In light of my thoughts about Church Music in a Violent World I thought that it might be appropriate to share a practical, musical example of something offered in the liturgy this past week.
There was a stanza in a hymn this past Sunday that, for so many reasons, leapt off the page at me.
Where generation, class or race
divide us to our shame,
[God] sees not labels but a face,
a person and a name.
I offered a simple treatment that I've never thought to try before. A brief "wind down" to an unaccompanied stanza, and then another brief "ramp up" to the final stanza.
This is a live recording of the sequence hymn (Hymn 603: "When Christ was lifted from the earth") from the 10:30 a.m. service at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, St. Louis. The Gospel lesson that followed was the parable of the Good Samaritan.
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