Musical Musings~ Reflections on Sunday’s Music

January 26, 2014

  1.  The Parable of The Sower musically realized
This coming Sunday this important parable from scripture will be depicted musically in four different places.
1. The Introit “A Sower Came From Ancient Hills” : This text of Herman Stuempfle, Jr. will be sung and played by the Revolution Team and Sanctuary Choir. Women and men will alternate phrases to create the effect of the sowing of the seed. The seed will "die and rise" during Michael Wallace's solo with finally the choir singing the last verse in unison and accapella to depict Christ coming among us.
2. The Hymn of Praise “Discipleship Song” : This text written by Noel Clive ends with the phrase :From seeds wide- scattered , fruit may we see.
3. The Parable Of The Sower And The Soils: The Beulah Drama Team will mime the scripture reading of Mark 4:1-20, in addition to small musical “vignettes” throughout. Be ready for the big diminished seventh chord on the word “choke” and also listen for the final hymn tune played after the seed is sown on good soil. Can you recognize the tune or maybe the text?
4. The Hymn of Response “ A Sower’s Seed Fell On A Path”: This hymn allows us to turn part of the the Parable of the Sower into a prayer: “Lord give us ears to hear your Word and hearts where seed can grow.”  Also, the organ will “textpaint” the following words and phrases: rocky ground, tangling snare, choke, fell and grow.
                                                                                    ‘til Sunday-Robert Morehead
Other music selections:
Gathering Music:  Ever, Only All for Thee (David Ward)
                                   Across The Lands (Townend/Getty)
Act Of Praise: Shine Jesus Shine (Kendrick)
Children’s Song: This Is Where Children Belong
Choral Offering: Jubilate Deo (Berthier)
Hymn of Dedication:  Come , Sing O Church In Joy (#430)
Congregational Response: Discipleship Song (Clive)
Postlude: Allegro Moderato Maestoso (Mendelssohn-Bartholdy)
Sunday’s musicians:
1 Beulah Drama Team
2 Revolution Team
3 Sanctuary Choir


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