Monthly Archives: August 2014

Our Worship Music this Sunday


awesomePrelude: “Awesome God” by Rich Mullins

Keith Scroggs, clarinet, Anne Scroggs, bassoon

(Note: Keith was scheduled to play two weeks ago, but was sick.)


Keith has been raised within the CPC music program. He experienced his first Christmas and Easter cantatas inside his mama’s belly! As a toddler, he would often come into the choir room, grab a hymn book or sheet music, and “practice” along with the choir. During those years, the choir sang “Awesome God” quite often as a call to worship. Keith especially liked a bass ostinato part that was used and would often move to stand next to his dad in the bass section.

When we asked Keith about playing his clarinet for church, it is no surprise that he wanted to play “Awesome God.” It is still one of his favorites. What was surprising is that he wanted to incorporate the ostinato part he had heard as a younger child. He also wanted to include the bassoon, piano, and congregational singing. So, his musical offering this Sunday springs from many experiences with loving CPC musicians who have encouraged Keith to express his faith through music.


Offertory:  “This is my Father’s World,” Eric Westrate, solo

images (6)
 This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:  I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
his hand the wonders wrought.


Maltbie Babcock, author of this hymn, was born in Syracuse, NY, in 1858.  He was graduated from Syracuse University, ordained to the Presbyterian Ministry and pastored churches in Lockport, NY, Baltimore, and NY City.  He died at the young age of 43;  his short career was memorable for the extraordinary influence of his personality and his preaching. Extracts from his sermons and poems were published in 1901 as Thoughts for Every Day Living.

The tune, TERRA BEATA (Latin for “beautiful world), was originally a traditional English folk tune, a variant of which, entitled RUSPER, appeared in The English Hymnal in 1906. Franklin L. Sheppard arranged the tune for Babcock’s text and published it in the Presbyterian church school hymnal Alleluia (1915), edited by Sheppard (Babcock and Sheppard were friends).

Eric Westrate tells me this song has special meaning for him.  His family loved the outdoors and nature.  Eric wanted to sing it this Sunday because both his father and brother passed away on August 13.

Choir schedule 2014-2015

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on TumblrShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on LinkedIn

Our Worship Music this Sunday


seek“Seek Ye First,” Jeremy John, violin

As part of His famous Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed the common questions each of us faces: How am I going to meet my needs? Will I have food and drink? Will I have clothing?

Addressing these questions, Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

“Seek Ye First” was written by Karen Lafferty in 1972.  After completing missionary training in Holland, Karen founded Musicians For Missions International.

Jeremy John is a rising 5th grader at Greenbriar East Elementary where he takes advanced math and is a webelos scout. He enjoys playing piano, violin, and recorder, reading, watching science programs on TV and playing with his LEGO models. He plays basketball and soccer, and spends a lot of time with little sister Samara – teaching her and reading to her.


“Sweet Hour of Prayer,” Men’s Barbershop Chorus

“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.”

Colossians 4:2


Sometimes during His ministry, Jesus would withdraw to a secluded place to pray. The early church followed his practice of regular prayer, and Paul encouraged it in some of his letters. This hymn is an expression of the joy that can come when believers pray regularly.


Sweet hour of prayer! sweet hour of prayer! That calls me from a world of care,

And bids me at my Father’s throne make all my wants and wishes known.

In seasons of distress and grief, my soul has often found relief,

And oft escaped the tempter’s snare, By thy return, sweet hour of prayer!


William W. Walford, a blind preacher of England, is the author of this hymn, which appears in 1,104 hymnals!  It first appeared in print in 1845.  William Bradbury set it to the tune Sweet Hour.  Jim Clancy, who arranged the hymn for barbershop quartet, was inducted into the Barbershop Harmony Society Hall of Fame in 2007.


Choir schedule 2014-2015

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on TumblrShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on LinkedIn

Our Worship Music last Sunday

images (3)

“You are the God who works wonders.”

Psalm 77:14a

 Prelude: “Holy, Holy, Holy” arranged by Galliford, Neuberg, Edmonson for clarinet & bassoon

Offertory: “Awesome God” arranged by Keith Scroggs

Postlude: “Bouree” by J. S. Bach, arranged by Sol Schoenberg for bassoon & piano


In 7th grade, Anne Scroggs brought home a plastic school-owned bassoon and handed her mom back her wooden and silver clarinet.  It was love at first hearing, though she says her early sounds on the instrument sounded more like a lovelorn cow!  In high school, Anne became a serious band “geek” and played with the Northern Virginia Youth Symphony.


Anne’s son Keith, who just turned 10, fell in love with the clarinet just recently.  He has played with the children’s choir, enjoys playing the Mario theme and other tunes by ear, and actually arranged “Awesome God” for Sunday’s worship!


June Gladding, mom to Anne, and grand mom to Keith, co-directed and accompanied the CPC children’s choir for many years.  She taught music and PE in Fairfax County Public Schools,  teaches piano lessons, plays handbells, and is currently a leader in the Music Lab at Vacation Bible School.


Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on TumblrShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on LinkedIn