Spiritual Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by Richard Barstow, sermon by the Rev’d Linda Spiers.
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Voluntary Prelude & Fugue in A Major, BWV 536 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Kyrie eleison S-84 Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor
Sequence Hymn 676 There is a balm in Gilead Balm in Gilead
Few chapters in the Bible may have resonated with the souls of enslaved Africans in North America as Jeremiah 8 did. Israel was in exile. The exiled Jews are forced to live in a “far country” (Jeremiah 8:19). They wondered what they had done to deserve this. It is the most desperate and despondent time in Israel’s history. Then the chapter ends with these three rhetorical questions: “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22, KJV) The refrain of this spiritual offers encouragement and dares to respond with hope in the face of hopelessness, showing courage in the face of despair. African American theologian Howard Thurman (1899-1981) discusses the refrain of this spiritual: “The slave caught the mood of this spiritual dilemma and with it did an amazing thing. He straightened the question mark in Jeremiah’s sentence into an exclamation point: ‘There is a balm in Gilead!’ [italics in original] Here is the note of creative triumph.” (Notes courtesy C. Michael Hawn)
Anthem I will sing of thy great mercies Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
From the oratorio St. Paul
St. John’s Youth Choir; Frances Eikel, soloist
So they, being filled with the Holy Ghost, departing thence delayed not, and preached the word of God with joyfulness. I will sing of Thy great mercies, O Lord, and of Thy faithfulness evermore, my Savior.
Sanctus Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Fraction Anthem Agnus Dei Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Closing Hymn 151 From deepest woe I cry to thee Aus tiefer Not
Voluntary Prelude in C, BWV 545a Johann Sebastian Bach
Christa Rakich, assisting organist