This Sunday is our annual outdoor Worship in the Courtyard, and, in keeping with the informality of the occasion, John Kleinschmidt and Ken Henry will provide some old-time gospel music on guitars for the gathering and closing music, including “I’ll Fly Away,” “Amazing Grace,” and “I Saw the Light.” A vocal quartet will help lead the congregational songs as well as several anthems, including “O Living Breath of God” by John Helgen and “Come, Spirit, Come” by Walt Harrah.
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On Sunday, June 11 at 4:00 pm come and experience A Little Summer Music, a concert of Westminster members and friends. We will hear singing, piano, autoharp, tuba and more this year. The concert will take place in the sanctuary and conclude with a time of fellowship and ice cream in the courtyard. An offering to benefit PACEM (People and Congregations Engaged in Ministry) will be collected. For more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This Sunday at 10:00 am we will celebrate Pentecost-the birthday of the church, during our annual worship service in the courtyard. As a sign of the Holy Spirit moving among us, you are encouraged to wear flame colors-red, orange and yellow. Please feel free to dress casually, as this is an informal service and picnic.
Following worship, please plan to stay for food and fellowship. The Fellowship Division will provide the main course of barbecue and vegetarian burgers, as well as cold drinks and cake. Congregation members are asked to pitch in potluck-style with side dishes, salads, bread, cheese, and fruit or dessert. Games, activities, and a bounce house for young and old will be on hand to add to the festivities as we celebrate Pentecost Sunday!
After three years of pursuing coursework at Cornell, I have finished the residency requirements for the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA). I still have a dissertation to write, so I am far from finished with the degree itself, but the dissertation I can write from here in Charlottesville. This marks the end, therefore, of the constant rotation of organists on and off the bench for the past three years, and I thank the congregation for their support and patience throughout my studies. I am sure I am as glad as anyone for things to return to normal, and I hope to be able to report a successful completion of the degree relatively soon.
This week we celebrate the time and effort that the choir dedicates to worship each week as they sing the last Sunday of the academic year. The adult choir sings two anthems, one by the English composer and Westminster favorite Andrew Carter (b. 1939) and the other based on music by Claude Goudimel (c. 1520-1572), a French composer of the late Renaissance. Goudimel is most famous for his settings of the Genevan psalter, a metrical French translation of the psalms made under the supervision of John Calvin for the use of Reformed churches in Geneva. Goudimel converted to Protestantism shortly after leaving university, and in 1572 was a victim of the St. Bartholemew’s Day Massacre, in which thousands of French Protestants were murdered.