History of the Music Program: 2011-2012

First Parish Unitarian Universalist of Arlington


Director of Music: Laura Stanfield Prichard
Organist/Pianist: Sarah Haera Tocco
Composer in Residence & Music Director Emeritus: Kenneth Seitz

September 11 "We Need One Another"

  • Prelude: The Tide Rises by Kirby Shaw (1941-)
  • Silent Candle Lighting Anthem: Song for Athene by John Tavener (1944-)
    In Memory of the victims of the NYC events of Sept. 11, 2001
    Westminster Abbey Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMrxJfvSnn8
    Luther College Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CNld8nKntVw&feature=related
    Princess Diana's Funeral: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=II_QgNkG5jg
    "Alleluia. May flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.
    Remember me O lord, when you come into your kingdom.
    Give rest O Lord to your servants, who has fallen asleep.
    The choir of saints have found the well-spring of life, and door of paradise.
    Life: a shadow and a dream.
    Weeping at the grave creates the song:
    Alleluia. Come, enjoy rewards and crowns I have prepared for you."
  • Water Music: Aubade by Paul de Wailly (1854-1933)
    First Parish Woodwind Trio
    Mies Boet-Whitaker, flute; Carl Schlaikjer, oboe; Michell Markus, clarinet
  • Offertory: Étude in C minor, "Ocean", op 25, no.12 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Postlude: Pine Apple Rag (1908) by Scott Joplin (1868-1917), arranged by Bill Holcombe (1924-2010)
    Mies Boet-Whitaker, flute; Carl Schlaikjer, English horn; Michell Markus, bass clarinet
  • Hymns & Readings: 159, 347, 358, 729, On that Day by Andrea Patel
  • Chalice Singer Field Trip to Concord - Verrill Farm, Old North Bridge, Main Street Café

September 17 Town Day/Pie Palace/Outdoor Music

September 18 "On Islam: Is it a Choice or a Blessing?"

  • Prelude: Excerpts from the Morning Adhan (Pre-dawn Call to Prayer)
    Allahu akbar. God is great.
    Hayya 'ala-salah. Come to worship/prayer.
    Hayya 'ala 'l-falah. Come to success.
    As-salatu khayru min an-nawm. Worship is better than sleep.
    La ilaha illallah. There is no God but God.
    Notes: The Adhan, or Islamic call to prayer, is an integral part of the Muslim faith, and is considered heightened speech, rather than music. It’s the first thing recited in the ears of a newborn babe, and it rings out in mosques, Islamic schools, homes, and on the street in Muslim communities five times a day. Women do not traditionally chant in this style, but there is a tradition of female singers and poets called awalim, linked to Aisha, wife of the Prophet Muhammad.

    This story and these words are found in the Sahih al-Bukhari, the most trusted collection of the sayings of the Prophet, after the Qu'ran: "One day the Prophet’s companions were discussing how to gather everyone for prayer. Some suggested using a bell as Christians do, and others advised using a ram's horn, following ancient Jewish practice. Muhammad said, 'The ink of the scholar is more sacred than the blood of a martyr.' Then Umar, one of the Prophet's companions, suggested having one voice call others to prayer from the holy texts."
  • Children's Music: Halla lalla layya (Friendship song in Arabic, Lebanon)
  • Candle Music: El Allah Hu (Sufi song used in the Dances of Universal Peace) arr. Lynne White
    Notes: Sufism is the mystical tradition of Islam. Jalaluddian Rumi, a thirteenth-century Persian Sufi and founder of the Mevlana order, developed ritual dance. Because his dances consisted mostly of spinning in place or around a central point, Rumi's mendicant (in Persian, darvish) disciples came to be known as "whirling devishes." Sufism was brought to the West by Pir Vilayat Kahn and an American disciple, Sam Lewis. Lewis developed a regular following in San Francisco, and the circle dances and songs he taught developed into the Dances of Universal Peace. The primary mystical teaching of Sufism is the Islamic credo "La Ilaha El Allah Hu." Most Muslims would interpret this as a declaration of monotheism ("There is no God but Allah"), whereas the Sufis understand it as a revelation of unity ("There is no reality but God"). Lynne White learned this melody from Wali Ali Meyer, a Jewish man from Mississippi who was the leader of the SF Dances of Universal Peace community in the 1980s.
  • Offertory: Étude in C-sharp minor, "Cello", op 25, no.7 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Postlude: Étude in A-flat major, "Aeolian Harp", op 25, no.1 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Hymns & Readings: 188, 205, 322, 414
  • Chalice Singers Performance - Riversing with the Revels
    5:45pm Harvard Square/Winthrop Park Parade
    6pm Riversing Concert/Picnic by the Charles River http://www.revels.org/calendar/riversing/

September 24 Blood Drive

  • Adult Choir with Virginia Crumb, harp - Chichester Psalms (for 9/25)
  • Women's Quintet from the UUlations
  • Men's Quartet from Iveria
  • Meg Candilore

September 25
(Rosh HaShanah is Sept. 28/29)
Lori Kenschaft coordinated a visit to a mosque after the service.

  • Prelude: Adonai roi* from Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
    Second movement, first 1/3 only, with Chalice Singers
    Jennifer Kobayashi and Carolyn Hodges, soloists
    Free online practice files: http://cyberbass.org/
  • Sounding of the Shofar
    Jean Renard Ward, cantor; Peter Pulsifer, shofar (ibex horn from Yemen)
    The shofar is one of the earliest musical instruments known to humanity. It was developed by the early Hebrews and is made from the horn of an animal, usually a ram but sometimes of a sheep, goat, mountain goat, antelope, or gazelle. At the New Year the shofar calls us to try to make a new start within ourselves. The twelfth century Jewish philosopher Maimonides wrote in Hilkhot Teshuvah, chapter 3: "Awake, sleepers from your sleep! Arise, slumberers, from your slumber! Scrutinize your deeds and return to repentance and remember your creator! Look to your souls, better your ways and deeds."
  • Musical Reflection for Wider Network of Care Survey:
    Chaconne by Virginia Crumb, harp
  • Candle Music: Adonai, lo gavah libi from Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
    Third movement, without 19 mm. introduction
    Free online practice files: http://cyberbass.org/
    Bow Valley Chorus (Banff): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TKLWHshPEo&feature=related
  • Offertory: Lamah rag'shu* from Chichester Psalms by Leonard Bernstein
    Second movment, remaining 2/3, with Carolyn Hodges, soloist
    Free online practice files: http://cyberbass.org/
    Bernstein's last performance of this piece: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LCOBWxUZbmA
    *Best college choir performance (Clare): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QcF3t-W3Wi8
  • Postlude: Songs without Words, op. 85, no. 3, "Delirium" by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • Hymns & Readings: 215, 290, 350, 414, 634, unison reading from “Things Most Commonly Believed Among Us” by the Western Unitarian Conference, 1887

October 1 Evening Concert featuring emma's revolution

October 2
This service features music by Duo emma's revolution.

  • Prelude: Sabbath Prayer from Fiddler on the Roof (1964) by Jerrold Lewis "Jerry" Bock (1928-2010)
  • Intergen Song: If I Had a Hammer by Pete Seeger
    emma's revolution
  • Candle Music: Down in the River to Pray
  • Offertory: emma's revolution
  • Anthem: Swimming to the Other Side by Pat Humphries
    mma's revolution
  • Postlude: Has Anybody Seen the Choir?
    mma's revolution
  • Hymns & Readings: 6, 36, 123, 414

October 9 Guest preacher Susan Moran
(Columbus Day is Oct. 10)

  • Prelude: Fantasy in C Major by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Candle Music: Meditation from Songs without Words (1843) by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
  • Offertory: First Arabesque (1888) by Claude Debussy (1862-1918)
  • Postlude: Prelude in C Major by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Hymns & Readings: 131, 188, 219, 414, Love is the Spirit of this Church, Excerpt from The Gospel of Matthew, chapter 18

October 16: Lessons from Nature
Ferry Beach Retreat Weekend

  • Prelude: Waldesrauschen (Forest Murmurs) by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • Candle Music: O, For the Wings of a Dove by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Laurie Francis-Wright, soprano solo
    Best recording with online score: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCIKdjVooQ0
  • Offertory: Aften på højfjellet (Evening in the mountains), op. 68, no. 4 by Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
  • Postlude: Owls, op. 53, no. 4 (1908) by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Recording by Cambridge U Chamber Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U7JnIjK1ML4
    Text (Owls: an Epitaph) by Edward Elgar
    What is that? ... Nothing;
    The leaves must fall, and falling, rustle;
    That is all:
    They are dead
    As they fall, -
    Dead at the foot of the tree;
    All that can be is said.
    What is it? ... Nothing.
    What is that? ... Nothing;
    A wild thing hurt in the night,
    And it cries
    In its dread,
    Till it lies
    Dead at the foot of the tree;
    All that can be is said.
    What is it? ... Nothing.
    What is that? ... Ah!
    A marching slow of unseen feet,
    That is all:
    But a bier, spread
    With a pall,
    Is now at the foot of the tree;
    All that could be is said.
    Is it ... what? ... Nothing..
  • Hymns & Readings: 52, 203, 298, 414, Divinity School Address (1838) by Ralph Waldo Emerson

October 23 Transylvania Pilgrimage

  • Prelude: Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • Candle Music: Gymnopédie No. 1 by Erik Satie
    First Parish Clarinet Flash Mob
    Lynne Davis, Andrew Kobayashi, Michelle Markus, Brian Wilson, clarinets
    Tina Kambil, soprano saxophone
  • Offertory: Friska (Allegro) from Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6 by Franz Liszt (1811-1886)
  • A Shared Sermon: Reflections on a Pilgrimage to Transylvania
    Opening Rev. Marta Flanagan
    Words from Afar Carol Orne Johnson
    A Love Story Joanne Preston
    To Be Welcomed Michael Freidman
    The Unexpected Good Mary Young
    The Witness John Burt
    Closing Rev. Marta Flanagan
  • Postlude: Excerpts from Water Music by George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
    First Parish Clarinet Flash Mob
  • Hymns & Readings: 103, 123, 151, 352, 414

October 30: "On Discipline and Self Control"
Possible all-Parish meeting Noon-2pm

  • Prelude: Invictus (2011) by Morgan Jackson (1996-)
    Text by William Ernest Henley:
    Out of the night that covers me,
    Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
    I thank whatever gods may be
    For my unconquerable soul.

    In the fell clutch of circumstance
    I have not winced nor cried aloud.
    Under the bludgeonings of chance
    My head is bloody, but unbowed.

    Beyond this place of wrath and tears
    Looms but the Horror of the shade,
    And yet the menace of the years
    Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

    It matters not how strait the gate,
    How charged with punishments the scroll.
    I am the master of my fate:
    I am the captain of my soul.
  • Child Dedication Music: Tabula rasa by Don Macdonald (1966-)
    Practice file, translation, and notes: http://web.me.com/larrynickel/CypressAudio/Tabula.html
    Notes: Composer Don Macdonald had a specific image in mind when composing this music: a quiet moment between a mother and child when the mother sees, as she has never seen, the potential of the precious life she holds in her arms; a silent acknowledgement of her child and every child as a "blank slate" (tabula rasa) with seemingly limitless potential.
    In my arms, breathe. Life without limits. Light of day, dark night.
    Sleep, dream, rest in safety.
    With your heart, your soul, listen and know this truth:
    Within you are boundless futures if you are given freedom;
    freedom to grow, freedom to learn, freedom to touch,
    freedom to feel, freedom to imagine,
    freedom to love, freedom to be loved.
  • Candle Music: Bella's Lullaby by Carter Burwell (1955-)
    First Parish Chamber Orchestra
    Notes: Carter Burwell composed Bella's theme for the film Twilight (1988). It depicts the main character's longing for transformation and freedom.
  • Offertory: Sonata, op. 65 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
    Tina Kambil, alto saxophone; Kenneth Seitz, piano
    Notes: Frédéric Chopin wrote his Sonata in G minor in 1846. It is one of nine works of Chopin published during his lifetime that were written for instruments other than piano (originally a duet for cello and piano). This sonata was the last of Chopin's works to be published in his lifetime. Chopin played this at his last public concert, at the Salle Pleyel on 16 February 1848.
  • Offertory: Adagio from the Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
    Kenneth Seitz, piano
  • Postlude: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Carl Schlaikjer, oboe solo
    Notes: Gabriel's Oboe was written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone for the film The Mission (1986). Set in the 1750s, the story concerns Spanish Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) who enters the South American jungle to build a mission among the Guaraní. Father Gabriel travels above the perilous Iguazu Falls and plays his oboe. The Guaraní warriors are captivated by the music and welcome him into their community.
  • Hymns & Readings: 116, 414, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, When the Spirit Says Do
  • Chalice Singers Fall Lunch 12-1:30pm @ Not Your Average Joe's

November 6: Shinn Service with the Rev. Jane Dwinell
Daylight Savings Time

  • Prelude: Adagio by Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
  • Worship Associates Installation: Today we welcome Michelle Bates Deakin and Elizabeth Hunter as new Worship Associates at First Parish. They join Worship Associates Ginny LaCrow, Jim Ptacek, and Jean Renard Ward.
  • Candle Music: Deep in My Soul, op. 53, no. 2 (1908) by Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    Recording by Cambridge U Chamber Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YetYZqDpO3o&feature=related
    Text by George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron (1788-1824) from The Corsair, Canto I: xiv, 1-2:
    Deep in my soul that tender secret dwells,
    Lonely and lost to light for evermore,
    Save when to thine my heart responsive swells,
    Then trembles into silence as before.

    There, in its centre, a sepulchral lamp
    Burns the slow flame, eternal - but unseen;
    Which not the darkness of Despair can damp,
    Though vain its ray as it had never been.
  • Offertory: Prelude in G-flat major, op. 23, no. 10 by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  • Anthem: Drömmarna (Dreams), JS64 (1917) by Jean Sibelius
    performed by Ensemble Cantissimo, directed by Markus Utz
    Text by descriptive geometry pioneer Jonatan Reuter (1859-1947) in Swedish:
    Släktena födas, och släktena gå,
    släktena glida som strömmar,
    dö och försvinna och slockna - ändå
    dö ej de lockande drömmar:
    leva i sol och i sorg och i storm,
    domna och läggas på båren,
    uppstå ånyo i skimrande form,
    följa varandra i spåren,
    hur än de komma och hur än de gå,
    glida som speglande strömmar,
    hur de försvinna och slockna - ändå
    leva de eviga drömmar.
    Translation: Generations have been born, generations have gone,
    generations glide like streams,
    they die, vanish and extinguish,
    but not the tempting dreams:
    they live in the sun, sadness and storm,
    they sleep, are put on their deathbed,
    and rise up in a new, shining form,
    following each others' footsteps.
    However they come and however they go,
    they glide like reflecting streams,
    however they fade and vanish,
    they live forever, the dreams.
  • Postlude: Organ Toccata by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706)
  • Hymns & Readings: 11, 318, 331, 414

November 13 "On Suffering and Hope"
(Veteran's Day is Friday, Nov. 11 - Chalice Singers Field Trip)

  • Prelude: Flute Tune by Daniel Pinkham (1923-2006)
  • Intergen Song: Fix You (2005) by Coldplay
    Bella Jaffe, vocal solo; Tristan Jantz, guitar
  • Candle Music: Song for Athene by John Tavener (1944-)
    Texts from Hamlet and the Orthodox funeral service.
  • Offertory: Reconciliation by Stephen Chatman
    Peter Pulsifer, flugelhorn/trumpet
    Best performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DfOoq3qSUSU
    Biography of the composer: http://www.drstephenchatman.com/bio.html
    Text by Walt Whitman from Leaves of Grass:
    WORD over all, beautiful as the sky!
    Beautiful that war, and all its deeds of carnage,
    must in time be utterly lost;
    That the hands of the sisters Death and Night, incessantly softly
    wash again, and ever again, this soil’d world:
    ... For my enemy is dead—a man divine as myself is dead;
    I look where he lies, white-faced and still, in the coffin—I draw near;
    I bend down, and touch lightly with my lips
    the white face in the coffin.
  • Postlude: Festive March by Daniel Pinkham
    Longtime Organist and Director of Music at King's Chapel, Boston (UU)
  • Hymns & Readings: 95, 100, 331

November 19

  • Harvest Moon Fair

November 20 Thanksgiving Sunday/Corn and Cornbread

  • Prelude: Reverie by Félix-Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
  • Anthem: I Love this Town by Nanci Griffith
    Performed by Somebody's Mother women's folk trio: Meg Candilore, Anne Goodwin, Annette Sawyer
    Lyrics & Tab = http://www.tabs-database.com/nanci-griffith/I-Love-This-Town-chords.html
    Clive Gregson studio performance = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpUD3YiNwrM
    Nanci Griffith (studio rec. starting at 7:42) = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bitXqld433s
    Nanci Griffith live Performance = http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxd8yS_YAmk
  • Candle Lighting Music: One Voice (as recorded by the Wailin' Jennys)
    Women of the First Parish Choir with Somebody's Mother Trio
  • Offertory: Gabriel's Oboe by Ennio Morricone (1928-)
    Tina Kambil, alto saxophone solo
    Notes: Gabriel's Oboe was written by Italian composer Ennio Morricone for the film The Mission (1986). Set in the 1750s, the story concerns Spanish Jesuit priest Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons) who enters the South American jungle to build a mission among the Guaraní. Father Gabriel travels above the perilous Iguazu Falls and plays his oboe. The Guaraní warriors are captivated by the music and welcome him into their community.
  • Corn/Cornbread Music: Autumn Leaves (Les Feuillets Morts)
    First Parish Intergenerational Orchestra
  • Postlude: Maple Leaf Rag by Scott Joplin (1867-1917)
  • Hymns & Readings: 67, 331, 349, Stone Soup by John J. Muth (Chinese Folk Tale)

November 24 - no music rehearsals due to Thanksgiving

November 27 Anna Watson, guest speaker

  • Prelude: Sexy Sadie by John Lennon (1940-1980)
    Adam Kaminski, guitar and Bart Buurman, drums/saxophone
  • Candle Music: Sunday Morning/She Will be Loved by Maroon 5
    Laura Stanfield Prichard, piano/voice
  • Offertory: Adam Kaminski, guitar and Bart Buurman, drums/saxophone
  • Postlude: It Makes My Love Come Down by Bessie Smith (1894-1937)
    Adam Kaminski and Bart Buurman
  • Hymns & Readings: 131, 313, 331

December 2 Alliance Holiday Party
Holiday carols
UUlations perform three selections
Chalice Singers perform excerpts from Annie

December 4

  • Prelude: Prelude from Prelude, Fugue and Variations by Cesar Franck
  • Chalice Lighting Anthem: Be Ye Lamps Unto Yourselves
    This text attributed to Gautama Buddha, 5th cent. B.C.E. The music is based on a melody from Salisbury Cathedral, England. This was the first English Cathedral to translate Latin chants into English for use in the new Church of England under Henry VIII; that practice is called the Sarum Rite and helped to preserve many of the melodies in our UU hymnal.
  • Candle Music for Double Choir: Hymn to the Virgin by Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
    Online practice files by individual voice part: http://www.learnchoralmusic.co.uk/Britten/Hymn-to-Virgin/hymn-to-virgin.html
    Britten composed A Hymn to the Virgin in just a few hours when he was seventeen. In each of the three anonymous verses, the Middle English text sung by the choir is answered by the Medieval Latin phrases sung from the balcony.
    Here is a translation of the first stanza (in this font, +represents the character "thorn" and ? represents the character "yogh" in Middle English):
    Of on +at is so fayr and bri?t, velud maris stella,
    (Of one who is so fair and bright, just like the star of the sea,)
    Bri?ter +an +e dayis li?t, parens & puella,
    (Brighter than the day is light, parent and girl,)
    Ic crie to +e, +ou se to me,
    (I cry to thee, you look favourably on me,)
    Leuedy, preye +i sone for me, tam pia,
    (Lady, pray to your son for me, so mercifully,)
    +at Ic mote come to +e, maria.
    (That I may come to thee, Mary.)
  • Offertory: Excerpt from Sonata, op.35, no. 2 by Frédéric Chopin
  • Postlude: Toccata in F Major by Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Hymns & Readings: 226, 231, 241
    People Look East was written by Londoner Eleanor Farjeon (1881-1965). Farjeon, the acclaimed author of many children's nursery rhymes (including the poem "Morning has Broken) was a devout Catholic who viewed her faith as "a progression toward which her spiritual life moved rather than a conversion experience."

December 11 Winter Music Service
Gloria (1961) by Francis Poulenc
Notes on the music: http://www.classicalnotes.net/classics/gloria.html
Online practice files:

  • Prelude: Gloria in excelsis Deo from Gloria (1961) by Francis Poulenc
    Guest musicians:
    Marissa Licata, vioin; Laura Burgess, viola; Rachel Gawell, cello; Virginia Crumb, harp
  • Intergenerational Music: Laudamus te
    Monteverdi Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2FzR97xoUMo
  • Candle Music: Domine Deus
    Andrew Leonard, tenor; Cindy Vredevld, mezzo soprano
  • Anthem: Domine fili, unigenite
    Monteverdi Choir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VgB_uxUqmvo&feature=related
  • Offertory: Domine Deus, Agnus Dei
    Cindy Vredeveld, mezzo soprano
  • Postlude: Qui sedes
  • Hymns & Readings: 25, 226, 237, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

December 16 "Embracing the Dark" Blue Christmas Service
UUlations perform several selections

December 18
(December 21 Chanukkah, December 22 Solstice)

  • Prelude: Noël Suisse by Louis-Claude Daquin (1694-1772)
  • Candle Music: Winter by Jennifer Kobayashi
    Poem by Walter de la Mare (1873-1956)
  • Interlude: Solstice Song by Randall Thompson
    Chalice Singers Youth Choir
    An exuberant setting (originally for solo voice) of Robert Lee Wolff’s poem.
    This is the time when the days have shortn'd
    and the nights grow steadily more important,
    And in mid-afternoon, across the park,
    the towers start to twinkle in the thickn'ing dark.
    REFRAIN: It's the solstice, the time when the sun stands still.
    Outside you, and inside you, you feel a bitter chill.
    It's the solstice, the solstice, when the cold north wind could kill;
    But hold your breath and it's Christmas,
    Peace on earth, and to men good will.
    And you look out at the glitter and the sidewalk and the stars,
    And the Christmas shoppers hurrying past neon lighted bars,
    And you're glad to have a daughter who can set you on the track,
    and to dine "a deux" at Christmas time, for the sun is coming back.
    Click here to hear a recording of this selection
  • Offertory: What is the Wind? by Diane Taraz Shriver
    As the wind lifts the leaves and sets the branches a-dancing,
    The earth is a-breathing and sighing;
    At the kiss of the breeze, all the trees are in motion,
    Some asking, and others replying.
    REFRAIN: What is the wind? Who can say?
    No one knows where it’s been,
    No one knows where it’s going.
    All that we can feel is the flow of the wind at our back,
    And its secrets we’ll never be knowing.

    As the birds dip and fly,
    Like little chips of the sky,
    On the edge of the wind cuts the swallow;
    At the turn of the season, they are off on a journey,
    Some leading, and others to follow. REFRAIN

    As the milkweed unfurls its little sails in the sunset,
    Adrift as the colors are burning;
    At the rise of the sun, the seed will fall with its fellows,
    Some dying, and others returning. REFRAIN
  • Music for Festive Decoration:
    O Christmas Tree arr. by Vince Guaraldi and other jazzy Christmas favorites: Jim Austin, piano
  • Postlude: Apple Tree Wassail
  • Hymns & Readings: 223, 226, 235

December 24 Candlelight Services, 4pm & 6pm

  • Organ Prelude: Three Versets on "Away in a Manger" by Mark Blatchly (b.1960)
    Sarah Haera Tocco, organ
    Stopping by Woods on Snowy Evening by Randall Thompson (1899-1984)
    First Parish Choir with Sarah Haera Tocco, piano
    Link to Robert Frost on video: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/poetryeverywhere/frost.html
    Four Carols (Catalan, Basque, Neapolitan, Provençal) by Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961)
    Virginia Crumb, harp
  • Anthem: Bring Them Home by Brad Hatfield
    Michael Prichard, baritone
  • Offertory: Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella
    This French melody was first published in 1553. It describes how visitors to the stable should keep their voices down so the newborn can enjoy his dreams. To this day in Provence, children dress up as shepherds and milkmaids, carrying torches and candles to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, while singing this noël.
    Carillon by Carlos Salzedo (1885-1961)
    Noël Provençal by Marcel Georges Lucien Grandjany (1891-1975)
    Virginia Crumb, harp
  • Postlude: Carol Fantasia by Gordon Young (1919-1998)
    Sarah Haera Tocco, organ
  • Carols & Readings: 228, 237, 244, 245, 251, 253, 530, Luke 2:1-20

December 25 Christmas Morning Tea

  • Prelude: En natus est Emmanuel by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    En natus est Emanuel, quem praedixit Gabriel.
    Lo! Emmanuel is born, whom Gabriel fortold.
    Hic jacet in praesepio, puer admirabilis.
    Here he lies in the manger, admirable boy.
    Haec lux est orta hodie, ex Maria Virgine.
    This light has dawned today, from the Virgin Mary.
  • Offertory: In dulci jubilo (1609) by Michael Praetorius (1571-1621)
    In dulci jubilo, nun singet und seid froh!
    In sweet rejoicing [German], now sing and be happy! [Latin]
    Unsers Herzens Wonne leit in praesepio;
    Our heart's joy lies [German] in the manger; [Latin]
    Und leuchtet wie die Sonne, Matris in gremio. Alpha es et O!
    And shines like the sun [German], in the mother' lap.
    You are the alpha and omega! [Latin]
  • Tea Service Music: Gloucestershire Wassail, arr. by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Candle Music: O magnum mysterium by Tomás Luis de Victoria (1548-1611)
    O magnum mysterium et admirabile sacramentum,
    O great mystery and wonderful sacrament,
    ut animalia viderent Dominum natum, jacentem in praesepio!
    that animals should see the Lord born, lying in a manger!
  • Postlude: Ther is no Ros (15th-century English carol)
    Originally, a 'carol' was a song which alternated a "burden," (often in three parts) with verses (in two parts); carols frequently served as music for circle dances. At the end of the carol the magical world of the nativity collapses into the literal one of the singer who walks out of the church at the end of the song, enacting the final call "Let's go" (transeamus).
    Ther is no ros of swych vertu as is the ros that bare Ihesu.
    There is no rose comparable in virtue to the rose (Mary) that bore Jesus.
    Alleluya. Rejoice.

    For in this ros conteynyd was heuen and erthe in lytyl space.
    For contained in this rose was heaven and earth in a little space.
    Res miranda. Wondrous thing.

    Be that ros we may weel see that He is God in personys thre.
    Through that rose, we come to understand the holy Trinity.
    Pari forma. Of same (or equal) form.

    The aungelys sungyn the sheperds to: "Gloria in excelsis Deo."
    The angels sang to the shepherds: "Glory to God in the highest."
    Gaudeamus. Let us rejoice.

    Leue we all this worldy merthe and folwe we this ioyful berthe.
    Let's leave the pleasures of this world and devote ourselves to the joy of this birth.
    Transeamus. Let's go.
  • Hymns & Readings: 239, 241, 249, 615 (altered), Mrs. Barber’s Christmas by Martin Armstrong from The Bazaar and Other Stories, 1924




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December 30 Celebration of the Life of Sue Morse led by Rev. Bill Gardiner

Prelude: Excerpts from Bach's Goldberg Variations

  • Hymn: I'll Fly Away by Jim Austin, piano
  • Postlude: Arabeske by Robert Schumann
  • Hymns & Readings: 21, 108, 123, 720

January 1, 2012 Poetry for the New Year

  • Prelude: Drömmarna (Dreams), JS64 (1917) by Jean Sibelius
    Vocal Quintet: Wendy Page, John & Carolyn Hodges, Mike & Laura Prichard
    Text in Swedish by descriptive geometry pioneer Jonatan Reuter (1859-1947)
    Släktena födas, och släktena gå,
    Generations have been born and have gone,
    släktena glida som strömmar,
    generations glide like streams,
    dö och försvinna och slockna - ändå
    they die, vanish and extinguish,
    dö ej de lockande drömmar:
    but not the tempting dreams:

    Leva i sol och i sorg och i storm,
    They live in the sun, sadness and storm,
    domna och läggas på båren,
    they sleep, are put on their deathbed,
    uppstå ånyo i skimrande form,
    and rise up in a new, shining form,
    följa varandra i spåren,
    following each others' footsteps.

    Hur än de komma och hur än de gå,
    However they come and however they go,
    glida som speglande strömmar,
    they glide like reflecting streams,
    hur de försvinna och slockna - ändå
    however they fade and vanish,
    leva de eviga drömmar.
    they live forever, the dreams.
  • Candle Music: Apres un rève by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Poem by Romain Bussine (1830-1899)
    Michael Prichard, baritone
    Dans un sommeil que charmait ton image (I dreamed of your image)
    Je rêvais le bonheur, ardent mirage, (of happiness, a mirage)
    Tes yeux étaient plus doux, ta voix pure et sonore, (Your eyes softer, your voice pure and sonorous)
    Tu rayonnais comme un ciel éclairé par l'aurore; (You shone like a clear sky lit by dawn)

    Tu m'appelais et je quittais la terre (You called me and I left the earth)
    Pour m'enfuir avec toi vers la lumière, (To run away with you toward the light)
    Les cieux pour nous entr'ouvraient leurs nues, (The clouds opened for us)
    Splendeurs inconnues, lueurs divines entrevues, (Unknown splendors, divine flashes)

    Hélas! Hélas! triste réveil des songes (Alas! sad awakening from dreams)
    Je t'appelle, ô nuit, rends moi tes mensonges, (I call to you, O night, return my fantasy)
    Reviens, reviens radieuse, Reviens ô nuit mystérieuse! (Return, return radiant, Return O mysterious night!)
  • Offertory: Les Berceaux by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
    Poem by René-François Sully-Prudhomme (1839-1907)
    Michael Prichard, baritone
    Le long du Quai, les grands vaisseaux, (By the quay, the great ships)
    Que la houle incline en silence, (that ride the swell in silence)
    Ne prennent pas garde aux berceaux, (take no notice of the cradles)
    Que la main des femmes balance. (that the hands of the women rock.)

    Mais viendra le jour des adieux, (But the day of farewells will come)
    Car il faut que les femmes pleurent, (when the women must weep)
    Et que les hommes curieux (and curious men are tempted)
    Tentent les horizons qui leurrent! (toward the horizons that lure them!)

    Et ce jour-là les grands vaisseaux, (And that day, the great ships)
    Fuyant le port qui diminue, (fleeing the diminishing port)
    Sentent leur masse retenue (feel their bulk held back)
    Par l'âme des lointains berceaux. (by the spirits of the distant cradles.)
  • Postlude: The Tide Rises by Kirby Shaw (1941-)
    Poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)
    The tide rises, the tide falls,
    The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
    Along the sea-sands damp and brown
    The traveller hastens toward the town,
    And the tide rises, the tide falls.
  • Hymns & Readings: 55, 58, 259

January 8, 2012
"Am I My Sister's Keeper?" Rev. Marta Flanagan
UUlations in Needham

  • Prelude: Aria by Paul Manz (1919-2009)
  • Candle Music: Frobisher Bay (Canadian folk song) arr. Diane Loomer (b. 1940)
  • Offertory: Careless Love (traditional lament) arr. by Marshall Bartholomew
  • Postlude: Waltz in B minor, op. 69, no. 2 by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Hymns & Readings: 55, 121, 186, Love is the Spirit of this Church

January 15 Worship Associates on Race and Class
(MLK Day observed on Monday, Jan. 16)

  • Prelude: A Change is Gonna Come by Sam Cooke (1931-1964)
    Chris Botos, trombone; Jim Austin, piano
  • Intergen Music: Somebody's Mother
  • Candle Music: Turning of the World by Ruth Pelham (1949-)
  • Offertory: Come Sunday by Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington (1899-1974)
  • Postlude: Just a Closer Walk with Thee (traditional Gospel)
  • Hymns & Readings: 55, 116, 118, Keep On Walking Proudly by Pat Humphries (1960-)

January 22
"Setting Your Goal and Aspirations" Rev. Marta Flanagan

  • Prelude: Prelude in E minor by Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
  • Candle Music: O, For the Wings of a Dove by Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
    Diane Taraz Shriver, soprano solo
  • Anthem: Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen by Vijay Singh (b.1966)
  • Offertory: Moment Musicaux, op. 16, no.5 in D-flat major by Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)
  • Postlude: Prelude in D minor by Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637-1707)
  • Hymns & Readings: 55, 124, 168

January 29
Leaf Seligman, guest preacher

  • This morning we welcome back to our pulpit Rev. Leaf Seligman. Leaf serves the Unitarian Universalist congregation in Fitchburg. Her book Opening the Window: Sabbath Meditations was published last year. Leaf came to Unitarian Universalism through our congregation in Portsmouth when our minister, Marta Flanagan, served there as minister. In fact, Leaf was a Worship Associate in Portsmouth before studying for the ministry at Harvard Divinity School. Leaf is a student of the banjo, a lover of gospel, and returned recently from a trip to Zambia.
  • Prelude: Bonse Aba (Zambian Praise Song in Chibembe)
    Adult Choir and Chalice Singers
    Bonse Aba is a Christian song of celebration popular throughout Zambia. The text is in the Bemba language (Chibemba) which is spoken primarily in Zambia. The English translation by Andrew Fischer (similar to John 1:12) is "All who sing have the right to be called the children of God."
  • Candle Music: To be sung I by Frederick Delius (1861-1934)
    In celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birthday
  • Anthem: Zambian praise song
  • Offertory: Improvisation on the Gullah spiritual song "Kum Ba Yah" by Sarah Haera Tocco
  • Postlude: Toccata in F Major by Georg Muffat (1653-1704)
  • Hymns & Readings: 55, 155, 1030

February 5 Stewardship Kickoff

  • Prelude: Prelude in F Major by George Gershwin (1898-1937)
  • Intergen Recessional: Signed, Sealed, Delivered by Stevland Hardaway Morris (1950-)
    This Stevie Wonder arrangement was donated to First Parish by the MIT Logarhythms (men's a cappella).
  • Candle Music: Jazz Improvisation
  • Offertory: I've Got the World on a String by Ted Koehler and Harold Arlen
  • Jeannie Gagné and Stan Strickland, guest musicians
  • Anthem: Jazz Improvisation including Centerpiece by Lambert, Hendricks, and Ross
  • Postlude: Love and Beauty by Stan Strickland
  • Hymns & Readings: 57, 203, Lean on Me, Love is the Spirit of this Church
  • Jeannie Gagné is a singer, songwriter, composer, choral conductor, and professor of voice at Berklee College of Music—has been singing professionally for over 30 years, and has performed for Philip Glass, Penn & Teller, Bare Naked Ladies, NBC-TV, Cher, and reggae artist Frankie Paul. A Reiki master, she also codirects Berklee’s Performance Wellness Institute. She has three solo CDs, Closer to Bliss, Must Be Love, and Wide Open Heart, as well as co-authoring the contemporary UUA hymnal “Singing the Journey” and several articles. Formerly the music director at the UU in Middleboro, Jeannie brings music to UU churches around the country. www.jeanniegagne.com
  • Singer, saxophonist, flutist, and actor Stan Strickland has been featured on recordings by Bob Moses, Marty Erlich, Webster Lewis and Brute Force and has collaborated with choreographers including Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon, and Bill T. Jones. He has performed with or opened for jazz greats including Yusef Lateef, Herbie Mann, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and Barenaked Ladies, has toured South Africa with The Village People, and was a featured soloist with Take Six and the Boston Pops. Love & Beauty, Stan's jazz vocal CD, features new arrangements of jazz classics as well as original material. His acting experience includes the leading roles in the Boston Art Group's production of Harlem Renaissance, Northeastern University's production of Crossing John, and Dr. Sax in a production of Jon Lipsky's play about Jack Kerouac, Maggie's Riff. Stan is profiled (along with Blair Underwood and Lamar Burton), in a new documentary entitled Black Man Up. As Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, a multidisciplinary arts partnership to help adolescents at risk, he won the Presidential "Coming Up Taller Award" (2009) delivered by Michelle Obama. www.stanstrickland.net

February 12, 2012
"Living Heroes and Heroines" Guest Author Michelle Deakin

  • Prelude: Oh Lord, What a Morning
    Michael Prichard, baritone
  • Chalice Singers: Seasons of Love by Jonathan Larson (1960-1996)
  • Candle Music: Andante con moto by Alexandre Guilmant (1837-1911)
    Michael and Laura Prichard, piano
  • Offertory: We Rise Again by Leon Dubinsky (1941-)
    celebrating the 70th birthday year of this Cape Breton composer
  • Postlude: Kenneth Seitz, Piano
  • Hymns & Readings: 57, 122, 168, 560

February 13 Event: Sarah Haera Tocco Recital
Winchester Music School

February 19 Guest Speaker Dr. Marjorie Jones
Co-Director, Dept. of Education, Lesley U.
Teacher of "Cultural Diversity: the African-American Experience"
(President's Day is Feb. 20; Winter vacation week)

  • Prelude: Spiritual
    Nancy McDowell, soprano
  • Candle Music: Canzonetta by Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
    Carl Schlaikjer, Oboe
  • Offertory: Air de Ballet by Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687)
    Carl Schlaikjer, Oboe
  • Postlude: Spiritual
    Nancy McDowell, soprano
  • Hymns & Readings: 57, 201, Blessed Assurance

February 26, 2012
Guest Preacher Rev. Elizabeth Stevens

  • Prelude: I Arise Facing East by Deborah Langstaff, text by Mary Austin
    First Parish UUlations
  • Candle Music: The Wild Geese (1987) by Elizabeth Stevens, text by Mary Oliver
    Vocal Octet
  • Offertory: That Lonesome Road (1981) by James Taylor and Don Grolnick
    Adult Choir
  • Postlude: Beauty and the Beast (1991) by Alan Menken
    Laurie Francis-Wright with the UUlations, directed by Jennifer Kobayashi
  • Hymns & Readings: 57, 188, 295

March 4, 2012 Youth Sunday
Youth Group projects this year focus on Homelessness
possible Lay Ministry Testimonial

  • Prelude: Here Comes the Sun by the Beatles
    G. Hakim, S. White, voice; G. Pereli, piano; G. McKay, cello; T. Jantz, guitar; D. Kingsberg, bass; P. Christmann, drums
  • Candle Music: O-Oh Child by the Five Stairsteps
    M. Henriksen, K. McPhail, voice; D. Klingsberg, bass; A. Galantowicz, guitr; A. Winslow, tenor sax; E. Wilke, piano; P. Christmann, drum; M. Davis, trumpet
  • Offertory: Your Smiling Face by James Taylor
    O. Bird, T. Boet-Whitaker, B. Franzosa, S. Fleischman, T. Jantz, A. Kobayashi, G. McKay, G. Pereli, C. Singer
  • Interlude: Happy Together by the Turtles
    T. Jantz, guitar/voice; G. Hakim, voice; D. Klingsberg, bass; P. Christmann, drums; G. Pereli, piano; M. Davis, trumpet
  • Postlude: Feeling Good by Nina Simone
    S. Gabriels and K. McPhail, voice; N. Madden, piano; A. Winslow, tenor sax; D. Matlack, alto sax; A. Kaminski, tuba; D. Klingsberg, bass; P. Christmann, drums
  • Reflections/Spoken Elements: Members of the First Parish (HS) Youth Group
    A. Kaminski, L. Burnham, E. Perrow, P. McDonald Meteer, M. Jackson, D. Desjardins, J. Malin, K. Carey, E. Hodges, C. Singer, F. Splaine, E. Tai, M. Orme-Johnson, J. Sandberg, J. Erskine, D. Matlack, S. Linov, L. Langford, L. Shriver, S. Kilmartin, M. Henriksen, E. Wilke, A. Thurston
  • Hymns & Readings: 326; If You're Happy; Don't Worry, Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

March 11
"Immigration Reform: Thoughts on Wandering and Invisibility"
Rev. Marta Flanagan

  • Prelude: Grave from Concerto in G Major by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Candle Music: Cántico del alba arr. by Juan Pedro Gaffney
    San Diego and San Juan Capistrano Missions, California
    Ya viene el alba rompiendo el dia, digamos todos: Ave Maria.
    Now comes the dawn breaking the day, we all sing: Hail Mary.
  • Offertory: Kyrie (in Spanish) from Misa Criolla by Ariel Ramirez (1921-2010)
    Jean Renard Ward and Michael Prichard, duet
  • Postlude: Fugue in C Major by J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
  • Hymns & Readings: 95, 140, 326, 442

March 17 Blood Drive

  • Adult Choir Performance - Hymnody of Earth (for 3/25)

March 18
Rev. Marta Flanagan

  • Prelude: Light of a Clear Blue Morning by Dolly Parton (1946-)
    Craig Hella Johnson, choral arranger; Diane Taraz Shriver, soprano; Carl Schlaikjer, oboe
  • Candle Music: Song without Words (new composition) by Kenneth Seitz
  • Offertory: When Music Sounds by Kenneth Seitz
    Andrew Leonard, tenor; Chris Botos, trombone; Kenneth Seitz, piano
  • Postlude: Toccata by Dietrich Buxtehude
  • Hymns & Readings: 90, 298, 326, 446

March 25 Music Service featuring composer and performer Malcolm Dalglish (hammered dulcimer)
"Finding the Sacred in Nature: The Writings of Wendell Berry"

  • Hymnody of Earth
    Notes on the text - Poet and conservationist Wendell Berry was born in Newcastle, Kentucky in 1934. Berry's father and Robert Rodale contributed to the founding of the organic farming movement: following their examples, Wendell uses only farm animals to work his fields and organic methods of fertilization and pest control. In 1958, Berry received a Wallace Stegner Fellowship and attended Stanford University's creative writing program, where he studied with Stegner in a seminar that included Larry McMurtry, Edward Abbey and Ken Kesey. His writing is grounded in the notion that one's work ought to be responsive to one's natural environment. In 1964, he and his wife Tanya purchased the Kentucky farm close to his parents' birth places, and in 1965 moved onto the land to become organic farmers (of tobacco, corn and small grains) on what would eventually become a 125-acre homestead.
    Berry was granted a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, which took him and his family to Italy and France in 1961. From 1962 to 1964, he taught English at New York University’s University College in the Bronx. From 1964-77, he began teaching creative writing at the University of Kentucky. In the 1970s and early 1980s he served as an editor of, and wrote many articles for, Rodale Press publications including Organic Gardening and Farming and The New Farm. In 1987, he returned to the University of Kentucky, teaching literature and education. Today he still lives, writes, and farms at Lane's Landing near Port Royal, Kentucky, alongside the Kentucky River, not far from where it flows into the Ohio. He is a prolific author, with at least twenty-five books (or chapbooks) of poems (A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems, 1979-1997), sixteen volumes of essays (The Failure of War, 1999), and eleven novels and short story collections to his name. His poetic voice is direct and resonant, indebted to Whitman and William Carlos Williams.
  • Prelude: No. 1 Solstice Song from Hymnody of Earth (1990) by Malcolm Dalglish
  • Interlude for Chalice Lighting: No. 2 The Dark Around Us
  • Time for All Ages: Malcolm Dalglish, composer and dulcimer
    No. 8 For the Future (Planting Trees)
  • Interludes for the Lighting of Candles: No. 4 The Wild Geese and No. 5 Throw the Window Open
  • Choral Response (octet): No. 13 Great Trees
  • Music for Meditation: Malcolm Dalglish, reciting The Peace of the Wild Things
    No. 17 Lay Me Low
  • Anthem: No. 9 To the Holy Spirit
    Diane Taraz Shriver, soprano solo
  • Sermon in Music:
    No. 10 Thrush Song
    No. 11 Spring Returns
    (dulcimer solo)
    No. 18 Paradise

    Andrew Leonard and Jean Renard Ward, tenor solos
  • Concluding Anthem: Walking in the Cradle of Our Land
  • Hymns: 326, Fount (new setting), Hymn The Reach (congregational round)

April 1 "A Tragedy or a Comedy?"
UUlations in Waltham

  • Prelude: Elsa's Procession to the Cathedral (1850) from Lohengrin by Richard Wagner (1813-1883)
  • Candle Music: Kangourous and Aquarium from Les Carnaval des Animaux (1854) by Camille Saint-Saens (1835-1921)
    Sarah Tocco and Kenneth Seitz, piano
  • Anthem: Liturgy of the Palms (Hosanna in the Highest) from The Hymnal, 1980
    Anglican Rite text from Psalm 118: 19-22, 25-26, 29
    Cheri Minton; Jean Renard Ward; Patricia Hawkins; Andrew Kobayashi; Carl Schlaikjer, cantors
  • Offertory: Arlequin/Valse noble from Carnaval (1835) by Robert Schumann
  • Postlude: Toccata in D Minor by J. S. Bach (1685-1750)
    Sarah Haera Tocco, organ; Daniel Rueters-Ward, guitar
  • Hymns & Readings: 103, 108, 276

April 8, 2012 Intergenerational Easter Services (9am/11am)

  • Prelude: Ging heut Morgen übers Feld from Songs of a Wayfarer by Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
    Jean Renard Ward, tenor; First Parish Symphonic Band
    Ging heut Morgen übers Feld, Tau noch auf den Gräsern hing;
    I walked across the fields this morning, dew still hung on the grass;
    Sprach zu mir der lust'ge Fink:
    The merry finch spoke to me:
    BIRDS: "Ei du! Guten Morgen! Wird's nicht eine schöne Welt? Zink!"
    "Hey you! Good morning! Isn't it a beautiful world? Chirp!"
    Auch die Glockenblum' am Feld hat mir lustig, guter Ding',
    Also, the bluebells in the field told me good things,
    Mit den Glöckchen, klinge, Ihren Morgengruß geschellt:
    Their bells chimed their morning greeting to me:
    FLOWERS: "Wird's nicht eine schöne Welt? Kling! Schönes Ding!"
    "Isn't it a beautiful world? Ding, ding! Fair thing!"
    Und da fing im Sonnenschein gleich die Welt zu funkeln an;
    And then in the sunshine the world began to glitter;
    Alles Ton und Farbe gewann! Blum' und Vogel, groß und Klein!
    All gained sound and color! Flower and bird, great and small!
    BIRDS/FLOWERS: "Guten Tag, ist's nicht eine schöne Welt?"
    "Good day, isn't it a beautiful world?
  • Candle Lighting Music: Brian Wilson, Hardanger Fiddle
  • Communion: Angelus Domini by Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
    Score SATTB: http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/pal-o26.pdf
    Practice File (midi): http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sound/pal-o26.mid
    Angelus Domini descendit de coelo et dixit mulieribus:
    quem quaeritis, surrexit sicut dixit, alleluja.
    The angel of the Lord descended from heaven and said to the women,
    "Whom are you seeking? He has risen, as He said." Alleluia.
  • Postlude: Organ
  • Hymns & Readings: 61, 220, 269, 270, 545

April 15 Guest Preacher Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward

  • Prelude: Organ Improvisation
  • Candle Music honoring the victims of the sinking of the Titanic on April 15, 1912: And God shall Wipe Away all Tears from And I Saw a New Heaven by Edgar Leslie Bainton (1880-1956)
    Video of excellent King's College Cambridge service: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xE7zTYcn3Rw
  • Offertory: Bridge Over Troubled Water by Paul Simon
    Jennifer Kobayashi, soprano
  • Postlude: The Greatest Love of All by Michael Masser and Linda Creed
    Meg Candilore, voice/piano
  • Hymns & Readings: 61, 128, 163, 1014

April 22 Alliance Sunday
Guest Sermon: the Rev. Rosemarie Smurzynski
"The Rev. Phebe Ann Coffin Hanaford: An Independent Woman from Nantucket"

  • Prelude: Selection by Bach
    Bill Geha, piano
  • Candle Music: The Pollen Path by Diane Taraz
    Beauty before me, beauty behind me
    Beauty to the left and beauty to the right,
    Beauty above me, beauty below me, I'm on the pollen path.
    [Chorus lyrics based on a Navajo healing chant]
  • Offertory: Gathered Safely In by Diane Taraz
  • Anthem: Bread and Roses by Caroline Kohlsaat
    poem by James Oppenheim, from the Lowell millworkers' strike (1912), led mostly by women
  • Postlude: Selection by Bach
    Bill Geha, piano
  • Hymns & Readings: 61, 124, 145, 428,

April 22 All-Chopin Piano Recital by Sarah Tocco with Kenneth Seitz
Sonata No. 2, op. 35; Etudes Nos. 3, 5, 12, op, 10; Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, op. 21

April 29
"Anger and Kindness: A Two Part Sermon Series, Part I"
Rev. Marta Flanagan

  • Prelude: Dark Themes from The Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore (1946-)
    First Parish Orchestra
  • Devotional Anthem: Fifth section of the Lamentations of Jeremiah (II) by Thomas Tallis (1505-1585)
    Heth. Facti sunt hostes eius in capite, inimici illius locupletati sunt: quia Dominus locutus est super eam propter multitudinem iniquitatem eius: parvuli eius ducti sunt captivi ante faciem tribulantis.
    Ierusalem, Ierusalem, convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum.
    (Part 5) Her adversaries are become the head, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions; her children are gone into captivity before the adversary.
    Jerusalem, Jerusalem, return unto the Lord thy God.
    Score: (pp. 15-25 only) http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/5/54/Tallis-Lamentations-SAATB-Part2-up1.pdf
    Tallis lived during a century that experienced many shifts in the Royal attitude toward religion. Like his Catholic contemporaries, Tallis composed many settings of texts for the office of Matins (also called Tenebrae) during Holy Week. The first five verses of the Lamentations of Jeremiah, Chapter: 1, are said or sung simply in Latin at the beginning of Anglican services, according to the Sarum rite (Salisbury Cathedral). Tallis divided his setting of the five lines into two settings, in different modes, so they were probably not performed as a set. Each part ends with a concluding refrain (Jerusalem convertere) from Hosea 14:1. A likely audience for the works was the private devotions of staunch Catholic sympathizers.
    HE vs. HETH
    Each of the five sections of Tallis’ Lamentations begin with a Hebrew letter, sung in a highly melismatic and florid style. The translators of the Latin Vulgate preserved the acrostic nature of the original Hebrew by prefacing each section with successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet (aleph, beth, gimel, daleth, and heth in the Latin spellings). The official text in Tallis’ time and the main manuscript (Ch Ch 979-83, copied by John Baldwin) gives “Heth,” although the correct Hebrew letter, “He,” appears in another (Bodleian mus e.1-5, copied by John Sadler).
    The vocal ranges of many of Tallis’s Elizabethan motets (and consequently of their English adaptations) are more restricted than those of his pre-Reformation music, as they were conceived for performance at more than one pitch. Thus at a lower pitch they could have been performed by male ATTBarB combination, typical of private chapels, whereas if transposed upwards three or four semitones would have been performable by an SAATB ensemble.
  • Offertory: Sonata No. 3 by Benedetto Marcello
    Robert Olson, bass
  • Candle Music: Der Gott, der mir hat versprochen from J. S. Bach's Cantata No. 13 "Meine Suefzer, meine Tränen"
    Ladies of the choir; chorale melody doubled by Carl Schlaikjer, English horn
    Chorale text: Der Gott, der mir hat versprochen seinen Beistand jederzeit,
    Der läßt sich vergebens suchen jetzt in meiner Traurigkeit.
    Ach! Will er denn für und für grausam zürnen über mir,
    Kann und will er sich der Armen itzt nicht wie vorhin erbarmen?
    Chorale literal translation: The God, that has promised me His presence always,
    lets Himself be sought in vain now in my sorrow.
    Ah! Will He then for ever and ever be darkly wrathful over me;
    can and will He now not be merciful to us poor as before?
  • Postlude: Light Themes from The Lord of the Rings by Howard Shore
    First Parish Orchestra
  • Hymns & Readings: 34, 61, 315

May 6, 2012
"Anger and Kindness: A Two Part Sermon Series, Part II"
Rev. Marta Flanagan

  • Prelude: Im kuhlen Maien by Hans Leo Hassler (1564-1612)
    Online score - http://www2.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sheet/hassler/hass-imk.pdf
    Online midi practice file - http://www1.cpdl.org/wiki/images/sound/hassler/hass-imk.mid
    Hans Leo Hassler’s best work achieved a synthesis of German and Italian national styles. As a young man, he left Nuremburg and studied in Italy with Andrea Gabrieli, became friends with Giovanni, and developed a penchant for the Venetian polychoral style. He also straddled the Renaissance and the Baroque, with his rich counterpoint and madrigalian text-painting grounded in harmonic structures. The eight-voice madrigal Im kuhlen Maien shows the Venetian double choir texture. May is welcomed with a joyful dance-like shift to triple meter.
    Im kuhlen Maien tun sich all Ding erfreuen, In the cool month of May all things are joyful,
    die Blumlein auf dem Feld sich auch verneuen, the little flowers in the field appear again,
    und singen d’Maidlein in ihren Reihen: and the girls dance and sing:
    Willkommen Maien. (Welcome May.)
    Zwei liebe Herzen sind voller Freud und Scherzen, (Two loving hearts are full of joy and fun,)
    im Schatten kuhl, vergessen aller Schmerzen. (in the cool shade they forget all pain.)
    Cupido blind, das gar listige Kind, (Blind Cupid, the cunning child,)
    gesellt sich dazu mit seinem Pfeil geschwind. (is joining them and shooting his arrows.)
    Venus allwegen gibt dazu ihren Segen, (Venus gives her blessing)
    auf dass zwei herzen sich in Lieb bewegen. (so that the two hearts can unite in love.)
    Wem nun dies Leben tut wohlgefallen eben, (Everyone who likes this life)
    der soll sich ohn Verzug der Lieb ergeben, (should, without delay, surrender to love,)
    und mit der Magdelein sing’n im Reihen: (and dance and sing with the girls:)
    Willkommen Maien. (Welcome May.)
  • Lay Ministry Installation
  • Candle Music: Part I of Libera me from Fauré's Requiem
  • Offertory: Part II of Libera me from Fauré's Requiem
  • Postlude: Organ
  • Hymns & Readings: 113

May 13
Guest Preacher Rev. Amy Freedman
Mother's Day Sunday

  • Prelude: Voluntary by Henry Purcell (1659-1695)
  • Candle MusicBerceuse, op. 57 (excerpt) by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849)
  • Offertory: Sleep My Child (based on a Welsh lullaby) - a new choral work by Kenneth Seitz
  • Postlude: Toccata in F by Dietrich Buxtehude (1637-1707)
  • Hymns & Readings: 113, 118, 346, Finding Your Voice by Carolyn Sloan, Instructions for Singing by John Wesley

May 20
"Surrender: A Faithful Response to Life" Rev. Marta Flanagan
Annual Meeting of the Parish Membership

  • Prelude: The Lone Wild Bird by Thomas Somerville with Mies Boet-Whitaker, flute
  • Candle Music: Libera me from the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) with Andrew Leonard, tenor
  • Offertory: And I Saw a New Heaven by Edward Bainton (1880-1956), dedicated to the composers' friends lost on the H.M.S. Titanic and in WWI
  • Postlude: Libera me (conclusion) from the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) with Andrew Leonard, tenor
  • Hymns & Readings: 6, 15, 113, 348

May 27

Chalice Singers and Adult Choir Quintet travel to MVUU Society
"Memorial Day as an African American Holiday" Guest speaker Lori Kenschaft

  • Service Music: Organ & Chamber Music
  • Hymns & Readings: 113

June 3 Coming of Age Service
"The Health Effects of Wonder and Curiosity" Rev. Marta Flanagan

  • Prelude: Bonse Aba (Zambian Praise Song)
  • Intergen Music: Chalice Singers
  • Candle Music: The Tide Rises & Turn You 'Round
    George Pereli, baritone solo
  • Anthem:
  • Offertory: Piano
  • Postlude: Organ
  • Hymns & Readings: 12

June 10
Guest Rev. Susan Chorley (UU Urban ministry, community organizer, domestic violence activist)
AHS Graduation

June 17 Flower Communion
"Lessons from my Father" Rev. Marta Flanagan
Prelude: Organ

  • Candle/Flower Music: For the Beauty of the Earth by John Rutter
  • Anthem (octet): If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis
  • Offertory: All Too Soon
  • Postlude (men's chorus): Red River Valley arr. by Miles Ramsay
  • Hymns & Readings: 12

June 24 {Summer Service by Kendall Dudley}

July 1, 2012 {Summer Service by John Anderson}

July 8, 2012 {Summer Service by the Compassionate Communication Group}

  • Service Music: Get Together by Chet Powers; Building BridgesShow Me How by Terre McPheeters; Can You Hear? by Jim Papoulis played by enneth Seitz; I Feel Like Goin' On by Andre Sonny Woods played by First Parish Youth Band with Tristan Jantz, vocal
  • Hymns & Readings: Peace, Salaam, Shalom

July 15, 2012 {Summer Service by the Green Sanctuary Group}

  • Service Music: The Sound of CricketsAh Poor Bird sung by Emily Ranken; Earth Beat by Paul Winter
  • Hymns & Readings: 163, 175 played by Kenneth Seitz, When I Breathe In, reading from Rilke's Sonnet XXIX

July 22, 2012 {Summer Service by the First Parish Meditation Group}

  • Service Music: Crystal Silence by Chick Corea and Om Mani Padme Om by Devi Premal, played by Dan Klingsberg, cello
  • Hymns & Readings: 1009, 1015 played by Jim Austin, piano; The Farmer's Luck

July 29, 2012 {Summer Service by Cathy Modica}

  • Service Music: Vocalise by Brian Wilson; Sacred Space by Rafael Scarfullery; Serba Din New York (Romanaesca Klezmer tune); ensembles led by Laura Prichard
  • Hymns & Readings: 128, 131, 402

August 5, 2012 {Summer Service by Mara Prentiss}

  • Service Music: Bourée d'AuvergneChanson d"AlsaceChanson de Bresse played by Barbara Tilson, piano and Kate Roberts, cello; Arne Modéns Kyrklåt by Arne Modéni played by Brian Wilson, nyckelharpa; An die Musik by Franz Schubert sung by Cheri Minton
  • Hymns & Readings: 40, 205, 298

August 12, 2012 {Summer Service by Dawn Albright}

August 19, 2012 {Summer Service by Jim Hall, Dave Deakin, and Dick Terry}

August 26, 2012 {Summer Service by Interweave}

September 2, 2012 {Summer Service by Wendy Page}


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