Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Providence Presbyterian February 2, 2014

Prelude:  "Meditation"  (Caleb Simper)

Introit:   "Introit #1, ps 65:4"   (Bob Moody)

Hymn 457  "I Greet Thee, Who My Sure Redeemer Art  (attr. John Calvin)

Prayer Response: "Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Anthem:  "This Little Light of Mine"  (arr. Bob Moody)

Hymn of Preparation #626 (Supplemental Hymnal)  More About Jesus

Hymn  485:  "To God Be the Glory"

Offertory:  "Pastorale"  (Caleb Simper)

Hymn 341: "Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine"

Benediction Response:  "Psalm 134: 3"  (English Folk Tune)

Postlude:  "March"  (Caleb Simper)

Music Notes:
Caleb Simper (1856-1942) Was an English composer and organist.  He gained fame in the early 20th century for his prolific output of choral and organ works.  While he lived his life in an obscure area of western England, he spread the Word of God throughout the world, selling over five million copies of his anthems by the 1920's.  His organ works have one or two word titles and are organized into a number of volumes of seventeen pieces each.  His music fell out of popularity for a while, but is now experience a worldwide resurgence in Singapore, Australia, South Africa, England, and the United States.   There are over 1300 YouTube videos of his music.  All of his music is now in the public domain and is being republished online by interested musicians. Today's organ music is all from Volume 3 of his Voluntaries.

Bob Moody wrote today's Introit while a college student in 1961 for the dedication of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church in Staunton VA, where his aunt was director of music.  

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