Traditional Worship

Second Sunday After Epiphany 2022

 

Second Sunday After Epiphany. Pastor Jeff Ruby leaves us with two questions to ponder, ‘Are the decisions in your life based on personal comfort and convenience? Or are they based on GOD’s word?’ in the message titled “Checking for Cracks in the Foundation”

Matthew 7:24-29 NIV
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.”

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———–Music———–
🎼 PRELUDE – Grand Choeur
🎼 GATHERING HYMN – Alleluia, Song of Gladness
🎼 HYMN OF PRAISE – This Is the Feast
🎼 OFFERING MUSIC – We Live by Faith
🎼 MUSIC FOR MEDITATION – “Tallis’ Cannon” and “Poème mystique”
🎼 SENDING HYMN – How Marvelous God’s Greatness
🎼 POSTLUDE – Postludium

Dr. Jeremy Peterman, organ, piano
John Stackel, worship leader
Sanctuary Choir

——-AV Team——–
Gary Spears, Connor Treude, Derik Hicks, Anthony Xavier, Drew Atchison, Ethan Lindquist and Chase Coletta

Our bulletin is created by Jaci Olsen.

Our lay reader is Madelyn Temple

First Sunday After Epiphany 2022

 

First Sunday After Epiphany. Pastor Jeff Ruby starts the new year off with a powerful message titled “The Gift of Words” based on:

Matthew 2:1-12 NIV
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written: “ ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will shepherd my people Israel.’” Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route.”

Prelude Notes:
The prelude today is a set of variations for organ on the Latin chant “Lucis creator optime.” The composer, Jehan Alain (1919-1940), lived a short but religious life, with many of his pieces being sacred in nature. At the start of the composition, we hear the melody proclaimed in the pedals of the organ (using a trumpet stop); the first variation is soft and comprised of flutes and strings; the second variation is in a 3-part fugue, and culminates in a final plenum (full organ) third verse that is full of resolve.

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———–Music———–
🎼 PRELUDE – Variations on Lucis Creator (Blest Creator of Light)
🎼 GATHERING HYMN – As with Gladness Men of Old
🎼 HYMN OF PRAISE – Glory to GOD
🎼 HYMN OF THE DAY – We Three Kings of Orient Are
🎼 OFFERING MUSIC – Here Comes the Light
🎼 SENDING HYMN – This Little Light of Mine
🎼 POSTLUDE – Joy

——-Music——–
Dr. Jeremy Peterman, organ, piano
Jennifer Sheldon, worship leader
Sanctuary Choir

——-AV Team——–
Gary Spears, Connor Treude, Derik Hicks, Anthony Xavier, Drew Atchison, Ethan Lindquist and Chase Coletta

Our bulletin is created by Jaci Olsen.

 

Second Sunday of Christmas 2022

 

Second Sunday of Christmas – Today’s service is focused on Bach, in a theme we call ‘Bach to Basics’

The service begins with Bach’s iconic “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” (Jesus bleibet meine Freude, in German) from his 1723 Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147. The original version has a choir singing sporadically throughout, though it’s just as common nowadays to play it with instruments during a service. Indeed, a “Cantata” is a medium-length piece of music, usually in several movements, that combines chorus, solos and orchestra.

To complete the prelude portion, we then present the brief Overture to Bach’s Cantata Uns ist ein Kind geboren (For Unto Us a Child Is Born), BWV 142. There is a beautiful complexity to this: while we are working hard for sure, the music is perfectly written to fit the fingers and to flow from our instruments quite naturally.

The opening hymn Songs of Thankfulness and Praise was harmonized by J.S. Bach himself; Jeremy has scored it and today’s other two hymns for all the instruments listed on the back of the bulletin.

Lord, My Thanks to Thee is from the same Cantata and scored for two woodwinds, tenor, and continuo (bass+harpsichord). As you hear the music and sung text, ponder the tonality of the music: it is in a minor key (as is the Overture and “So Appears Thy Natal Day”), which is a way composers often convey sadness; however, the lyrics express gratitude and praise for Jesus’ saving grace. How do we reconcile this text with the minor music? In this context, a minor key can suggest quiet awe and mystery at the birth of Jesus and what that means.

The last selection we perform from Cantata 142 is So Appears Thy Natal Day, scored for two violins, bass, baritone, and continuo. It similarly contains a minor tonality. We conclude the service by altogether singing In Thee Is Gladness which is an exuberant way to start the new year: when we trust in Him, all things will go well. Alleluia! The hymn was not harmonized by Bach, but the following organ postlude In dir ist Freude BWV 615 is the same tune, from his famous Orgelbüchlein a collection of short organ arrangements of common hymn tunes that are full of personality. Be sure to stay to the end!

Our Executive Pastor of Innovation Matthew Knopf delivers the message today based on Isaiah 43:16-19 NIV
“This is what the LORD says— he who made a way through the sea, a path through the mighty waters, who drew out the chariots and horses, the army and reinforcements together, and they lay there, never to rise again, extinguished, snuffed out like a wick: “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”

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———–Music———–
🎼 PRELUDE – Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring
🎼 PRELUDE – Overture to Cantata No. 142
🎼 GATHERING HYMN – Songs of Thankfulness and Praise
🎼 HYMN OF PRAISE – Glory to GOD
🎼 MUSICAL INTERLUDE – Lord, My Thanks to Thee
🎼 HYMN OF THE DAY – Thy Holy Wings
🎼 OFFERING MUSIC – So Appears Thy Natal Day
🎼 SENDING HYMN – In Thee Is Gladness
🎼 POSTLUDE – In dir ist Freude

——-Music——–
Dr. Jeremy Peterman, organ, harpsichord
Jeff Harris, cantor and tenor
Jaci Olsen, Flute
Jenny Wheeler, oboe
Pat Snyder, violin I
Rachel Peterman, violin II
Darren Cueva, contrabass
Chad Cline, timpani

——-AV Team——–
Gary Spears, Sam Robinson, Connor Treude, Derik Hicks, Anthony Xavier and Chase Coletta

Our bulletin is created by Jaci Olsen.