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.

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Service Music:

Voluntary     O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig (O Lamb of God, innocent)    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Silent Procession

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 Anthem    Precious Lord, take my hand    George Allen, arr. Roy Ringwald (1910-1955)
Words by Thomas A. Dorsey, adapted by Joyce Merman
Claudia Ayer, soloist

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Bring me home through the night,
Through the dark, through the storm, to thy light.
I have been to the mount, I have seen the promised land,
Precious Lord, precious Lord, take my hand.

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Bring thy child home at last,
Where the strife and the pain are all past:
I have dreamed a great dream that thy love shall rule our land,
Precious Lord, precious Lord, take my hand.

Precious Lord, take my hand,
Take thy child unto Thee,
With my dream of a world that is free;
For that day when all flesh joins the glory thou hast planned,
Precious Lord, precious Lord, take my hand.

Hymn in Procession 690    Guide me, O thou great Jehovah    Cwm Rhondda

Voluntary    Improvisation on Cwm Rhondda

Assisting Organist: Christa Rakich

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