February 4, 2018 + The Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by Walter McKenney.

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Voluntary     Aria    Flor Peeters (1903-1986)

Processional Hymn 135    Songs of thankfulness and praise    Salzburg

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b.1932)

Sequence Hymn 529    In Christ there is no East or West    McKee

Offertory Anthem    Come, renew us     Eleanor Daley (b. 1955)
Words: David Adam

Come, Lord, come to us. Enter our darkness with your light,
Fill our emptiness with your presence,
Come, refresh, restore, renew us.
In our sadness come as joy, in our troubles, come as peace,
In our fearfulness, come as hope, in our darkness, come as light,
In our frailty, come as strength, in our loneliness, come as love,
Come, refresh, restore, renew us.

Eleanor Daley is a Canadian composer, performer, and accompanist. She received her Bachelor of Music Degree in Organ Performance from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and holds diplomas in both organ and piano from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and Trinity College in England. She has been the Director of Music at Fairlawn Heights United Church in Toronto since 1982. During that time she has established a thriving choral program for which much of her choral music has been composed. This lovely anthem was commissioned for Christ Church, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stuart Forster, Director of Music and Organist, in celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Dedication of the Church, 2011.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God     Franz Schubert

Communion Motet    O sacrum convivium    Alan MacMillan, 1995
Words: attrib. St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

O sacrum convivium,
In quo Christus sumitur,
Recolitur memoria passionis eius;
Mens impletur gratia,
Et futurae gloriae, nobis pignus datur.

O sacred banquet,
in which Christ is received,
the memory of His Passion is renewed,
the mind is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory is given us.

Connecticut composer and friend of St. John’s Alan MacMillan uses supple melodic lines and harmonies to color his setting of this Eucharistic text. The organ part reflects the contemporary French school of chant accompaniment with both sustained, quasi-impressionistic harmonies and use of quiet solo stops.

Closing Hymn in Procession 423    Immortal, invisible, God only wise    St. Denio

Voluntary    Gloria from Organoedia ad missam lectam    Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967)

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