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

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV 659 (Savior of the heathen, come)    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Processional Hymn 76    On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry    Winchester New

Kyrie Eleison    from Litany of the Saints    adapt. Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

Sequence Hymn 66    Come, thou long-expected Jesus    Stuttgart

Offertory Anthem    People, look east, 1982    Christopher Steel (1938-1991)
Words: Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965)

People, look east. The time is near
Of the crowning of the year.
Make your house fair as you are able,
Trim the hearth and set the table.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the guest, is on the way.

Furrows, be glad. Though earth is bare,
One more seed is planted there:
Give up your strength the seed to nourish,
That in course the flower may flourish.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the rose, is on the way.

Birds, though you long have ceased to build,
Guard the nest that must be filled.
Even the hour when wings are frozen
God for fledging time has chosen.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the bird, is on the way.

Stars, keep the watch. When night is dim
One more light the bowl shall brim,
Shining beyond the frosty weather,
Bright as sun and moon together.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the star, is on the way.

Angels, announce with shouts of mirth
Christ who brings new life to earth.
Set every peak and valley humming
With the word, the Lord is coming.
People, look east and sing today:
Love, the Lord, is on the way.

Sanctus    from Missa Emmanuel    Richard Proulx

Fraction Anthem    Agnus Dei   from Missa Emmanuel    Richard Proulx

Communion Anthem    The Lamb    John Tavener (1944-2013)
Words: William Blake (1757–1827)

Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee
Gave thee life & bid thee feed.
By the stream & o’er the mead;
Gave thee clothing of delight,
Softest clothing wooly bright;
Gave thee such a tender voice,
Making all the vales rejoice!
Little Lamb who made thee
Dost thou know who made thee

Little Lamb I’ll tell thee,
Little Lamb I’ll tell thee!
He is called by thy name,
For he calls himself a Lamb:
He is meek & he is mild,
He became a little child:
I a child & thou a lamb,
We are called by his name.
Little Lamb God bless thee.
Little Lamb God bless thee.

Sir John Kenneth Tavener was an English composer, known for his extensive output of religious choral works. Tavener first came to prominence with his cantata The Whale, premiered in 1968. Then aged 24, he was described by The Guardian as “the musical discovery of the year,” while The Times said he was “among the very best creative talents of his generation.” During his career he became one of the best known and popular composers of his generation, most particularly for The Protecting Veil, which became a best-selling album, and Song for Athene which was sung at the funeral of Princess Diana. The Lamb was featured in the soundtrack for the film The
Great Beauty. Tavener was knighted in 2000 for his services to music and won an Ivor Novello Award. He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by Sarum College in 2001.

Communion Hymn    Steal away

Hymn in Procession 436    Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates    Truro

Voluntary    Prelude in G Major, BWV 550    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Organ scholar: Ted Babbitt