Briggs, William Keighley; Samuel Sebastian Wesley (1810-1876); Royal College of Music; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/samuel-sebastian-wesley-18101876-215816

Lead me, Lord, lead me in Thy righteousness,
Make Thy way plain before my face.

For it is Thou, Lord, Thou Lord only,
That makest me dwell in safety

Samuel Sebastian Wesley ( 1820-1876) was born in London and was a renowned organist, choirmaster, and church music composer. He served at many famous Cathedrals, including Exeter, Winchester, and Gloucester. One of the hymn tunes he composed, Aurelia, is regularly sung at St. John’s: you will recognize it with the text “The church’s one foundation.”

Today, most pedalboards on organs are built in a slightly concave fan shape, narrower behind the organist and fanning out wider toward the organ. In Wesley’s day, most pedal boards were completely straight, which is a bit harder to play. Wesley, with Father Willis, developed this newly shaped pedalboard. If you look at our Noack, you will see the fan shape.

We thank the choir members who are singing today; Gerri Smith, Phred Mileski, soprano; Sandy Loether, Chris Woodside, Nancy Lewandowski, alto: Bill Chatman, tenor: Scott Konrad, Bass and also audio production.

Lead Me Lord, is a lovely, simple, and familiar anthem that is perfect for Lent II, and we hope you will enjoy it.

Written by Darlene James

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