In the normal way of things our music is chosen to reinforce the readings and liturgical themes of our worship. However, through this summer series of 10am services our music has focused more on the various genres from which we draw our music resources. We have sung music that ranges from the traditional hymnody of Isaac Watts and John Wesley, and the Victorian hymnodists, to music that speaks to our ethnic roots – Celtic, Hebrew, Canadian (and to come, Hispanic and African). And each Sunday has offered us the opportunity to learn a little more about the kind of music being sung.
The schedule that was posted back in June has been changed somewhat for August in order to mark one Sunday where we will maintain a liturgical link: on Sunday 12 August we transfer the feast of our matronal saint, St Mary the Virgin from its scheduled August 15, and celebrate the day with baptisms. And because we don’t want to miss our links with El Salvador, Sunday 5 August will now have Hispanic music as its theme.
Sunday 5 August - Our Hispanic links
Our links with the Anglican Church in El Salvador have made us more aware of the wealth of music of the Hispanic peoples – hymns from Spain and from Central and South America. Liberation and freedom, are key-words for much of the music coming from those countries.
Sunday 12 August - St. Mary the Virgin
Magnificat is the song of the day as, with Saint Mary, we say “yes” to God’s call to us, and welcome new Christians in the sacrament of baptism.
Sunday 19 August - The early American Church
Today’s service draws from some of the wonderful collections of hymns from the American church of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Many of the tunes are familiar to us with modern words; others have retained both original text and tune.
Sunday 26 August - Dance!
We find many Bible references to remind us that we are called to offer our praise to God with music of voices and instruments – but also with our bodies, which is not something that we are always very good about! Dance themes pervade our hymn texts this morning; feel free to move or be still as you are most comfortable.
Sunday 2 September - African music
One of the things that reminds us that we are part of a great company of saints comes when we sing the songs of peoples in different lands. Many of the African songs rose from a call to justice and freedom in South Africa, but writers like Tom Colvin and John Bell have brought us other music from that continent.
On Sunday 9 September we return to our regular 8am/9:15am/11:15am pattern of services
If you love to sing, come be part of our music-making this summer, with no commitment other than the Sundays you choose. There will be a sign-up sheet outside the hall, so we know who to expect and have music ready for – check the rehearsal time, and come join us!
If you have questions, please contact me!
Brigid Coult - Music Director