May 7, 2023 + The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the St. John’s Choir School and Adult Choir, sermon by the Rev’d Todd FitzGerald.

Worship at Home:

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Méditation    Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)

Processional Hymn 366    Holy God we praise thy Name    Grosser Gott

Song of Praise 417    This is the feast    Festival Canticle

Sequence Hymn 51    We the Lord’s people, heart and voice uniting    Decatur Place

Offertory Anthem    Oh, how can I keep from singing    Robert A. Harris (b. 1938)
Traditional folk hymn

My life flows on in endless song,
Above earth’s lamentation
I hear the real though far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
I hear the music ringing.
It sounds an echo in my soul. Since love is lord of heaven and earth
Oh, how can I keep from singing?

What though the tempest round me roars,
I know the truth; it liveth.
What though the darkness round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.

No storm can shake my inmost calm
I hear the music ringing.
Since love is lord of heaven and earth
Oh, how can I keep from singing?

Dr. Robert A. Harris is currently a Professor Emeritus at Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music. He also serves as Director of Music and Choirmaster at the Winnetka Congregational Church in Winnetka, IL. Dr. Harris held the position of Professor of Conducting and Director of Choral Organizations at NY from 1977 to 2012. Active as a conductor, composer, clinician, lecturer and adjudicator, he has also held guest professorships in conducting at Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Texas in Austin, and the University of South Africa in Pretoria. 

Sanctus S125    Richard Proulx (1937-2010)

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

Communion Anthem    Ein Blümlein wenn’s die Sonne spüret    Jan Berger (1909-2002)
Words: Maria Brubacher, 1825

Ein Blumlein wenn’s die Sonne spuret Sich offnet stille, sanft und froh;
Wann Gottes Gnade dich beruhret, Lass auch dei Herz bewirken so.

A rose touched by the sun’s warm rays, all its petals gently do unfold;
So you, when touched by God’s great mercy, let joy and gladness win your soul.

Jean Berger was a German-born American pianist, composer, and music educator. He composed extensively for choral ensemble and solo voice. In 1933, he moved to Paris, where he took the French name Jean Berger and toured widely as a pianist and accompanist. From 1939 to 1941, he was an assistant conductor at the Municipal Theater in Rio de Janeiro and on the faculty of the Brazilian Conservatory. In 1941, he moved to the United States and served in the U.S. Army and became a US citizen. From 1946 to 1948, he worked as an arranger for CBS and NBC and toured as a concert accompanist. This setting of a Pennsylvania German hymn is miniature gem – light, transparent, and beautiful.

Communion Hymn    It is well with my soul

Closing Hymn 455    O Love of God, how strong and true    Dunedin

Voluntary    Toccata on Grosser Gott    Matthew H. Corl (b. 1965)

Yingying Xia, organ scholar

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