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

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Service Music:

Voluntary   Prelude on In Babilone    Michael Burkhardt, 1992

Processional Hymn 460    Alleluia! sing to Jesus!    Hyfrydol

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

Sequence Hymn 215    See the Conqueror mounts in triumph    In Babilone

Offertory Anthem    Ain’-a that good news    William Dawson (1899-1990)

I got a crown up in-a that kingdom,
Ain’t-a that good news!
I’m-a gonna lay down this world,
gonna to shoulder up-a my cross.
Gonna to take it home-a to my Jesus,
Ain’t-a that good news!

I got a harp up in-a that kingdom…

I got a robe up in-a that kingdom…

I got a Savior in-a that kingdom…

A major step forward in the performance of spirituals came with the leadership of William L. Dawson, who directed the Tuskegee Institute Choir in Alabama from 1931-55. Dawson began his tenure at Tuskegee by bringing a 100-voice college choir to perform at the opening of Radio City Music Hall in New York City for an entire week in 1932. In Dawson’s arrangements the rhythmic momentum of the song brings to mind the contemporary accounts of the slaves singing in a ring shout, where they “would make the dense old woods, for miles around, reverberate with their wild songs.” His trademark closing phrases are full of richly voiced extended harmonies that bring the accumulated rhythmic energy to an ecstatic conclusion.

Sanctus S125   Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

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

Communion Anthem    O send out your light    Scott Lamlein, 2009
Words: Psalm 43:1-2

O send out your light and your truth, let them lead me;
Let them bring me to your holy hill and to your dwelling.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God my exceeding joy;
And I will praise you with the harp.
O send out your light and your truth, let them lead me, O God, my God.

Closing Hymn 494    Crown him with many crowns    Diademata

Voluntary    Rondeau (from Symphonies de Fanfares)   Jean Joseph Mouret (1682-1738)