Music from this Past Sunday

Epipahny 2 (January 16)

Click on the links below to hear music from this service.

Hymn 690: Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Cwm Rhondda)

Hymn of Praise: Glory to God in the highest (Powell)

Psalm 40:1-12 (Plainsong, Tone II)
Lisa Jennings, cantor

Hymn 150: Forty days and forty nights (Aus der Tiefe rufe ich)

Hymn 498: Beneath the cross of Jesus (St. Christopher)

Thiman: Jesus, the very thought of thee
Rod Sanders, baritone

Cherwin: ‘Ein feste Burg’ (Hymn 688)


AGO Installation of Officers on January 28

The Grand Strand chapter of the American Guild of Organists invite you to join them for a special musical service at 7pm on Friday 28th January, 2011, hosted at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. The chapter was formally established late last year and during the worship officers will be installed by Mark Husey, the South Carolina District Convener of the AGO.

Many excellent local musicians are taking part and two new specially commissioned pieces will be performed. Also as part of the evening Sebron Hood (long time AGO member and organist of Trinity Episcopal Church, Myrtle Beach) who recently passed away will be honored. 

To download a flier for this event, click here; to visit the Grand Strand Chapter AGO website, click here.

Music Listing for January 23

Third Sunday after the Epiphany

Give us grace, O Lord, to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ and proclaim to all people the Good News of His salvation, that we and all the whole world may perceive the glory of His marvelous works; who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.


Isaiah 9:1-4

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. 

Psalm 27:1, 5-13 – Anglican Chant (Charles Stanford)

You speak in my heart and say, “Seek my face.”
Your face, Lord, will I seek.

I Corinithians 1:10-18

For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Matthew 4:12-23

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.”  At once they left their nets and followed Him.


381 Thy strong Word did cleave the darkness (Ton-y-botel)

653 Dear Lord and Father of mankind (Repton)

423 Immortal, invisible, God only wise (St. Denio)


Gabaráin: Pescador de Hombres (Fishers of Men)

Mathews: O Love divine, how sweet thou art


arr. Ore: ‘Ton-y-botel’ (Hymn 381)

Music from Epiphany Processions and Carols

Adult and Children’s Choirs of Trinity Episcopal Church
Musica Melenio Early Music Ensemble (Bob Lauer, director)

Click on the links below to hear music from this service. 

Procession: Quempas Carol

Procession is the liturgical expression of pilgrimage.  The act of choirs and clergy coming up the aisle at the beginning of a service certainly has an aspect of practical necessity to it, but it also symbolizes our coming from the world into the holy place for the purpose of worship.  In Medieval times, this devotional practice took the form of very elaborate processions with mulitiple choirs moving between and singing from various locations within (and sometimes outside) the church. 

For this service, because Epiphany begins with the pilgrimage of the Magi, members of the adult and children’s choirs sang from the four corners of the Nave and from the balcony, processing around the church as the congregation sang the refrain. 

The music is a Medival German carol.  It as known as the “Quempas” Carol because of the first two syllables of the original Latin text: Quem pastores laudavere, “the one praised by the shepherds.”

Schein: Vom Himmel hoch da komm ich her

A setting for recorders of Luther’s Christmas hymn, ‘From heaven above to earth I come’ (Hymn 80).

Schop: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern

Wie schön leuchetet der Morgenstern (How lovely shines the Morning Star, Hymn 497) is sometimes called the the Queen of Chorales because of its eloquence and beauty.   This little setting for two soprano voices and continuo was written in 1665 by the German violinist Johann Schop.   The two sopranos are Lisa Jennings and Kristine Chaney.

arr. Lauer: Coventry Carol

Joubert: Torches, torches!

Sung by the St. Cecilia Children’s Choir

Holborne: Suite for Recorders

arr. Jennings: Los Magos (The Magi)

A setting of a traditioonal Puerto Rican folksong.  Lisa Jennings, soprano.

A sampling of hymns:

Hymn 124, What star is this whose beams (Puer nobis)

Hymn 115, What child is this (Greensleves)

Hymn 82, Of the Father’s love begotten (Divinum mysterium)

Hymn 112, In the bleak mid-winter (Cranham)

Music Listing for January 9

First Sunday after the Epiphany:
The Baptism of Our Lord

Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan didst proclaim Him thy beloved Son and anoint Him with the Holy Spirit:  Grant that all who are baptized into His name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess Him as Lord and Savior; who with thee and the same Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.


Isaiah 42: 1-9

“A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.  In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth.”

Psalm 29 – Plainsong, Tone ii

The Lord shall give strength to His people;
the Lord shall give His people the blessing of peace.

Acts 10: 34-43

Peter said, “He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that He is the one whom God appointed as judge of the living and the dead.  All the prophets testify about Him that everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins through His name.”

Matthew 3: 13-17

And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.”


410 Praise, my soul, the King of heaven (Lauda anima)

76 On Jordan’s bank the Baptist’s cry (Winchester New)

516 Come down, O Love divine (Down Ampney)

370 I bind unto myself today (St. Patrick’s Breastplate)

397 Now thank we all our God (Nun danket alle Gott)

Epiphany Processions and Carols

O God, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know thee now by faith, to thy presence, where we may behold thy glory face to face; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

This service will celebrate the Epiphany of our Lord, the twelfth and final day of Christmas, which is the completion and fulfillment of the Advent and Christmas seasons.  The series of lessons and carols will begin with the story of Jesus’s birth and then move on to the adoration of the Magi, the slaughter of the Holy Innocents, and the presentation of Christ at the Temple.  Some themes that run throughout the service:


Light is a theme that is central to the whole of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany cycle.  The advent wreath, for example, gets brighter as the days get shorter until all of its candles are lit a Christmas–when the light of the world makes its appearance at the darkest time of the year.   At Epiphany the wise men are led to the infant Jesus by the guiding of a star, in spite of the dark motives of those who would thwart God’s loving purpose.  The light of this same star–in the person of Jesus and in the form of his Word–remains undimmed as a source of guidance and illumination in our lives today.  In the words of William Chatterton Dix, “As with gladness men of old did the guiding star behold; / as with joy they hailed its light, leading onward, beaming bright; / so, most gracious Lord, may we evermore be led to thee.” (Hymn 119)

Revelation and Fulfillment

Every aspect of the Christmas story sheds some light (sorry–couldn’t resist) on what the incarnation means for us.  The fact that the angels appear to shepherds (and not priests or kings) means that God reveals himself to even the most scorned and outcast of humanity.  It is significant that the Magi are from the East (i. e., non-Jewish foreigners) because their presence at the cradle means that God is no long just the God of Israel, but that the incarnation is a gift for all the nations of the world.  The indiscriminate murder of a whole city-full of infant males by a jealous Herod teaches us that all the evil in the world, hurtful and frightening as it is, cannot overcome God’s love.   The episode with Simeon in the temple is yet another illustration is that God is always faithful to his promises, and that those promises bring lasting joy.


Epiphany commemorates, among other things, the very first Christian pilgrimage.  The arduous and expensive (even dangerous) journey of the Magi would have required great faith to undertake and even greater determination to carry out.  The extended procession at the beginning of tonight’s service is meant to recall this extraordinary act of devotion. 

Tension between the Cradle and the Cross

Precursors of the ultimate purpose of Christ’s incarnation are found throughout the Biblical narrative of his birth.  The gift of gold symbolizes Christ’s kingship, but the gift of myrrh foretells his death; the story of the Magi is followed immediately by the slaughter of the Holy Innocents; Simeon is overjoyed to at the sight of the infant Messiah but warns Mary that a sword will pierce her heart. 

A free dinner in Gravely Hall is served at 5:45, and the service (lasting about an hour) will begin at 6:30.  The service with be led by Trinity’s adult and children’s choirs, and will feature music by the Musica Milenio early music ensemble, under the direction of Bob Lauer.  Childcare is provided.


Luke 2:1-20, The birth of Jesus the Christ
Isaiah 60:1-6, The coming of the Wise Men is foretold
Matthew 2:1-12, The story of the Wise Men and Herod
Matthew 2:13-18, The story of the Holy Innocents
Luke 2:22-35, Simeon blesses God
I John 3:11-18, 23-24, We are instructed to love one another

Anthems and Carols:

Joubert: Torches
Howells: A spotless Rose
Proulx: Prayer of the Venerable Bede
arr. Schop and Schein: How brightly shines the Morning Star
traditional, arr. Lauer (yes, that Lauer): Coventry Carol

‘He whom shepherds once came praising’ (Quempas Carol)
‘From heaven above to earth I come’ (Vom Himmel hoch)
‘What child is this’ (Greensleeves)
‘Of the Father’s love begotten’ (Divinum mysterium)
‘In the bleak mid-winter’ (Cranham)
‘We three kings of Orient are’ (Three Kings of Orient)