MUSIC AND LITURGY
AUGUST 24, 2014: THE ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST
The 20th annual Summer Festival of Sacred Music continues this Sunday at 11 am with a focus on German Romanticism. Felix Mendelssohn is one of the most popular of the early Romantic composers. Born into a Jewish family, he and his parents were baptized as Christians in 1816. Perhaps his father’s motives for converting to Christianity were mixed, since it was difficult to be successful in the often anti-semitic society of the time. Nevertheless, Felix put a lot of thought into his church music. He struggled to find a middle ground between the operatic style of Mozart, Haydn and Bach (which he thought was not suitable for church) and the functional but uninteresting music that was often used in churches at the time. His answer is the “Deutsch Liturgie,” a simple but sensitive setting of the mass texts in German. “Lift thine Eyes,” the offertory anthem, is taken from the oratorio Elijah, which Mendelssohn composed at the same time as the Mass setting.
SUMMER HYMN SING
Would you like to learn and practice the hymns for the Sunday 11 o'clock service BEFORE Sunday? Then join us for a Summer Hymn Sing! This class will meet WEDNESDAY NIGHTS IN AUGUST. We had a great turnout for the first session, and hope you will join us for the remaining sessions! We will gather in the chancel immediately following the Wednesday 6 pm Eucharist, around 6:45. Led by parishioner Dawn Helene. If you think you might be interested in this offering, please RSVP: .