Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Choir School and Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Margie Baker.
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Voluntary from Kleine Intermezzi: Maestoso, Andante sostenuto Hermann Schroeder (1904-1984)
Processional Hymn 372 Praise to the living God! Leoni
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 630 Thanks to God whose Word was spoken Wylde Green
Offertory Anthem I hear a voice a prayin’ Houston Bright (1916-1970)
I hear a voice a-prayin’, Lord, Hallelujah,
I hear a voice a-cryin’, oh Lord, save-a my soul.
Every time I hear a sinner pray, I wonder if I’m ready for the Judgment Day.
Every time I hear a sinner cry, I wonder where I’m goin’ when I come to die.
Every time I hear the parson preach, I wonder if salvation is in-a my reach.
Houston Bright, son of a Methodist minister and long-time professor of music at what is now West Texas A&M University, composed over a hundred choral works, but ‘I Hear a Voice’ is by far his most famous, and one of the few pieces written in this Gospel style.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem Listen, sweet dove Katherine Burk (b. 1990)
Sung by the Choir School
Text: George Herbert
Listen sweet Dove unto my song,
and spread thy golden wings in me;
hatching my tender heart so long,
till it get wing, and flie away with thee.
The sunne, which once did shine alone,
hung down his head, and wisht for night,
when he beheld twelve sunnes for one
going about the world, and giving light.
Such glorious gifts thou didst bestow,
that th’earth did like a heav’n appeare;
the starres were coming down to know
if they might mend their wages, and serve here.
Lord, though we change, thou art the same;
the same sweet God of love and light:
restore this day, for thy great name,
unto his ancient and miraculous right.
Katherine Burk is an organist, conductor, vocalist, and composer pursuing the Doctor of Music degree in organ performance at Indiana University. She currently serves as Organ Scholar at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. Katherine has recently been named to the Diapason’s “20 Under 30” list of high-achieving young musicians in the fields of organ and church music.
Communion Hymn 631 Book of books, our people’s strength Liebster Jesu
Hymn in Procession 530 Spread, O spread, thou mighty word Gott sei Dank
Voluntary from Kleine Intermezzi: Poco vivace Hermann Schroeder