This week Nadine Roddy will play her Native American flute as a special musical contribution to the service. The offertory, “Song for the Water Protectors,” was written last summer by flutist Terry Bradley of Massachusetts in support of the Standing Rock Sioux as they peacefully opposed construction of the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline underneath the Missouri River. Crude oil started flowing through the pipeline on June 1st of this year.
The congregation will also sing a setting of Psalm 23 by Joseph Gelineau, a Jesuit priest and professor at the Institut catholique de Paris. His psalm settings, influenced by Gregorian chant, became very popular. He also composed numerous chants for the Taizé community in France.