March 31, 2019 + The Fourth Sunday in Lent
Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Susan Pinkerton.
Worship at Home:
Click here: Service Bulletin – Sermon Text
Voluntary O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (O Lamb of God, innocent) Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Kyrie eleison S-84 Gregorian Chant, Orbis factor
Sequence Hymn 470 There’s a wideness in God’s mercy Beecher
Offertory Anthem And I saw a new heaven Edgar L. Bainton (1880-1956)
Words: Revelation 21:1-4
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:
For the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea,
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven, saying,
Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men,
and he will dwell with them and they shall be his people,
and God himself shall be with them and be their God.
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;
and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying,
neither shall there be any more pain, for the former things are passed away.
Edgar Bainton’s most iconic anthem, And I saw a new heaven, is a tone-poem of ecstatic beauty. Borne aloft by the composer’s wonderfully wrought harmonization, it brings the story of creation to its ordained climax – that ultimate moment when “the former things are passed away” – and evokes St. John’s vision of heaven, one so sublime as to ease the pain and sorrow of even the saddest heart.
Sanctus Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Fraction Anthem Agnus Dei Gregorian Chant, Deus Genitor alme
Communion Motet Ave verum corpus William Byrd (1543-1623)
Words attributed to Pope Innocent VI (d. 1362)
Ave, verum corpus natum de Maria Virgine, vere passum immolatum in Cruce pro homine,
Cujus latus perforatum unda fluxit sanguine, esto nobis praegustatum in mortis examine.
Hail, true body born of the Virgin Mary, who truly suffered, sacrificed on the Cross for man,
Whose pierced side overflowed with blood, Be for us a foretaste in the test of death.
Hymn in Procession 690 Guide me, O thou great Jehovah Cwm Rhondda
Voluntary Improvisation on Cwm Rhondda
Assisting Organist: Christa Rakich