October 15, 2017 + The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth and Adult Choirs; sermon by the Rev’d Canon Chuck Robertson.

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Service Music:

Organ Voluntary   Concerto in A minor (after Vivaldi)    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Allegro – Adagio

Processional Hymn 556    Rejoice, ye pure in heart    Marion

Anthem, sung by the Youth Choir    Deep river    Allan Bevan, 1998
Words and Melody: African-American Spiritual

Deep River,
My home is over Jordan.
Deep river, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

Oh, don’t you want to go,
To the Gospel feast;
That Promised Land,
Where all is peace?

Sequence Hymn 321    My God, thy table now is spread    Rockingham

Offertory Anthem    Rejoice in the Lord alway     Anonymous, mid-sixteenth century
Words from today’s Epistle lesson

Sanctus S128    William Mathias

Fraction Anthem S166  Agnus Dei     Gerald Near (b. 1942)

Communion Anthem    Rise up, my love    Healey Willan (1880-1968)
Words: Song of Solomon

Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.
For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone.
The flowers appear upon the earth.
The time of singing of birds is come.
Arise my love, my fair one, and come away.

Healey Willan was a prolific British composer and organist, spending most of his career in Canada. He has over 800 works in all genres to his credit, including many in our Hymnal 1982. Rise up my love dates from 1929. Willan was devoted to the Gregorian tradition, as can be heard in this simple but beautiful piece.

Closing Hymn in Procession    Great is thy faithfulness    Faithfulness

Thomas Chisholm wrote this hymn as a testament to God’s faithfulness through his very ordinary life.  Born in a log cabin in Franklin, Kentucky, Chisholm became a Christian when he was twenty-seven and entered the ministry when he was thirty-six, though poor health forced him to retire after just one year and work as an insurance agent. Still, even with a desk job, he wrote nearly 1,200 poems throughout his life, including several published hymns. Chisholm explained toward the end of his life, “My income has not been large at any time due to impaired health.  Although I must not fail to record here the unfailing faithfulness of a covenant-keeping God and that He has given me many wonderful displays of His providing care, for which I am filled with astonishing gratefulness.”

Voluntary    Trumpet Tune in D    David N. Johnson (1922-1981)

 

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