This week the summer pick up choir sings an anthem by Stephen Paulus, with words by Herbert Brokering. Paulus was a Minnesota-based composer best known for his operas and choral music. Brokering was a Lutheran pastor and poet, playwright, and peacemaker. Paulus died in 2014; Brokering in 2009. The organ music today consists of several settings by J. S. Bach of the chorale, Allein Gott in der Höh’ sei Ehr (All glory be to God on high). This hymn was a vernacular version of the Gloria in excelsis of the traditional Latin mass and was sung almost every week in German Lutheran churches as part of the liturgy.
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.