December 4, 2022 + The Second Sunday of Advent

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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Service Music:

Voluntary    Two settings on Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
Emma Lou Diemer (b. 1927)

Processional Hymn 56    O come, O come, Emmanuel    Veni, veni Emmanuel

Kyrie S-89    James McGregor, after Hans Leo Hassler

Sequence Hymn    People, look East    Besancon Carol

Offertory Anthem    I wonder as I wander, 2001    Carl Rütti (b. 1949)
Words: John Jacob Niles (1892-1980)

I wonder as I wander out under the sky,
How Jesus the Saviour did come for to die
For poor on’ry people like you and like I;
I wonder as I wander out under the sky.

When Mary birthed Jesus ’twas in a cow’s stall,
With wise men and farmers and shepherds and all.
But high from God’s heaven, a star’s light did fall,
And the promise of ages it then did recall.

If Jesus had wanted for any wee thing,
A star in the sky or a bird on the wing.
Or all of God’s Angels in heaven to sing,
He surely could have it, ’cause he was the King.

Rütti is from Switzerland and studied music at the Zürich Conservatoire, finishing in 1975 with a Solisten-diploma in piano and organ. He has composed a steady output of largely religious choral works, including Alpha et Omega, a Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, the 11-part Missa Angelorum and a setting of O magnum mysterium. His compositions also include this setting, with a new tune, of the carol I Wonder as I Wander, which has been performed several times in recent years as part of King’s College Cambridge’s Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols. Rütti’s music blends the English choral tradition with other genres including jazz and the blues.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God    Franz Schubert

Communion Anthem    Child of the stable’s secret birth    Samuel Rathbone
Text: Timothy Dudley-Smith

Child of the stable’s secret birth,
The Lord by right of the lords of earth,
Let angels sing of a King newborn,
The world is weaving a crown of thorn;
A crown of thorn for that infant head
Cradled soft in the manger bed.

Eyes that shine in the lantern’s ray;
A face so small in its nest of hay,
Face of a child who is born to scan
The world he made through the eyes of man:
And from that face in the final day
Earth and heaven shall flee away.

Voice that rang through the courts on high,
Contracted now to a wordless cry,
A voice to master the wind and wave,
The human heart and the hungry grave:
The voice of God through the cedar trees
Rolling forth as the sound of seas.

Infant hands in a mother’s hand,
For none but Mary may understand
Whose are the hands and the fingers curled
But his who fashioned and made the world;
And through these hands in the hour of death
Nails shall strike to the wood beneath.

Child of the stable’s secret birth,
The Father’s gift to a wayward earth,
To drain the cup in a few short years
Of all our sorrows, our sins, and tears-
Ours the prize for the road he trod:
Risen with Christ; at peace with God.

Communion Hymn 81    Lo, how a Rose e’er blooming    Es ist ein Ros

Hymn in Procession 616    Hail to the Lord’s anointed    Es flog kleins Waldvögelein

Voluntary    Fantasy on Veni, veni Emmanuel    Evelyn Simpson Curenton (b. 1953)

Evelyn Simpson Curenton played the piano at the age of two, began piano lessons at age five and, at age seven began to perform with the Singing Simpsons of Philadelphia, a family group, She earned a B.M., Music Education and Voice from Temple University. She has been commissioned to write works for the American Guild of Organists, George Shirley, Duke Ellington, and arranged music for the Carnegie Hall Concert of Spirituals for Kathleen Battle, Jessye Norman, and the Porgy and Bess Chorus, and has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra and Philadelphia’s National Opera Ebony (later renamed Opera North).

Bruce Henley, assisting organist

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