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Music Director's Monthly Newsletter Message

February 2013 Music Notes

Music Notes By Jessica Baier




Office Hours

Sunday: 7:00 a.m.— 12:00  p.m.

Monday: 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 10:00 a.m.— 3:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.— 9:00  p.m.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday as needed


Handbell Choir: Wednesdays at 6:00 pm

Chancel Choir: Wednesdays at 7:15 pm




In preparation for the Holy Season of Lent, the Chancel Choir is preparing for a service of Evensong on Ash Wednesday, February 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the sanctuary.  This traditional service of Evensong will include four pieces sung by the choir, evening and Lenten hymns, and even some chant. We will also be joined by Amanda Vosburgh, who will play her cello during the Imposition of the Ashes.  Pastor Snyder will preach.

The service of Evening Prayer is not often identified with Presbyterians; it is usually regarded as an Anglican practice.  And yet, it was once common in all of the churches that issued out of the Protestant Reformation, including ours.  Thomas Cranmer, author of the Anglican Book of Common Prayer and Archbishop of Canterbury in the 16th century, popularized Evensong in its now-traditional form.  The Evensong liturgy was meant to be a simplification of the medieval rites of worship.  Cranmer’s service was composed mostly of music, including Psalms, responsories, and lessons.  The service of Evensong, or Evening Prayer at the Close of the Day, will certainly appeal to us in a refreshing way, cleansing our hearts, minds and souls for the beginning of the Holy Season of Lent.
Also during Lent, the Handbell Choir is preparing to perform at the Coraopolis United Methodist Church as part of their Lenten Concert Series.  This concert will be on Wednesday, March 13, at noon, followed by  a luncheon provided by the church. The Handbell Choir will perform a variety of pieces, including an arrangement of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Pie Jesu” from his “Requiem,” “Just a Closer Walk with Thee,” and a suite of pieces from the Virginia Highlands.  Please try to attend to support our Handbell Choir!