As we have done in previous years, during the summer worship schedule our musical focus moves from a conscious link with the readings for the day to a week-by-week survey of the richness of our musical heritage as Christians. Each week our worship will have a different flavour: sometimes we will explore our past, sometimes we will share music worship with our brothers and sisters in different traditions.
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Sundays at 10:00 am
June 10 - September 2, 2018
Sunday 10 June Watts & Wesley
The great hymn-writers of the 17th century – Isaac Watts, and Charles & John Wesley – came from a Methodist tradition of reformers and theologians. This is a Sunday where the focus is more on the hymn-texts than on the tunes, though the music is all contemporary with the words.
Sunday 17 June Music with Hebrew roots
We recognise our brothers and sisters of the Jewish faith as companions on a journey. Many of our hymn-writers have used the musical idioms of Hebrew music as a foundation for songs that are now part of our heritage.
Sunday 24 June St Jean-Baptiste
Marking the feast day of the patron Saint of Quebec, this baptism service also makes use of the fact that our Common Praise hymnal offers music in both official languages. In a spirit of diversity, you are encouraged to sing in either French or English, as you are able.
Sunday 1 July God Keep Our Land
Especially in the last 20-30 years, we have been blessed with a growth in the music and words coming from the pens of our own Canadian writers. Healey Willan, Sylvia Dunstan, Hugh Bancroft, Patrick Wedd, Paul Gibson – all have shared their gifts with the church, and we are the richer for it.
Sunday 8 July The Celtic tradition
The Christian way of life spread thoughout Europe in no small part due to the evangelizing of the monks of the Celtic tradition. Now in the 21st century we are returning to this tradition both for the simplicity and serenity our forebears looked for, and for the traditional melodies and wonderful images brought to us by groups such as the Iona community.
Sunday 15 July The Victorian hymn-writers
The 19th century brought an era not only of great hymn-writers, but of editors and collectors who began to use the hymns of the past. From this period comes the publication of “Hymns Ancient and Modern” and the preparation for “The English Hymnal”, as well as the growth of Anglo-Catholic theology, known as the Oxford Movement.
Sunday 22 July David Haas and Marty Haugen
With the revisions of Vatican II, the Catholic Church not only brought its music into the 20th century, but also moved further into the ecumenical movement. The Gregorian Institute of America (GIA) fostered the work of many talented writers, among them David Haas (Catholic) and Marty Haugen (Lutheran), whose work is sung in many other denominations.
Sunday 29 July Welsh hymnody
The Welsh are well known as a singing people, and many of the hymns of Welsh writers from a primarily Methodist or Chapel tradition are now part of our Anglican heritage. You will know and love all these hymns!
Sunday 5 August Reformation
In the 16th century the western world was shaken by the Reformation movement, as Luther, Calvin and their contemporaries tried to bring the word of God to their people in a new way. The birth of the Anglican Church came out of this time. The hymn-tunes of composers like Tallis and Gibbons, and the Eucharistic setting of John Merbecke have become part of our tradition.
Sunday 12 August Our Hispanic links
Our links with the Anglican Church in El Salvador have made us more aware of the wealth of music of the Hispanic peoples – hymns from Spain and from Central and South America. The Song of Mary – the Magnificat – is one of the great hymns to liberation and freedom, and those are also key-words for much of the music coming from those countries.
Sunday 19 August The early American Church
Today’s service draws from some of the wonderful collections of hymns from the American church of the 18th and early 19th centuries. Many of the tunes are familiar to us with modern words; others have retained both original text and tune.
Sunday 26 August Dance!
We find many Bible references to remind us that we are called to offer our praise to God with music of voices and instruments – but also with our bodies, which is not something that we are always very good about! Dance themes pervade our hymn texts this morning; feel free to move or be still as you are most comfortable.
Sunday 2 September African music
One of the things that reminds us that we are part of a great company of saints comes when we sing the songs of peoples in different lands. Many of the African songs rose from a call to justice and freedom in South Africa, but writers like Tom Colvin and John Bell have brought us other music from that continent.
On Sunday 9 September we return to our regular 8am/9:15am/11:15am pattern of services
Singing with the Great Company of Saints
We’ve tried a variety of patterns in the music of our summer worship. Last year we ran a series called “These Are A Few of My Favourite Hymns”, with music planned and chosen by congregation members to reflect their spiritual lives and experiences. This summer we will return to exploring the music of many different traditions in our 10am services. We take the opportunity to look back at where we have come from, to sing our history as part of the Reformation and specifically with the birth of the Anglican Church, to remember the songs of the early American churches, and our heritage of hymns by the great writers John and Charles Wesley and Isaac Watts, to indulge ourselves in the richness of music by the Victorians that speaks of Anglican worship to so many of us, and to stretch ourselves with the music of contemporary Canadian writers. We are part of the great company of saints in a chronological continuum. And on other Sundays our music links us to believers across the world – Celtic, Hebrew, Hispanic, African and many other cultures have enriched our lives; the living company of saints is not limited by race or language.
Our first 10am service is on June 10, and will be followed by a welcome brunch for our new Rector, Lindsay Hills
June 10 – Watts & Wesley
June 17 – Our Hebrew Roots
June 24 – we celebrate baptism on the feast of St Jean Baptiste
(followed by the Parish Picnic)
July 1 – God Keep our Land: Music of Canadian writers & composers
July 8 – Our Celtic Heritage
July 15 – The Victorian Tradition
July 22 – the work of Marty Haugen and David Haas
July 29 – Welsh Hymnody
August 5 – Reformation & the birth of the Anglican Church
August 12 – Our Hispanic companions in faith
August 5 – Early American hymnodists
August 12 – The Birth of the Anglican Church
August 19 – Our Hispanic companions in faith
August 26 – Dance! – praise with movement as well as song
September 2 – African music
If you love to sing, come be part of our music-making this summer, with no commitment other than the Sundays you choose. There will be a sign-up sheet outside the hall, so we know who to expect and have music ready for – check the rehearsal time, and come join us!
If you have questions, please contact me!
We welcome your participation in this overview of the music of our faith, whether as a member of the congregation or as a choir member. If you would like to be part of the choir for any service, it would be appreciated if you would sign up in the Parish Hall for the appropriate date (so that we can be sure to have music ready for you) and note the rehearsal times.
Please contact me if you have any questions
Brigid Coult, Director of Music