Sunday, May 25, 2014

Sunday after Ascension / Easter 7 - June 1, 2014

  • Organ: Dolcezza – Percy Whitlock
  • Hymn 246 “Hail thou once despised Jesus” (In Babilone)
  • Service Music: TBA
  • Psalm 97
  • Gospel Alleluia
Choir: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
Choir: Go, make disciples of all the nations;
I am with you always; yes, to the end of time.
All: Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia
  • Offertory Hymn 451 “King of love, O Christ, we crown you” (Hermon)
  • Anthem: God is gone up – William Croft
    God is gone up with a merry noise:
    and the Lord with the sound of the trumpet. (Psalm 47)
  • Communion Hymn 178 “Restore in us, O God” (Bellwoods)
  • Concluding Hymn 491 “The head that once was crowned with thorns” (St. Magnus)
  • Organ: Heut triumphieret Gottes Sohn (Today the Son of God triumphs) BWV 630 – J.S. Bach (1685-1750)


Percy Whitlock (1903-1946) is not a name to fall easily from the lips of non-organists. In fact, for several decades after his death he was barely known to anyone. Whitlock worked as an organist at Rochester Cathedral and St. Stephen’s, Bournemouth in England during the 1920’s-1930’s, and after 1935 worked full-time for the Pavilion in Bournemouth. He composed quite a lot of music for organ and choir, much of which is rarely heard now – but there are gems among his compositions, many of which hold up very well against his more well-known contemporaries, including Ralph Vaughan Williams, one of Whitlock’s teachers. Percy Whitlock was born on this date (June 1) in 1903.

William Croft (1678-1727) was a distinguished organist in the late 17th and early 18th century England, He succeeded John Blow ( composer of our anthem 2 weeks ago) as organist of Westminster Abbey, and is now best known as the composer of the Funeral Sentences.


We’d like to try something new and different during the summer months this year. In the past, the choir has enjoyed a well-earned break from mid-June (after St. Barnabas’ Day) to early September, and we’ll continue that tradition. However, it would be very helpful to have singers “up front” to help with the congregational singing and to that end are asking for volunteers from the congregation and any visitors who might be interested to come at 10 am on Sunday morning, beginning June 22, for a short practice in the downstairs choir room. Perhaps you’re a ‘retired’ choir member who would enjoy singing again, or someone who has never sung in a choir and would like to give it a try. Needless to say, current choristers are more than welcome to come out, but we also recognize that the summer has been a time when some can sit with their spouses in the congregation and appreciate that opportunity. While advance notice of your participation isn’t essential, it would be helpful to have an idea of who might be interested. If you are, please speak to Neil after a service in the next few weeks, or you can email him at

PS No choir robes are needed – it is often just too hot to wear them during the summer!

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