November 27, 2022 + The First Sunday of Advent

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

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Chorale Fantasia on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, verse 1    Dieterich Buxtehude (ca. 1637 – 1707)

Dieterich Buxtehude was a Danish organist and composer of the Baroque period, whose works are typical of the North German organ school. As a composer who worked in various vocal and instrumental idioms, Buxtehude’s style greatly influenced other composers, such as Johann Sebastian Bach. Historically, Buxtehude is among the important composers of the mid-Baroque period in Germany.

Processional Hymn 57    Lo! He comes, with clouds descending    Helmsley

Kyrie S-89    James McGregor, after Hans Leo Hassler

Sequence Hymn 68    Rejoice! rejoice, believers    Llangloffan

Offertory Anthem    O radiant dawn    James MacMillan (b. 1959)

O Radiant Dawn, Splendour of eternal Light,
Sun of Justice:
come, shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death.
Isaiah had prophesied,
‘The people who walked in darkness have seen the great light;
upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.’
Amen.

Sanctus  S130    Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Fraction anthem S164    Jesus, lamb of God    Franz Schubert

Communion Anthem    Prepare the way (2015)    Zanaida Robles (b. 1979)
Text: Frans Mikael Franzen, adap. Charles P. Price

Prepare the way, O Zion,
your Christ is drawing near!
Let every hill and valley
a level way appear.
Greet One who comes in glory,
foretold in sacred story.
Oh blest is Christ that came
in God’s most holy name.

He brings God’s rule, O Zion;
he comes from heaven above.
His rule is peace and freedom,
and justice, truth, and love.
Lift high your praise resounding,
for grace and joy abounding.
Oh blest is Christ that came
in God’s most holy name.

Fling wide your gates, O Zion;
your Savior’s rule embrace.
His tidings of salvation
proclaim in every place.
All lands will bow before him,
their voices will adore him.
Oh blest is Christ that came
in God’s most holy name.

Dr. Zanaida Stewart Robles is a fierce advocate for diversity and inclusion in music education and performance. Authentic interpersonal connection and relationship-building are core principles of her teaching and performance methods. Born, raised, and educated in Southern California, she is in demand as a vocalist, conductor, clinician and adjudicator for competitions, festivals, and conferences related to choral and solo vocal music. Her film and television credits include “Glee,” “Tinkerbell: Pirate Fairy,” “Godzilla,” “Minions,” “Creed,” Lego Movie,” “Despicable Me 3,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Venom,” “Smallfoot,” “Frozen 2,” “Underwater,” and “Mulan.” 

Hymn in Procession 61    “Sleepers, wake!” A voice astounds us Wachet auf

Voluntary    Chorale Fantasia on Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, verse 2    Dieterich Buxtehude

Douglas Johnson, guest organist

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