Wednesday, February 19, 2014

New Providence Presbyterian January 19, 2014

Prelude:   Opening Voluntary...... John Zundel

Introit:  Tell Me The Old Old Story

Hymn  411:  Arise, Your Light Is Come!

Prayer Response:  Hear Our Prayer, O Lord (Psalm 143:1) ..... George Whelpton

Anthem:  O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How HIgh..... 15th Century hymn, arr. Carl Schalk

Hymn 630:  Standing on the Promises (Supplemental Hymnal)

Offertory:  Benedictus (Blessed) ..... François Couperin

Hymn 343:  Called as Partners in Christ's Service

Closing response: It Is Well With My Soul

Postlude: Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee..... Donald Hustad.

Music Notes:
John Zundel (1815-1882) was best known for the hymn tune "Beecher" used for "Love Divine, All Loves Excelling," as well as today's final hymn.   Zundel emigrated from his native Germany to Russia in 1840 where he served as a bandmaster and organist and then to the United States in 1847. He held several church music appointments in the US including as organist at Plymouth Congregational Church, Brooklyn where he worked briefly with Henry Ward Beecher, for whom his famous hymn tune was named. Upon retirement he returned to his native Germany.  His Opening Voluntary is typical of nineteenth century American organ music and was composed for the kind of organ sound present on the New Providence Estey organ of 1911.  

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