Wednesday, February 18, 2009

15 February - Sixth Sunday After Epiphany

Here are my usual lists.

St. Joseph's Episcopal Church where I played the usual 10.30 am service. As usual, the numbers are out of The Hymnal 1982.

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany: Holy Eucharist Rite II
Prelude: Prelude in F Major (attr. J.S. Bach)
Pro: Gather Comprehensive 753, All Are Welcome (TWO OAKS)
Gloria: S-278 (W. Mathias)
Psalm: Psalm 30 (Barrett)
Seq: 546, Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve (SIROË)
Off: 135, Songs of thankfulness and praise (SALZBURG)
Sanctus: S-128 (W. Mathias)
Lord's Prayer: chanted (S-119 in Hymnal 1982)
Agnus Dei: S-165 (W. Mathias)
Communion Motet: Hide not thou thy face (Farrant)
Communion Hymn: 697, My God, accept my heart this day (SONG 67)
Re: 493, O for a thousand tongues to sing (AZMON)
Postlude: Fugue in F Major (attr. Bach)

Yes, I know - some of you who know me will immediately question why I programmed what I did for the Opening Song. (I won't call it a hymn because it isn't one.) Rhonda gave a nice explanation of it. Haugen's song "All Are Welcome" was sung by the bishops at the 2008 Lambeth Conference that took place last July. However, many saw it as hypocritical because despite aspiring to welcome all, Bishop Gene Robinson was excluded from this conference. (My paraphrasing of what I've researched.) Rhonda put it elegantly when she said welcoming all is something we aspire to, but we are still a ways from truly stating that "All Are Welcome". I know at St Joseph's, one can question this with regards to the Homeless Ministry. Do we truly welcome all, whether they be members from the church community or the homeless person on the street?

"All Are Welcome" was also the central theme of the 193rd Annual Diocesan Convention in Winston-Salem, NC. Each parish was requested to program the song at least once this year. So it was fit in for the 6th Sunday after Epiphany.

Speaking of which, it was also programmed as a sermon response at the Episcopal Centre at Duke University; however, it was delayed since we had a last-minute sub preside over the service due to sudden illness.

Sixth Sunday After Epiphany: Holy Eucharist Rite II
Prelude: Improvisation on Wer nur den lieben Gott
Pro: 135, Songs of thankfulness and praise (SALZBURG)
Gloria: S-280 (R. Powell)
Psalm: Psalm 30 (recited)
Seq: 635, If thou but trust in God to guide thee (WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT)
Off: 546, Awake, my soul, stretch every nerve (SIROË)
Sanctus: S-125 (Community Mass; Proulx)
Comm: WLP 827, O Lord, hear my prayer (Taizé)
Re: 493, O for a thousand tongues to sing (AZMON)

Compline at the Chapel of the Cross. We've been using the Order for Compline, as set by David Hurd.

Here are our little additions:

O nata lux (Thomas Tallis)
Psalms 91 & 134 (chanted to Tone 8)
Hymn: Christ, mighty Saviour (CHRISTE, LUX MUNDI, plainsong Mode 7)
Nunc Dimittis from Short Service (O. Gibbons)
Ave Regina Cælorum (Marian antiphon right after the Dismissal)
Ave Maria (Josquin Desprez)
Organ Voluntary by the abfab David Arcus.

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