Saturday, September 6, 2014

New Providence Presbyterian August 3 2014

Music for August 3 2014

Prelude:  Prelude and Fugue in G Major BWV 557 (J. S. Bach 1685-1750)

Introit:  Surely the Presence of the Lord Is In This Place (Lanny Wolfe b. 1942)

Hymn 139:  “Come, Thou Almighty King

Prayer Response:  Threefold Amen (traditional Danish)

Anthem:  “Victory In Jesus”  (Eugene M. Bartlett 1885-1941)

Hymn (Insert) Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown

Offertory:  “O Sacred Head, Now Wounded”  (Dietrich Buxtehude 1685-1750)

Hymn 655 (Supplemental Hymnal) “O God Our Help In Ages Past”

Closing Response: God be With You Till We Meet Again (Ralph Vaughan Williams 1872-1958)

Postlude:  Now Thank We All Our God  (Georg Friedrich Kauffmann 1679-1735)

=======Music Notes===========

Eugene Butler is known as “The Father of Southern Gospel Music.”  Lanny Wolfe also writes in the Southern Gospel style.  The text of “Come, O Thou Traveler Unknown” was written by Charles Wesley in 1742, based on today’s sermon text from Genesis.  When I was adding these words to the familiar “St. Catherine” tune (Faith of Our Fathers) there was an unavoidable line break in the 4th stanza in the word unutterable, so that “un-ut-ter” appears at the end of the first line and “able” appears at the beginning of the second line.  You may want to read through the words of the hymn during the Prelude, and then notice how clearly they parallel the second reading of scripture.  

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