In honor of All Saints’ day, that occurs every November 1st, the adult choir is singing a traditional song from South Africa, Ipharadisi. The translation of the text is: Paradise, where all the dead are living, may we one day join them all there. The choir will also sing the well-known African-American spiritual Every Time I Feel the Spirit, arranged by William Dawson. This anthem was chosen to culminate our stewardship season, with a celebration of the Spirit on our pledge dedication Sunday.
The organ music during communion this morning is a setting of “Nun rühen alle Wälder” by the Dutch organist Jacques van Oortmerssen. This chorale — “Now all the forests are quiet” — is an evening hymn by the 17th-century theologian Paul Gerhardt. The same melody was also used for the chorale “O Welt, ich muß dich lassen” (“O world, I now must leave thee”). Van Oortmerssen was organist at the Waalse Kerk in Amsterdam and professor of organ at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. He died unexpectedly last November. His chorale setting was a contribution to the Orgelbüchlein Project, an ongoing project to provide organ settings by contemporary composers of all of the chorales which Bach had planned to include in his Orgelbüchlein but never finished.