This Sunday morning, we experience songs and music reminding us of the ever-present Spirit in our own personal wilderness.
Brooklyn McBride and Noah Kayl offer "Not in a Hurry" by Will Reagan at both services. The organ presents the sublime "My Jesus, Who Has Called Me" at 11:00 a.m. from Brahms' "Eleven Chorale Preludes," a foreshadowing of the composer's own death in 1897 similar to Jesus's allusions in the morning gospel reading. Also during the late morning service, the Chancel Choir sings the Shaker tune "Followers of the Lamb" in a setting by Robert Wetzler during communion. Finally, the organ sends you out assuredly into the world in a grand setting of the hymn tune "Westminster Abbey" (Christ Is Made the Sure Foundation) by Paul Manz.
Eclectic songs of faith, devotion, and bountiful grace will be offered during the 9:00 a.m. service this week from the Celtic and American folk traditions and George Harrison.
From Ned Rorem's "A Quaker Reader," the organ nurtures a space for meditation and prayer before the 11:00 a.m. worship hour in "There is a spirit that delights to do no evil..." The Chancel Choir sings the traditional Shaker folk hymn "Followers of the Lamb" in a lively setting by Robert Wetzler. Lastly, the organ offers its own closing hymn in "Choral Song" by 19th century organist Samuel Sebastian Wesley, grandson of renowned hymn writer Charles Wesley.
At 9:00 a.m., we are joined by a string quartet to usher in the Lenten season. A message of guidance and grace informs the selections offered by violinist Harmony Tucker, violist Mateo Dunigan-AtLee, cellist Aaron Dunigan-AtLee, and double bassist Ovella Huddleston.
At 11:00 a.m., the Chancel Choir with the Plymouth Ringers offer a beautifully contemplative setting of the Southern Harmony tune "Wondrous Love" by Steve Pilkington. Consider joining us for this Third Sunday "Pick-Up Choir" opportunity! Rehearsal at 10:10 a.m. From the organ comes two hymn tune settings of "Just As I Am" and "If You But Trust in God to Guide You" by Paul Rutz and Johann Sebastian Bach, respectively.
A musical invitation to follow Jesus — to transform — welcomes you this Transfiguration Sunday morning in William Bolcom's jazz-influenced setting of "Jesus Calls Us; O'er the Tumult." The Chancel Choir sings the gospel tune "This Little Light of Mine" in a spirited arrangement by Steve Milloy, a former colleague of mine at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The organ proclaims "Deo Gracias" (Latin for Thanks Be to God) in a majestic setting by Canadian-British composer Healey Willan.
Breathe on me, Breath of God,
fill me with life anew
that I may love the way you love
and do what you would do.
-Edwin Hatch, 1880
At the Prelude, the Plymouth Ringers offer "New Life" by Matt Johnson, a piece celebrating the birth of his newborn son. Cellist Lucas Jackson joins the handbells in this joyous work. The Chancel Choir with flutist Aaron McGrew present "Celtic Communion" by Mark Hayes incorporating the well-known Gaelic tune "Bunessan" (commonly sung to the text "Morning Has Broken.") A fanfare on the hymn tune "Gopsal", the melody of which is attributed to composer G.F. Handel, closes worship in an exciting and concise setting by renowned British composer David Willcocks.
At 9:00 a.m., songs by Pete Seeger and Jesse Colin Young are offered by guitarist/vocalist Bill DeMarco. Bassist Peter Strening and cantor Lucas Jackson also contribute their talents to the morning's songs of community, praise and healing.
At 11:00 a.m., a contemporary setting of the hymn "Beautiful Savior" by Gerre Hancock begins the worship hour. The Chancel Choir sings the spiritual "Hold Out Your Light" in an elegant arrangement by Rollo Dilworth. A grand setting of the Welsh hymn tune "Hyfrydol" (the melody of our opening hymn "Alleluia! Gracious Jesus!") by Ralph Vaughan Williams closes the worship hour.
We are invited to heed the call of the divine this Sunday as we continue the journey through the Epiphany season — the season of Light.
At the 9:00 a.m. service, an eclectic blend of musical genres will be presented including gospel, jazz, rock, a selection from the organ, and a Celtic tune played by violinist Harmony Tucker.
At the 11:00 a.m. service, worship begins with a chorale prelude in the Neo-Baroque style by 20th century composer Helmut Walcha. The Chancel Choir sings "Let in the Light" in an Epiphany anthem by Alfred Fedak. The service concludes with the jaunty and aptly titled "Postlude in G" by Edward Wetherill.
On this Youth Sunday, the service begins and concludes with two popular spiritual songs offered by double bassist Ovella Huddleston and violist Mateo Dunigan-AtLee. The Chancel Choir invites us to imagine a world living in harmony and peace in the well-known John Lennon classic. Rev. Kimberly Salico-Diehl joins us in the chancel as well in this intergenerational service for all ages.
At 9:00 a.m., songs of light and transformation greet you on this Epiphany Sunday morning. Cantor Lucas Jackson and bassist Peter Strening join us in the chancel.
At 11:00 a.m., the organ begins worship with a chorale fantasia on the German hymn "Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern" (How lovely shines the Morningstar) by Baroque composer Dietrich Buxtehude. The Chancel Choir offers "Lighting the Way" by Will Todd. The text, also written by the composer, expresses the wonder of God's light in all creation and our role in sharing it with the world. The organ concludes worship with a cheerful setting of the Epiphany carol "In Thee Is Gladness" by Paul Manz.
Worship this Third Sunday of Advent begins with a leaning toward folk and Celtic sounds at 9:00 a.m. with guitarist/vocalist Bill DeMarco.
Violinist Amy Welsh and cellist Lucas Jackson begin the 11:00 a.m.service with an arrangement of the Advent hymn tune "Morning Song." The Chancel Choir offers a re-imagined setting of the traditional Advent text "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel" by Dan Forrest. As we near the noon hour, the organ tells us to prepare our hearts and "look east" in a joyful carillon-style setting of the Besancon carol by Rebecca Groom te Velde.
At 6:00 p.m., the Longest Night Service returns with an evening worship hour of Advent meditations and songs of longing and peace. Harpist Alaina Bongers, flutist Rebecca Quillen, and cantor Alex Young join us for this beautiful Advent tradition at Plymouth.