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Bulletin for April 6, 2014
Morningside Staff

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WORSHIP APRIL 6 2014
5th Sunday of Lent

THE GATHERING Drew Stockstill
Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.

THE PRELUDE  Ah, Holy Jesus - Johannes Brahms
Sarah Martin, organist

* THE CALL TO WORSHIP
Leader: Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations.
People: Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the
earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting, you are God.
Leader: You turn us back to dust, and say, ‘Turn back, you mortals.’ For a thousand years in
your sight are like yesterday when it is past, or like a watch in the night.
People: The days of our life are seventy years, or perhaps eighty, if we are strong;
even then, their span is only toil and trouble, they are soon gone, and we
fly away.
Leader: Let us worship the eternal God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost. Amen.
- Psalm 90:1-4,10

*THE PROCESSIONAL HYMN 474  O Splendor of God’s Glory Bright

THE CALL TO CONFESSION

THE PRAYER OF CONFESSION
Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice! Let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications!
If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities, Lord, who could stand?
But there is forgiveness with you, so that you may be revered.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord
more than those who watch for the morning, more than those who watch for the
morning.
O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is
great power to redeem.
It is he who will redeem Israel from all its iniquities. - Psalm 130

THE KYRIE (Hymn 572)
Lord, have mercy upon us.
Christ, have mercy upon us.
Lord, have mercy upon us.

THE ASSURANCE OF PARDON
Leader: I appeal to you, therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God to
present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is
your spiritual worship.
People: Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of
God – what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Leader: Believe the promise of the Gospel:
People: In Jesus Christ, we are forgiven!
- Romans: 12:1-2

*THE CONGREGATIONAL RESPONSE (Hymn 341)
This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long;
This is my story, this is my song, praising my Savior all the day long.

*THE PEACE OF CHRIST
(Children ages 3-10 are invited to leave after the Peace of Christ for special classes. Threes, fours & fives
are in Room 011; K-1st grade in Room 003; 2nd-3rd grade in Room 001; 4th-5th grade in worship).

THE CONCERNS OF THE CHURCH
(Visitors and members are invited to sign the blue friendship register pad and pass it down the pew.)

THE RECEPTION OF NEW MEMBERS

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE WORD

THE ANTHEM  When Jesus Wept - William Billings

THE FIRST LESSON  Romans 8:6-11

THE ANTHEM  Drop, Drop, Slow Tears - Orlando Gibbons
Jessica Dennison, soloist

THE SECOND LESSON John 11:1-16

THE ANTHEM  Circumdederunt me - Cristóbal de Morales
The sorrows of death have encompassed me: and the perils of hell have encircled me. I met
with trouble and sorrow.

THE THIRD LESSON John 11:17-35

THE ANTHEM  Flevit amare (from Denial of St. Peter) - Marc-Antoine Charpentier
He wept bitterly.

THE FOURTH LESSON  John 11:36-45

THE ANTHEM  Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren - Johannes Brahms
Do not be sorrowful or regretful; be calm, as God has ordained—and thus my will shall be
content. What do you want to worry about from day to day? There is One who stands above
all who gives you, too, what is yours. Only be steadfast in all you do, stand firm; what God
has decided, that is and must be the best. Amen.

THE OFFERTORY  Ah, Holy Jesus - Timothy Albrecht

*THE DOXOLOGY AND PRAYER OF DEDICATION  (Hymn 592)

THE SACRAMENT OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

Invitation

The Great Thanksgiving

Leader: The Lord be with you.
People: And also with you.
Leader: Lift up your hearts!
People: We lift them to the Lord.
Leader: Let us give thanks to the Lord our God.
People: It is right to give thanks and praise.
Leader: It is truly right…
Therefore we praise you, joining our voices with the choirs of heaven
and with all the faithful of every time and place who forever sing to the
glory of your name:

Sanctus: Holy, Holy, Holy - Merbecke

Leader: You are holy, O God of majesty…
Great is the mystery of faith.
People: Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.

The Lord’s Prayer

Communion of the People
(The round wafers on the plate are provided for our members and guests who are unable to consume gluten.)

Prayer after the Meal

* THE HYMN 85  What Wondrous Love Is This

*THE CHARGE AND BENEDICTION

*THE CHORAL RESPONSE  I Am the Resurrection - Thomas Tomkins

*THE POSTLUDE  Processionale on Adoro Te Devote - Leon Boellmann


SERVICE MUSIC
The music this morning is a reflection of the story of Lazarus, both the sadness of his death and the hope that comes from his rising again. The prelude and offertory are both based on 'Herzliebster Jesu,' "Ah, Holy Jesus," Hymn #93. The tune was composed by Johann Crüger in 1640. The text of this Lenten hymn was written by Johann Heermann in 1630. In the Brahms setting the composer uses the interval of a diminished fifth throughout the piece to convey the sadness of the text. In Timothy Albrecht's setting he uses the interval of the octave, always detached, to convey the sadness, perhaps representing drops of blood as Jesus hung on the cross, or perhaps even our tears as we contemplate the scene. William Billings has been described as "America's first significant composer" - his setting of "When Jesus wept" is a canon, or round, and illustrates the musicality he can achieve even within the simplest forms. "Drop, Drop, Slow Tears" is a contrafactum of the popular madrigal "The Silver Swan," originally written for voices and violas da gamba. "Circumdederunt
me" is a setting of a verse of Psalm 116, and would have been sung near the beginning of a Requiem mass. Underneath the cantus firmus - the long notes in the top voice - Morales paints the "sorrows of death" first with a chain of dissonant suspensions, then in the second half with a sequence of descending lines. "Flevit amare" constitutes the final section of Charpentier's short oratorio "The Denial of St. Peter" - the tortured harmonies fall well outside the musical norms of his day, and serve as an exquisite portrayal of the tears that Peter sheds after denying Jesus three times. We leave the story of Lazarus with the knowledge of his return to life, and thus also with "Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren," a hopeful poem which Brahms sets with characteristic brilliance. The soprano and tenor parts throughout are the same line, but displaced in time by one measure and in space by a 7th (a rather dissonant interval on its own), and the same is true of the alto and bass parts. This means that Brahms effectively takes two melodies and, by doubling and rearranging them, creates a fourpart
texture of stunning harmony - a true achievement of intellect and musicality. The choral response, "I am the Resurrection," is taken from Tomkins' setting of the Burial Sentences, which is spoken or sung at funerals in the Anglican tradition. It is set simply without much polyphony so that the text, and its message of hope that Jesus gave to Lazarus' sister and still gives to us, remains clear.

Liturgist—Drew Stockstill    Celebrants—Dana Hughes, Baron Mullis

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