Sunday musical offering

January 29, 2023

Praise, my soul, the King of heaven, 
To His feet thy tribute bring; 
Ransomed, healed, restored, forgiven, 
Evermore His praises sing. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Praise the everlasting King. 

Praise Him for His grace and favor 
To His people in distress; 
Praise Him, still the same as ever, 
Slow to chide, and swift to bless. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Glorious in His faithfulness. 

Fatherlike, God tends and spares us; 
Well our feeble frame He knows; 
Motherlike, God gently bears us, 
Rescues us from all our foes. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Widely yet His mercy flows. 

Angels in the height, adore Him, 
Ye behold Him face to face; 
Saints triumphant, bow before Him, 
Gathered in from every race. 
Alleluia! Alleluia! 
Praise with us the God of grace.

Musical offering for the sixth day of Christmas

December 30, 2022

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story,
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Shepherds in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with man is now residing,
Yonder shines the Infant Light.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Sages, leave your contemplations;
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations,
Ye have seen His natal star.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Saints before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear,
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.
Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne;
Gather all the nations to Him,
Every knee shall then bow down.
Gloria in excelsis Deo!

Happy birthday, Charles

December 18, 2022

Charles Wesley was born in Epworth, Lincolnshire on December 18, 1707. His mother, Susannah, gave all of her many children a rigorous classical education, which included learning Latin and Greek. Charles later attended Christ Church, Oxford, and graduated with a degree in classical languages and literature. He was ordained in the Church of England, and in 1735, he and his brother John sailed to the North American colony of Georgia as missionaries. But the venture was a disaster, and the brothers soon returned to England, defeated and discouraged.

What ended up being the lasting legacy of this miserable voyage resulted from the presence on the ship of a group of Moravian Christians who often sang hymns together. This was something Charles was not used to hearing; the Anglican churches of that time had choirs that provided music for services, but there was no congregational singing. The Moravians inspired Charles to write hymns that could be sung by anyone, not just trained vocalists. By the time of his death in 1788, Charles had written more than six thousand hymns, many of which are among the most familiar and best-loved in Christendom. 

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Happy birthday, Randall

April 21, 2022

In honor of the birthday of American composer Randall Thompson (1899-1984), here is his choral setting of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost.

Musical offering for Easter Sunday

April 17, 2022

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