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Changes and Farewells

It’s time to say farewell to two individuals that have made a significant impact on the life of the Church of Our Saviour.

Our first farewell and thank you will be to Father Bob Honeychurch on July 14, at 9:00 AM, between the two morning services.  This will be Bob’s last Sunday at the Church of Our Saviour. Bob has been serving as our interim rector since Feb. 2018. His time with us is coming to an end as we draw closer to calling our next rector.

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Music Ministry Notes

Where do I begin? I have been BLESSED these years here at The Church of Our Saviour.  Sometimes it feels like I’ve been here since 1989, when I first became Organist, with James Person, Director of Music. Those were wonderful years here with The Rev. Canon Nicholas Kouletsis, as Interim Rector and then the calling of The Rev. Canon Denis O’Pray. The choir went on two tours, and I was privileged to be organist for these trips abroad. In the intervening years, I was invited back to be guest organist for various music activities with then Director of Music, Linda Duffendack Mays.

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Laetare Sunday, We Remember

This Sunday March 31st, the 4th Sunday in Lent, we Remember and Celebrate Betsy Hathaway and Fred Bock.

Harry and Betsy Hathaway have been members of this congregation for many years. Harry has asked we remember his dear wife, Betsy, at the services on March 31, which would have been close to her 77th birthday. We sing the anthem, “Eternal Love” a setting of the words of Dorothy Gurney, “O Perfect Love”, and for communion, we sing the beloved setting by Cesar Franck, of the Latin text “Panis angelicus”, Bread of Angels, from Franck’s “Solemn Mass”, Opus 12. We are happy to welcome a friend of this congregation, as cellist this morning, Mary Anne Steinberger.

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Music Ministry News

We are now into the month of August and that means September is CLOSE at hand. That also means that the adult and children’s choirs will once again beginning their respective rehearsals.

Our Saviour Choir begins with our FIRST REHEARSAL of the season, SEPTEMBER 6, Thursday evenings, 7:30 – 9:15 p.m. There is space available for your participation this coming season.

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Praying Towards Sunday

Trinity Sunday – The First Sunday after Pentecost

Since my first year here at COS in 2008, I have asked us as a congregation to recognize the members of the ‘adult’ choir, Our Saviour Choir.  This year, once again, I will ask us to acknowledge the many hours and service commitments these members of the choir have dedicated to singing, leading and joining us in praise and prayer.

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Epiphany Eve!

Here is an article that I found a few years ago, and helps me in preparing for this last week of Epiphany. COME celebrate with us, a service of Evensong (Evening Prayer) with Our Saviour Choir and guests, with Dr. Tom Mueller, guest organist.

HISTORY, TRADITIONS, CUSTOMS

The Church's celebration of Epiphany ("manifestation), the "twelfth night of Christmas," apparently originated in Egypt sometime during the third century, thus the Church's celebration of this feast predates even the celebration of Christmas itself.

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Welcome to the Tenth Season: Music for a Season 2017-18

We invite you to become a member of the Friends of Music.

During this season, Our Saviour Choir will present five Evensongs on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. Two concerts, January 21, Former organist, Mark Thallander and pianist, Peter Green will present an organ and piano concert. The second, a concert for flute, voice and organ will be presented with flutists, Rik Noyce & Meg Griffith and counter tenor, Cris Law on March 18.

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Join the Choir this Season!

WE WILL SOON begin another season.  I invite all who are 18 and older to become a member of this vital ministry of the church.  The choir has a weekly rehearsal, Thursday evenings, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.  The FIRST REHEARSAL of the season is Thursday, AUGUST 31.  We will sing our first service on September 10, Our Saviour Sunday. JOIN US!!!

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Alchemy Handbell Ensemble

Handbells are beautiful! 

Each bell is cast of bronze and tuned to a separate pitch.  Struck by fixed clappers, individual bells ring with a tone that is pure, sweet, and clear. Dynamics range from an ethereal whisper to a resounding forte.  Handbell repertoire includes idiomatic compositions, which can be played only on bells, improvisatory peals, and transcriptions of familiar music. 

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A Note from the Music Dept.

A most grateful and thankful heart to all who made a contribution to the Music Ministry. Thank you for your generous spirit and your love of music and love for our risen Lord, our Saviour, Jesus Christ, warms my spirit! Blessings to ALL!

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The 1928 Book of Common Prayer

The 1928 Book of Common Prayer served the Episcopal Church for fifty years, from 1928 until 1978. The 1928 revision was very extensive - perhaps the most radical U. S. prayer book revision until that of 1979. Some of the many changes from the previous 1892 book included dropping liturgies of rather outdated theology, such as the Visitation of Prisoners; the three baptism rites were combined into one; and several changes were made to the Communion service, including further de-emphasis of the Decalogue, and rearrangement of the Lord's Prayer and the Prayer of Humble Access back to the position they had in the Prayer Book of 1549.

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A Sunday from 1789

The Order for the Administration of the Lord's Supper, or HOLY COMMUNION Prayer Book 1789.

We will use the Prayer Book, 1798 for both services this coming Sunday morning. This is a part of our celebration of the "150th Anniversary".

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Music and Worship at COS

MUSIC and Worship at COS

Part of our experiencing and celebrating our 150th Anniversary this year, this coming Sunday, February 5, Epiphany 5, the service at 10 a.m. will be in two parts. The Entrance section will be a celebration of the Feast of the Presentation.

We enter the church in quiet and darkness, awaiting LIGHT.

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EXPLORING music of the liturgy

 have been asked many times if I would do a “Forum”.  And, as you know, that is not possible because I am with Our Saviour Choir in rehearsal at that time on Sunday mornings. So, I have decided to offer four sessions on “Music and the Liturgy” after the 10 am service. 

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