The St. John’s Episcopal Church community has been a long-time supporter of Middlesex Habitat for Humanity (MHFH), and you can read about our partnership here. MHFH will be hosting an opportunity to military and military families on Monday, October 5th, between 6 – 8 PM.
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Our music offering this week is from our supply organist, Jeremiah Meade. Jerry is a 4th year student of Paul Jacobs at Julliard , and this recording was made for an end of year Jury at the Cathedral of St Joseph in Hartford.
The Gospel reading this week ends with a very familiar phrase that is also part of our anthem’s text.
Paul Loether has again given us a lovely, peaceful folk hymn tune melody on his guitar for our music offering this week. Known as Alleluia #1 or Church Street, it was written in 1971 by Donald Fishel.
Our musical offering this week, Lift Thine Eyes, comes from Elijah, the oratorio by Felix Mendelssohn. Elijah, is the story of the Old Testament prophet and premiered in 1848. This anthem, sung by an angelic trio, appears after Elijah escapes to the wilderness in despair and prays for the end of his life.
This very familiar text, known as the Aaronic Blessing, is taken from Number 6:24-26. It was given to Moses to tell Aaron and his sons that they are to give the blessing to the people in this way.
St. John’s customarily supports the Southeast Child and Family Agency in August for a Back to School Backpack Drive; however, due to COVID-19 and health regulations, the way we help looks a little different this year.
This week’s musical offering is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing, played by guitarist Paul Loether, son in law of Bill and Helen Chatman.
The choir said their goodbyes to Benjamin at a zoom on Monday night and a small group made a special recording of one of Benjamin’s favorite hymns, All My Hope on God is Founded, to play for him as a treat that evening.
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Since the announcement of my call to St. Stephen’s in Providence two weeks ago, many of you have gone to their parish website, and many of you have asked “What does Anglo Catholic mean?” or “What does it mean for an Episcopal Church to be Anglo Catholic?