Two selections from Mozart's "Sonata in A Major, K. 305" will be offered this Sunday morning. Presented by violinist Amy Welsh, a spirit of relentless optimism and hope pervades these delightful excerpts.
From the organ, the Hubert Parry composed tune "Jerusalem" is offered in a suitably regal setting from Charles Callahan. The text "O Day of Peace" by notable hymn writer Carl Daw Jr. is most associated with this hymn. Perhaps the quintessential hymn of peace of the late 20th century, the writer further clarifies his message: "Although this hymn affirms that peace is always God’s gift, it also recognizes the importance of human responsibility in preparing an environment in which peace can flourish.”
O day of peace that dimly shines
through all our hopes and prayers and dreams,
guide us to justice, truth, and love,
delivered from our selfish schemes.
May swords of hate fall from our hands,
our hearts from envy find release,
till by God’s grace our warring world
shall see Christ’s promised reign of peace.
- from "O Day of Peace" by Carl Daw Jr.