Music for this Sunday is greatly enhanced by the return of our first waddle (I looked it up – it’s a group of penguins on land) of penguins – the Parish Choir! Their anthem is Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether by 20th century church musician, Harold Friedell. This piece is apropos for our first Sunday back because it not only hearkens to Matthew’s gospel – For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them,” but also draws us all back in for another church year together, no matter who we are, or where we have come from. If the spirit is drawing you to join a choir, there is always room, too.
As you know, we have been celebrating our 150th anniversary in various ways. During the next few months, I will try to be intentional about providing music each Sunday that is from that general time period. The organ voluntaries and communion music are by French composer Leon Boellmann (1862-1897). His Suite Gothique was written in 1895 and is his best-known composition. We are going even further in the wayback machine for our “Gloria,” to an old Scottish chant that is at least 250 years old (S204). It is repetitive, known to older Episcopalians, and will be easy to learn. Our “vintage” hymn is 617 – Eternal Ruler of the ceaseless round. Although the original music for this tune is from the late 1500’s, words by John White Chadwick (1840-1904) and the harmonization by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) are from that time.