This week the adult choir will sing a round based on the crossing of the Red Sea in Exodus when God is with the Israelites in pillars of cloud and fire. The words and music of Under the Sun are written by Michael O’Connor. The adult choir will also sing Be Still and Know by Ronald Nelson. This piece draws on many familiar scripture passages that all call us to listen for God, and know that God will be with us in difficult times. Jonathan will play organ music by J. S. Bach and Italian composer Girolamo Frescobaldi. To mark the season of Lent, the congregation will remain seated during the closing voluntary for a time of reflection at the end of each worship service.
Life-Long Song is each Thursday at 11:00 am-noon and continues through May 18. We will not meet on Thursday, April 6. This gathering provides an opportunity for music-making in community to enrich our lives and improve physical health and mental agility. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. Please come and enjoy fellowship and singing in a very relaxed and welcoming group. Contact Megan Sharp at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions. Life-Long Song meets in room 208 in the education building.
The adult choir will sing Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart by David Ashley White with text by Christopher Idle as we consider the Transfiguration of Jesus this week in worship. They will also sing a setting of the well-known African-American spiritual Lord, I Want to Be a Christian arranged by Moses Hogan. Moses Hogan (1957-2003) was a well known American pianist, conductor and arranger. He is best remembered for his arrangements of African-American spirituals that have been sung by choirs around the world. Roger Authers is our guest organist this week. He will play music by German composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Johann Erasmus Kindermann.
This week the adult choir will sing a setting of Psalm 121 by German-born, American composer Jean Berger. Jean was born in Germany with the name Arthur Schlossberg. When the Nazis came into power in Germany, Arthur fled to France and changed his name to Jean Berger. He later moved to the United States and served in the US Army and became a US citizen in 1943. The organ music this week features French composers Louis Marchand and André Raison, and German-born composer Jean-Adam Guilain. Guilain was born Johann Adam Wilhelm Freinsberg around 1680, but moved to France and changed his name around 1700.
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.