organ and handbells. The Plymouth Ringers also offer a shimmering accompaniment to the harvest hymn-anthem "Autumn Carol" by Russell Schulz-Widmar. Lastly, the organ brings worship to a resounding finish in ecstatic expressions of joy in "Chant de Joie" (Song of Joy) by Jean Langlais.
At 9:00 a.m., hymns of promise and new beginnings with ukulelist Stuart Yoshida, vocalist Lucas Jackson, and bassist Peter Strening.
At 11:00 a.m., two 19th century works from the organ in "Vision" by German composer Josef Rheinberger and "Choral Song" by English organist Samuel Sebastian Wesley, grandson of the famed hymn writer and leader of the Methodist church Charles Wesley.
The Chancel Chancel sings an arrangement of a Mozart work by Hal Hopson in "God Is Our Strong Salvation" using a text paraphrased on Isaiah 12.2-6.
Songs of peace, solace, and beatific glory on this Totenfest/All Saints Sunday morning.
At 9:00 a.m. vocalist/guitarist Bill DeMarco brings his classic folk stylings to a service of remembrance and hope.
At 11:00 a.m., an ethereal and elegant "Elegy" by Brenda Portman greets worshipers at the Prelude. The Chancel Choir offers the ancient Latin text "Dona Nobis Pacem" (grant us peace) in a contemporary exquisite setting by David Lantz III with violinist Harmony Tucker and handbell ringers Eric Siegel and Roger Smith joining. The organ concludes the service with a triumphant 16th century "Glorificamus" from British composer John Redford.