Music for September 7 2014
Prelude: “Fantasia” (Johann Pachelbel 1653-1706)
Introit: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” (Helen Howarth Lemmel 1863-1961)
Hymn 370: “Just As I Am, Without One Plea”
Prayer Response: “Hear Our Prayer O Lord” (Psalm 143:1 George Whelpton 1847-1930)
Anthem: “My Lord, What a Morning” (Spiritual, arr. Jay Althouse b. 1951)
Hymn 366: “Jesus, Thy Boundless Love To Me”
Offertory: “Orgelstück” (Justin Heirich Knecht 1752-1817)
Hymn 620 (Supplemental Hymnal): “Love Lifted Me”
Closing Response: “May The Grace of Christ Our Savior” (text: John Newton 1725-1807, music: Sir John Stainer 1840-1901)
Postlude: “Postludium In G” (Sir John Stainer)
Helen Lemmel, the daughter of a Britsh Methodist minister, emigrated to the US with her family when she was 12. After working as music critic for the Seattle newspaper and then, as a gifted singer, she studied in Germany at the urging of celebrated singer Ernestine Schumann-Heink. Upon her return she gave vocal concerts around the country, and became a college voice teacher. Among her works are a hymnal used by evangelist Billy Sunday (1832-1936).
John Newton wrote the text of the closing response. His first career was that of a ship’s captain of a slave ship. During a great storm on May 10, 1748, he experienced what he was to refer to later as his “great deliverance.” After his conversion he retired from the sea and leader of the Calvanistic Methodist Church. His other hymn texts include “Amazing Grace,” “Glorious Things of Thee are Spoken” and “How Sweet the Name of Jesus Sounds.”
English composer Sir John Stainer was known for his cantata “The Crucifixion” which is sung around the world on Good Friday. His work as choir trainer and organist set standards for Anglican church music that are still influential. His “Complete Organ Method” was the teaching method of choice around the world from its publication in 1909 until the mid-20th century.