24 May 2015 -- 8:30 & 10:00 a.m.
*Please rise in body or in spirit.
PRELUDE: Partita on St. Anne -- Paul Manz
WELCOME AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
INTROIT: Come Down, O Love Divine -- R. Vaughan Williams -- for text see Hymn #313
CALL TO WORSHIP:
Leader: In the beginning -
before there was anything, before you and me,
just as the universe began to be created -
there was a wind,
a Spirit that brooded,
hovering across the face of the empty creation,
and breathed life and form and beauty into existence.
Community: Welcome, Holy Spirit!
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THE CONN ARTISTS TO APPEAR IN GUILFORD
What do a Marketing Consultant, two Wealth Managers, an Attorney, a Corporate Insurance Benefits Salesman, a Builder of Organic Gardens and an Orthodontist all have in common? Easy! The love of a cappella singing.
That love of a cappella singing will become evident when The Conn Artists perform, in concert, at the First Congregational Church of Guilford on May 31st at 4 pm. “Our goal is to create true musical excitement through great vocal blend, dynamics and lyrical phrasing”, says musical director, Michael Costantino. “Often that means defying an audience’s pre-conceived notions of a cappella.”
Founded in 1994 by seven friends from Greenwich High School (four original members still remain), The Conn Artists are a favorite of music lovers throughout the region. Performing 12-15 concerts per year at churches, yacht clubs, private functions and, this year, at a Polo Match, this eclectic group is comfortable performing contemporary music, Ave Maria or a hit from the Doobie Bros. or Sting.
“We are really passionate about what we do”, says Charlie Dear, a founding member. “When we first got together, our kids were babies. Now we are going to our “babies” weddings. We are really a second family to each other.”
Spending an afternoon with The Conn Artists is sure to be a treat!
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The Conn Artists will appear at 4 pm at The First Congregational Church, on the green, in Guilford Connecticut. A free-will offering will be taken.
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The best prayers used in worship allow room for different individuals to say the same prayer from many different frames of reference. Dona nobis pacem. Latin for “give us peace.” We know that this simple prayer has been a part of Christian liturgies since approximately 1000 AD. Peace is the prayer of every mother awaiting the return of a child from deployment. Peace is the prayer of every father living in the Hill section of New Haven, hoping this child will not be shot on the way home. Peace is the prayer of every child living in a strife-filled home. Peace is the prayer of every family member watching a loved one struggle with death.
The prayer is not a thin, empty sentiment. There is a depth, a plea as we recognize our own inability to heed the angel’s words “ . . . and on earth, peace, good will to all.” The prayer is not a request; “dona” is an imperative, a plea like the woman at the well who says to Jesus “Give me this water,” or the blind beggar calling out to Jesus, “Have mercy on me!” Cries like these come from a place of deep need.
The plea for peace takes on new meaning when a nation is at war. The United States Congress has not declared war since World War II, yet authorized use of military force has brought us to Korea and Vietnam and Afghanistan and Kuwait and Iraq and Libya and Syria and Yugoslavia. The irony of our prayer for peace may not be lost on God, which is probably why it is paired in Christian liturgies with the words “miserere nobis,” “have mercy upon us.”
On Sunday, May 10th at 10:00am the Senior Choir, accompanied by string octet, will sing a setting of “Dona nobis pacem” by the Latvian composer Peteris Vasks (b. 1946). His compositions contain in their harmonies the experience of his life as a Christian under Soviet rule. He often quotes the melodies of Latvian folk songs that were banned as subversive under Russian cultural doctrine. His style is melodic yet minimal, and his pieces unfold their beauty over an expansive time scale. We will also sing Vasks’ setting of a Mother Teresa prayer: “The fruit of silence is prayer. The fruit of prayer is faith. The fruit of faith is love. The fruit of love is service. The fruit of service is peace.” Other works of Bach, Vasks, and Rutter will round out the service.
Perhaps these simple prayers, ancient and modern, will invite you to be present in the sanctuary this Mother’s Day, May 10th. Mother’s Day was founded in America due to a campaign by Anna Jarvis in honor of her mother. Ann Marie Reeves Jarvis was a peace activist who tended to wounded soldiers on both sides of the Civil War; as a concerned parent she organized “Mothers’ Day Work Clubs” to combat poor health and sanitation conditions that were leading to high infant mortality in West Virginia. The hope is that, as Anna Jarvis hoped to inspire other mothers by honoring her own mother's works, the fruit of our music this "Music Sunday" will be inspired prayer, strengthened faith, embracing love, and renewed service, leading to peace.
Bill Speed, Director of Music Ministries