More Sermon on the Mount Music

7th Sunday of Epiphany – February 19

 

“THOUGH I MAY SPEAK”

Hymn 335, The Presbyterian Hymnal

 

I’m writing this on Valentine’s Day. Though a secular holiday, its subject — love — is found in much of Jesus’ teaching. Sunday’s gospel from the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5, 6, & 7) is the inspiration for including this hymn in worship.

 

“You have heard that it was said, `You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven… For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?”  (Matthew 5:43,44; 46)

 

Hal Hopson’s text has become one of the most popular late 20th-century hymns.  Hopson is a composer and church musician with over 1000 published works. With a special interest in congregational song, he has made a significant contribution to the new hymns included in modern hymnals. The tune, O WALY WALY, is traditional English dating to the early 1700s.

 

From stanza 1:

Though I may speak with bravest fire and have the gift to all inspire,
And have not love, my words are vain as sounding brass, and hopeless gain.

 

From stanza 3:

Let inward love guide every deed; by this we worship, and are freed.

 

 

 

Easter Cantata – You are invited!

 Sing or play an instrument in this year’s Easter cantata April 16.

You do not have to be a regular choir member to sing in the cantata.

CHOIR PRACTICE

Wednesdays starting tonight February 15 – 8:00 – 8:45

INSTRUMENTAL PRACTICE

Wednesdays, April 5 (6:30 – 7:15) & April 12 (7:30 – 9:00)

 

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Easter Cantata – You are invited to sing or play an instrument!

 

Sing or play an instrument in our Easter cantata during the 11am worship April 16.

All are welcome!

You do not have to be a regular choir member to sing in the cantata.

 

CHOIR PRACTICE

Wednesdays starting February 15 – 8:00 – 8:45

 

 

INSTRUMENTAL PRACTICE

Wednesdays, April 5, 6:30 – 7:15 & April 12, 7:30 – 9:00

 

 

Talk to Barbara after worship, or call 703-346-3512,  or

email music@cpcfairfax.org.

 

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Christmas Carols & Their Stories – Sunday, December 25 – 11am

 

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Did you know…

at one point in history you could be accused of witchcraft for singing Christmas carols?

 

Do you know…

how the custom of caroling got started?

 

Do you know…

why Felix Mendelssohn and Isaac Watts turn over in their graves every time we sing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”??

 

Do you know…

who really wrote “Away in a Manger?”

 

Do you know…

what event inspired Father Joseph Mohr to write the words to “Silent Night?

 

Do you know…

what Bible verse is the basis for “Angels We Have Heard on High?”

Come & worship, sing carols, and learn more about them!

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Rejoice! Bethlehem’s Promise is coming soon!

 

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 Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

 As we sing of the coming of the “notable person” this Sunday, are we ready to welcome him? Are our hearts filled with wonder at the mystery of it all? Will we know  him?

 

December 11 – 3rd Sunday of Advent

 

Candle-lighting Hymn: We light the candle of joy this week.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”joy

 

A candle is burning, a candle of Joy,

A candle to welcome brave Mary’s new boy.

Our hearts fill with wonder and eyes light and glow

As Joy brightens winter like sunshine on snow.

 

Anthem: “Will We Know Him?” Questions abound in this Advent anthem by Don Besig and Nancy Price. Are we ready for the Babe of Bethlehem to be born in a lowly stall? Are we ready to greet the tiny little king who will come to save us all? Are we ready for the star of Bethlehem to appear in the winter sky? Are we ready to follow anywhere it leads, and let its light fill all our lives?

 

Hymn: “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” 

 

O come, thou Day-Spring, come and cheer our spirits by thine advent here.
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel shall come to thee, O Israel.

 

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Peace on Earth

advent-peaceAdvent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

 

As we sing of the coming of the “notable person” this second Sunday of Advent, prepare your hearts (clean the stable!). And pray  for peace in the world, in every home and in every heart!

 

 

 

 

Prelude: O Come, O Come, Immanuel – Carolynn Baer, flute

 

Candlelighting Hymn: We light the Advent candle of peace this week.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”

 

A candle is burning, a candle of peace;

A candle to signal that conflict must cease.

For Jesus is coming to show us the way;

A message of peace humbly laid in the hay.

 

Anthem: “Advent Grace”The quietly joyful strains of “Gloria in excelsis Deo” open this Advent anthem. An adaptation of the O Little Town of Bethlehem text is paired with the classic Amazing Grace melody. Carolynn Baer will play flute.

 

Hymn: “Today We All Are Called to be Disciples”  In this hymn text by H. Kenn Carmichael, there are scripture references from Genesis, Psalms, Proverbs, Isaiah, Amos, Micah, Matthew, John, Colossians, James, and 1 John! These words from the 3rd stanza express our theme of peace for this Sunday.

 

For God is longing to restore an earth where conflicts cease,

A world that was created for a harmony of peace.

 

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Hope of the Earth

Advent: the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.

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As the wonderful season of Advent begins,  watch and wait for the “notable person.” Let the anticipation build! Let the excitement grow! Build a manger! Get ready! Hope is on the way!

 

Sunday, November 27 Music

 

Guest organist: Roy McCullough

 

Candlelighting Hymn: As we light the Advent candle this Sunday, we sing about the light of Christ which is hope.  The melody is the familiar American tune, “Away in a Manger.”

 

A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright;

A candle of Hope in December’s dark night.

While angels sing blessings from heav’n’s starry sky

Our hearts we prepare now, for Jesus is nigh.

 

Hymn: “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus,”

Charles Wesley wrote this Advent hymn. Like so many of Wesley’s texts, “Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus” alludes to one or more scripture passages in virtually every phrase.

For many Christians, this hymn is synonymous with Advent.  Musically, the tune fits very well with the hymn, and makes it easy to sing so we can focus on the words.  Hymns are first of all texts: poetry on a religious topic for singing in worship.

The 2nd stanza expresses our theme for this first Sunday of Advent: HOPE.

 

Come Thou long expected Jesus, born to set thy people free.

 From our fears and sins release us. Let us find our rest in thee.

 

Israel’s strength and consolation, hope of all the earth thou art;

 Dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.

 

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Gratitude and Commitment Music

Our Music this Sunday

 

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It is our tradition at Christ Presbyterian Church to celebrate Thanksgiving on the Sunday before the holiday. It is a wonderful coincidence that it is also Commitment Sunday for our Stewardship Campaign. As we express our gratitude for the many and abundant blessings God has provided, we return our “first fruits” in thanksgiving. Our music on this day reflects our thanks and praise, and also our commitment to God’s work in our midst, our community and the world.

 

Prelude – The Gift to be Simple – Chancel Ringers

Call to Worship – With Thanksgiving – Youth Choir

Hymn – Come, Ye Thankful People, Come

Anthem – A Thanksgiving Prayer – Youth and Sanctuary Choirs

Hymn – As Those of Old Their First Fruits Brought

 

In gratitude and humble trust, we bring our best today,
to serve your cause and share your love with all humanity.
O God, who gave yourself to us in Jesus Christ your Son,
teach us to give ourselves each day until life’s work is done.

 

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CPC Youth Choir to sing for local Memory Care Community

13240703_10209919968505175_3201355734154960491_nThe families of residents at Arden Courts Fair Oaks, just across the street from the church, have invited us to present a program of music for the residents there this Sunday at 1:00. Music is known to “spark compelling outcomes even in the very late stages” of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. Many thanks to June Gladding and our youth and children for their hard work preparing  this outreach project.

Parents: Community Service hours available.

 

 

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Intergenerational Sunday School – Music!

intergenerationalJoin Christ Presbyterian adults, children and youth in the sanctuary Sunday at 10 for a half hour of songs from the Bible, Sunday School, and church camp.

 

Whether you’re young or young-at-heart, parent and child, singer or not, if you want to sing some of the songs of your childhood, this is for you!

 

Learn the movements and sign language for some of your favorite songs.

 

The B-I-B-L-E

Noah (Rise and Shine)

Father Abraham

and more!

 

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Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

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“Dear Lord and Father of Mankind”

Hymn #345

 “Remember not our past sins; let your compassion be swift to meet us.” Psalm 79:8

 

The author of this thoughtful text has often been called “America’s beloved Quaker poet.”  John Greenleaf Whittier wrote this hymn in 1872 to express his conviction that the way to God was through simplicity and sincerity.  It was part of his larger 17-stanza poem, “The Brewing of Soma,” published in Atlantic Monthly.  Soma was the name of an intoxicating drink used in the religious rites of a Hindu sect in India.  It was purported to put its users into a “…frenzy, an ecstatic storm of joy, an emotional trance.”  Whittier deplored this kind of religious practice popular in his day, and sought to reflect our belief in God in our love relation to others.

Whittier had little personal knowledge of hymn singing, since the Quakers did not allow singing at that time.  He once said, “Two hundred years of silence has taken all the sing out of the Quakers.”  Yet it was Whittier who also claimed, “A good hymn is the best use to which poetry can be devoted…”

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,

forgive our foolish ways;

reclothe us in our rightful mind,

in purer lives thy service find, 

in deeper reverence, praise.

 

Some churches today use the inclusive language “Dear Lord, Creator, good and kind,” or “Dear God, embracing humankind.”

Frederick Maker set Whittier’s poem to the tune REST in 1887 for use in the Congregational Church Hymnal.  Maker is also the composer of the hymn “Beneath the Cross of Jesus.”

 

thanks

I am very grateful for the musicians who offered their talents in worship this summer.

Jay Lough, Fitz Kirwin & Allison Ali, Geoff & Colin McLean, Anne Scroggs, Carolynn Baer, Eric Westrate, Carolyn Tate, June Gladding & the Music Camp children

 

Music Opportunities at Christ Presbyterian Church

Chancel Ringers – Tuesdays 7:30 – 8:45pm – RINGER NEEDED!

Sanctuary Choir – Wednesdays 7:30-8:45pm

Children’s Choir – Sundays 9:30 – 9:55am

Chime Choir – Sundays 12:15 – 12:45 (twice a month)

Instrumental Solo or Ensemble – Any time

 

CONTACT BARBARA AT MUSIC@CPCFAIRFAX.ORG.

 

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