Clef Notes

March 21, 2024 By: Stephen Schall Sunday we celebrate Palm Sunday of the Passion. It’s a festive and solemn service. First, we gather on the front lawn with our palm to hear the story of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, then join the parade into the sanctuary singing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” Once there, we … Read more

Clef Notes

February 29, 2024 By: Stephen Schall This Sunday we’ll hear the choir sing some acapella masterpieces by English Renaissance composers. First are two pieces by William Byrd (c.1540-1623): the Kyrie from his Mass for Four Voices, which we’ll sing each Sunday in Lent, and  at communion, Ave verum corpus. At the offertory, we have  Lord, … Read more

Hymn of the Month – February 2024

By: Stephen Schall During Lent we will highlight two hymns. During the early weeks we will sing the ancient text, Kind Maker of the Word. This is a seventh-century Latin hymn, Audi benigne Conditor,”  that is attributed to Gregory the Great (c. 540-604). It has been used for centuries during Lent at the daily services … Read more

Holy Week 2024

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Hymn of the Month- Feb 4th Update

By: Stephen Schall January finds us exploring a new tune, RENDEZ À DIEU, which can be sung with several terrific texts. So far we have sung it to the hymn, When John Baptized by Jordan’s River and New Songs of Celebration Render. This week we’ll use it twice in the service for two beautiful communion … Read more

Hymn of the Month – January week 2

By: Stephen Schall January finds us exploring a new tune that can be sung with several terrific texts. Last week I introduced the tune RENDEZ A DIEU and we sang it to the hymn, When John Baptized by Jordan’s River. For the next few weeks, we’ll be using the hymn, New Songs of Celebration Render.  … Read more

Hymn of the Month – January

By: Stephen Schall January finds us exploring a new tune that can be sung with several terrific texts. This week I’ll introduce the tune RENDEZ A DIEU and we’ll sing it to the hymn, When John Baptized by Jordan’s River.  The hymn was written by Timothy Dudley-Smith (b. 1926). Dudley-Smith is a retired bishop of … Read more

ADVENT

Happy Advent! Happy New Year! This year, with the Fourth Sunday of Advent falling on Christmas Eve, we experience the shortest Advent season there can be. Advent is a beautiful season of expectation as we hear the thrilling and familiar words of prophecy and yearning for redemption, which culminate in the birth of Christ.  This … Read more

Hymn of the Month: November

November’s hymn of the month is “Jesus Comes with Clouds Descending.” The text was written by Charles Wesley, brother of the founder of Methodism, John Wesley. Charles is considered one of the great, if not the greatest, hymn writers ever. Eleven of his hymns are found in The Presbyterian Hymnal including “Come, Thou Long-expected Jesus,” … Read more

Hymn of the Month: October

Update for Sunday, October 22: When I introduced October’s tune, VINEYARD HAVEN, I called it a “twofer” because there are two texts we will sing it to. In fact, we’re going to have a “threefer” with the tune! Recently I was given a copy of an article by Northmont’s former music director, Todd Alexander, which … Read more