Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Chorale and Prelude on Abbott’s Leigh    Carl D.N. Klein, 1991

Processional Hymn 379    God is love: let heaven adore him    Abbott’s Leigh

Song of Praise S236    Glory to you    John Rutter (b. 1945)

Psalm 22:24-30    Anglican Chant by Shirley Hill

Sequence Hymn   O blessed spring    Berglund

Offertory Anthem    Thou God of truth and love    Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

Thou God of truth and love,
We seek thy perfect way,
Ready thy choice to approve,
Thy providence to obey:
Enter into thy wise design,
And sweetly lose our will in thine.

Why hast thou cast our lot
In the same age and place?
And why together brought
To see each other’s face?
To join with softest sympathy,
And mix our friendly souls in thee?

Didst thou not make us one,
That we might one remain,
Together travel on,
And bear each other’s pain;
Till all thy utmost goodness prove,
And rise renewed in perfect love?

O may thy Spirit seal
Our souls unto that day,
With all thy fulness fill,
And then transport away!
Away to our eternal rest,
Away to our Redeemer’s breast!

Malcolm Archer’s setting of this Charles Wesley text contains a highly lyrical melody and emotional connection. Pay special attention to the dramatic treatment of the middle verse: “Didst Thou not make us one, that being one we must remain? Together, travel on, and bear each others’ pain.” The text and tune lift up a universal message of following Christ, serving others, and God being with us in times of trouble.

Sanctus S125   Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

Fraction Anthem   Christ our Passover    Jeffrey Rickard (b. 1942)

Communion Anthem    O taste and see   Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Words: Psalm 34:8

O taste and see how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

Closing Hymn 344    Lord dismiss us with thy blessing    Sicilian Mariners

Voluntary   Processional    William Mathias (1934-1992)