February 3, 2019 + The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.

Worship at Home:

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 549    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Prelude on Abbott’s Leigh    Carl D.N. Klein, 1991

Processional Hymn 569    God the Omnipotent, King who ordainest    Russia

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b.1932)

Psalm 19    Plainsong chant by the choir

Sequence Hymn 440    Blessed Jesus, at thy word    Liebster Jesu

Offertory Anthem   Swing low, sweet chariot     Spiritual, arr. Alice Parker (b. 1925)

Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home
Swing low, sweet chariot
Coming for to carry me home

I looked over Jordan, and what did I see
A band of angels coming after me
Sometimes I’m up, sometimes I’m down
Sometimes I’m almost to the ground

Alice Parker is a national treasure: America’s reigning queen of choral music. – American Record Guide
My twenty-years’ experience with Robert Shaw, an immersion in folk music of many kinds, has had a profound effect on my own understanding of song. I learned to see each tune as a small universe, setting up its own rules of pitch and rhythm, mood and dance. If I understand that universe, and work within it for my setting, the result is an organic whole that allows the original melody to flourish. – Alice Parker

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God     Franz Schubert

Communion Motet   Beati quorum via    Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)
Words: Psalm 119:1

Beati quorum via integra est: qui ambulant in lege Domini.  
Blessed are they whose way of life is wholesome: who walk in the law of the Lord.

Following the death of Purcell in 1695, English music went into a long period of decline that was not reversed until the late 19th century. Of the many musicians who helped to bring about the English musical renaissance it was Charles Stanford was one the most influential. This musical revival reached its full flowering with Elgar and continued with Vaughan Williams and a whole new generation of talented composers. This meditative text from Psalm 119 shows Stanford at his most lyrical.  

Hymn in Procession     Lord, you give the great commission    Abbott’s Leigh

Voluntary    Prelude to Te Deum     Marc-Antoine Charpentier (1634-1704)

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