Sunday, July 26, the Eighth Sunday after Pentecost
Dear Friends in Christ, This week’s worship videos are now available:
Morning Prayer, Rite I
Morning Prayer, Rite II
We are richly blessed with preachers in our diocese. This week we are fortunate to have a sermon from Bishop Gates on treasure, wisdom, and love. His thoughtful, erudite, pastoral, and wise preaching never fails to impress and inspire me, so I hope all of you will take the opportunity to hear from a master of the craft. Please join us for our virtual coffee hour at noon: • To join in the Zoom app, use the Meeting ID: 852 8633 0838 (no password). • To join in your browser, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85286330838 • To join from a smartphone, tap here: +16465588656,,85286330838# • To join from a conventional phone, call (646) 558-8656 and enter the Meeting ID. Hope to see many of you at noon! Here are Mark's music notes: Our opening hymn "Be thou my vision," #488 is an old Celtic Lorica (or 'breastplate'), a sort of incantation to be recited for protection, arming oneself for physical or spiritual battle. The words may date from as early as 700. Along with this tune "Slane" they've been part of Anglican congregational song for 100 years. The tune, of Irish folk origin is named for a hill where St. Patrick lit the Paschal fire on Easter Eve defying the pagan King Loigaire. This folk tune was originally set to the ballad text "With my love on the road" published in 1909. It was quickly adapted for use in the church. Our final hymn "Children of the Heavenly Father" is a popular Swedish folk hymn. Author Caroline W. Sandell Berg (1832-1903) was the daughter of a Lutheran pastor to whom she was very close. Her prolific hymn writing (650!) was, in part, a reaction to his tragic death by drowning that she witnessed. The music is a Swedish folk melody. This is a hymn that I grew up with in the Lutheran Church where it is well known. But it is also part of the modern African-American singing tradition and is contained in "Lift Every Voice and Sing II" an official hymnal of TEC, but one which we don't have in the pews. It is related to the Epistle of the Day. Organ music is related to these hymns! The Opening Voluntary is 4 short settings of "Be Thou My Vision" by Charles Callahan and the Closing Voluntary is 2 short settings of "Children of the Heavenly Father" by David P. Dahl. My friend, David Dahl, was the long time professor of Organ at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma WA as well as musician at Christ Church (Episcopal) in Tacoma. This piece was written for the 25th wedding Anniversary of other mutual musician friends of mine, Susan Ferre and Charles Lang.