This Sunday a vocal quartet will sing two anthems during the service. The first, by Edward Elgar, is a setting of “As Torrents in Summer,” with a text by Samuel Longfellow. This song is probably the best music of a lengthy cantata entitled King Olaf (1896), largely neglected since the turn of the twentieth century. The second anthem, “Exsultate justi” by Lodovico Viadana, dates from three centuries earlier. Viadana was a pioneer in the use of figured bass, in which the accompaniment is notated in shorthand, with numbers indicating the correct harmonies. Viadana’s Cento concerti con il basso continuo (1602) was the first publication to employ the new system. Exsultate justi dates from a few years later (1605).
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!
This year the theme for the Worship & Music conference at Montreat is “Then Sings My Soul.” Please consider attending this exciting conference in North Carolina exploring the riches of God’s love, expressed in worship and music. The conference is open to adults and youth (rising 4th grade and up), with child care and camp experiences for infants and children too young for the conference. Housing can be found in college dorms, Assembly Inn, or in rented houses. The conference is offered twice: week 1 June 18-23 and week 2 June 25-30. Megan, director of Fine Arts will be attending week 2 along with our organist, Jonathan and their son Paul. Please email Megan for more information, or visit this webpage: http://www.presbymusic.org/montreat.html. Registration is currently open.