September 26, 2021 + The Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

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Service Music:

Voluntary    Two Pieces    João W. Faustini (b. 1931)
Clarinada
When Breaks the Dawn

Born in Bariri, São Paulo, Brazil, João Wilson Faustini is a Presbyterian pastor, choir director, organist, singer, composer, translator, arranger and publisher of largest collection of Sacred Music in the Portuguese language. He holds degrees from Westminster Choir College, Union Theological Seminary, and Princeton University. From 1982 to 1996 he was Pastor at St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) Newark, the oldest Brazilian Presbyterian Church in the USA.

Processional Hymn 657    Love divine, all loves excelling    Hyfrydol

Song of Praise    Dignus es    Benjamin P. Straley (b. 1986)

Sequence Hymn    What a friend we have in Jesus    Converse

Offertory Anthem    I will sing of thy great mercies    Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
From the oratorio St. Paul
Sung by the Youth Choir

So they, being filled with the Holy Ghost, departing thence delayed not, and preached the word of God with joyfulness. I will sing of Thy great mercies, O Lord, and of Thy faithfulness evermore, my Savior.

Sanctus    Land of Rest, arr. Annabel Morris Buchanan (1889-1983)

Fraction Anthem    Be Known to us, Lord Jesus    Gary James (b. 1957)

Communion Anthem    The Road Home    Stephen Paulus (1949-2014)
Text by Michael Dennis Browne
Sung by the Youth Choir and Schola

Tell me where is the road I can call my own,
That I left, that I lost, so long ago?
All these years I have wandered, oh, when will I know
There’s a way, there’s a road that will lead me home?

After wind, after rain, when the dark is done,
As I wake from a dream in the gold of day
Through the air there’s a calling from far away,
There’s a voice I can hear that will lead me home.

Rise up. follow me, come away is the call,
With love in your heart as the only song;
There is no such beauty where you belong,
Rise up, follow me, I will lead you home.

Stephen Paulus was a prolific composer of classical music. His music continues to be frequently performed and described by critics as rugged, angular, lyrical, lean, rhythmically aggressive, original, often gorgeous, moving, and uniquely American. The New Yorker characterizes his music as having “impeccable technique and well-honed audience appeal,” while The New York Times says “Mr. Paulus often finds melodic patterns that are fresh and familiar at the same time…His scoring is invariably expert and exceptionally imaginative in textures and use of instruments.” 

Communion Hymn 309     O Food to pilgrims given    O Welt, ich muss dich lassen

Hymn in Procession 344    Lord, dismiss us with thy blessing    Sicilian Mariners

Voluntary    Postlude on Sicilian Mariners, 2018    Carson Cooman (b. 1982)

Ted Babbitt, organ scholar

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