October 22, 2017 + The Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
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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Organ Voluntary Prélude sur le nom d’Alain Maurice Duruflé (1902-1986)
This work was written in homage to Duruflé’s colleague Jehan Alain, who died in 1940 at the beginning of the Second World War. The Prélude comprises two themes; the first is derived from the name “Alain” by a continuation of the musical alphabet past H (German B) in octave rows so that “Alain” gives the notes A-D-A-A-F (also used in the double-fugue in today’s closing voluntary), and the second is a theme taken from Alain’s most famous organ work, Litanies. Duruflé was a highly self-critical composer whose musical language can be viewed as a synthesis of two schools: the impressionist tradition of Debussy and Ravel and the modal, Gregorian-inspired style of Gabriel Fauré. This particular work is soul-stirring and well-beloved because of its perfect balance and proportion – much like a painting by Monet.
Introit Total Praise Richard Smallwood, 1996
Sung by the men of the choir.
Lord, I will lift mine eyes to the hills
Knowing my help is coming from You
Your peace you give me in time of the storm
You are the source of my strength
You are the strength of my life
I lift my hands in total praise to you Amen.
Processional Hymn 477 All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine Engelberg
Gloria in excelsis S278 William Mathias (1934-1992)
Sequence Hymn 684 O for a closer walk with God Caithness
Offertory Anthem Treasures in heaven Joseph Clokey (1890-1960)
Text: Matthew 6:19-21, 7:7-8
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Sanctus S128 William Mathias
Fraction Anthem S166 Agnus Dei Gerald Near (b. 1942)
Communion Anthem To everything there is a season Alfred Fedak, 1988
Words: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
To everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and time to uproot;
a time to kill and time to heal;
a time to break down and time to build up;
to everything there is a season,
and a time to every purpose under heaven,
a time to weep and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn and time to dance;
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather stones together,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
to everything there is a season,
a time to seek and time to lose;
a time to keep and time to cast away;
a time to rend and time to sew;
a time to keep silent and time to speak;
a time of love and a time of hate;
a time for war and a time for peace.
To everything there is a season.
It is difficult to hear this comforting text from Ecclesiates without calling to mind the popular 60’s song, Turn, turn, turn. Seeing a far greater need to inspire the hearing of these powerful words, Albany, New York composer Al Fedak has crafted a melody that allows the choir to communicate the deep meaning of the text clearly and with great feeling.
Closing Hymn in Procession 665 All my hope on God is founded Michael
Voluntary Fugue sur le nom d’Alain Maurice Duruflé