At 9:00 a.m., an eclectic musical message of peace and preparation in this season of waiting will be presented. Guitarist Alan Skowron, cantor Alex Young, and bassist Con Woodall join us in the chancel.
At 11:00 a.m., two settings based on the melody of the Advent hymn "Comfort, Comfort O My People" will be offered from the organ. At the Prelude, excerpts from the partita on "Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele" (Rejoice Greatly, O My Soul) by Baroque composer Georg Böhm will be heard. At the Postlude, a declamatory statement on the hymn tune, entitled Psalm 42 for inclusion in the 1539 Genevan Psalter, by contemporary American composer Craig Phillips closes worship.
The choir becomes a unified voice calling from the chancel in the anthem "Prepare the Way, O Zion" by Kenneth Drake with violinist Harmony Tucker.
"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.
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!
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.