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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Voluntary Two Pieces João W. Faustini (b. 1931)
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