It is so hard to believe that our long post-Epiphany season is on the verge of coming to an end. It seemed nine Sundays after Epiphany was a long time... and yet here we are at the eighth Sunday after. Where did all that time go? I'm already looking ahead to Holy Week and Easter, musically.
Anyway, today's service was special because Bishop Curry was present to preside over the Celebration of a New Ministry. (Have a look at page 559 in the Book of Common Prayer for the liturgy we used today.) It was, indeed, a moving service.
Here is the music planned for today.
St. Joseph's Episcopal Church where I played the usual 10.30 am service. As usual, the numbers are out of The Hymnal 1982.
Eighth Sunday After Epiphany and Celebration of a New Ministry: Holy Eucharist Rite II
Prelude: Fantasia (J. Pachelbel); Improvisation on Lobe den Herren
Processional Hymn: 390, Praise the Lord! the Almighty, the King of creation (LOBE DEN HERREN)
Psalm: Psalm 131 (Simplified Anglican Chant)
Sequence Hymn: 711, Seek ye first the kingdom of God (SEEK YE FIRST)
Offertory Hymn: 408, Sing praise to God who reigns above (MIT FREUDEN ZART)
Sanctus: S-128 (W. Mathias)
Lord's Prayer: chanted (S-119 in Hymnal 1982)
Agnus Dei: S-165 (W. Mathias)
Communion Anthem: Vox ultima crucis: Tarry No Longer (William H. Harris)
Communion Chant: WLP 825, Bless the Lord, my soul (Taizé)
Recessional Hymn: 376, Joyful, joyful, we adore thee (HYMN TO JOY)
Postlude: Psalm XIX (B. Marcello)