This week our pick-up choir will sing an anthem by English composer Alan Smith, a setting of the text, “Like the murmur of the dove’s song.” Written by Carl Daw, an Episcopal priest and hymn writer, the poem takes its inspiration from a book by Louis Evely, in which Evely argues that the Holy Spirit is portrayed as a dove not because of its shape or ability to fly, but because of the moaning sound of its call. Romans 8:26, for example, describes the Spirit interceding “with inexpressible groaning.” The hymn is found in many English-language hymnals and has also been translated into Spanish.
Last week was beautiful and refreshing up in the mountains of North Carolina. The group that attended the Worship and Music conference included Megan, Jonathan, Paul, Jane Penner, and her sister Judy Edmister. We met up with friends that have been going to the conference for years. Jane and Megan sang in the chamber choir, Paul sang in the middler choir and participated in drama and drumming, and Judy attended the art workshop and created a banner to take back to her church in New York. A huge thank you to Westminster for providing continuing education funds and worship leadership funds to help support this inspiring trip. We hope you will consider attending next summer.
God created the heavens and earth from nothing. For those of us who will be recreating the heavens and the earth for the musical about creation, we will need more to work with. So, if you have odds and ends of fabric — or who knows what else — that might become bears or trees or fish or raindrops or clouds or flowers, please leave them in the box at the “In the Image” sign-up table in the Gathering Space between now and July 10, when preparations begin in earnest. Then come to worship on July 16 to see what they have become. If you have questions, call Carolyn Brown at 293-5895.
This week clarinetists Anne Clements and Reuben Casteneda play the first of a set of twelve Duette by W. A. Mozart for the offertory. First published in 1800, these duos are transcriptions from Mozart’s chamber works, in this case the sonata in B-flat for violin and piano. The music during communion is a solo motet by the French baroque composer Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
A Little Summer Music presents a recital by classical guitarist and composer, Rafael Scarfullery, this Sunday, at 4:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary. A native of the Dominican Republic, Rafael is music director and organist at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. The recital will feature his own compositions. A collection in benefit of PACEM will be taken, and an ice cream reception in the courtyard follows the concert.