Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year to our Music Loving Friends!

Thaw your January with The Washed Up Beulah Band...an à capella (male) quartet singing old-time jubilee, shaped-note repertoire. These four charming young men will lift your spirits (check them out on YouTube), and make you glad you came.

Friday, January 11 at 7:30 PM
820 Washington Street (cor. Leonard, Rt. 127)
Gloucester MA 01930

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Poverty



All poor men and humble, all lame men who stumble,
come haste ye, nor feel ye afraid;
for Jesus, our treasure, with love past all measure,
in lowly poor manger was laid.

Though wise men who found him laid rich gifts around him,
yet oxen they gave him their hay:
And Jesus in beauty accepted their duty;
contented in manger he lay.
 
Then haste we to show him the praises we owe him;
our service he ne'er can despise:
Whose love still is able to show us that stable
where softly in manger he lies.

Jesu, Priceless Treasure, Bach



Jesus. Priceless treasure,
Source of purest pleasure,
Truest friend to me:
Ah, how long I've panted
And my heart hath faint-ed,
Thirsting, Lord, for Thee.
Thine I am, O spotless Lamb!
I will suffer naught to hide Thee,
Naught I ask beside Thee.

Hence, all fear and sadness!
For the Lord of gladness,
Jesus, enters in;
Those who love the Father,
Though the storms may gather,
Still have peace within;
Yea, what-e'er I here must bear,
Still in Thee lies purest pleasure;
Jesus, priceless treasure.

Il est né le Divin Enfant




Il est ne, le divin Enfant,
Jouez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes;
Il est ne, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avenement!

Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous le promettaient les Prophetes;
Depuis plus de quatre mille ans,
Nous attendions cet heureux temps.
Il est ne, le divin Enfant.,
Jouez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes;
Il est ne, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avenement!

Ah! qu'll est beau, qu'il est charmant,
Que ses graces sont parfaites!
Ah! qu'll est beau, qu'll est charmant,
Qu'il est doux le divin Enfant!
Il est ne, le divin Enfant,
Jouez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes;
Il est ne, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avenement!

Une etable est son logement,
Unpeu de paille, sa couchette,
Une etable est son logement,
Pour un Dieu, quel abaissement!
Il est ne, le divin Enfant,
Jouez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes;
Il est ne, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avenement!

O Jesus! O Roi tout puissant!
Si petit enfant que vous etes,
O Jesus! O Roi tout puissant!
Regnez sur nous entierement!
Il est ne, le divin Enfant,
Jouez, hautbois, resonnez, musettes;
Il est ne, le divin Enfant;
Chantons tous son avenement!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

On the Jericho Road with Royce Miller & Schola Cantorum

A brief clip from Royce Miller's story of Barnabus
At the beginning of our video "Barnabas", who before the scene opened gave the Sunday School children "alms for the poor", has to encourage ALL of them to give alms to Barnabas.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

'Leven presents Carpe Diem!

A concert of songs from across time and seas

‘Leven...                                                                                                     
is an enduring ensemble of Cape Ann women’s voices that was founded in 1991, in the eleventh month, at 1111 Washington St., under the leavening influence of Dawn Pratson and ten similarly enlightened ladies. 

Various combinations of ‘Leven singers have continued to bring powerful, poignant and eclectic repertoire to Cape Ann audiences for the past 21 years. This fall, singers Mary Black, Pat Maloney Brown, Caroline Haines, Anne Hyde, Kristina Martin, and Sheryl Reed continue the tradition in their upcoming concert, Carpe Diem!, offering songs from Renaissance England to the Serbian Mountains, the French Countryside to the American Heartland, swinging through many times and places in between.

Won’t you “seize the day” and join us as we sing in the spirit of light, life, and oo-la-la!
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Saturday, Nov. 3rd, 7:30 pm., Rockport Unitarian Universalist Church
and
Sunday, November 4th, 5:00 pm., Annisquam Village Church
($10 donation towards Rockport New Year’s Eve 2012 . It’s coming! Carpe Diem!) ‘Leven

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Songs of Praise: Rise and Shine

The Sunday service will be at the Norton Farm tomorrow morning at 10 AM

Arky Arky Noah Cartoon Song

The Sunday service will be at the Norton Farm tomorrow morning at 10 AM

Sunday, September 16, 2012

CHOIR NEWS

Rejoice!  The choir returned to the loft this Sunday.  
This merry band is open to all (no audition necessary). We invite new voices to join us now, at the beginning of the season.  Rehearsals are Sundays at 9 AM with a midweek evening rehearsal. 

Call Music Director, Kathleen Adams, for details. 978.283.6416

The SCHOLA CANTORUM, our choir for children aged 7 and up, begins this Thursday 5:30 - 6:30 PM.  This wonderful choir offers children the opportunity to sing in our services, and to become familiar with repertoire from many sources, experience liturgy, learn musical notation, and become acquainted with musical instruments.  We collaborate with other children's choirs on Cape Ann in a Choral Festival in the Spring, and share numerous special events during the year.  
Please see Choir Mother, Kim Sayess or Music Director, Kathleen Adams for more information, or call Kathleen at 978.283.6416.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Organ at Annisquam Village Church on “The Yokohama Lucys” Tour

An unusual tour of organists takes place August 13-18, when six young Japanese women, “The Yokohama Lucys”, bring their talents to bear on five notable organs in New England. 

During their internships at the Minato Mirai Concert Hall in Yokohama, these women have trained with resident organist, Hatsumi Miura, on a pipe organ affectionately nicknamed “Lucy.”  Lucy is the three-manual, 62-stop instrument built in 1998 (Opus 110) by C. B. Fisk, Inc., the renowned organbuilding firm in Gloucester.  Miura, who organized the tour for her interns, has concertized in numerous cities in America as well as in Europe and Japan, and is a professor of organ at Ferris University in Yokohama. She was recently celebrated for her significant cultural contributions to the city of Yokohama.

On Monday, August 13, at 7:30 PM, three of these distinguished performers will present a concert on the newly completed Fisk organ, Opus 137 at Christ Church Andover, 25 Central Street, in Andover. The concert features repertoire from many eras, including new works from Japanese composers. Barbara Bruns, Music Director and organist at Christ Church Andover was born and raised in Japan and is delighted to welcome her Japanese colleagues to play this recital even before her official inaugural recital of dedication on September 29 at 7:00 pm.

On Tuesday, August 14, at 8:00 PM, the other three performers will take their turn on the organ bench at the historic Old West United Methodist Church, 131 Cambridge Street in Boston. A part of the Old West Summer Series, the concert features familiar repertoire. Old West’s organ, Opus 55 of the Fisk firm, was built in 1970 and is one of the premiere pipe organs in the country. It served for many years as the concert organ for the New England Conservatory. Miura, who was educated at NEC, has played recitals on Opus 55 on several occasions since her days at NEC.


Yuka Saruwatari
Reiko Okamoto
The tour continues on Friday, August 17 at 8:00 PM when Yuka Saruwatari and Reiko Okamoto  play the Jeremy Adams Organ at the Annisquam Village Church, 820 Washington Street, in Gloucester. The Adams two-manual, 13-stop instrument was built in Danvers in 1986. The program features works from many traditions, culminating in an exciting duo of the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Handel’s Messiah.  Kathleen Adams, Music Director, at the AVC, notes that Miura played one of her graduate recitals on the Annisquam organ when she was studying under the legendary Yuko Hayashi at the New England Conservatory.  Hayashi, now retired from NEC, will be attending some of these concerts, underscoring the lineage which has ensued from her pedagogy.

On Saturday, August 18, starting at 7:30 PM, two recitals back to back on Fisk organs next door to each other will feature another two duos of “Lucys.”  Kumi Shibusawa and Momoko Koshimizu, will play on C.B. Fisk’s Opus 97 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, in Gloucester.  Included on their program is a four-hand/four-feet arrangement of movements from Mozart’s “Eine kleine Nachtmusik.”  The two-manual, 18-stop organ at St. John’s was installed in 1988.  Mark Nelson, Music Director, recently retired from organbuilding at Fisk after more than 30 years with the firm. Nelson has recently formed the Cape Ann Choir School at St. John’s, open to children 6 years old and up.

The music of the evening continues next door at the Gloucester Unitarian Universalist Church, 10 Church Street, in Gloucester following light refreshments served on the lawn in front of the church as the audience traverses from one church to the other.  At 8:30 PM Mineko Kojima and Naoko Asao play the concluding recital on the 1962 Fisk rebuild of an 1893 Hutchings organ.  Their program will feature a variety of organ music including that of contemporary Japanese composers.

All the concerts are free (with free-will donations) and open to the public. For information call 978.283.1909.

Monday, July 2, 2012

SUMMER MUSIC at the Annisquam Village Church

GAIA! * A Jazz and World Music Celebration of Our Extraordinary Earth, kicks off the Annisquam Village Church’s 26th concert season next Saturday. Vocalist and poet, Greta Bro, with renowned saxophone/flautist Stan Strickland, pianist Mark Rossi, and Brazilian percussionist /violinist Ricardo Frota, bring the celestial to earth on Saturday, July 14 at 8 PM.

Bro and Strickland are long-term collaborators who combine their work with philosophy and the healing arts, taking both jazz and poetry in new directions. Their recently released CD, Love’s Song, recorded with a number of other well-known jazz figures, will be available at the performance.

This concert benefits the music programs at the Annisquam Village Church. Donation: $20. at the door, only. Students $10. For additional information visit www.gretabro.com or www.annisquamvillagechurch.org or call 978.283.6416.
* from Wikipedia: “The … Gaia principle proposes that all organisms and their inorganic surroundings on Earth are closely integrated to form a single and self-regulating complex system, maintaining the conditions for life on the planet.”
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On Friday, August 17, also at 8 PM, our series continues with an organ performance by two of the six “Yokohama Lucys”….Japanese organists from Yokohama's Minato Mirai Concert Hall on tour in New England. Performing on the Jeremy Adams organ, Yuka Saruwatari and Reiko Okamoto will solo and play duos that, says Music Director, Kathleen Adams, will “knock your socks off,"...referring to some exciting pedaling that one is likely to hear when not only two, but four feet play the pedals…. along with all four hands on the keyboards! There is no charge for this concert, but a free-will offering will be taken.

The acoustics in our beautiful church rival any and all venues on the North Shore (spread the word). And some do not know that people of all faiths are welcomed here at the head of Lobster Cove.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Children's Sunday at the Annisquam Village Church

Rehearsal before the service
Rehearsal before the service
 

The Processional




The Service

 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

The Jeremy Adams Organ

AT THE ANNISQUAM VILLAGE CHURCH
GREAT
Principal 8'
Octave 4'
Fifteenth 2'
Mixture III
Chimney Flute 8'
Cromorne 8'
CHOIR
Stopped Diapason 8'
Flute 4'
Nazard 2 2/3'
Tierce 1 3/5'
Chanson de Roland (Oboe 8')

PEDAL
Subbass 16'
Bassoon 16'
COUPLERS
I- Pedal
II-Pedal
I-II Manuals
TREMOLO

The Jeremy Adams Organ was designed for the gallery of the Village Church to lead congregational singing and to provide a palette of sound suitable for much of the standard organ repertory. Installed in 1987, the two-manual, 13-stop mechanical action (tracker) organ was inaugurated to the great pleasure of the parish, earning the praise of musicians, builders, and congregation. With more than 600 pipes, it has three reed voices, including an Oboe stop named Chanson de Roland to honor the memory of Roland Dumas, Master Pipemaker, who made and donated the stop to the organ. The designer and builder, Jeremy Adams, built and gave the Bassoon stop in memory of his mentor and friend, Melville Smith. The case of the organ is mahogany, with central trompe l'oeil panels of inlaid checkerboard satinwood and mahogany, inspired by baroque instruments in Brittany. The keyboards are of polished, beveled cowbone with cocobolo sharps.

A number of distinguished organists have concertized on the Adams organ, including Rudolf Innig of the Hochschüle für Musik in Detmold, Germany; Yuko Hayashi, Head of the Organ Department of the New England Conservatory of Music; Hatsumi Miura, now Titular Organist of Minato Mirai Hall in Yokohama; Lois Regestein and Heinrich Christensen, both of whom were Deans of the Boston Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. The late Joseph Payne recorded the Adams organ on the Naxos label ~ “Early English Music” (NX-718). The organ has also been heard on National Public Radio on Michael Barone’s “Pipedreams,” (a weekly program featuring great organs of the world) and “Living on Earth." A continuo organ, also made by Mr. Adams, is on loan to the church for use with the Schola Cantorum and for chamber music, as well.

THE HARPSICHORD

In addition to the organ at the Village Church, there is a two-manual Flemish harpsichord, also built by Jeremy Adams (and on loan from the builder). Modeled after a 17th century instrument of Andreas Rückers, this instrument has an expanded range to accomodate later repertoire. The unusual abstract lid painting is by Mattapoisett artist, Sarah Brown. Used to accompany the Schola Cantorum and occasionally, the adult choir, the harpsichord has also been featured at weddings and concerts. Joseph Payne recorded on this instrument as well, and it has been played in concert by (among others) Boston Symphony harpsichordist, Mark Kroll, and Museum of Fine Arts harpsichordist, John Gibbons in concert with BSO cellist, Jonathan Miller.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Beautiful Savior

by Author Unknown, 1677
Translated by Joseph A. Seiss, 1823-1904


1. Beautiful Savior,
King of Creation,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Truly I'd love Thee,
Truly I'd serve Thee,
Light of my soul, my Joy, my Crown.

2. Fair are the meadows,
Fair are the woodlands,
Robed in flowers of blooming spring;
Jesus is fairer,
Jesus is purer;
He makes our sorrowing spirit sing.

3. Fair is the sunshine,
Fair is the moonlight,
Bright the sparkling stars on high;
Jesus shines brighter,
Jesus shines purer,
Than all the angels in the sky.

4. Beautiful Savior,
Lord of the nations,
Son of God and Son of Man!
Glory and honor,
Praise, adoration,
Now and forevermore be Thine!

Hymn #657
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Ps. 45: 2
Author: unknown, 1677
Translated by: Joseph A. Seiss, 1873
Titled: "Schoenster Herr Jesu"
Tune: "Schoenster Herr Jesu"
1st Published in: "Schlesische Volkslieder"
Town: Leipzig, 1842
St. Olaf Choir

Kyrie Eleison - William Byrd


William Byrd - Mass for Three Voices: I. Kyrie & Gloria

Also:
Here is a link to the version we will be singing Embedding video not allowed.

All That I Am - William Grant Still

Taste and See, James Moore, Jr.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty

Spirit seeking light and beauty,
Heart that longest for thy rest,
Soul that asketh understanding,
Only thus can ye be blest.
Thro’ the vastness of creation
Tho’ your restless thought may roam,
God is all that you can long for,
God is all his creatures' home.

Taste and see him, feel and hear him,
Hope and grasp his unseen hand;
Tho’ the darkness seem to hide him,
Faith and love can understand.
God, who lovest all thy creatures,
All our hearts are known to thee;
Lead us thro’ the land of shadows
To thy blest eternity.
GodSongs.net: Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty


Peace I Ask of Thee, O River

Peace I ask of thee, Oh River
Peace, peace, peace
When I learn to live serenely
Cares will cease
From the hills I gather courage
Visions of the days to be
Strength to lead and faith to follow
All are given unto me
Peace I ask of thee, Oh River
Peace, peace, peace

"Set Me as a Seal" Rene Clausen

Monday, May 14, 2012

SPRING CELEBRATION SERVICE! -

Join us at the
Annisquam Village Church
May 20, 2012
for our
Second Annual
Spring Celebration
as we praise the beauty and new beginnings
that God offers us in Spring
with a selection of
songs, readings and prayers

820 Washington Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930
(at the corner of Rt. 127 & Washington Street)
annisquamvillagechurch.org

The Annisquam Village Church is a community church in which people of many faiths find fellowship as they worship. God.

AVC Schola Cantorum - Mother's Day

AVC Schola Cantorum,

the children's choir at the Annisquam Village Church, performed Ave Marie by Simon Lindley during the Sunday service with Choir Director, Kathleen Adams and Jeremy Adams at the piano.

A beautiful tribute to all Mothers -

Joy on the Subway

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Kathleen Adams, Organist and Choirmaster

Organist and Choirmaster, Kathleen Adams, studied singing at the American Conservatory of Music and organ and conducting at Harvard University. She completed her academic work at the University of Massachusetts, and continued to study singing with master teachers. Specializing in Early Music at the beginning of her career, she sang French, English, and Italian renaissance repertoire with lutenist, David Rhodes. Later performances of song literature have ranged from early liturgical works and chant to baroque, romantic, and modern repertoire. In both Japan and Italy, she has given recitals of classical and sacred song repertoire accompanied by her husband, Jeremy Adams, builder of the organ at the Village Church. As "Caterina la Canterina," she has performed at Italian Fiestas throughout the region, singing Neopolitan repertoire and operatic arias with the Italian Colonial, Saint Alfio, and Italo-American Bands. Locally, she has appeared as soloist with the Cape Ann Symphony and the Cape Ann Community Band. With Gloucester composer, Stephen Scotti, she has performed cabaret repertoire and Scotti's settings of Cape Ann poets.

Kathleen served as both Cantor and Organist at St. Leonard's of Port Maurice in Boston's North End for ten years. Moving to the north shore, she served as Registrar at Montserrat College of Art and  directed the music program at First Church in Ipswich until her appointment as Organist and Choirmaster at the Annisquam Village Church.

In 2009 Kathleen was elected to serve on the Executive Committee of the American Guild of Organists (Boston Chapter). Five of her organ students have won scholarships through the AGO’s Young Organists Initiative. As Music Director at the Annisquam Village Church she plays and conducts sacred music from many traditions. The concert series she initiated over twenty years ago draws world-class musicians to the church’s exceptional acoustics and instruments. She maintains a private studio as well, teaching voice, piano, and organ. Kathleen also works at C.B. Fisk Organbuilders and is editor of The Pipeline, a newsletter for the firm.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord - Sanctus

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of power and might,
Heaven, Earth
Heaven and Earth are full of Your Glory.
All glory to your Name.
All glory to your Name.
Blessed, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Blessed, blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest
Hosanna in the highest

Vesper - Fredrick A. Mann

Jesus, stand among us
In Thy risen power;
Let this time of worship
Be a hallowed hour.

Breathe the Holy Spirit
Into every heart;
Bid the fears and sorrows
From each soul depart. Amen

We will sing verses 1 & 2

Link to Music

Friday, April 27, 2012

Holy, Holy, Holy- Hymn to the Trinity - Reginald Heber

Music link has been removed from the source. Will keep looking!
Here is a new link!

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!
Early in the morning our song shall rise to Thee;

Holy, holy, holy, merciful and mighty!
God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

Holy, holy, holy! All the saints adore Thee,

Casting down their golden crowns around the glassy sea;

Cherubim and seraphim falling down before Thee,

Who was, and is, and evermore shall be.

Holy, holy, holy! though the darkness hide Thee,

Though the eye of sinful man Thy glory may not see;

Only Thou art holy; there is none beside Thee,

Perfect in power, in love, and purity.

Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty!

All Thy works shall praise Thy Name, in earth, and sky, and sea;

Holy, holy, holy; merciful and mighty!

God in three Persons, blessèd Trinity!

My Shepherd is Lord - Harrison Oxley

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Annisquam Village Church Schola Cantorum - Saturday, April 28 2:00 PM

Schola Cantorum previewing a piece to be sung at the FESTIVAL
CHILDREN’S CHOIR FESTIVAL
AT ST. MARY'S ROCKPORT

The Schola Cantorum will be joining the Youth Choirs of St. John’s Episcopal Church (Gloucester), St. Mary's Episcopal Church (Rockport), and First Congregational Church (Rockport ) in a festive concert of sacred music in this annual event.

Saturday, April 28 2:00 PM
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
24 Broadway, Rockport, MA

Monday, April 16, 2012

Easter at Squam Rock


Easter Morning Service at Squam Rock from Kirk Williamson on Vimeo.

Lift Your Voice Rejoicing, Mary


Link to Music only

Lift your voice rejoicing, Mary,
Christ has risen from the tomb;
on the cross a suffering victim,
now as victor he is come.
Whom your tears in death were mourning,
welcome with your smiles returning.
Let your alleluias rise!

Raise your weary eyelids, Mary,
see him living evermore;
see his countenance how gracious,
see the wounds for you he bore.
All the glory of the morning
pales before those wounds redeeming.
Let your alleluias rise!

Life is yours for ever, Mary,
for your light is come once more
and the strength of death is broken;
now your songs of joy outpour.
Ended now the night of sorrow,
love has brought the blessed morrow.
Let your alleluias rise.

Words: Latin; trans. Elizabeth Rundle Charles (1828-1896), alt.
Music: W zlobie lezy, Fisk of Gloucester
Meter: 87 87 887

My Song is Love Unknown



My Song Is Love Unknown Hymn

My song is love unknown,
My Savior’s love to me;
Love to the loveless shown,

That they might lovely be.

O who am I, that for my sake
My Lord should take, frail flesh and die?

He came from His blest throne
Salvation to bestow
;
But men made strange, and none

The longed for Christ would know:

But O! my Friend, my Friend indeed,

Who at my need His life did spend.



Sometimes they strew His way,
And His sweet praises sing;

Resounding all the day

Hosannas to their King:

Then “Crucify!” is all their breath,

And for His death they thirst and cry.



Why, what hath my Lord done?

What makes this rage and spite?

He made the lame to run,

He gave the blind their sight,

Sweet injuries! Yet they at these

Themselves displease, and ’gainst Him rise.



They rise and needs will have

My dear Lord made away;
A murderer they saved,

The Prince of life they slay,
Yet cheerful He to suffering goes,
That He His foes from thence might free.



In life, no house, no home
My Lord on earth might have;

In death no friendly tomb

But what a stranger gave.
What may I say? Heav’n was His home;

But mine the tomb wherein He lay.

Here might I stay and sing,

No story so divine;

Never was love, dear King!
Never was grief like Thine.

This is my Friend, in Whose sweet praise

I all my days could gladly spend.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Hymn Sing

Please join us at the Annisquam Village Church for our Hymn Sing this Sunday the 15th at 10:00 a.m. as we sing the congregation's Top 7 Hymn choices.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Schola Cantorum Easter

Photo By JESSICA RINALDI/Re
Members of the Schola Cantorum of the Annisquam Village Church act out a scene from the Bible as they celebrate Easter Sunday at Squam Rock in Annisquam, Massachusetts April 8, 2012.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Out of the Depths

Click on lower right - Full screen to read music

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

C. B. Fisk - Organbuilders workshop


Saturday, March 10, 2012
2:00 - 6:00p


Shop tours, refreshments

See & hear Opus 143, a two-manual, 21-stop organ for St. Mark's Lutheran Church, China Grove, North Carolina

C. B. Fisk, Inc.
21 Kondelin Road, Gloucester MA 01930

978.283.1909

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Annisquam Village Church "Mardi Gras"

Mardi GrasThe Annisquam Village Church Schola Cantorum lead by Kathleen Adams, entertained at the Pancake Breakfast with "When I'm Sixty-Four" by The Beatles.

Annisquam Village Church "Mardi Gras"

Sunday's music by the Clam Bake 5


Amazing Grace, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
Down by the Riverside, When the Saints Come Marching In


Photo by Karen Joyce

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

O How Amiable, R Vaughan Williams


ANTHEM: "Come, Build a Church"......Ken Medema

God of Creation, Maker of all things, we gather in this place to pray.

We do invite you, come now among us, come and build your church today.

Refrain: Come build a church with soul and spirit, come build a church of flesh and bone,

We need no tower rising skyward, no house of wood, or glass, or stone.

Come build a church with human frailty, come build a church of flesh and blood,

Jesus shall be its sure foundation. It shall be built by the hand of God.

Let us see the tongues of fire, let us hear the great world roar;

Let us know the awe and wonder that we've only glimpsed before.

Let us feel the strength of passion which can make us laugh and weep,

Let us know this great awakening. For so long we've been asleep.

Let us know the love unceasing which alone can loose the bounds.

Reaching out across the chasms, bringing walls of hatred down.

Let us taste the sweet communion, where the circle never ends.

Hold us in the sweet connection turning strangers into friends.

Refrain: Come build a church…..

Guide our feet in peaceful pathways. Teach us peace of heart and mind;

Peace with God and all God's children; till we leave our wars behind.

Surely joy will come and find us like a breeze that cools the night;

Like the rain upon the desert; like a candle's gentle light.

Refrain: Come build a church…..

OFFERTORY: “O How Amiable Are Thy Dwellings”….Ralph Vaughan Williams

O how amiable are thy dwellings; thou Lord of hosts! My soul hath a desire and longing to enter in to the courts of the Lord: My heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God. Yea, the sparrow hath found her an and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young: Even thy altars O Lord of hosts, my king and my God. Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: They will be always praising thee. The glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: prosper thou the work of our hands upon us. o prosper thou our handy work, o prosper thou our handy work.

O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come, our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home.


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