Music for the 9 am and 5 pm services draws inspiration on the beauty of creation and St. Francis of Assisi (1182-1226), whose feast day is celebrated on October 4. To honor this feast day, we will offer a blessing to all animal companions brought to these services.

At both of these services, we will sing a setting of the Prayer of St. Francis by Sebastian Temple (1928-1997). In this beloved prayer, we pray that God may give us the ability and wisdom to sow love where there is hatred, hope where there is despair, light where there is darkness, joy where there is sadness. Temple, originally born in South Africa, moved to London to work for the BBC in South African related affairs. He eventually converted to Catholicism, became a secular Franciscan and composed music for the renewal movement of the Church. A favorite hymn of Princess Diana, “Make me a channel of your peace” was sung at her funeral in 1997.

In Psalm 19, appointed for today, the psalmist proclaims, “The heavens declare the glory of God.” To mark this, St. Bartholomew’s Choir will sing “The heaven’s are telling” from Haydn’s great oratorio “The Creation.” This setting of Psalm 19, is set for chorus singing in alteration with three soloists, Gabriel, Uriel and Raphael, the archangels, whose role is to narrate and comment on the six days of Creation throughout the oratorio.

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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: .