Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.
Worship at Home:
Voluntary We all believe in one true God Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Promenade on Nicaea (2015) June Nixon (b. 1942)
Processional Hymn 362 Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty! Nicaea
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 367 Round the Lord in glory seated Rustington
Offertory Anthem In the year that King Uzziah died David McK. Williams (1887-1978)
Words: Isaiah 6:1-8
The prophet Isaiah had a remarkable vision of the heavenly realm, beginning In the year that King Uzziah died. His celestial vision depicts the highest order of angels, Seraphim. The name Seraphim is associated with the Hebrew verb which means “to burn,” suggesting that the Seraphim burn with devotion for God. The Seraphim, from Isaiah’s vision, have six wings. In the choral arrangement heard today, tone painting is used to dramatic effect, depicting the angels flying around the throne of God, using the lowest 32’ tones of the organ for quasi-tympani effects, and presenting the familiar Sanctus text with great emotion – here heard within its original context. The work ends plaintively, with Isaiah answering God’s call.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Silent, surrendered Margaret Rizza (b. 1929)
Words: Pamela Hayes and Margaret Rizza
Silent, surrendered, calm and still, open to the word of God.
Heart humbled to his will, offered is the servant of God.
Come, Holy Spirit, bring us light, teach us, heal us, give us life.
Come, Lord, O let our hearts flow with love and all that is true.
Closing Hymn 719 O beautiful for spacious skies Materna
Voluntary Alleluyas Simon Preston (b. 1938)
The closing voluntary by Simon Preston is an unusual acclamation of praise. Preston, for many years music director at Westminster Abbey and well-known as a concert organist, uses a tension-building 4-note theme and jazz harmonies to set the word “Alleluia” with a strong emphasis on the third syllable.