Under the direction of Sadie Sonntag the choir provides music for Sunday services at least two services a month from September through June. This year the choir will take the month of July off and return to the 2nd and 4th Sunday schedule in August. Check back here for upcoming choir performances.
Sun13Jan20199:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary
In a sermon at General Assembly, 2016, Rev Nancy McDonald Ladd lamented the "fake fights we waste our time on," like "what color to paint the church bathroom." Elsewhere, there are people struggling against injustice. We create our turf, plant our flag, insist that we do this thing according to these rules. Others may have no turf, nor a flag to plant, nor even a single rule to protect them.
The truth is we all struggle, some more than others, but when we bind each other's wounds, we grow stronger, and we heal.
From the crush of wealth and power something broken in us all
Waits the spirit's silent hour pleading with a poignant call,
Bind all my wounds again.
Even now our hearts are wary of the friend we need so much.
When I see the pain you carry, shall I, with a gentle touch,
bind all your wounds again?
When our love for one another makes our burdens light to bear,
find the sister and the brother, hungry for the feast we share;
bind all their wounds again.
Ev'ry time our spirits languish terrified to draw too near,
May we know each other's anguish and, with love that casts out fear,
Bind all our wounds again.
Composer Peter Cutts, and lyricist Kendyl Gibbons are responsible for this illuminating piece which the choir will sing Sunday the 13th under the direction of Sadie Sonntag.
Sun27Jan20199:15 AM onlySanctuary
Sunday the 27th, the Choir will perform a piece composed by Mark A Miller to words from an anonymous Jewish poem. We will also sing a short work by Doug Bowes. In keeping with the Theme of Grace and the Topic of Everyone Belongs, the short piece is titled "Grace".
Let all of us around the table remember those who have the least,
And do whatever we are able, that everyone may join the feast.
The longer piece is called "I Believe". It is not the one made famous in 1953 by Frankie Laine. This one has simpler words.
I believe in the sun even when it's not shining.
I believe in love even when I don't feel it.
I believe in God even when God is silent.
We all believe in things, even though the details of our beliefs differ. The one unifying principle in Unitarian Universalism is that everyone belongs. We all have a place at the table. We all have a right and a purpose on this planet. We all need grace.
Sun10Feb20199:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary
Sunday, February 10, the Choir will perform a piece requested by Worship Associate Sharon McCarty. In her words:
Recently Joe and I attended a John McCutcheon concert, where he featured his favorite Pete Seeger songs. When he sang "Turn, Turn, Turn", I got teary. Thematically this was the perfect song for the February 10th service, which I have been planning with our guest minister, and speaks to my life these days! Plus it is based on a portion of the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes, which was one of the readings at our wedding all those years ago. A fortuitous combination, so I had to ask if the choir might sing it.
The Choir enthusiastically approved and we're ready to present the song this Sunday.
To everything... turn, turn, turn...
There is a season... turn, turn, turn...
And a time for ev'ry purpose under heaven.
Sun24Feb20199:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary
Sunday, February 24, the Choir will perform a piece by David Greenberg with words by Ralph Waldo Emerson. Greenberg is an American poet and songwriter. Emerson was an American poet and essayist. Put together they make beautiful music. The piece is called simply "Music" and it is beautiful.
Let me go where'er I will, I hear a skyborn music still:
It sounds from all things, all things old,
It sounds from all things, all things young,
From all that's fair, from all that's foul,
Peals out a cheerful, cheerful song.
The theme of the service will be Surrender and Letting Go. This poem/song explores the beauty in the mundane, the hope in the mean, the light in the dark. Through it we learn to let go of the need for perfection, and accept that imperfection is okay.
Sun10Mar20199:15 & 11 AMSanctuary
15th century Indian poet and mystic, Kabir, wrote many poems. In 1915, 100 of these poems were translated into English and published in a book titled Songs of Kabir. A hundred years later, in 2014, Elizabeth Alexander took one of these poems and set it to music. The choir will perform this challenging piece, with its close harmonies and mysterious progressions, on Sunday, March 10th.
You are in us and we are in You.
Each distinct, yet ever united.
You are the tree, the seed, and the cell;
You are the flower, the fruit, and the shade...
You are the immanent Mind in us;
You are the Soul Supreme within the Soul.
You are in us and we are in You,
Blessed are all who see You.
The theme of the month is Truth. Truth is sometimes elusive. Truth sometimes stares you in the face. Truth can be painful, liberating, enlightening, mysterious. Truth is Life. Truth is Death. Truth presents Itself here as Supreme Being. Blessed are those who see Truth.
Sun31Mar20199:15 & 11:00 AMSanctuary
This song is in our hymnal under the title "My Life Flows On In Endless Song". Baptist minister Robert Wadsworth Lowry wrote the original words, published in 1868 in The New York Observer. The Choir will perform it on Sunday the 31st. The first verse goes:
My life flows on in endless song:
Above earth's lamentation,
I catch the sweet, tho' far-off hymn
That hails a new creation.
Through all the tumult and the strife
I hear the music ringing;
It sounds an echo in my soul.
How can I keep from singing?
We Unitarian Universalists changed the words a little in the second verse:
What tho' the tempest 'round me roars,
I know the truth, it liveth.
What tho' the darkness 'round me close,
Songs in the night it giveth.
No storm can shake my inmost calm,
While to that rock I'm clinging.
Since love prevails in heaven and earth,
How can I keep from singing?
... and a lot in the third:
When tyrants tremble as they hear
The bells of freedom ringing,
When friends rejoice both far and near,
How can I keep from singing!
To prison cell and dungeon vile
Our thoughts to them are winging;
When friends by shame are undefiled,
How can I keep from singing?
If you hear someone singing the wrong words, it's prob'ly me, Randy Jones. I was raised Baptist and learned the song long, long ago!
If you’re interested in singing with us, rehearsals are on Thursday nights from 7-8:30pm, and all fun-loving people who want to sing are welcome! To learn more about the choir, talk to a choir member during Coffee Hour after any Sunday service or contact Sadie here. Come to a rehearsal Thursday evening during the season, and we’ll all make music together.