As we come to the close of another liturgical year, we are reminded of the humble servant-spirit of Christ and the importance of gratitude in our lives.
"Simple Song" is an excerpt from Leonard Bernstein's 1971 MASS: A Theatre Piece for Singers, Players, and Dancers. It extols the virtues of a modest service to God, "the simplest of all." Soprano Blair Carpenter and flutist Aaron McGrew will present the work Sunday morning.
From the organ, the 9:00 prelude will be a set of whimsical variations on the Shaker hymn "Simple Gifts" by James Pethel. Karg-Elert's grand setting of "Now Thank We All Our God" brings the services to a thunderous roar of gratitude.
At 11:00, the Chancel Choir "sings to the Lord a marvelous song" with Allen Potes "Festive Praise" based on the text of Psalm 92.
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.