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.
This week the adult choir will sing O Lord, How Can We Know Thee by Ron Nelson, as we explore the familiar verses from Micah 6:8: “What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?” during worship. The choir is also singing Blessed Are the Pure in Heart by British composer Walford Davies. Diane Kingsbury is our guest organist this week. She will offer the opening and closing voluntaries featuring music by George Frideric Handel.
This week the adult choir will sing two songs that reflect the themes of light and journeying: Star of the East, Bethlehem’s Star by Greg Gilpin and Jyothi Dho Prabu (Give Us Light) by Charles Vas, arranged by Valerie Shields. The second anthem is a traditional bhajan (shared praise) from north India. Both the text and the music were written by Indian composer Charles Vas. The opening and closing organ voluntaries are settings of How Brightly Shines the Morning Star by Boston composer James Woodman and German composer Johann Pachelbel.
This week the choir sings two anthems, the first “Rejoice, Rejoice, the Savior Comes,” by William Tans’ur and arranged by Michael Burkhardt. Tans’ur was an eighteenth-century music teacher, bookseller, and composer in rural England. Born Tanzer, as an adult he changed the spelling of his surname and styled himself a “musico theorico.” His music has a forthright and somewhat unrefined character typical of rural English music of the time. The second anthem is “Mary’s Magnificat,” by the modern English composer Andrew Carter. The piece features a soprano solo, sung this week by Ellie Weikle, a Westminster member currently studying music at James Madison University, as well as a violin solo by Leah Patek, a junior at CHS.
This week the adult choir will sing In Paradisum, a movement from the Requiem written by French composer, Gabriel Fauré. The translation of the Latin text is “May the angels lead you into paradise; may the martyrs receive you at your arrival and lead you to the holy city Jerusalem. May choirs of angels receive you and with Lazarus, once a poor man, may you have eternal rest.” For the offertory the choir will sing O Jesus, King Most Wonderful by American composer, Gerald Near. Jonathan Schakel will play two versions of Now Thank We All Our God, one by J. S. Bach and the other by Sigfrid Karg-Elert, a German composer of the early 20th century.