April 30, 2023 + The Fourth 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 Margie Baker.
Worship at Home:
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Voluntary Sheep may safely Graze, BWV 208 Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Processional Hymn 495 Hail, thou once despised Jesus In Babilone
Song of Praise 417 This is the feast Festival Canticle
Sequence Hymn 646 The King of love my shepherd is Dominus regit me
Offertory Anthem Sweet shepherd of mine, 2018 Scott Lamlein (b. 1972)
Words: Mary Davies Cole, 2018, from Psalm 23
Sweet shepherd of mine, how could I long
for anything more than the sound of your voice? The soft green of earth and bed of pine,
you lay me down in the arms of Creation.
You lead me by the rivers of Life –
you restore the soul of my being,
the center of all I truly am,
within the safe circle of Heaven’s own.
Even the dark of the blackest night
cannot hide the path you have given to me. Death falls away at the sound of your voice, evil cannot hold, nor injustice thrive.
For You are my Comforter, my Guard, my Guide. In the presence of my enemies,
you cloak me in light,
you sing me into safety,
your heart will be my home
all the days of my life,
without end, amen, and amen.
Mary Davies Cole is a member of St. John’s and poet. She wrote these words as an alternate version of Psalm 23 for our Celtic Service early this year. Both Mary and Scott described the process of writing this work as an easy flow – which is usually not true for either of them, as both poetry and musical composition is often an endless task of revision. The words and music seemed to come directly “from above” to the paper, which was a humbling and beautiful experience. The gentle piano accompaniment invokes a flowing brook in a pastoral scene – still, calming waters.
Sanctus S125 Richard Proulx (1937-2010)
Fraction Anthem Christ our Passover Jeffrey Rickard (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem The Lord is my shepherd Iona Chant, arr. John Bell (b. 1949)
Text: Psalm 23
John Lamberton Bell is a Scottish hymn-writer and Church of Scotland minister. He is a member of the Iona Community, a broadcaster, and former student activist. He works throughout the world, lecturing in theological colleges in the UK, Canada and the United States, but is primarily concerned with the renewal of congregational worship at the grass roots level.
Communion Hymn 325 Let us beeak bread together on our knees Let Us Break Bread
Closing Hymn 205 Good Christians, all, rejoice and sing! Gelobt sei Gott
Voluntary Fantasy on Gelobt sei Gott Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Nancy Eaton, assisting pianist
Yingying Xia, organ scholar