Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter at New Providence Presbyterian

Pre-Service Music (10:50 am) by The Blue Ridge Brass:
 "My Spirit Be Joyful" from Cantata #146  (J. S. Bach 1685-1750)
  Psalm 19 "The Heavens Declare the Glory of God"  (Benedetto Marcello 1686-1739)

Chiming of the Hour-handbell

Bell Choir Prelude: "Enter With Joy" (Kathleen Wissinger b. 1956)

Introit: "Alleluia, Alleluia, Sing Praise to the Living God" (Donald Fishel b. 1950)

Hymn 123: "Jesus Christ is Risen Today"  (Lyra Davidica 1708)

Prayer Response: "Threefold Amen" (anon.)

Anthem: "Alleluia Praise the Risen King" (Lloyd Larson b.1954)

Hymn 122: "Thine Is The Glory" (Georg Frederick Handel 1685-1759)

Offertory: "The Heavens Are Telling" (Ludwig van Beethoven 1712-1773) 
Hymn 118: "The Day of Resurrection" (Henry Thomas Smart 1813-1879)

Choral Benediction:  "Alleluia, Alleluia, Sing Praise to the Living God" (Donald Fishel)

Postlude: Chorale and Prelude on "Good Christians All, Rejoice and Sing" (Chorale–Melchior Vulpius 1560-1615, Prelude–Healey Willan 1880-1968)  (Feel free to stay and enjoy the postlude.) 

Music Notes:
We welcome the Blue Ridge Brass to our service today.  The group formed from brass players in the Rockbridge Symphony and includes Lisa Forman–first trumpet,  Warren Ramp–second trumpet,  Fred Rickett–French Horn, David Krantz–trombone/euphonium, Roger Ergenbright–tuba.

Thanks to Betsy Reid for directing the bell choir.  

Composer Kathleen Wissinger lives in McGaheysville VA, east of Harrisonburg.  The pre-service selections by the brass were arranged by Douglas Smith (b.1963) who retired in 2010 as professor of Music at the Louisville Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  The offertory was arranged for brass and organ by S. Drummond Wolff (1916-2004), English born and educated, teacher, organist in churches in England, Canada, Bermuda, and the US.   Bob Moody wrote the brass arrangements for the hymns, service music and postlude. 

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