Sunday Preview: April 20, 2014

At the 8:30am traditional service of worship:

Choral music at 8:30am will include a special introit for Easter Day, written by John Purifoy but based on a joyful Easter text and tune from Africa. The Offertory Anthem is afresh setting by Lani Smith of the hymn text "Hark! Ten Thousand Harps and Voices". The opening organ voluntary, "resurrection" by Marcel Dupre, begins quietly and calmly, reflecting the early early morning light of the first Easter, then grows into a powerful Paean of praise depicting the glory of the resurrection. The closing voluntary is a medley composed by the late New York organist Jack Ossewarde, on familiar Easter hymns tunes.

At the 11am traditional service of worship:

A brass ensemble will be present at 11 for festive settings of the hymns, accompanying the choral music, and playing the opening voluntary, a concertato by Vaclav Nelhybel.

Choral music at 11 includes the Renaissance motet "I Am the Resurrection and the Life" by Dressler, a modern setting of the Easter choral "That Eastertide with Joy Was Bright" by Howard Helvey, and the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel's Messiah

The service will close with an organ voluntary, the popular "Toccata" fro mthe Fifth Organ Symphonie of Hcarles-Marie Widor.