Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Music at The Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd

                    Music in worship at The Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd enables us to give a joyous gift of ourselves to God in union with our Eucharistic sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving.  All our vocal music for choristers and congregants is selected in accordance with the day’s scriptures or sacramental action, and much of our hymnody and service music is graphed into our weekly bulletin.  Worshipers are thereby equipped to become "doers of the word, and not hearers only" (James 1: 22)   while easily transforming music into liturgy itself - the work of the people. 

                We value the time-honored musical heritage preserved in our choir's anthem literature that encompasses four centuries of meritorious music, yet the prevalence of 20th and 21st century compositions sung by our choir likely creates the most contemporary music program of any local Episcopal parish.  We also value the treasure of congregational song contained in our 1982 Hymnal.  Additional Episcopal hymn resources have been published that enable us to experience African-American spirituals, hymns by women writers, revival choruses and contemporary music as well.  Our parish’s multicultural diversity is affirmed when the congregation sings commonly understood Mass items by a variety of Hispanic, African-American or contemporary composers.  Thus the welcoming and inclusive spirit of our people is authenticated in worship that is vibrant, significant and increasingly "broad tent" rather than unflinchingly "high church" or resolutely "low church" in character.
                Our music ministry is directed by Roland Woehr, who holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, having studied with Alan Harler.  An avid composer of sacred music, Roland composes and arranges for us that we might continually “sing to the Lord a new song.”  (Psalm 96: 1)  Our choir meets at 9:30 AM each Sunday, September through June, to prepare the directed music for the 10:30 AM celebration of the Holy Eucharist, Rite II.  Parishioners and friends of the parish who are interested in singing with the choir are warmly welcome to discuss this with the choirmaster after the liturgy.                                                                                              

                                                                                       ~Cantate Domino, omnes gentes (Ps. 117:1)
 
Roland Woehr, Choirmaster and Organist
Annie Burridge, Soprano; Kimberly Oppelt, Mezzo Soprano
Megan McFadden, Contralto; Andrew Shaw, Baritone
 
 September 4, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Special Prelude Music begins at 10:15 AM

The Liturgy begins at 10:30 AM on Sunday Mornings

The anthem of the day will be selected from the following~

           
Pentecost XVI - Proper 18                                                                     4 September

Jeremiah 18:1-11, Psalm 139:1-5, 12-1, Philemon 1-21 Luke 14:25-33

            McCormick:                 “If Any Man Would Come After Me”

            Woehr:                        “If Any Man Would Come After Me”
            Schumann:                  “If Any Man Would Come After Me”

 
Pentecost XVII - Proper 19                                                                  11 September

Exodus 32:7-14, Psalm 51:1-11, 1st Timothy 1:12-17, Luke 15:1-10

            Woehr:                         “Create in me a clean heart, O God”
            Farrant:                        “Lord, For Thy Tender Mercy’s Sake”
            Scott:                           “Come, Ye Blessed”

 
Pentecost XVIII - Proper 20                                                                18 September

Amos 8:4-7, Psalm 113, 1st Timothy 2:1-7, Luke 16:1-13

            Woehr:                         “From the Rising of the Sun” (psalm)

            Mendelßohn:                “Yet Doth the Lord”

 

Pentecost XIX - Proper 21                                                                   25 September

Amos 6:1a, 4-7, Psalm 146, 1st Timothy 6:6-19, Luke 16:19-31

            Vaughan-Williams:        “Dives and Lazarus”
            Gardner:                       “Fight the Good Fight”
            Duruflé:                        “In Paradisum” from Requiem

 
Pentecost XX - Proper 22          Francis of Assisi, Friar                            2 October
Habakkuk 1:1-4, 2:1-4, Psalm 37:1-10, 2nd Timothy 1:1-14, Luke 17:5-10

           
            Wesley:                        “Here on Thine Altar Thou Comest to Me”
            Gibbons:                       “O Lord, Increase our Faith”

           

Pentecost XXI - Proper 23                                                                         9 October    

2nd Kings 5:1-3, 7-15c, Psalm 111, 2nd Timothy 2:8-15, Luke 17:11-19

            Woehr:                         Orison on The Ten Lepers
               African-American:        “I Hear a Voice a-Prayin’”

 

Pentecost XXII - Proper 24                                                                       16 October

Genesis 32:22-31, Psalm 121, 2nd Timothy 3:14 – Chapter 4:5, Luke 18:1-8

            Woehr:                         “Lord, Keep Us Steadfast in Your Word”(II Tim. 3)
            Bernstein:                      Psalm 121  (A Simple Song)

           
Pentecost XXIII - Proper 25,                                                                   23 October           

Jeremiah 14:7-10, 19-22, Psalm 84:1-6, 2nd Timothy 4:6-8, 16-18, Luke 18:9-14

            Wright:                          Orison on the The Pharisee and the Publican
            Woehr:                         “Behold, In the Latter Day”
            Peeters:                        The Publican’s Prayer

 
Pentecost XXIV – Proper 26                                                                    30 October

Isaiah 1:10-1, Psalm 32:1-8, 2nd Thessalonians 1:1-4, 11-12, Luke 19:1-10

            Woehr:                         The Best of Rooms

           

The Sunday Observance of The Feast of All Saints                              6 November

Daniel 7:1-3, 15-18, Psalm 149, Ephesians 1:11-23, Luke 6:20-31

            Woehr:                         Selections from Requiem Mass in B flat minor

 
Pentecost XXVI - Proper 28                                                                  13 November

Malachi 4:1-2a, Psalm 98, II Thessalonians 3:6-13 Luke 21:15-19

            Woehr:                         “There will be Signs”
            African-American:        “Ain’t Got Time to Die”
 

The Festival of Christ the King, Proper 29,                                         20 November 

Jeremiah 23:1-6, Canticle 4, Colossians 1:11-20, Luke 23:33-43

            Woehr:                         “Be Still and Know That I am God”

            Bouman:                       “Behold, the Days are Coming”

            Morricone:                   “Crucifixus” – “I am Alpha”  

 
First Sunday in Advent, New Liturgical Year: A                                27 November

Isaiah 2:1-5, Psalm 122, Romans 13:11-14, Matthew 24:36-44

            Woehr:                         Festival Introit:  “I Was Glad”
            Bach:                                 “Zion hört die Wächter singen”
            Osborne:                     “Samchti B’Omrim Li”  (Ps. 122: 6)

 
Second Sunday in Advent                                                                         4 December

Isaiah 11: 1-10, Psalm 72: 1-7, 18-19, Romans 15: 4-13, Matthew 3: 1-12

            Handel:                        “Comfort Ye”

            Crosier:                        “O Radix Jesse”

 
 Third Sunday in Advent                                                                       11 December

Isaiah 35:1-10, Magnificat (Canticle 15), James 5:7-10, Matthew 11:2-11

            Sirrett:                          “Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes”
            Woehr:                         "The Wilderness"
 
 
Fourth Sunday in Advent                                                                     18 December

Isaiah 7:10-16, Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18, Romans 1:1-7, Matthew 1:18-25

            Burgundian:                  “Nova!  Ave fit ex Eva!”

            Handel:                        “Behold, a Virgin Shall Conceive”
            Rutter:                          Carol of the Children

 

The Vigil of Christmas                                      Saturday, 24 December at 7:30 PM

A traditional liturgy of Lessons and Carols
Eucharist Setting:  Christmas Carol Contrafacta Service
 
            Finzi:                            In Terra Pax

            Rutter:                          “What Sweeter Music”

 

Christmas Morning Mass (Rite II)                       Sunday, 25 December at 10:30 AM

Isaiah 62:6-12, Psalm 97, Titus 3:4-7, Luke 2:8-20

            Dirksen:                        “A Child, My Choice”
           

The First Sunday after Christmas, Name of Jesus                             1 January 2017

Isaiah 61:10- 62: 3, Psalm 147, Galatians 3:23-35, 4:4-7, John 1:1-18

            Holdridge:                     “O Joyful Children”

            Ramirez:                       “Gloria Dios” (‘Misa Criolla’)

 
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Sunday before the Epiphany of Our Lord                                         1 January 2017

Isaiah 60: 1-6, Psalm 72: 1-7, 10-14, Ephesians 3: 1-12, Matthew 2: 1-12

            Dirksen:                        “A Child My Choice”

            Friedell:                        “Bring Not a Crown to Wear” 

 
Baptism of our Lord                                                                                  8 January

Isaiah 42: 1-9, Acts 10: 34-43, Matthew 3: 13-17, Psalm 29

            Nelson:                         “He Came Here for Me”
            Friedell:                        “Behold, In Jordan’s Sacred Flood”

 

 

 





 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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