Sunday, April 27, 2014

Easter 3 – Baptism - May 4 2014

  • Organ:  “Prelude on St. Botolph” – Eugene Hill 
  • Opening Hymn 481 “May the grace of Christ our Saviour” (Halton Holgate) 
  • Service Music: Holy Trinity Service – Christopher Tambling 
  • Psalm 116: 1-3, 10-17 (Tone II.1) 
  • Hymn before Baptism  (Tune: Franconia) (Text: Anon) 
  • Jesus, our Lord and King, To You our praises rise;
    To You our bodies we present, A living sacrifice.

    Now justified by grace, And made alive to God,
    Formed for Yourself to show Your praise, We sound Your love abroad.

    As dead indeed to sin, We rise to walk anew,
    Henceforth, as not our own, but Yours, We follow only You.

    Baptized into Your death, With You again we rise,
    To newness of a life of faith, To new and endless joys. 
  • Gospel Alleluia
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Choir:  Lord Jesus, explain the scriptures to us.
Make our hearts burn within us as you talk to us.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
  • Offertory Hymn 364 “Splendour and honour” (Iste Confessor) 
  • Anthem: “Draw us in the Spirit’s tether” – Harold Friedell 
    Draw us in the Spirit’s tether; For when humbly, in thy name,
    Two or three are met together, Thou art in the midst of them:
    Alleluya! Alleluya! Touch we now thy garment’s hem.

    As the faithful used to gather In the name of Christ to sup,
    Then with thanks to God the Father Break the bread and bless the cup,
    Alleluya! Alleluya! So knit thou our friendship up.

    All our meals and all our living Make as sacraments of thee,
    That by caring, helping, giving, We may true disciples be.
    Alleluya! Alleluya! We will serve thee faithfully.
  • Communion (St. Botolph)  
  • O Jesus, King most wonderful, Thou Conqueror renowned,
    Thou Sweetness most ineffable, In Whom all joys are found!

    When once Thou visitest the heart, Then truth begins to shine,
    Then earthly vanities depart, Then kindles love divine.

    O Jesus, Light of all below, Thou Fount of life and fire,
    Surpassing all the joys we know, And all we can desire!

    Thy wondrous mercies are untold, Through each returning day;
    Thy love exceeds a thousand fold, Whatever we can say.

    May every heart confess Thy Name; And ever Thee adore;
    And seeking Thee, itself inflame, To seek Thee more and more.

    Thee may our tongues forever bless; Thee may we love alone;
    And ever in our lives express The image of Thine own.
  • Concluding Hymn 377 “To the name of our salvation” (Oriel) 
  • Organ: “Rigadoun” – André Campra (1660-1744) 
Music Notes:
Composer, organist and choirmaster Harold Friedell (1905-1958), a native of New York state, is perhaps best known for his anthem “Draw us in the Spirit’s tether.” Friedell took his first job as organist at age sixteen. He studied at Juilliard – later taking a teaching post there – and held positions as 
organist/choirmaster as well as being an important figure in the development of the American Guild of Organists. Friedell’s last position was at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopalian Church in New York City. He died at the age of 53, leaving behind a body of around 100 works, including many anthems, hymn tunes and organ pieces.
André Campra was born in Aix-en-Provence and became one of the leading opera composers of the very late 17th and early 18th centuries. Between 1694 and 1700 he was music director of Notre Dame in Paris and it was during this time that Campra’s interests turned to composing for the theatre. His first works in this genre had to be published under his brother’s name, however, to avoid creating a scandal within the church; but another minor scandal resulted from his introduction of stringed instruments into the services at Notre Dame, something which had never been done before. A rigadoun, incidentally, is a sprightly 17th-century French folk dance for couples. Traditionally, the folkdance was associated with provinces in southern France, and it became popular as a court dance during the reign of Louis XIV. 

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