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Sunday, October 4, the Eighteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Sunday, October 4 is the Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost. Find the readings here.

Dear Friends in Christ,

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If I look a little different this morning, your eyes are not deceiving you: I got a new computer last week, with a new webcam. I'm not sure if the image quality is any better, but the important thing is, this machine isn't sporadically shutting down or refusing to start, so it's a major improvement in my book.

I didn't get any takers for my offer of a pet blessing, which is fine. For the Francis fans among us, I put the Collect for his feast day in our service, after the Collect of the Day. Perhaps more importantly, by having this afternoon free, I was able to say "yes" to an individual and a family who wanted to schedule time with me today. So I'm sure Saint Francis and our pets will understand.

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Here are Mark's music notes:

We introduce a metrical setting of the Jubilate in its slot in the liturgy. Of course, “All People that on Earth do Dwell” is a familiar hymn which is in actuality a versification of Psalm 100. Justice appears in the Easter Hymn 182 and in the Psalm where we ask God to “tend this vine.” Powerful words for this time!

Organ music echoes last weeks’ music by English composers. John Stanley was partially blinded in a childhood accident and thus developed an extraordinary memory in addition of keyboard facility. He was a friend of George Frideric Handel and after Handel’s death in 1757 continued performances of Messiah and in producing the oratorios that were popular at the time in London.

Charles Wesley was an organist and composer, son of Charles Wesley, hymn writer and cofounder of Methodism. He and his more famous brother (Samuel) were both musical child prodigies. Charles did not enjoy performances and spent most of his life in the employ of the English sovereigns as a private organist! I’m certain that the nonmusical portions of their lives kept nosey neighbors and church folk alike well entertained.

He had a brother, Samuel Wesley who was the English “Mozart” and lead a rather unconventional life that was probably difficult for his parents to accept.



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