February 12, 2023 + The Sixth Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. with the St. John’s Choir School and Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Todd Fitzgerald.

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Aria    Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

This Aria was originated in 1943 as the slow movement of a Sonata for trumpet and piano, and it is still a permanent fixture on exam syllabuses for aspiring young trumpeters. Peeters himself arranged it for organ. The expressive melody unfolds above an accompaniment of soft repeated chords. As in so much of his finest work, there is a simplicity and sincerity in this music that speaks directly to the heart.

Processional Hymn 474    When I survey the wondrous cross    Rockingham

Gloria S280    Robert Powell (b. 1932)

Sequence Hymn 674    Forgive our sins as we forgive    Detroit

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  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God    Franz Schubert

Communion Motet    Oculi omnium    Charles Wood (1866-1926)
Words: Psalm 144:15

Oculi omnium in te spirant Domine: et tu das illis escam in tempore opportuneGloria tibi Domine. Amen.
The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord: and thou givest them their meat in due season. Glory be to thee, O Lord. Amen.

Communion Hymn 305    Come, risen Lord, and deign to be our guest    Rosedale

Hymn in Procession 344    Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing    Sicilian Mariners

Voluntary    Voluntary on Sicilian Mariners    Carson Cooman (b. 1982)

Yingying Xia, organ scholar

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