This week the adult choir will sing a setting of Psalm 121 by German-born, American composer Jean Berger. Jean was born in Germany with the name Arthur Schlossberg. When the Nazis came into power in Germany, Arthur fled to France and changed his name to Jean Berger. He later moved to the United States and served in the US Army and became a US citizen in 1943. The organ music this week features French composers Louis Marchand and André Raison, and German-born composer Jean-Adam Guilain. Guilain was born Johann Adam Wilhelm Freinsberg around 1680, but moved to France and changed his name around 1700.
This week the Adult Choir and Choristers lead worship together. The Choristers will sing an African-American spiritual, Rise, Children, Gonna Praise the Lord. They have been experimenting with movement while singing this song. The Adults and Choristers will sing a traditional South African song for the offertory, Sizohamba Naye (We Will Walk With God) arranged by Terry Taylor. The opening organ voluntary is by German composer Heinrich Scheidemann, Praeambulum in G major. The closing organ voluntary is Ballo della Battaglia by Italian composer Bernardo Storace.
What Shall We Do?
Faced with growing uncertainties and a restlessness in our culture and world, this season of Lent we will explore scripture, hear sermons, and listen to music focusing on uncertain outcomes and unexplored territory. You are invited to explore this theme by sharing your thoughts in writing about what it is like to be feeling your way into the future day by day while at the same time attempting to put your trust in God. How does your faith comfort or challenge you? Please consider writing for our Lenten devotional project. Personal reflections, poems, essays and song lyrics are welcome. Offerings should be 350 words or less, and are due to by Tuesday, February 21. You will have an opportunity to sign up in the Gathering Place after worship or on line at SignUpGenius.
Please feel free to use these Scriptural resources to guide your writing:
Preaching scriptures during Lent:
Luke 19 41-48
Another source for Scripture is the Daily Lectionary. Any of these readings can be used as inspiration. You do not need to sign up for a particular day. Once the writings are collected they will be organized into a booklet that can be used as a daily devotional during the season of Lent.
Are you a new member looking for a way to get involved? Maybe you are a long-time Westminster member looking for a new challenge, or a youth interested in music production or theater tech? Please consider volunteering as a sound system “engineer.” You can sign up for whatever dates you want (at either 8:30 or 11:00) with no long-term commitment. Training and mentoring will be provided by our experienced volunteers. This is an excellent opportunity to give of your time and talents to our worship experience. Currently we have a particular need for volunteers, so please consider helping out. Email Patty Vandever or Michael Costanzo to learn more or express interest.
This week our youth shine in their musical leadership during worship. For the opening and closing voluntaries we will have a string quartet featuring Leah Patek on violin with Parker Sullivan, violin, Elizabeth Bambury, viola, and Carmen Day, cello. Nick Bird will play Chopin’s Nocturne in C-sharp minor for the offertory, and the Singers will offer anthems by Marty Haugen and David Blackwell. Winston Barham is our organist this week, and he will also share his skills on the piano as well. Winston will be joined by guitarists Anna Smith, Mark Outlaw and Joey Paulson, along with Elton Oliver on banjo. The service will conclude with the powerful hymn For Everyone Born by Shirley Erena Murray.