May 26, 2019 + The Sixth Sunday of Easter

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

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Service Music:

Voluntary   Praeludium in G Major   Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)

Bruhns is one of the tragic figures of the organ world. He died aged just 31, and there are only four surviving authenticated organ works. Praeludium in G is one of the finest examples of the mature 17th century North German High Baroque organ school — having the feeling of a mini opera, with its sudden changes of mood and character. Bruhns was a young master of the north German stylus phantasticus style, having studied with Buxtehude in Lübeck. A highly talented performer, he was known to play violin while accompanying himself with the organ pedals. (courtesy Andrew Benson-Wilson)

Processional Hymn 657    Love divine, all loves excelling    Hyfrydol

Song of Praise 417    This is the feast   Festival Canticle

Sequence Hymn 550    Jesus calls us; o’er the tumult    Restoration

Offertory Anthem      Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace       Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876)
Text: Isaiah 26: 3; Psalm 139: 11; 1 John 1: 5; Psalm 119: 175

Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace,
whose mind is stayed on thee.
The darkness is no darkness with thee,
but the night is as clear as the day.
The darkness and the light to thee are both alike.
God is light and with him is no darkness at all.
Oh let my soul live, and it shall praise thee,
for thine is the kingdom, the power,
and the glory, for evermore.

Samuel Sebastian Wesley seemed destined for the life of a church musician, as his middle name was taken from Johann Sebastian Bach. He did not disappoint: in a time that English church music had become less than satisfactory, Wesley was largely responsible for raising this standard through his own work as a composer and organist. In all his music, Wesley strived for an expressive and accessible sound, as evidenced in the three works presented in today’s worship. The exquisite Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace remains one of the most-loved anthems in the repertoire.

Sanctus S125   Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

Fraction Anthem    Christ our Passover    Jeffrey Rickard (b. 1942)

Communion Anthem      The Lord’s prayer     Philip Radcliffe (1905-1986)

Hymn in Procession 719    O beautiful for spacious skies    Materna

Voluntary    Fugue in G Major   Nicolaus Bruhns

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