This Sunday bears the informal distinction of being the "6:00 p.m. at 10:00 a.m." service where the spiritual dimensions of "Saturday night music and Sunday morning music" (the sacred and seemingly secular) are experienced and explored. Guitarist Alan Skowron and bassist Peter Strening join cantor Blair Carpenter and I for this joyful worship time together.
The Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" was composed by John Lennon and Paul McCartney for the 1967 "One World" live international satellite telecast, the first of its kind. The lyrics were intentionally simplistic to appeal to the international audience of over 400 million from 25 countries. "Love bade me welcome, yet my soul drew back" - George Herbert
We sing a selection from the Compassion Camp catalogue, "Come to the Table." Accompanied by a Latin groove, this message of hope and acceptance greets us all...even a long-lost prodigal son! "Come to the table...we are all welcome...come, celebrate with us." - Amanda Meisenheimer
We "Take Five" for the Musical Offering with the classic jazz standard by Paul Desmond of the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
David Bowie's "Heroes," the title track from his 1977 album, resurfaced as an anthem in 2001 following the September 11 attack. Likewise in this time of pandemic, the song has been used to honor front line medical workers around the world. "We can be heroes, just for one day." - David Bowie
Each week, Director of Music Mark Heiskanen writes a Music Minute previewing the upcoming Sunday's musical offerings and occasionally opines on other music-related topics.
We are blessed by an engaging music program at Plymouth!
Mark Heiskanen has been Plymouth's Director of Music since September 2017. Originally from Northeast Ohio, Mark has experience and great interest in a diverse range of musical styles including jazz, rock, musical theatre, and gospel. He is thrilled to serve a congregation and staff that values diversity and inclusion in all facets of life.