October 29, 2017 + The Twenty-first Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Youth & Adult Choirs; sermon by the Very Rev’d Andrew McGowan.

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Organ Voluntary   Schmücke dich, O liebe Seele, BWV 654    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Adorn thyself, O my soul, with gladness

Processional Hymn 397    Now thank we all our God    Nun danket alle Gott

Anthem   What a friend we have in Jesus    Harold M. Best, 1985
Words: Joseph Scriven (1819-1866), found at hymn 109.

“That looks like a sober man, I think I’ll hire him to cut wood for me.” That was said of a man on the streets of Lake Rice, Canada, as he walked along carrying a wood saw and a sawhorse. The response from a man nearby was, “That’s Joseph Scriven. He wouldn’t cut wood for you because you can afford to hire him. He only cuts wood for those who don’t have money enough to pay.” That seemed to be the philosophy and attitude of Scriven, a devoted member of the Plymouth Brethren Church. He had a sincere desire to help those who were truly destitute. On an occasion when Joseph became ill, a friend who was visiting with him discovered a poem near his bed and asked who had written it. Scriven said, “The Lord and I did it between us.” He had not intended that anyone else should see it. That poem went on to become one of the best-known hymns of all time.

Psalm 1    Chanted by the choir. Anglican Chant by Alec Wyton (1921-2007)

Sequence Hymn     Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine    Blessed Assurance

Offertory Hymn 705    As those of old their first fruits brought    Forest Green

Sanctus S128    William Mathias

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

Communion Anthem    A grateful heart    Mary Plumstead, 1977
Sung by the Youth Choir        Words: George Herbert (1593-1632)

Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.
Not thankful when it pleaseth me,
As if thy blessings had spare days:
But such a heart, whose pulse may be Thy praise.
Thou that hast given so much to me,
Give one thing more, a grateful heart.

Closing Hymn in Procession 539    O Zion, haste, thy mission high fulfilling    Tidings

Voluntary   Now thank we all our God    J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Arranged for organ by Virgil Fox (1912-1980)

 

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