This Sunday is Pentecost, and a small group from the choir will sing the anthem, “O Breath of life,” by the British composer Alan Bullard, incorporating a traditional English folk tune. The organ music this Sunday is by Maurice Duruflé, from his “Prelude, Adagio, et Choral varié sur le thème du Veni Creator.” Duruflé was a French organist, composer, and perfectionist who was famously critical of his own compositions. He published very little, and continued to revise pieces even after they had appeared in print.
Have you ever thought about joining the choir, but worried about making the commitment? Summer pick-up choir is just the thing for you! On the second Sunday of each summer month the pick-up choir meets in the choir room at 9:00 am and learns an easy anthem to offer at the 10:00 worship. This choir is open to older children, youth and adults. The dates for pick-up choir this summer are June 10, July 8 and August 12. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions.
We will gather for worship in the courtyard on Sunday, June 3 at 10:00 am. This creative and joyous worship in our beautiful courtyard is not to be missed. We will also share in a church picnic following the service. Mark your calendars now!
Calling performers of all ages! On Thursday, June 14 at 7:30 pm you are invited to be part of a special concert at Westminster. We need performers of all ages and abilities to create this unique evening of music for our community. Following the performance there will be ice cream served in the courtyard. This is a fun way to celebrate the beginning of summer and support our talented members. Please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts if you have questions and to get your name on the program.
This week the Choristers and Singers will be participating in worship, singing three different anthems. The two choirs will combine for “Wade in the Water,” in an arrangement by Bruce Trinkley. This is a traditional African-American spiritual whose words have a dual meaning — on the one hand, they refer to the practice of baptism, but also served as advice to runaway slaves that they should use water to throw bloodhounds off their scent. The “Moses” referred to in the song could mean both the Biblical figure and Harriet Tubman, who led many slaves to freedom. The Choristers will also sing “Spirit Boundless,” by Betty Ann Ramseth, which incorporates the 17th-century German chorale, “Werde Munter.” The final anthem is “When You Pass Through the Waters,” a setting by Paul Weber of Isaiah 43:1-3.