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.
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.