April 29, 2018 + The Fifth Sunday of Easter
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:
Click here: Service Bulletin – Sermon Text
Voluntary Chorale and Prelude on Abbott’s Leigh Carl D.N. Klein, 1991
Processional Hymn 379 God is love: let heaven adore him Abbott’s Leigh
Song of Praise S236 Glory to you John Rutter (b. 1945)
Psalm 22:24-30 Anglican Chant by Shirley Hill
Sequence Hymn O blessed spring Berglund
Offertory Anthem Thou God of truth and love Malcolm Archer (b. 1952)
Words: Charles Wesley (1707-1788)
Thou God of truth and love,
We seek thy perfect way,
Ready thy choice to approve,
Thy providence to obey:
Enter into thy wise design,
And sweetly lose our will in thine.
Why hast thou cast our lot
In the same age and place?
And why together brought
To see each other’s face?
To join with softest sympathy,
And mix our friendly souls in thee?
Didst thou not make us one,
That we might one remain,
Together travel on,
And bear each other’s pain;
Till all thy utmost goodness prove,
And rise renewed in perfect love?
O may thy Spirit seal
Our souls unto that day,
With all thy fulness fill,
And then transport away!
Away to our eternal rest,
Away to our Redeemer’s breast!
Malcolm Archer’s setting of this Charles Wesley text contains a highly lyrical melody and emotional connection. Pay special attention to the dramatic treatment of the middle verse: “Didst Thou not make us one, that being one we must remain? Together, travel on, and bear each others’ pain.” The text and tune lift up a universal message of following Christ, serving others, and God being with us in times of trouble.
Sanctus S125 Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
Fraction Anthem Christ our Passover Jeffrey Rickard (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem O taste and see Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Words: Psalm 34:8
O taste and see how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Closing Hymn 344 Lord dismiss us with thy blessing Sicilian Mariners
Voluntary Processional William Mathias (1934-1992)