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Music in September

 

5 September   15th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 18)

 

Prelude   The crucifixion   Samuel Barber (1910-81)

At the cry of the first bird
They began to crucify Thee, O Swan!
Never shall lament cease because of that
It was like the parting of day from night
Ah, sore was the suffering borne
By the body of Mary's Son
But sorer still to Him was the grief
Which for His sake
Came upon His mother

 

Anonymous, translated by Howard Mumford Jones

                                   

Opening Hymn   Hail to the Lord’s anointed   616

 

Gradual Hymn   Jesu, Jesu, fill us with your love  602

                                   

Offertory    Ave Maria, Op. 52, No. 6   Franz Schubert (1797-1828)

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

 

From the Roman Missal

 

Communion   Lord, what love have I    William Croft (1678-1727)

Lord, what love have I unto thy law, all the day long is my study in it.

 

Psalm 119, v. 97

                                   

Closing Hymn   Thou, whose almighty word   371

 

Postlude    Shall we gather at the river   Aaron Copland (1900-90)

 

Shall we gather by the river,
Where bright angel’s feet have trod,
With its crystal tide forever
Flowing by the throne of God?

 

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

 

Ere we reach the shining river
Lay we every burden down,
Praise our spirits will deliver
And provide our robe and crown.

 

Yes, we’ll gather at the river.
The beautiful, the beautiful, river.
Gather with the saints at the river,
That flows by the throne of God.

 

Soon we’ll reach the shining river,
Soon our pilgrimage will cease,
Soon our happy hearts will quiver
With the melody of peace.

 

Yes, we’ll gather by the river,
The beautiful, the beautiful river,
Gather with the saints by the river
That flows by the throne of God.

 

Robert Lowry (1826-99)

 

Julianna Smith, alto                  

 

 

12 September   16th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 19)    Homecoming

 

Prelude     Brethren we have met to worship    arr. Dale Wood (b. 1934)

                                   

Opening Hymn    God who stretched the spangled heavens   580 (omit v. 2)

 

Gloria    S 280

                                   

Gradual Hymn   Christ whose glory fills the skies    7

                                   

Offertory    Come, ye faithful, raise the strain   R. S. Thatcher (1888-1957)

Text by St. John Damascene (see hymn #199)

 

Sanctus/Benedictus    S 130

 

Agnus Dei    S 164

 

Communion   Ave Maria    Théodore Dubois (1837-1924)

Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

From the Roman Missal

 

Closing Hymn   The Church’s one foundation   525 (vv. 1, 3, 5)

 

Postlude   Day by day   Martin How (b. 1931)

Text by St. Richard of Chichester (see hymn #654)                    

 

 

19 September    17th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 20)

 

Prelude     Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (BWV 731)   J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

The tune Bach uses for his chorale prelude is the tune of our gradual hymn today

                                   

Opening Hymn   God is Love, let heaven adore him   379

                                   

Gradual  Hymn   Book of books, our people’s strength   631

 

Offertory    Lord of the dance    arr. John Ferguson (b. 1941)

 

I danced in the morning when the world was begun and
I danced in the moon, the stars and the sun, and
I came down from Heaven and I danced on Earth.
At Bethlehem I had my birth.

 

Chorus 

Dance, then, wherever you may be
I am the Lord of the Dance, said He,
And I'll lead you all, wherever you may be,
And I'll lead you all in the dance, said He

 

I danced for the scribe and the Pharisee
They would not dance; they would not follow me
So I danced for the fisherman, for James and John
They came with me and the dance went on. Chorus

 

I danced on the Sabbath and I cured the lame
They holy people said it was a shame
So they whipped, they stripped, they hung me high
And they left me on the cross to die. Chorus

 

I danced on a Friday, when the sky turned black
Its hard to dance with the Devil on your back
Oh they buried my body, they thought I'd gone
But I and the dance still go on.

  

They cut me down, but I lept on high
I am the light that will never, never die
But I'll live in you if you'll live in Me
I am the Lord of the Dance, said he. Chorus

 

Words by Sydney Nicholson

 

Communion    O for a closer walk with God    C. V. Stanford (1852-1924)

(Text by William Cowper, see hymn #683)

 

Closing Hymn    Praise to the Lord, the Almighty   390

 

Postlude   The Lord bless you and keep you    John Rutter (b. 1945)

The Lord bless you and keep you: the Lord make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you. The Lord lift up the light of His countenance upon you, and give you peace. Amen.

 

Numbers 6:24-26

 

 

26 September   18th Sunday after Pentecost (Proper 21)

 

Prelude    Attende Domine (Choral paraphrase)   Jeanne Demessieux (1921-68)

                                   

Opening Hymn   Where cross the crowded ways of life   609, verses 1-3

                                   

Gradual Hymn   God moves in a mysterious way   677

                                   

Offertory   Thou visitest the earth   Maurice Greene (1696-1755)

Thou visitest the earth and blessest it, and crownest the year with thy goodness.
Psalm 65: 9, 12

 

Communion   Lamb of God (Agnus Dei)   Samuel Webbe (1740-1816)

 

Closing Hymn   Now thank we all our God   397     

 

Postlude    Marche triomphale – Nun danket   Sigfrid Karg-Elert        

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Music is an integral part of worship at St. Paul's.  During our virtual worship, music selections draw from a diverse range of styles within the Anglican / Episcopal tradition. Preludes include a noteworthy or unusual piece and the offertory switches between pieces by the St. Paul's music team and those by others, offering a range of styles, genres, composers, text writers, and performers.  When we worship in the Sanctuary, our 10 a.m. Rite II Holy Eucharist service features the St. Paul's Choir, singing service music, hymns, and anthems of old and new, accompanied by our three-manual, 67-rank, 46-stop Rodgers organ. 

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