On this World Communion Sunday, the familiar strains of the spiritual "Let Us Break Bread Together" welcomes you to worship in a jazz-inspired setting by Charles Callahan. The Chancel Choir offers "One World" during our time in fellowship at the table. This original anthem by Linda Kachelmeier exhibits a South African character with elements of gospel and plenty of percussion. The service concludes with a joyous fantasia influenced by the music of Latin America by Hans-André Stamm.
International songs of unity and peace from around the world this World Communion Sunday.
At 9:00 a.m., flutist Aaron McGrew, bassist Peter Strening, and vocalist Lucas Jackson join us for worshipful tunes from Nicaragua, South Africa, Honduras, and more. Everyone's a percussionist this Sunday morning...
At 11:00 a.m., the African-American spiritual "Let Us Break Bread Together" receives a jazzy take from composer Charles Callahan, The Chancel Choir offers the uplifting truth that we are "One World, One Communion" in an anthem by Pepper Choplin featuring percussionist Nick McCulloch. The playfully rousing "Fantasia alla latina" by Hans-Andre Stamm closes worship from the organ.
On this World Communion Sunday, we celebrate the diversity and community of God's people throughout the earth. Songs of unity, praise, and of the Living Bread will be shared. The Chancel Choir anthem "One World" by Linda Kachelmeier beautifully encapsulates our worship time together in these words:
O for a world where there is peace.
O for a world where we are one.
A world: where I can be myself.
A world: where I can grow old.
A world: where I am free to love and add love to the world.
A world: where teachers are revered.
A world: where laughter is heard.
A world: where children all are safe and sleep in loving arms.
A world: where we can trust our leaders.
A world: where hunger is fed.
A world: where we break down the walls that threaten to divide.
Let peace fill our hearts, our nation and our world.
So we may dream together, pray together, work together
to build one world with room enough for all.
"One World" (2012) by Linda Kachelmeier
On this World Communion Sunday, a prelude by Spanish musicologist and composer Nemesio Otaño sets a meditative tone for worship at 11:00. At the early service, percussionist Michael Hamilton and I offer an arrangement of "Let Us Talents and Tongues Employ," a Eucharistic hymn set to a Jamaican folk song. A Latin-flavored toccata on the hymn tune "Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele" (Praise the Lord, my Soul) by German organ virtuoso Hans-André Stamm closes the services. The Chancel Choir offers "One World" by Linda Kachelmeier featuring percussion, soloist Blair Carpenter and a vocal trio of Karen Dawson, Janet Hanlon, and Jennifer Stimson. This work was commissioned for World Communion Sunday 2012 by First Presbyterian Church, South Saint Paul, Minnesota for the composer's twenty years of music ministry there.
On this World Communion Sunday, we will hear and sing hymns, songs, anthems, and music of the Bread and Cup from all across the earth, from places like Scotland, Jamaica, Germany, and our own North America.
J.S. Bach composed the chorale prelude "Schmücke dich, o meine Seele" (Adorn yourself, O dear soul) in the last ten years of his life in Leipzig. Based on the 1649 melody by prolific Lutheran hymn writer Johann Cruger, this eucharistic hymn setting employs just four voices: a pedal line, a ritornello in the middle voices, and the soprano melody played on a light reed stop, "adorned" in a French ornamentation style. Peace and serenity exudes throughout this ode to the sacrament of communion. "Panis Angelicus" (Bread of Angels) is the penultimate portion of the 13th century hymn "Sacris Solemnis," authored by Thomas Aquinas for the Feast of Corpus Christi. Many musical settings have been composed on this text, most famously by César Franck in 1872. Soprano Blair Carpenter will offer this setting during the 9:00 a.m. service communion. During the 11:00 a.m. communion, the Chancel Choir will sing the last movement of Bob Chilcott's "A Little Jazz Mass" set to the ancient eucharistic text, "Agnus Dei (Latin for Lamb of God). Fanfare" by 19th century Belgian-French composer Jacques-Nicolas Lemmens will close the morning services on a joyful note.
Bobby Brannock and cantor Laura Nelson will offer meditative music for our first Sunday of the month contemplative service tradition at 6:00 p.m.