September 23, 2018 + The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Holy Eucharist Rite II at 10:30 a.m. sung by the Adult Choir, sermon by the Right Rev’d James Curry.

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Service Music:

Voluntary   Sonata No. 2 in C minor    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Grave – Adagio

Processional Hymn 477    All praise to thee, for thou, O King divine    Engelberg

Gloria in excelsis S278     William Mathias (1934-1992)

Psalm 1    Anglican Chant by Alec Wyton (1921-2007)

Sequence Hymn 602    Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love    Chereponi

Offertory Anthem    Sweet shepherd of mine     Scott Lamlein, 2018
Words: Mary Davies Cole, 2018, from Psalm 23

Sweet shepherd of mine, how could I long
for anything more than the sound of your voice? The soft green of earth and bed of pine,
you lay me down in the arms of Creation.

You lead me by the rivers of Life –
you restore the soul of my being,
the center of all I truly am,
within the safe circle of Heaven’s own.

Even the dark of the blackest night
cannot hide the path you have given to me. Death falls away at the sound of your voice, evil cannot hold, nor injustice thrive.

For You are my Comforter, my Guard, my Guide. In the presence of my enemies,
you cloak me in light,
you sing me into safety,

your heart will be my home

all the days of my life,
without end, amen, and amen.

Mary Davies Cole is a member of St. John’s and poet. She wrote these words as an alternate version of Psalm 23 for our Celtic Service early this year. Both Mary and Scott described the process of writing this work as an easy flow – which is usually not true for either of them, as both poetry and musical composition is often an endless task of revision. The words and music seemed to come directly “from above” to the paper, which was a humbling and beautiful experience. The gentle piano accompaniment invokes a flowing brook in a pastoral scene – still, calming waters.

Sanctus S128    William Mathias

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

Communion Anthem    Only for these I pray    Peter Niedmann, 1996
Words: Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Only for these I pray, pray with assurance strong.
Light to discover the way, power to follow it long.
Let me have light to see, light to be sure and know,
When the road is clear to me willingly I go.

Let me have power to do, power of the brain and nerve,
Though the task is heavy and new willingly I will serve.
My prayers are lesser than three, nothing I pray but two;
Let me have light to see, let me have power to do.

Peter Niedmann is Director of Music and Organist at Church of Christ, Congregational, in Newington, and composition coach for Scott Lamlein. He is a published composer with hundreds of works in print, and Dean of the Hartford American Guild of Organists. His choral music has been sung at The White House and a Papal Mass for Pope John Paul II.

Hymn in Procession 660    O Master, let me walk with thee    Maryton

Voluntary   Fugue from Sonata No. 2    Felix Mendelssohn

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