Friday, March 5, 2010

Memorial Service for Bette C. Parkins (1924–2010)

Today, I attended a memorial service for Bette Parkins, who was the mother of Duke University organist and Professor of the Practice of Music, Bob Parkins. I never knew her; she was one of the Friday office volunteers at First Presbyterian Church in Durham. She sounded like a wonderful person. She was also beloved mother to Patricia (Bob's sister), mother-in-law to Kathy (with whom I work at FPC) and beloved grandmother to David, Laura, Michael, and Jesse.

It was a simple service with organ music provided by Bob. I couldn't help but think it was befitting of the mother of an organist. You could tell Bob's heart and soul went into this tribute to his mother. It was a beautiful service.

Here are the music and hymns, as well as the readings, that were a part of this service.

  • O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (No. 11), Johannes Brahms (1833–1897)
  • O wie selig seid ihr doch, ihr Frommen, Brahms
  • Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, Brahms
  • Canzone (from the Symphonic Chorale Jesu, meine Freude), Sigfrid Karg-Elert (1877–1933)
Hymn: The King of Love, My Shepherd Is (ST. COLUMBA)
Old Testament Lessons: Genesis 1:1–5; Isaiah 9:2; Isaiah 60:1–3; Psalm 27
Interlude: "The Peace may be exchanged." (from Rubrics), Dan Locklair (b. 1949)
New Testament Lessons: John 1:1–5; John 14:1–7; Mark 9:1–8; Revelation 22:1–5
Hymn: Come Down, O Love Divine (DOWN AMPNEY)
Postlude: O Welt, ich muss dich lassen (No. 3), Brahms

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