Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

May 4, 2014
  1. Alive- song written by Carolyn Leah and Robert Morehead
A year ago, two Beulah staff developed a compendium of songs that would highlight the joys and truths of children growing in their faith. The Easter song of this set concerns itself primarily with two things: hearing and sharing the news.  Consequently, rests were inserted after these statements to allow the singer to ponder just a bit longer about these two important aspects of the Christian faith. The music brings out the joy(!) of Christ living in believers today.  First, the rhythmic movement of the melody includes dotted patterns declaring the joy of the resurrection. Second, the harmonic movement includes the mediant and a deceptive cadence, reminding us that with Christ living in us, there is always something that changes and sometimes even unexpectedly!  Finally, the fermata at the end of the song is purposefully placed above the word “is” to declare that Jesus lives today!
Other music selections:
Gathering Music:  Trumpet Rondeau in G Major      (Lasky)
                                  “Fanfares” from Sinfonies de Fanfares   (Mouret)
Introit: The Rejoicing (Handel/Arr. Thompson)
Hymn Of Praise: O God, Our Help In ages Past (#210)
Act of Praise: Jesus Loves Me (Arr. Glasgow)
Hymn of Response: My Hope Is Built On Nothing Less (#379)
Choral Offering: For The Bread Which Thou Hast Broken (Roberts)
Communion Music: First Morning: Fantasy on “Morning Has Broken” (Fletcher)
                                   Open Thou Thy Gates Of Beauty (Davis)
Hymn of Dedication: Song Of Hope  (#432)
Postlude: “Rondeau” from First Suite    (Mouret/Weekley/Arganbright)
Sunday’s musicians:
 1 Debby Carberry, piano
2 Chancel Bells
3 Embellishments
4 Miranda Morehead, flute
5 Sanctuary Choir


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