February 7, 2021 + The Fifth Sunday After Epiphany

Spiritual Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by Odanice Olibrice, sermon by the Reverend Margie Baker.

Worship at Home:

Click here: Service Bulletin – Sermon Text

Service Music:

Voluntary    Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, Glory to God in the highest, BWV 663    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Opening Hymn 135 vv. 1,2,4    Songs of thankfulness and praise    Salzburg

Gloria S280     Robert Powell (b. 1932)

Anthem    You are my God    Bob Chilcott (b. 1955)
Text: David Adams, 2005
St. John’s Youth and Adult Choirs

You are the light that guides my way, you are the seeker when I stray,
You are my strength and my friend, you are the peace that keeps me calm,
You are my love and my sure light, you are the presence when hope is gone,
You are with me, I am never alone, you are the power that’s always there,
You are my God beyond compare, you are the one to whom I pray,
You are the Lord with me this day, you are my strength to my life’s end,
You are my God.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God    Franz Schubert

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

“Spirituals,” said Harry T. Burleigh, “are hymns of soulful depth and rhythm that express the profound faith of slaves in the face of unspeakable injustice.” The first black composer instrumental in developing characteristically American music, Burleigh introduced Antonín Dvořák to Black American music, which influenced some of Dvořák’s most famous compositions and led him to say that Black (and American Indian) music would be the basis of an American classical music. Learn more at www.burleighsociety.com/history


Voluntary    Carillon on Salzburg    Alan MacMillan (b. 1947)

Born in Nyack, New York, Connecticut composer and St. John’s music fan Alan MacMillan learned violin from the age of 9. He holds degrees from Boston University (B.Mus., 1st prize for composition, later M.Mus.) and Harvard (Ph.D.). He spent two years in special education for mentally handicapped children, then taught music at Boston University from 1977. He was Composer in Residence and Assistant Director of Music at the Community of Jesus, Orleans, Massachusetts. Over thirty of his musical compositions are published by Paraclete Press.


Christa Rakich, assisting organist

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