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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

February 2012 - Music Notes

Music Notes By Jessica Baier




Office Hours

Sunday: 7:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Monday: 10:00 a.m. -3:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

and 4:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


It’s hard to believe that we start  preparation for the season of Lent this month.  Ash Wednesday, February 22, begins the 40 days of anticipating the great joy that is Easter.  Worship on February 19, Transfiguration Sunday, and throughout Lent will feature a variety of different hymns from our PC(USA) hymnal and a few other hymnals.


On Sunday, February 19, we will sing the hymn, “O Wondrous Sight, O Vision Fair.”  During Lent, we will also sing this hymn tune to the text of “O Love, How Deep, How Broad, How High.”  This tune is referred to as “The Agincourt Song” (or by its chorus, Deo Gracias).  It was written in 15th century England, narrating the 1415 Battle of Agincourt, in which the English army defeated France in what is now the Pas-de-Calais region in France.


On the Sundays in Lent, the congregation will join the Chancel Choir in singing the Call to Prayer, which takes place just before the Pastoral Prayer and the Prayers of the People.  Each week we will sing a verse from the familiar hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross.”  This hymn was written in 1912 by evangelist and song-writer George Bennard, based on Galatians 6:14, which reads:



But God forbid that I should glory,

save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,

by whom the world is crucified unto me,

and I unto the world.”