This week the choir sings two anthems, “Bow Down Low” as arranged by David Bridges and “Laudate nomen Domini” by Christopher Tye. “Bow Down Low” is a religious song of the Shakers, the longest surviving religious communal group in the United States. The song is an example of a “laboring song,” in which the act of sweeping and cleaning is applied both to one’s home and one’s soul. The second anthem is an excerpt from Tye’s Actes of the Apostles, which was published in London around 1553. The only music of Tye’s to be published during his lifetime — and perhaps the only collection of polyphonic music to be based on that book of the Bible — the work consisted of the first fourteen chapters of Acts in Tye’s own versification, set to attractive but unpretentious music. History has not been kind to the work, especially to Tye’s poetry, and its music is generally now performed to alternative texts.
Greetings to all Westminster Folks!
The Membership Committee of Westminster is looking for GREETERS to welcome visitors (and members) when they come to church on Sunday mornings.
As a GREETER, you will welcome everyone as they enter the church. One of the most important things to do is offer to accompany visitors to the Gathering Place, or direct them to a Sunday School class or nursery after the 8:30 service is over.
In addition to your name tag, GREETERS will wear a white flower found on the table in the Narthex. Please return it after the service.
GREETERS will stand outside each entrance except in case of inclement weather, when they will stand inside with the ushers.
There will be only one usher at the arcade entrance at the 11:00 service and the summer 10:00 services. With only three ushers, one of the GREETERS (either one) will be the 4th person to take up the offering.
Each GREETER should have Several Welcome Bags with him/her at the door to give to FIRST-TIME visitors when they enter the church. Bags will be already prepared and placed on top of the tall chest in the Gathering Place. They will include trifolds telling about worship, music, Christian Education, and other programs at Westminster, as well as two Peppermint Patties with a note that reads, “You are Mint to be Here”. If you need more bags than were prepared, there are more bags and all the material in the top left drawer of the chest. Please return any unused bags to the top of the chest in the Gathering Place.
For the 8:30 service, please arrive about 10 minutes early. For the 10:00 or 11:00 service, please arrive about 20 minutes early.
If you are willing to be a Greeter and have not been one before, please respond to , giving me your email address and/or phone number so that the committee can be in touch when we need Greeters.
We now have a new way to sign-up to be a GREETER for Sunday morning worship services at Westminster. You can click now to go to signup genius or follow the steps below later:
Simply go to the website: www.westminsterva.org
Click on WORSHIP
Scroll down and you will see GREETER SIGNUP on the right-hand side of the page.
Click on that, and you will see the SignUpGenius form in front of you.
This particular form has been created for August 6-November 5, 2017.
Click on the BOX or BOXES that correspond to the Sunday and time of the service that works for you. Just follow the instructions. You can sign up for more than one Sunday at a time!
SignUpGenius will send you a reminder about a week or more before you are to be a GREETER.
Thanks for agreeing to be a Greeter when you are able! If you have questions, feel free to contact me.
If you love to sing, but don’t want to come out to an evening rehearsal, or you would like a musical group that does not perform, then Life-Long Song may be just the thing that you are looking for. Life-Long Song is a musical gathering that meets on Thursday mornings from 11:00-noon for 10 weeks in the fall and 10 weeks in the spring. It is a daytime singing program for adults that provides a regular opportunity for making music in community and having fun, while improving physical health and mental agility. While designed specifically for older adults, anyone is welcome to join. No special skills or previous experience is necessary. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.
This week the choir sings two anthems, “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” by Harold Friedell, and “Love Thy Neighbor” by Michael Helman. “Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether” is the best known anthem by Friedell, an organist and composer who spent his entire career in the New York City area. In addition to teaching at Juilliard School of Music and Union Theological Seminary, Friedell was director of music at St. Bartholomew’s Church in New York. The popularity of his anthem is evident in its use as a hymn in many recent hymnals (including the Presbyterian Hymnal). Its use as a hymn brings the piece full circle: Friedell first composed the melody as a hymn tune before arranging and publishing it in anthem form.
This week choirs for children and youth begin. At Westminster we have choirs for school-age children and youth. The Choristers is a lively group of children, kindergarten through fourth grade. On Thursdays we gather, usually in the courtyard, to play from 3:30-4:00. At 4:00 we move to the choir room for stretches, vocal warm ups, and time for singing, moving, creating crafts, praying and reading Bible stories. The first rehearsal is Thursday, September 7. This choir prepares children to be active worship leaders in our church. The Choristers sing in worship every 4-6 weeks and participate in the service of Lessons and Carols in December.
The Singers are a mix of youth (grade 5 and up) and adults that love to sing. We gather in the choir room after the 11:00 worship service for a hearty snack and time of singing. This energetic group leads worship every 4-5 weeks and participates in the service of Lessons and Carols in December. The Singers begin their year with a retreat from 12:15-2:00 pm in the choir room on Sunday, September 10.
If you have any questions about the choirs at Westminster please contact Megan Sharp, Director of Fine Arts.